When it comes to buying a Vancouver real estate, appearances can sometimes be deceiving. For many first time real estate buyers, not knowing which questions to ask, particularly when viewing a model suite, can lead to disappointment when it comes time to move in to your own apartment.
Though most developers are not out to trick buyers into a false view of their future digs, the fact of the matter is that most model suites are designed to make you want to sign on the dotted line. Expensive materials and exquisite designs are often used to make the model suite as attractive to buyers as possible. Generally, no expense is spared on this suite and major differences can sometimes arise between what you’re shown and what you get.
It is therefore important for potential buyers who have only the model suite to go on, to stop and ask how and in what ways their suite will differ from that which is being shown.
For instance, model suites can sometimes be made in showrooms that have very high ceilings. Though this might not be intentional on the developers part, in general you should ensure that you have an idea of the actual dimensions of your suite.
It can be very difficult for buyers to visualize lower ceilings or smaller spaces when they have just seen the showroom. Try to step back a little and visualize how things might feel in a smaller space or with a foot or two less height to the ceilings. If possible check out other condos similar in size to the one you’ll be purchasing, rather than the model suite you’ve seen.
Often model suites lack doors which can also give the impression of a larger, more open space. These showrooms are also completely devoid of clutter so you’ll have to imagine just what the space will look like with your things in there.
Sometimes the model suites have all the possible upgrades visible, for instance beautiful crown moulding, which is however not included in the price you’ve been quoted. Like vehicles, the base model may look and feel quite different.
In the end there is simply no substitute for doing your research ahead of time and ensuring you have a list of questions to ask as you see the suite. Asking any question that arises while you are viewing the suite will help to ensure you have an accurate understanding of what exactly you will be getting for your money.