When building a new home the list of offered options and upgrades can be endless, leaving homeowners to constantly weigh want versus need and what is affordable. Unless you’re building a completely custom home with no expense spared, it’s likely you will opt to save money in some areas, with plans to upgrade later. According to Houzz, “Upgrading later by doing it yourself can sometimes be a good plan allowing you to avoid paying the builder’s premium. But sometimes waiting will not only not save you money, it will cost you more in the end or create a headache when the upgrade is finally addressed.” We’ve constructed our list of new build upgrades that are worth the added cost to take on while building instead of down the road.
Keep in mind, each builder is different and offers different items within their standard package. Be sure to consult with your builder to get a clear idea of what comes standard with your house, and what is an upgrade.
New Build Upgrades: Which are Worth the Investment?
Some new builds comes with a small to medium-sized patio. If you want a patio large enough to entertain and possibly hold an outdoor dining table, consider increasing the size of your patio. If you have matters of money in mind, this is a now or never upgrade. Adding square footage to your patio before it’s poured will be seamless and far less expensive than adding on later when big equipment will have to roll through your pretty yard to pour extra concrete.
If you’re lucky, your builder might include some basic (but necessary) built-in organization in your cabinetry like a lazy Susan and pull-out trash and recycling cans. If these items don’t come standard with your kitchen, consider adding these upgrades along with specialized storage for pots and pans, utensils, and deep wide drawers for maximum storage. You will love your new kitchen even more!
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Future Half Bath
If you are building a home with an unfinished basement you may be asked whether you want to plan for a future basement bathroom with rough in plumbing. If you think it’s even remotely possible you will finish the basement at some point in the future, it’s a good idea to have the plumbing setup installed now. It will save you a lot of money and hassle in the future if the plumbing is already in place for the installation of an additional vanity, toilet, and maybe even a shower.
Tile Shower and Soaking Tub
Shower and bathtub stalls come standard with most new builds, while a tile shower and soaking tub can make a big impact in your new home. If you want your bathroom to be more reminiscent of a spa than a bathroom, consider upgrading to a tile shower with a soaking tub. These upgrades are more than worth the money when it comes time to resell.
Add More Wood Flooring
Most new builds come with hardwood flooring in at least some of the living spaces, primarily installed on the first floor, typically it will be in the main entryway and kitchen and dining areas. If you love hardwood floors and aren’t a fan of carpet, consider adding more wood flooring throughout the remainder of your first floor and up the stairs to the second floor. The expense may be worth it if knowing dirty shoes won’t be as much of a problem in your high traffic areas.
Adding extra outlets throughout your home is a very economic upgrade. New builds must comply with codes that specify the minimum number and general location of electrical outlets throughout the home. But, that doesn’t mean you can’t add more outlets to simplify your life. Consider adding outlets to your butler’s pantry, or add some to large walk-in closets so you can set up your ironing board or operate your steamer and immediately hang up freshly pressed clothing.
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