View Show Home: How to get the best out of viewing a show home while on holiday.
With many holidaymakers planning to view show homes when they travel overseas this summer, leading Spanish home builder Taylor Wimpey España has shared some top tips on how to get the best out of such viewings.
“Viewing a show home while on holiday should be an exciting and enjoyable experience – not a stressful one. As such, we would encourage holidaymakers to be clear on what is involved and what the opportunity presents, so that they can get the most out of the experience.” Sales and Marketing Director, Taylor Wimpey España
With a string of newly opened show homes available to visitors for the summer and 65 years of experience selling property in Spain, Taylor Wimpey España has a good basis from which to provide tips to viewers.
Five top tips for viewing a show home while on holiday
Tip 1: Immerse yourself in the local area
Viewing a show home is about more than the property alone. It’s important to get a feel for the resort and the local area and to consider it from a practical perspective. That means scoping out local furniture stores, thinking about the distance to the supermarket or post office… things that holidaymakers don’t tend to worry about but that homeowners need to consider.
Tip 2: Be clear on what you want
The clearer you can be with the real estate agent about what you want, the better they can focus on your needs when recommending show homes to visit. If you want a private pool, rather than a communal pool, be explicit about that. If you want a detached villa rather than a townhouse, likewise. Be clear about your budget too, so that you don’t end up viewing properties you can’t afford.
Tip 3: Establish what’s included
Many show homes feature all possible extras and top-end finishes, so have a conversation with the developer so you know what your budget will cover. Ask about appliances, furnishings and finishes, so that you know what you will have to budget for and what you won’t.
Tip 4: Ensure the property fits your use case
Whether you’re seeking a holiday home, somewhere to spend your retirement, a property to use for working holidays or anything else, view the show home with that firmly in mind. Will the property’s layout accommodate an office and is the setting quiet enough for you to work? Are there facilities nearby for keeping fit and active? Is there a beach to spend time with your young children or grandchildren? Being laser-focused on what you need from a property will help you quickly establish whether the show home you’re viewing ticks all the right boxes.
Tip 5: Ask questions – then ask more questions
Visiting a show home provides the opportunity to take advantage of the developer’s expertise. They can provide valuable guidance on a huge range of matters, so ask as many questions as you can think of during the viewing. Making a list of questions beforehand is a great way to ensure you don’t forget anything.
“Show homes let you get a feel for a development’s potential. You can see the layout, design and material choices first-hand. A well-presented show home can help you envision whether such a property would be right for you or not, so take your time and be sure to factor these tips into your approach to viewings.” Sales and Marketing Director, Taylor Wimpey España