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Buying a Brand New Home and Choosing the Options

Wednesday, January 22, 2020   /   by Judy Hamilton

Buying a Brand New Home and Choosing the Options

Ready for a new, new, new home? New Roof, New Appliances, New HVAC,New Flooring? It's important to know how to choose the upgrades the home builder will offer. What's a value and what's overpriced and something you can add yourself later?

Are you thinking of buying a new construction home but don’t know what upgrades will get you the most return for your money? Hi, I’m Judy with Homes By Judy and I’m here to help! Today I’ll go over  5 new construction upgrades that are worth the money. And remember, when purchasing new construction, take your Realtor. 

Don’t forget, the people in the sales office represent the builder and are looking out for their best interest, not yours.  When you’re building new construction, you’re tasked with making a lot of decisions. The base price of your home is the cost of the structure plus all the standard finishes. If you’re planning to customize (and if you’re building a new home, you probably are), then you have to also factor in the cost of upgrades. Staying in your budget when there are so many options to choose from can be difficult so it’s important to know which upgrades give you the most bang for your buck. 

Let’s talk about what upgrades are important.  

1. The kitchen. The kitchen is the focal point of your home and one of the rooms you’ll spend the most time in. When you decide to sell it’s one of the first places potential buyers will look when determining whether your home is worth what you’re asking for it. 

2. More lighting. You can never have too much light. It adds not just brightness but also warmth to a space. Make your money count and focus on rooms where lighting is most necessary such as the kitchen and bathrooms. 

3. Bigger garage. This will depend on your lot size and layout but if you can extend your garage, then do it. This is both a functional upgrade but a wise investment 

4. Carpet padding. Upgraded carpet padding will make your carpet more pleasant to walk on even if you don’t splurge on upgraded carpet itself. 

5. Additional outlets – want a stop and drop right as you enter from the garage? How about additional outlets in the garage? Think about your lifestyle and needs in each room and you will see some inexpensive additional outlets that could make your life easier. 

So, as you can see, any time you could spend thinking, and planning and talking to your real estate agent (hopefully one that has sold TONS of New Construction), can save you money and inconvenience. I am happy to help. I have sold close to 200 new homes. I have so much more to tell you. Stay tuned.  

This is Judy with Homes By Judy.

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