You have chosen to buy a new home instead of going with existing construction. It is an exciting time, looking through the plans with the builder and seeing the community plans and watching it being built. There are a few decisions you will need to make when you first buy your new home and some of them will be in regards to upgrades. While you could go with the standard fixtures and amenities that will come with the home, some upgrades are completely worth buying.
What upgrades should you buy when you purchase your new home? Here are just a few to consider.
Upgrade Your Kitchen
One of the best upgrades you can make to your new home is to the kitchen. While the appliances and countertops will be well-made, they will be standard. The kitchen tends to be one of the rooms you spend the most time in, and you want it to be a real focal point of the house. This is especially true if you love to cook and entertain often.
Think about what you would want to upgrade here. Only upgrade those things that will be most useful to you. For example, think about getting taller cabinets and more cabinets for better storage. You could also get an island installed for preparation and storage. Also, think about the type of countertop you want and if you want stainless steel appliances.
A Deeper And Finished Basement
For the most part, in a new home, the basement may not be as deep as you might like. It's also typically not finished. This means it's just a roughed out, cemented space that will hold your washer and dryer and furnace. You can decide to build walls and finish it yourself at a later point, but if you are going to do that anyway, think about adding a finished basement to your construction.
A deeper basement will make for more headroom and make the space feel larger. It can also help if you are going to add a basement apartment to the home at a later date.
If you decide not to get a finished basement, you should at least get roughed-in plumbing for a potential future bathroom. If you ever sell your home or decide to put in a bathroom at a later date, the plumbing will already be there for the bathroom.
Upgrade To Energy Saving Items
One of the best upgrades you can buy when you have a new home is to upgrade to energy-saving items. This can include energy-efficient windows to prevent any heating or cooling loss through leaks. They can include energy-saving appliances, furnace or air conditioning units, and even your flooring can create an energy-saving bonus.
The more energy you can save and that doesn't get lost, the more money you will save on heating and cooling, as well as electricity.
For more information about new homes, reach out to local real estate agents and builders.