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Making The Most Out Of Your Show Home Visit

Posted 7 July 2022 by Keith Osborne

Linden Homes offers some advice for house-hunters on the best approach to visiting a show home...

There’s arguably no better inspiration when thinking about moving to a new house than looking around a show home, and Linden Homes has some tips to ensure visitors get the most out of their tour.

The ‘jewel in the crown’ of the development, the show home is often the focal point for potential purchasers aspiring to move to a dream home in a particular location. With its attention to detail, carefully selected furniture, co-ordinating soft furnishings, appealing accessories and thought-provoking interior design – it is little wonder that the show home attracts such a positive reaction with visitors and buyers.

But while developers like Linden Homes (part of Vistry Group) adopted and embraced virtual show home tours during the first national lockdown, there is nothing to compare to the real thing – says sales director Steve Woomble.

“Virtual tours really took off during the pandemic, enabling house hunters to view properties from their own home during lockdown restrictions at the height of the pandemic. It allowed us as an industry to continue that vital contact with customers and remains an invaluable and popular post-pandemic marketing tool.”

He added: “However, there is little that can beat the real ‘touchy feely’ experience of an in-person show home visit – which for many provides huge inspiration when it comes to buying their new home. It is very easy to get caught up in the splendour of a show home, but we have some tips to ensure that potential purchasers really make the most of their visit and set themselves on the right path for a summer 2022 move.”

  • Be prepared – think about exactly what you are looking for in terms of space and room numbers, driveway or perhaps a garden or home office? Are you willing to compromise on any of your requirements? Have a plan in place before you visit, try to evaluate the space and think about how you could use the rooms to suit your family and lifestyle.
  • The sales executives are there to help you – giving information not only about the show home but the rest of the development. They will be happy to show you around the show home, pointing out any particular features and guide you through anything that comes as standard with the property. Don’t forget to ask about current prices and any incentives which could help curb the cost of moving.
  • Find out as much as you can about the boiler and other systems used, perhaps comparing the cost of running your new home to your existing utility bills and taking into account the current rising energy prices. New homes are up to 50% more energy efficient than their older counterparts.
  • Bring the family along! Any children or teenagers will have an opinion on rooms, features etc, so it’s good to share ideas on how your potential new home will work for everyone.
  • With a number of incentives to help new and existing homeowners, here are four fabulous reasons why making a move with Linden Homes could bring you some summer loving.
  1. Less maintenance – older homes may have more character but they also need more maintenance, like new guttering, replacement windows or extra roof insulation. You can move in and enjoy your new home straightaway.
  2. Energy efficiency – New homes are well insulated, and include double-glazing as standard, making them cheaper to run than older homes. The costs of heating a new home will be considerably lower than those of a comparable old one – something that will be more noticeable in the winter months.
  3. The opportunity to put your own personal stamp and style on the home. And of course, there is a new garden for you to plan and enjoy during the summer.
  4. New homes often have features that don’t come as standard with a second-hand home; ensuite facilities, downstairs cloakroom, smoke detectors, outdoor tap and security alarm.

Find out more at www.lindenhomes.co.uk.

 

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