Display Home Warning:
What You See Is Not Always What You Get
If you’re thinking about building a new home, you’ve probably visited a few display homes, spent time looking at new homes online or in the newspaper, and collected a dining room table full of glossy brochures.
But what you may not realise is the display homes you visit or depicted in these ads or websites, are often very different to the actual home you get when you build. And quite shockingly, the biggest difference is usually the price.
The Truth About Display Homes
Display homes tend to exhibit upgrade options including high-end fixtures in the kitchen and bathrooms, expensive light fittings and top quality finishes. They often include things like landscaped gardens, fences and decks. And the layout and features can give you a false sense of space, light and openness.
These options are designed to make you fall in love with the house. And they work a treat. The problem is, many of these things may not be part of the standard package. And to get these upgrades as part of your house can add tens of thousands of dollars to the price.
Next Time You Visit a Display Home, Ask This Question
The managing Director of Edward Brewer Custom Homes has judged many display homes and found the actual end price is as much as two to three times the advertised price. To test this, when you next visit a display home, ask this specific question:
"If I wanted this exact home as it is displayed, how much will it cost me?”
Almost every time that figure is much more than the advertised price. And even then, it still probably won’t include any landscaping or outdoor fixtures.
Tricks You Should Know About
Here Are Just Some Of The Tricks Builders Use To Make You Fall In Love With Their Display Houses
- The internal doors may have been removed. This gives the interior a greater sense of space
- The ceilings may be higher than what you get in a standard model home. This makes the home appear larger and more luxurious
- Display homes are styled with the latest furniture and décor. And with no ‘everyday clutter’ there is a calming sense of space and openness in the rooms
- Display homes also tend to be the larger models of a particular house style. The smaller version you get for the advertised price can feel cramped in comparison
- Sometimes display homes will even be built on a larger than average block. This gives the impression of more space around the house
- Display homes sometimes even contain oversized windows to make them seem light and airy
Paying attention to these kinds of details, and asking specific questions about what features will be included in your new home package, helps you avoid nasty surprises, and ensures you get the exact home you want.
Being aware of these inclusions also helps you to make a true apple-to-apple comparison so you can be sure you’re getting real value for your money.
How to Get a Custom Designed Home for the Same Price as a Project Built Home
One of the advantages of using a custom builder is our process is completely transparent and tailored to you and what you want from your home. We can advise you on the best ways to get the space, the design, and the little touches of luxury you want in your home, without blowing your budget.
What’s more, because we don’t need to maintain display homes as sales tools, we can deliver custom homes at competitive prices and pass the savings on to you.
Our ‘Display’ Homes Are Real Homes
Unlike the ‘cookie-cutter’ approach project builders use – which is really just a mass-produced mix-and-match of generic house plans, specifications, and features – your Edward Brewer Custom Home is custom designed for your needs and lifestyle.
You can’t appreciate this by visiting a display home. You have to meet real people and see the homes we built just for them. People like…
Felt like I was their only client
EBH did an excellent job building my timber frame home in Shoalwater. I felt like I was their only client as they were always available to answer my questions and they were extremely helpful. I am very happy with the finished product within the time frame promised. Terry
10 out of 10
Ease of communication & service prior to construction: Always very approachable and more than happy to accommodate. Communication during construction: Gena always kept me informed. Responsive to requests & changes during construction: Extremely flexible. Finished home representing value for money: Absolutely. Charis
Will be recommending to others
Very pleased with the workmanship and finished product – will be recommending the company to others. 10/10 Lee & Stacey
Get the Inside Scoop from Real Customers
Don’t be fooled by a display home that may look nothing like the home you end up getting. Don’t be pulled in by a low price only to be duped into spending thousands more for the features you really want.
See a real home and get the inside scoop from its owner. Ask them about their experience with Edward Brewer Custom Homes. And discover how you can get the exact home you want for the same price as a stock-standard project built home.