You’ve taken time out of your busy schedule to tour a model home; it’s time to make the most of your trip. Touring a model is essential in the new home-buying process. Not only does it allow you to envision yourself living in a similar house, but it also gives you the chance to get answers not found online.
Whether you're curious about the features, community, appliances, or incentives, now is your chance to decide whether you can really call this place home. Make sure you’re getting all the information needed to make an informed decision with these eight questions to ask during a tour:
What floor plans are available, and what is the square footage of the homes?
The beauty of buying a new build house is that you can design it to fit your family’s needs. The floor plan is one of the many areas you can customize. Often, you can view the options online. For example, The Donovan by Richmond American Homes has an interactive floor plan where you can add and remove features.
However, nothing beats seeing and imagining the layout in person. When touring a model, ask the specialist about the options available. They can help you visualize what your ideal floor plan will look like as well as answer questions about square footage.
What are the standard features and finishes included in the homes?
Appliances, doors, trim, vaulted ceilings, and beyond-standard features can make or break a home. While new build homes are meant to be customized for the homeowner, there is a list of standard finishes that are consistent depending upon the builder. They provide the potential owner with an idea of the quality level they can expect from the builder. For example, The Norwood by Lennar features granite countertops, state-of-the-art appliances, designer cabinetry, tray ceiling detail, and large windows.
The best way to understand the standard features included in your home is to tour the model. The specialist can point out all the features and finishes, allowing you to see them in person and decide whether they are to your tastes.
Are there any options or upgrades available?
If you know there are certain areas of the home you’re going to use most often, then those are good places to look for custom features. A homeowner who hosts parties or gatherings might want an expansive deck. Or, an owner who loves to cook might like certain appliances or counter finishes. On your tour, a specialist can point out all the places for available upgrades.
Are there any energy-efficient or green features included in the homes?
Another major positive to buying a new build home is that builders often include brand-new appliances that can help you reduce your carbon footprint and save money on your energy bill. While touring a model home, look for appliances with ENERGY STAR certification. With the ENERGY STAR symbol, you can rest assured that your appliances meet the government standard for energy efficiency.
Are there any warranties or guarantees offered on the homes?
You don’t want to be stuck with a big bill only six months after moving into your new build home. After all, everything is brand new! That’s why it’s helpful to ask about post-closing warranties and guarantees. Take time to understand what’s covered under that warranty and what’s your responsibility to care for. Inquire about how they can help you register for warranties on appliances.
Are there any community amenities available?
Beyond the walls of your home is a vast community that you may become a part of. New build home communities offer luxury amenities that get you and the family out of the house. Brunswick Crossing offers a variety of resort-style amenities for every interest, including miles of walking trails, athletic fields, a fitness center, a pool, and community gardens.
Ask your specialist what amenities are in the community and where they’re located. If you have time, stop by, and visit them to see where they are in the community and how well they’re maintained.
What other model homes are available to view?
If you have a specific community in mind, builders will often have several models to choose from for that community. At Brunswick Crossing, Richmond American offers The Donovan, The Preston, and The Presley. Lennar offers The Norwood, The Ellicott, The Danbury, The Powell, and The Portfield. Several of these homes have models that can be toured in our community; if you like the builder’s style, schedule to tour other model homes to maximize your trip.
What is in the surrounding area?
While touring a model home, it’s great to ask about the surrounding area, such as the school district, shopping, transportation options, entertainment venues, restaurants, and more. Brunswick Crossing is nestled near popular attractions and cities, including Frederick, Washington D.C., the C&O Canal, and Historic Harper's Ferry. Right outside the community are several retail, dining, and grocery options. Discover Brunswick Crossing in person by scheduling a tour and take advantage of limited-time builder incentives. See all the wonderful features that make our community feel less like a suburb and more like a resort.