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Tips for Touring New Construction Model Homes

July 21, 2020

For aspiring homeowners who are considering new construction in Utah County vs. a resale residence, a great way to gather ideas for the look, feel and fit of your future house is to tour the builders’ model homes.

Before setting out, prepare a checklist of important topics to help you learn about the homes, the features, the area and the builder’s background. This will enable you to compare the advantages of the home designs and visualize how your own stylistic touches could personalize the properties to best fit your needs.

Start Your Home Search Online

A bit of initial research will ensure you make the most of your model home tour. First, pinpoint the new home communities being built in Utah County that interest you. Next, look through the online gallery of each builder’s current available home designs and make a list of the models you would like to tour.

Finally, reach out to the builder and schedule a time to meet with a company representative to explore the model homes in person. It is best to set aside the better part of an entire morning or afternoon — as you’ll want your tours to be thorough with plenty of time for questions.

When you’re working with an experienced local builder such as McArthur Homes, a knowledgeable company representative will be available at the model homes to answer your questions and help you cover each point on your list.

Make a List of Things You Want

Beyond the specific home features that interest you, your model home tour checklist should include questions about the builder’s reputation and the current state of some of their previously built homes. The company representative should be able to provide you with a comprehensive set of completed communities, satisfied customer testimonials and current/future projects.

You might also look into the characteristics of the neighborhoods and surrounding communities where you are looking to live. Attributes such as nearby schools, shopping centers, recreational facilities and access to major travel routes can all be factored into which location you choose.

Visualize Living in the New Home

As you tour the model homes, think about how the property square footage, family areas, bedroom layout and number of bathrooms will accommodate your family size. If the kids would love plenty of extra recreational space, perhaps a model with a basement rec room finishing option is a great choice. If the kitchen is the center of activity in your home, consider a model with a large culinary space that is adjacent to an open family room, great room and dining area.

Imagine Your Style in the Home

The model home will be staged with furniture and features to give you ideas of how you can utilize the space. Picture how your favorite pieces of furniture, valuables and keepsakes might be arranged throughout the residence. Finally, imagine how your preferences for color schemes and finishing decorative motifs might enhance the house to give it a personalized, homey appeal.

Touring model homes is a great way to find the home design that suits you best. Contact us to set up a time to walk through our models and have all of your questions answered by a qualified new home sales representative.

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This post was written by Paige Giles

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