Very soon after signing the contract for a new home with the builder you will be working with the builder’s design center. This is one of the main reasons people like to buy new – you get to choose all or most of your finishes, such as flooring, counters, cabinetry, paint color, appliances, etc. The more upgrades you decide on, the more decisions you will ultimately have to make. It is important to be prepared for this potentially overwhelming step in the home buying process, so it can be enjoyable.
First of all, you should know what is standard and what would be considered an upgrade. This is something you should find out when you are comparing builders. Something might be included with one builder, but considered an upgrade with a different builder. The models have MANY upgrades, usually, so remember not to assume that what you see in the model is how it will come in the finished product. Walk through the model with a sales representative and ask them about standard features.
Secondly, set a budget for upgrades and set priorities. Things can add up quickly once you are presented with all of the enticing samples. If you know ahead of time what your priorities are, you can focus on putting your budget towards those items. Do you want to have the interior painted with one color throughout, or add various colors in specific rooms? This may be an upgrade. Do you want to upgrade items that may be more difficult to replace in the future, such as cabinets or countertops?
Finally, know if, when and at what cost making changes to your selections would entail. You may have one chance to meet with the sales representative to make final changes.
In the end, selecting the specific features of your new home at the design center is an exciting process to go through. This is especially true when you are prepared with an understanding of what comes standard and what is an upgrade, if you stick close to your budget and spend the extra money on your priorities, and if you trust your decisions once they are made.
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