Don’t get sucked in too quickly
There is something important to know before you visit model homes. Model homes usually display a floor plan of homes to be built. This means a few things but one important one is that there are different options for the home. You can choose what flooring you want, sometimes what shower and/or tub you want and even what kind of counter top you would like. Builders are smart and make sure to put the most premium options in the models of their newest homes.
Your new home doesn’t need the same options as the model
Granite counter tops sure look nice, which is good because they can cost $2,000-$4,000+. And that’s just the counter tops! Imagine how much it can add up if you want the most premium flooring, cabinets, shower, and built-in appliances they offer. Make sure you fall in love with the floor plan and not the amenities. Also, be sure to ask your builder about these amenities. Sometimes you can see them in the home you walk through and have a home built for you just to discover some of those fancier options excluded. Many builders are not so deceptive, but it is always wise to exercise caution.
Buying the model
If a home has been used as a model for a few years you may be able to negotiate the price a little. Even though no one has lived in the home, it has experienced some ware. The AC/heat was probably run quite a bit and those bathrooms have seen many people. Some builders also convert the garage into an office. If you don’t want your garage to look like a normal room, see if the builder will change that at their expense before closing on the home. Check out this list of 10 tips on getting a better deal when buying a model home from a builder.