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What home buyers ought to know when visiting a showhome (and what to specifically look for)

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April 19, 2018 - Karl Yeh

Are you planning to visit a showhome but not sure what to look for? To make your visit worthwhile and help your buying decision there are things you can do to prepare. In this episode, we discuss what to do before visiting a showhome and what to look when walking through. 

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Karl Yeh:

Hi everyone. Welcome to another edition of Homebuyers School.

Today I'm joined by Bridgette Beaulieu, Area Manager with Brookfield Residential. Today the topic we're gonna discuss is showhomes.

The question I wanted to [00:00:30] ask you Bridgette, is:

What should I know before going into a showhome or how should I prepare before going to a showhome?

Bridgette Beaulieu:           

You should know your budget. Know generally what type of home you want. As you approach the showhome, certain things to look for.

Karl Yeh:              Yeah.

Bridgette Beaulieu:           

About the homes themselves. The grounds, how well are those maintained. Is the grass cut? Is it attractive?

This'll show how much they care.

Karl Yeh:              [00:01:00] Okay.

Secret tip: Look at the roof lines

Bridgette Beaulieu:          

Look at the roof lines of the home. The pitches, the architectural aspects. This'll show you their level of investment in what they do.

Karl Yeh:              How would I know what is a good architectural roof line?

Bridgette Beaulieu:           

There's certain slopes, pitches that are very easy to make and then there's some that are quite tight that are more attractive to the eye and much more difficult to build.

Karl Yeh:              Okay.

Bridgette Beaulieu:           

[00:01:30] They can also allow for multiple pitches, multiple architectural aspects.

Karl Yeh:              Yeah.

Bridgette Beaulieu:           

So when you're going down the street, everything looks unique.

Everything looks different. It's got a very, very nice street scape, not every fourth house looks like this. Every third house has that door.

Karl Yeh:              Very competitive.

Bridgette Beaulieu:            Yeah.

Karl Yeh:             

Okay. When I'm actually walking into a showhome, right, I kinda understand my budget, I kinda know exactly what kind of home I [00:02:00] want.

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When I'm walking into a showhome, what are some of the things that I should look for?

Bridgette Beaulieu:           

You should see how well the home's maintained.

It demonstrates the level of professionalism and the amount of care that team takes when you approach their work.

When you go into the office, also look and see if it's organized, if there are papers everywhere, if it's messy, that also again shows professionalism and [00:02:30] the approach the team will take towards her work.

You are going to trust these people with your information, with the biggest purchase you'll every make.

Karl Yeh:              Yep.

Bridgette Beaulieu:            You'll want to be sure that you're dealing with professional people.

Karl Yeh:             

Okay. Great.

Anything else in the showhome that I should be looking out for like so I know you touched on making sure it's well maintained, the office space is, is pretty [00:03:00] much organized.

Anything else I should be looking for?

Pay attention to the craftmanship of the home

Bridgette Beaulieu:           

It's always good when they're well staged.

It's got a good flow, you can help understand the spaces. It's extremely important to pay a lot of attention to the actual craftsmanship within the home.

Karl Yeh:              Okay. Yeah.

Bridgette Beaulieu:           

How is everything built? Also the features available that are shown. That's also very important just because it will show you what you can get with this home.

Karl Yeh:              Obviously [00:03:30] a showhome won't be... It'll have a lot of upgrades and features that you could purchase with the home, but not necessarily if you buy the home as I guess as is. It might not come with everything, correct?

Bridgette Beaulieu:            Correct. It's just important to have that discussion with your sales rep.

Karl Yeh:             

Great. Well, thank you very much everyone for joining us. Thank you very much Bridgette. We'll catch you next time.


Recommended watch:

Some of our other videos that you may be interested in watching related to buying your first home. 

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What questions should I ask when buying a new home?

How much does it cost to own and maintain a home?


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Let us know if you have additional home buying questions that we can answer by submitting them in the comments section below. 

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About Bridgette Beaulieu:

Bridgette graduated from Simon Fraser University with a Bachelor's of Arts, majoring in Anthropology. She has been working with Brookfield Residential with a focus on customer care for the past 12 years. As an Area Manager, she has sold over 300 homes. 

"People fascinate me; I love working and interacting with them. It brings me a great deal of joy to know I help improve people’s lives."


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