What I like to talk about today is notice signs in display homes. What I mean is, when you visit the display homes, sometimes you will see a sign saying what's been displayed is not included (read: you have to pay extra for the upgrade). Or you might see notice signs saying the item been displayed has been changed. Whenever you see signs like that, make sure you understand what it means. Also, don't forget to take a photo or write it down.
Let me give you an example from our builder, the first photo shown here is the standard kitchen on display. We took this photo on April 2006.
Then another one from different angle on September 2006.
Later, on February 2007, we noticed a sign been posted on the cupboard. Have a look and see if you understand what it means.
We thought: ok, so they are increasing the fridge space for bigger fridges. That's good!
It wasn't until we visited a few houses built by our builder in March 2007 then we noticed something wrong. Have a look at this one:
And this one:
Did you see anything wrong? Give you a clue: compare the cupboards above the fridge space with the first 2 photos.
When they say "increased in height", that doesn't mean they will move the whole cupboard higher. What it actually means is, the top level will remain the same, but the bottom part will be chopped off (and you are not getting any credit for that!).
We went back in April 2007 and took this photo with the measurement tape. You can clearly see that the original fridge space is about 1710 mm. When it's increased to 1820 mm, you lose about 110 mm of cupboard space. And the whole thing will look out of proportion as the 3rd & 4th photos shown above.
Luckily we went back and check earlier this year, otherwise we could have miss it. We argued about this but there's not much we can do. In the end we still have to pay some extra money to increase the height of all the top cupboards to make it looks better. Nothing is free in this world...
Remember 2 things: 1. if you see any notice signs in the diplay home, make sure you understand what it means. If you are not sure, ask the sales for further information.
2. always go back to the display home and check before you sign the contract, they might have added some notice since your last visit.
Hope you find this tip helpful!