Being involved in the building of your home is an exciting time. It’s a unique opportunity to customize your home and make it just the way you want it. But it can also be scary!
While this is a unique opportunity, there’s also some pressure to get it right. You don’t want to get stuck paying for upgrades that don’t add value. At the same time, you don’t want to be paying (and working) later on upgrades that you wish you’d had installed during construction.
Where Home Builders Should Start
Here are two key questions home builders want to ask themselves:
- Is this functional? Will this upgrade add to the living experience?
- What’s the return on the investment? When I go to sell this home down the road, will this upgrade yield a return in the selling price?
Here are five areas in your home where home builders want to consider upgrades during new construction:
Center of the House – The Kitchen
This is the most commonly used room in any house, so it’s worth investing in some upgrades that will make time spent in the kitchen more enjoyable.
You definitely want to consider upgrading your appliances. Top-end refrigerators, quiet and spacious dishwashers, and easily accessible microwaves are just a few items you’ll want to consider. Not only will these items make your kitchen more “user-friendly,” but they’ll also add real value to your home. One warning: compare the prices your builder is quoting with actual retail prices. Make sure you’re not paying an excessive premium for having these appliances installed up front. If you decide to replace appliances later, chances are the retailer will install them for you, and they’ll often do so for free.
You also want to splurge on cabinetry and cabinet space. Your cabinets are the aesthetic focal point in your kitchen, and they need to provide enough space to house all your goods. You don’t want any regrets with either looks or space down the road, and you definitely don’t want to be faced with replacing cabinets as a DIY project. It’s expensive and time-consuming.
The simple rule for deciding on lighting upgrades is how much “living” occurs in the room and what kind? Be sure to get the kind of lighting the space requires. For rooms with lots of natural light or rooms (like a formal dining room) that don’t get used a lot, lighting upgrades might not be prudent. The kitchen, however, will get used a lot and you’ll need good lighting to make sure you can work in the space.
Upgrading to dimmer switches is a good idea for almost any room. That will give you the flexibility you need for all your lighting needs.
Your flooring should be both aesthetically pleasing and functional. Whether it’s carpet, tile, or wood flooring, pay the premium and get exactly what you want and need. This is another project that can get pretty expensive to take on yourself. Get it right the first time.
Increasing Closet Space
Has anyone ever said a home had too much closet space? You might not notice a few less square feet in a bedroom, but if that turns a regular closet into a spacious walk-in, that can make a huge difference! It will obviously help with your storage while you live in the house, but if you decide to sell, closets can be a deal-maker for prospective buyers.
Investing in quality windows not only improves the look of your home, but they can bring tremendous savings in energy bills. Definitely, a place where home builders shouldn’t cut corners. At Penny Window, we only offer the best in prime windows — a basic window used in new home construction and remodeling. This cost effective addition can help you save money by providing superior thermal performance.
Penny Window Can Help Create Your Dream Home
Before you start accepting new building plans, contact us to learn about your window, siding, gutter, and door options. Take some time to consider what upgrades you want now, and save yourself time and money later. Since 1953, we have been serving homeowners in the St. Louis area with home improvements. Don’t forget to sign up for a FREE estimate and access to our window and door buying guide. Congratulations on building your new home!