How to Prepare
• Visit our “Start
Thinking Worksheet” so you will be familiar
with decisions to be made in your appointment.
• Be inspired and bring that inspiration with you.
Whether it is pictures from a magazine, paint chips or fabrics
these are valuable tools to you and your consultant in determining
color and design trends that will appeal to you.
• Pick up a special notebook to write down questions
before meeting your consultant and to make notes during your
• Make a list of important products and areas of your
home (please also visit our Product
Knowledge page to learn more about which products will
work best for you). After your first appointment you will
be able to divide this list into Needs, Wants, and, if I win
the Lottery categories. This will enable you and your consultant
to prioritize selections and maximize your time at the design
• Feel free to bring a camera so that you may take
pictures of your selections to have a visual reference when
reviewing notes from the design center.
• Know your builder’s deposit policy on upgrades.
Also, know how much of a deposit you are comfortable making,
and then communicate this with your consultant so she can
help you stay with in your budget.
• While children are a source of curiosity and amazement,
they also demand your full attention and make it difficult
to focus on this important step of creating your home. If
you have small children, determine a time to come when you
can utilize a friend or babysitter to keep your little ones.
This will allow not only you, but also other homebuyer’s
quiet time to focus on the job ahead. When this is not possible
bring some quiet entertainment with them to occupy their time
while here, as there is not a playroom.
• Schedule enough travel time to arrive a few minutes
early to sit down and relax before the fun begins.