In the competitive landscape of the real estate market, builders and developers are constantly seeking ways to set their homes apart and attract potential buyers. One powerful tool in their arsenal is the strategic use of interior design in model homes. The return on investment (ROI) of interior design goes beyond aesthetic appeal; it directly influences the perception of value and can significantly impact a buyer’s decision-making process. In this blog, we will explore the tangible benefits of investing in interior design for model homes, focusing on how it enhances the merchandising of properties and contributes to a new home builder’s success.

First impressions matter, a model home serves as the initial impression potential buyers have of a builder’s vision. A thoughtfully designed interior not only captivates visitors but also helps them envision the lifestyle that the home offers. It sets the tone for the entire home-buying experience.

  • Emotional Connection: Interior design has the power to evoke emotions and create a connection with the buyers. Whether it’s through warm color palettes, cozy furnishings, or carefully curated decor, a well-designed model home can make potential buyers feel emotionally attached to the space.
  • Highlighting Key Features: Effective interior design can emphasize the unique features and selling points of a home. Whether it’s showcasing a spacious kitchen, a luxurious master suite, or innovative architectural elements, the design can guide the buyer’s attention to what matters most.

Investing in quality interior design doesn’t just make a home look appealing; it enhances its perceived value. Buyers often associate a well-designed model home with superior craftsmanship, attention to detail, and overall quality.

  • Premium Perception: A tastefully decorated model home can create the perception that the property is of higher quality. This premium perception can justify a higher price point and increase the overall return on investment for the builder.
  • Competitive Edge: In a saturated market, standing out is essential. A beautifully designed model home can give a builder a competitive edge, making their properties more attractive to potential buyers compared to others in the same price range.

The ultimate goal of any model home is to convert visitors into buyers. A well-executed interior design can expedite the sales process in several ways.

  • Faster Sales Cycles: A visually appealing model home reduces the time a property spends on the market. Buyers are more likely to make quicker decisions when they can easily visualize themselves living in a well-designed space.
  • Increased Conversion Rates: The investment in interior design can lead to higher conversion rates. When potential buyers see a home that resonates with their lifestyle, they are more likely to commit to a purchase.

The ROI of interior design in model homes is evident in the lasting impressions it creates, the perceived value it adds to properties, and the acceleration of the sales process. Builders who recognize the impact of strategic interior design are better positioned to differentiate their offerings in a competitive market, ultimately reaping the rewards of their investment. Lita Dirks and Adrienne Albert will be tackling the ROI of interior design at the NAHB International Builders Show Education Session “The Power of Interior Design in Sales Success”. Save the date for their exciting presentation on Wednesday, February 28th.

Contact us to learn more about our design and installation process. We design and merchandise model homes and amenity spaces that elicit dreams of home ownership and a lifestyle worth living, set our client’s product apart from the competition, and help homes sell.