Your showhome checklist

Your showhome checklist
February 2, 2015

Looking for inspiration for a new-home build or for renovation ideas? Showhomes built using Future-Proof Building principles give you a point of difference when trying to distinguish one builder over another, especially in new subdivisions with new homes side by side, so it pays to do your homework first.

To make the most of showhomes go prepared with a list of priorities for your own home build, says building industry advisor Richard Gough.

The General Manager of industry authority Future-Proof Building, suggests compiling a checklist of what is most important to you and ask questions of the staff.

Gough suggests keeping notes and taking photos of what you like in each showhome, along with the features you prefer in your current home, as the more information you can give your home building company at the outset, the better. He recommends measuring your room sizes so you can compare them to the showhome designs.

Things to consider when compiling your own checklist include:

  • Single storey or two storey?
  • Where is the sun in the winter and summer? How will that affect not only outdoor entertaining but also indoor living?
  • How many bedrooms (and do they need close access to a bathroom if they do not have an ensuite, will they access an outdoor spa or want to make the most of the view)?
  • How many bathrooms (including ensuite and guest bathroom)?
  • How many living rooms (family, living, home theatre)?
  • What level of room flexibility is needed (eg, will you want a “spare room” that could also be a home office or rumpus room, or would a downstairs bedroom and bathroom transform into a “granny flat”)?
  • What are your preferred cladding and roofing materials?
  • What are your preferred heating sources?
  • What equates to sufficient storage (including wardrobe organisers, linen cupboards, pantry and garaging needs)?
  • Pre-wired for data and automation? What home automaton is now available? What are the predictions for the life-cycle of your home?
  • Outlay vs ongoing costs? What maintenance is required?
  • Quality build with guarantees and warranties?


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