Top 5 Reasons to Buy a Showhome
When a community or phase is coming to a close, showhomes hit the market. Home buyers are given the unique opportunity to live in one-of-a-kind spaces designed to showcase who a builder is and the quality of their homes. There are many reasons our clients ultimately choose to purchase a showhome. Whether it’s the amazing value, the timing of possession, or the pride in showing off your expertly designed home, here are the Top 5 Perks of purchasing a showhome.
1. FINISHED LANDSCAPING
Professionally landscaped by the developer to showcase the community and give the best first impression, showhomes have manicured front and back yards. Since showhomes are typically in a parade of builders, your neighbour’s landscaping will also be complete when you move-in. Often all the showhomes tie in together to create a beautiful streetscape. This is an unavoidable ask (and expense) for all homeowners in new communities. Purchasing a showhome takes care of at least this one item on your post-possession to-do list!
2. EXPERT DESIGN
When we think about showhomes the first thing that often comes to mind are the design upgrades and trendy finishes. What is not so obvious is that from the very beginning, our Kimberley Showhomes include a team of experts. Our Vice President of Homebuying Experience must approve the floorplan before it goes to drafting. This ensures that the layout of the home has a wow-factor, yet is still functional and representative of what buyers are looking for. Our Team of Experts fully considers the exterior design as well. Showhomes must balance the fine line of standing out amongst competitors in the showhome parade, while complementing the overall look of the community.
Watch for eye-catching features selected by our interior designers. Textured wall paper, colourful cabinets, unique feature walls, or themed rooms. These expertly chosen designs give you a home like no one else’s on the street.
3. ABUNDANCE OF LIGHTING
One of the most important aspects of a showhome is to be brightly lit so our visitors can take in all the details. Knowing we are often touring clients in the dark winter evenings, showhome lighting plans are designed above and beyond what you would typically see in a standard home or even with an upgraded lighting plan.
Then come the beautiful and often dramatic fixtures. Why have a standard ceiling mount when you can have something like this:
4. SHOWHOME UPGRADES
Knowing that our showhomes will be the host to countless VIP tours, walk-in visitors, pop-up shops for local businesses, and large scale events, we include a variety of upgrades. Some typical selections to watch for include:
- Top-of-the-line surround sound throughout, with flush mount ceiling speakers
- Finished garage – heated, painted, upgraded lighting – provides space for cars, toys, and storage
- Custom blinds and drapery installed
These upgrades represent items that many homebuyers choose to add to their custom build, or install in their homes after possession. Purchasing a showhome means these items are already installed, and have been tested and serviced properly. Giving you peace of mind in your choice is at the top of our mind.
5. AMAZING VALUE
A showhome is typically marketed for sale anywhere from 2-4 years after its completion. This means it’s technically not a “new” home. But you would never know from the professional maintenance, cleaning, and ongoing service it receives. This gives showhomes an amazing value that is not found in other “used” homes of a similar age.
The cost to purchase a showhome might surprise you as well. If you visit showhome at the time it goes for sale and inquire about building an exact replica, the price to build will be much higher than the price of the showhome for sale. This is due to many factors, including but not limited to:
- Changes in construction costs over the years,
- Increasing lot prices in later phases of the community, and
- Upgraded features included with the showhome sale
Purchasing a showhome means that you get all the benefits we’ve described above at a very reasonable cost. And you can move in sooner than if you were to build from scratch.
Purchasing a showhome offers a unique opportunity for home buyers. They are assured that their home was designed and built with expert care and attention to detail. An abundance of upgrades, and a lighting package that goes above-and-beyond means they can take pride that their home is like no other. And finished landscaping, blinds and draperies, and attention to service allows you to move in and enjoy your home right away without having to take care of these items post-possession.
Kimberley Homes is always excited to share with you our beautiful showhomes. And even more so when we can help you call one of them “home” for you and your family.
To book a virtual or in-person tour of any of our current showhomes, please call, text, or email Desiree, Kimberley’s New Home Concierge.