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What to look for in display homes when house hunting

Embarking on the journey to find the perfect home for you and your family is an exciting time.

Whether you’re house hunting to find your first home or your dream home, having a house hunting plan in place can ensure the process isn’t too overwhelming. Plus, it’ll set you on track to choosing the right house to suit you.

Visiting display homes as part of your search is the ideal place to gain insight into what you want and what you don’t want in your new home. Here are some tips to help you make the most of your display home visits.


Know your needs

Firstly, take note of what you would like to change if you could in your current home. This can help you identify key features that you need in your new home.

For example, if you find that you don’t have enough storage in your current home, then you may want to look for a home with more built-in storage options. Similarly, if you find that you are always cramped in your current home, then you may want to look for a home with more open space.

Assess the house flow

House flow is important to consider and it should match how you live your life. Do you like entertaining? A home that flows with your lifestyle might feature open plan living and Kitchen with connected Covered Outdoor Area.

For those with teenagers (or children growing up fast!), looking for a home with thoughtful zoning could be on your radar. This might mean bedrooms and separate living space upstairs, with main bedroom downstairs.

Align rooms with your furniture

Space and room layout are crucial aspects to keep in mind. Firstly, if you have beds, tables and the like that you are planning to carry through to your next home, check the room sizes and make sure that they can accommodate your furniture. Having a tape measure on hand can be very helpful.

You might even like to take photos of your current furniture and bring them with you to display homes. This will give you a better idea of how your furniture could sit in a new space.


Know your non-negotiables

Everyone has their non-negotiables when it comes to a new home. Popular non-negotiables when house hunting are having a double car garage, a big garden, a butler’s pantry or a walk-in robe. Those dream home features deserve to be considered!

Make a list of features you’re keen on, noting your non-negotiables and keep them in mind as you make your way through homes. You’re not obligated to stick to them, but it’s good to consider them in your decision-making process.


Explore a range of new home designs

Creating innovative new floorplans and home designs is what we do best at Fairhaven. Take the time to walk through a number of display homes during your house hunting journey, taking note of the name of each display home and what you liked about each.

Remember, the house-hunting process may take a little time, but finding your dream home is worth the effort.