​Taking the leap to decide to purchase a home is very exciting! There are so many options out there, and you want to make sure you find the right fit. Our New Home Consultants are there to help you do just that!

​So, you’ve made an appointment for your first model home tour, now what?

​Coming prepared for your appointment is very important, but it is also a lot easier than you may think.

​I’ve asked two experienced New Home Consultants from the Columbus division—with a combined 34 years with M/I Homes—how you can prepare for your appointment!

​The three ways to prepare for your first appointment are knowing:

  1. What you should bring;
  2. What questions should you ask;
  3. And what happens at your first tour.

What Do I Bring to My First Model Home Tour?

​The most important part of preparing for your first model home tour is to know what you should bring to your appointment.

​Joy Adkins said, “Truthfully, you do not need to bring much; we suggest the main decision-makers attend the appointment, so all the initial information is heard and understood.”

1. Make sure you take a look at your finances and have an idea of what you can afford. Whether that be a pre-approval, an ideal monthly payment, or how much you can put towards a down payment.

​Knowing how much you can afford is very important so our New Home Consultants can guide you in the right direction, but it doesn’t need to be an intimidating task. If you haven’t talked with a lender and have been pre-approved, that’s okay: the New Home Consultant can put you in contact with a loan officer from M/I Financial. They can discuss your finances with you and get you approved to purchase your dream home!

2. Knowing when you need to move is the next way to prepare for your appointment.

​Whether you are leasing, relocating, or selling your home, knowing the time frame of when you need to be moved in will tell your New Home Consultant if buying an inventory home or building a home is the right fit for you.

3. The last thing to bring to the appointment is the most fun part: your must-have list!

​Knowing what you need in your next home and what isn’t working in your current home will guide your New Home Consultant to the right floorplan.

​In each community, we offer numerous floorplans, each with options to cater the home to your needs. Just remember that our New Home Consultants are experts at their jobs, and they know your options like the back of their hand, so keeping an open mind going into the appointment is the key! Finding which floorplan and how to make it fit your needs is what they do best.

What Questions Should I Be Asking About Buying a Home?

​Asking the right questions in your first model home tour can save you time and help narrow down all of your options to make sure you are finding the perfect home!

1. Ask what your options are with your time frame.

​ Some people need to move in fast; some have a lot of time. With build times between 6 to 9 months, you might need to purchase an inventory home under construction, or you might be coming in with plenty of time to build your dream home!

2. Find out if the floorplans you like are available to see in person.

​Seeing the floorplans in person can help you decide on the options you want, and which one is the best fit for you.

3. Once you choose a floorplan that is a good fit, ask about what is included in each home and the options you can add to or upgrade.

​You might want to upgrade the flooring, cabinets, countertops, or even add on more space. Find out the price for items you want so you can budget for that in your purchase.

4. Make sure to ask about homesite options and if there are any added prices on those.

​Some people want a particular view or a larger backyard, and there are normally additional prices for those desirable lots. You want to know what lot options you have to build the home you want, and which fit into your budget.

What Happens in My First Model Home Tour?

​This is going to be a very exciting and informative appointment. Each appointment might be a little bit different, especially if you have set up a model home virtual tour, but typically you will meet your New Home Consultant and talk about your home search and what you are looking for in your next home. This is where you will provide them with all the information you prepared.

​Then you will walk through the model home, and you can get a feel for what your home could look like. If you have a virtual appointment you can do a virtual tour of the model! Here you can ask what is standard and what is upgraded.

​Once you have a visual idea of the home, you can sit down and figure out which floorplan is best for you. You can ask any questions you may have and all that we discussed above.

​The New Home Consultant will then review the process of building and buying a home from M/I Homes. They will provide you with information for all the options you have and your next steps. Those steps may be to set another appointment to view more floorplans, discuss pricing again, or even bring back the whole family to ensure you have found the right fit.

​Angela Kohler offers reassuring insight: “We don’t need to sell you a home on the first day; we want to help you see everything and find the perfect fit for your family’s next home!”

​Buying a home is exciting! It is a new place to create memories and for your family to grow. Our expert New Home Consultants are here to make this process exciting and painless.

​We want to make sure you have all the information and feel you have found the perfect place to call home. Now that you are prepared for your first model home tour, you can walk in with confidence that you will find that house to call your home!

​Set up your appointment to check out a model home here. We can’t wait to see you!


Emily Redman


As the Internet Sales Manager in Columbus, Emily is here to help answer your new home buyer questions. She provides the pathway to narrow your home search down, and she addresses a variety of questions on home building! Aside from #ISMworklife Emily enjoys spending time with her little daughter, wearing festive wool socks year-round, and collecting glass owls.