Display villages are the perfect destination for potential homebuyers or renovators looking for inspiration, however with so many homes on show, and often kids in tow, a visit can be a daunting experience.
Stockland’s display villages across Sydney include more than 70 of the latest home designs from New South Wales’ leading builders, so having a plan before you set out will help make your day more enjoyable for all the family.
To help keep spirits high, Stockland’s display villages at Willowdale in Denham Court and Elara in Marsden Park have a café and playground close by for rest breaks.
Richard Rhydderch, Stockland General Manager, NSW Residential Development, said display homes were a great way to discover the latest trends and get a feel for individual tastes when it comes to designs and styles, as well as understanding dimensions.
“Choosing the colours, styles and dimensions of your new home is an important decision but it’s not always easy to visualise how a home will look once constructed,” Mr Rhydderch said.
“Stockland’s display villages feature the latest in home designs and on-trend interiors from our state’s best builders with friendly staff ready to help you pick the right home for your needs.
“A visit to a display village also gives you the chance to spend some time in the community and get a feel for the lifestyle and atmosphere.”
Stockland’s top six tips for visiting a display village are:
1. Do your research – once you know your budget, shortlist your preferred builders before visiting a display village by asking friends and family for references, or checking out online forums. Consider how long they’ve been in business, their build quality and range of designs, customer service, warranties and guarantees.
2. Determine your needs – decide what you want in a home, both now and in years to come, including number of bedrooms, living space and outdoor areas.
Things to think about include how big your family might grow, if you will have guests regularly, whether you need lots of storage, and if you want a low-maintenance yard.
3. Be prepared – make sure you bring a pen, paper and camera/phone to record details of the designs and builders that you like, and take lots of photos to help you compare features once you get back home. Schedule in plenty of rest breaks and allow yourself enough time so that your visit to each house isn’t rushed.
4. Pick the best time – weekends are often the most convenient time for people to visit a display village but weekdays are quieter, and the sales consultants will have more time to spend with you. Arranging a one-on-one appointment with a sales consultant is a good idea when you’re getting close to making a decision.
5. Ask questions – display homes are the best examples of the homes available and often feature top-of-the-range fittings and a host of extras. Ask the sales consultants what comes as standard and what the extras are, and keep your budget in mind.
6. Imagine living there – when visiting a display home, spend time imagining living in that space. Do you like the street appeal, does the entry feel right, is it important to see right through the home? Trust your instincts and make sure you feel at home.
For details on the builders and homes on display at Elara, visit www.stockland.com.au/residential/nsw/elara/display-village
For further information on Willowdale’s Display Village, visit www.stockland.com.au/residential/nsw/willowdale/display-village