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Building a home is one of the most exciting times of your life. It means you’re ready to start a new chapter for your family. So now that you’re ready to start the process, here are the things you need to consider before you start visiting display homes and talking to your local builder. 

Research Builders And Make A Checklist

Make a checklist of what you’re looking for in a new home, and narrow down the ones that might be a good fit. Like most home builders, Hotondo Homes offers facade renders, 3D tours of their display homes and so much more on our website, so you can really fine-tune what you want out of your new home from the comfort of your couch. Walking through a display home lets you know how a house will really live, so your checklist is important to ensure you get what you want and need.

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Separate Your Needs From Your Wants

This brings us to the second point: remember that your wants and needs are not the same thing, and meeting your needs is more important. Factors like the number of bedrooms and bathrooms, square footage, and price are “needs”. A spa bath, chef’s kitchen, and alfresco fall in the “want” category. Prioritise your wants before you start looking at display homes

Your Budget Should Always be Top of Mind

Always keep your budget bubbling on the front burner when you’re walking around a display home. All those stylish and functional inclusions (appliances, flooring, cabinets, lighting) give you a great idea of how the home can be customised to fit your lifestyle, and you can talk to your local builder about what upgrades might be available to really make the home your own. Upgrades are usually available but keep in mind they come at an added cost to you, pushing your budget past what you can feasibly spend on your new home.

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Ask Lots Of Questions

Home builders show off their finest work in their display homes, so don’t assume that the finishes and details of the home are included in the base price. Confirm with the consultant which fixtures and finishes are standard, so you can choose which upgrades you really want and stay within your budget.  Take lots of pictures so that you can review what you really like about a given home, and you can compare your options carefully later on.

Have Fun!

We’ve saved the best tip for last: have fun when you’re looking at display homes! Shopping for a house should be effortless and enjoyable – two factors that Hotondo Homes aspires to provide for you when you visit our display homes. Walk through the hallways, linger around the kitchen bench and try to get a feel for the space. After all, it could be your next home address.

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Build with Hotondo Homes

For many of us, it’s the great Australian dream to be able to settle into a permanent address and call it home. Buying a brand new house should never be a quick decision, so slow down and remember to stop and smell the roses. Making thoughtful decisions and watching your lifelong dream become a reality is what life is all about! Nobody understands this more than Hotondo Homes. We’ve helped hundreds of people build the home they’ve always dreamed of. So, once you’ve done the groundwork on your budget and needs, arm yourself with a pen, paper and camera phone and visit one of our display homes today. We’ll be expecting you.

Worried about whether the display home you want to visit isn’t in your area? That’s not a problem when you choose Hotondo Homes. When it comes to our display homes, you can view 3D tours of all displays, floor plans, and beautiful photos of each home. Contact us to visit our display homes and learn about the Hotondo Homes building process. 

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