Decisions, decisions, decisions. One of the advantages of custom building a new home is the opportunity to select the features and finishes that reflect your personality and lifestyle. While this is an exciting endeavor for some, for others, it can leave them feeling dizzy with an endless array of builder options and upgrades at their disposal.
There’s cabinets, countertops, flooring, fixtures, and appliances to choose. How about structural changes such as additional bathrooms, garages, or outdoor living spaces? And, that’s just the beginning of the options your builder may allow you to select!
So, what are you to do? Here are some tips to help you narrow it all down.
Make any structural changes early in the process. The time to do this is when you sign the contract. Let the builder know if you want to make structural changes such as adding rooms or garages, moving doors, adding a fireplace, or installing recessed lighting. These kinds of changes can impact the building permit. Any electrical or plumbing changes may require walls opened up which can end up being costly.
Follow your builder’s timeline for selecting options and upgrades. Generally, this is approximately two to three weeks after you sign the contract and is approved. Most builders will have you meet with them at their design center. Be prepared with a list of things that you want. Also, bring photos of kitchens and baths you like. Depending on your builder, you may not be able to make changes after this meeting. Check with your builder about their policy.
Prepare a Budget
Prepare a budget before each design meeting, and STICK TO IT! Walking into a builder’s design center is like being a kid in a candy store. You can quickly overspend and overextend yourself if you don’t stick to the budget you’ve prepared.
Remember, you have a budget. You may not be able to afford all the extra’s you’d like. Focus on what you need first. Then, work on the wish list.
Keep Resale in Mind
You want what you want. You want it to reflect your personality, style, and taste. However, over-customizing can hurt you when you go to sell your property. Keep resale in mind when choosing your builder options and upgrades.
Work with a Builder You Trust
Deal with a builder you trust. You’ll need to rely on their to guide you through the process, offer expert advice on design choices and how to spend your budget wisely. Trust is of the utmost importance.
Selecting Builder Options and Upgrades
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