Have a Budget
Before you start perusing catalogs for the latest counter tops or visiting sites to look at demo houses, consider how much money you are truly able to invest in your property. Most contractors will have a base price that they quote to potential buyers. This price will include whatever they consider “basic” to the home, such as bathrooms, bedrooms, living space, kitchen, etc. More than likely, you’ll want to make changes to this basic model. Create a budget for all of these expenses and stick as close to it as you can.
Prioritize Pre- over Post-Construction Upgrades
Depending on what company you end up working with, your contractor will likely offer pre- and post-construction upgrades. Pre-construction upgrades are amenities that have an essential structural component to them and cannot be added or changed once the walls go up. These include things like additional rooms, bathrooms, or changes to the configuration of the layout. Post-construction upgrades can include smaller or outlying spaces, like carports or sheds, but they are for the most part cosmetic. Items such as appliances, decorative touches, special carpeting or counter tops fall into this category. Since there is no way to add another bedroom or a half bath once the timbers have been cut, it is best to prioritize the former changes over the latter ones. A few months or years after construction, you might have more room in your budget, and you can consult your new home builders about adding sconces or lighting to the kitchen then.
With all of the cool options available today, you might be tempted to simply get them all. After all, you envision yourself always living in this space. But if you have even an inkling of doubt, you might want to resist adding too many personal touches to the blueprints. Although all of the choices are a fun prospect in the short term, “over-customizing” your space to your wishes might make it harder to sell in the future. Potential buyers want to have the ability to make the space their own.
Work with a Contractor You Trust
A home is one of the biggest financial duties most people undertake in their lifetime. You want to be sure that the people in charge of turning your dreams into a reality are reliable and trustworthy. Before signing anything, consult friends, family members, reputable websites, and former customer testimonials, to learn about potential new home builders and their dealings. This investment of your time will pay off tremendously down the road when you have a house that is structurally sound.