What to Look for When Inspecting a Display Home
Whether you’ve decided to build your new home and talked to the salesperson about seeing a display home to get ideas for your own, or if you’ve decided to try and put an offer in on the display home you’ve seen, there are a few things you need to look for when looking at the display model. Since very few people realize that you can put in an offer on display homes, whether through the website or with the salesperson, this article will give you a few things to look for when inspecting the display home in either case.
General Home Inspection
Of course, your inspector is going to do a complete inspection of the display home before you make an offer, but you want to do a general one yourself as well. Things to look at closely include the roof, plumbing, the electrical system, and anything else that you feel makes a house a home. Just because it’s a display home doesn’t mean these things can’t be worn out, so make sure to look for them.
What many homeowners don’t realize is that, even in a display home, you could end up with mold somewhere that needs to be tended to. Mold tends to scare people, which is completely understandable. That’s why it’s important to check for signs of mold, even in a display home that no one has ever lived in before. Mold can be extremely dangerous, even deadly to you and your family, so check with care.
Pests or Insects
While this is probably something you shouldn’t have to worry about in a display home, since there is no food or trash left lying around, it’s still a good idea to check for signs of pests or insects inside of the home. Termites are one insect that can invade any home, whether it’s old, new, or a display model. Check for signs of any types of pest or insects and alert the realtor if you find any.
While you may love the model home, it’s still important to take your measuring tape and determine if the bedrooms are the size you need them to be. The square footage of the home and the size of the master bedroom is extremely important to many potential home buyers. No matter what the floor plan is of the home, you’ll want to measure to determine if it’s big enough for you or if you’re going to need to expand and remodel in the long run. While you’re there, make sure how big the baths are, as well as how many baths the home has.
Storage space is also something that you’ll want to inspect when looking through a model home you’re considering purchasing. Inspect the closets, pantry, laundry room, kitchen cabinets, and even the garage to make sure there’s enough storage space for you and your family. The last thing anyone wants is to end up in a home they think they’re going to love only to find there isn’t enough storage to keep them happy.
While it’s not something you need to look for when inspecting a model home, you do need to take the proper precautions during your inspection. The COVID-19 pandemic makes it dangerous to be out in public, so be sure to practice social distancing and wear your mask during your inspection to protect yourself, your family, and the realtor who is showing you the home.
These are just a few of the things you should look for when inspecting a model home that is used for a display that you are considering buying as your dream home. Remember to take the essential safety precautions and to inspect the home with a fine-toothed comb before making a final decision.