While building your new home, you will be faced with lots of decisions to be made. After you have agreed on a sale price for the floor plan and lot you purchase, there are upgrades that can be added on. Most builders have a standard carpet, counter, window, and lighting package that is included in the base price. You will be able to visit a design center or meet with your builder to help customize the finishing touches. Here are some tips to help you in your decision-making process:
Standard carpet isn't going to be the longest lasting sample in the showroom. If you don't have a quality carpet and pad, you may see foot traffic patterns from the wear and tear in your first year of homeownership. It is wise to shop for carpet by looking at the difference in weight. The heavier the carpet is, the plusher it will be. A thicker carpet pad helps to extend the life of the carpet and makes it more comfortable to walk on. If you plan to have carpet in the home, it would be wise to consider making this one of your upgrades.
Luxury vinyl and linoleum countertops have come a long way in the past 20 years. Their style can mimic expensive stones and for a fraction of the cost. Even if you like the look of the standard package countertops, take note that stone like granite, quartz, or marble can significantly up the value of your home. If you think you might sell your home down the road, this is another thing to consider.
Standard windows are included in the base price of a home, but there are lots of styles to choose from. Black and white framed windows are the most common choice, but they are available in a variety of colors. You can choose custom interior windows to enhance a view or let more light into a room. The carpentry around the windows can make a huge impact in your home. Having them framed or adding a substantial sill can make things look high-end.
Standard lighting doesn't add much personality and style to the home. Look at some options and find some fixtures that fit with the overall style of the home. Instead of flush mount lighting, you can consider paying for more recessed lighting that really helps to brighten the rooms. Budget for a few lighting fixtures that will help your new house feel like your home.
Paying for these upgrades now may seem financially painful, but it can pay off. If you make good decisions now, you can get a good return on your investment if you ever sell the home. Set a budget and start shopping for the finishing touches and upgrades for your new home.