If you are purchasing new construction, you typically have the luxury of selecting upgrades. This is a great opportunity to personalize the home and make it your own. It is important to know when decisions should be made and what impact they may have on construction timeframes and resale value. Here are a few Florida new construction upgrade tips to keep in mind.
If your builder allows changes that impact the structure of your home, it is important to do so at the very beginning of the process. The earlier you do so, the easier it will be. Making changes after construction has begun will often increase its cost or, in some cases, not make the change possible at all.
Many builders provide allowances for selection of certain items such as lighting, flooring, cabinetry, countertops, and appliances. Keep in mind that these allowances may cover only basic options. Upgrades may require an out-of-pocket expense. First and foremost, get an understanding of what options are available within the limits of the allowances. Knowing your preferences, request an estimate for what the added cost may be. New construction home buyers commonly assume that everything they see in a model home is standard. However, model homes normally include extensive upgrades.
Stay Within Your Budget
It’s easy to get carried away with upgrades. Make sure that you set a reasonable budget and stick with it. Speak with your builder about cost-saving alternatives. Some materials can be replaced with lower priced alternatives without compromising quality or aesthetics.
Selection Time Frames
Everything has it’s place in the construction timeline. It is important that you make upgrades and other decisions at the appropriate time. For example, cabinetry make take several weeks to order. Delays in selecting cabinetry may, in turn, delay the completion date of your home.
More Florida New Construction Upgrade Tips
Working with an experienced builder will make your home building experience much more pleasant. At Brentwood Construction, we can provide a wealth of Florida new construction upgrade tips including different ways to make your home stand out without blowing your budget. Contact us for a free consultation.