If you are buying a new construction home, you are responsible for making a lot of big decisions. The base price of your new home involves the structure itself along with all the standard finishes. But, if you wish to customize (and you always should!), then you need to factor in the cost of the upgrades. If you’re in the early stages of buying a new home – check out these tips from the Canadian Home Builder’s Association.
7 Must-Have New Construction Upgrades That Add Value
With so many choices offered by new home builders, choosing the right options for your home can feel overwhelming. The key is to prioritize and spend your budget on new construction upgrades that will add value to your home in the long run.
1. Granite or Quartz Countertops
Kitchens and bathrooms are often the first rooms potential home buyers pay attention to, so these two rooms are worth splurging for. Replacing standard builder countertops with granite or marble is a great way to give your kitchen or bathroom a custom look. In addition, having stone countertops will make the cleaning process easier for you.
Backsplash is easy to install, and it is often one of the most affordable options to upgrade your kitchen or bathroom. Having a backsplash will instantly add style points to your home and will help to protect the walls underneath from water damage in the long run. Along with the added durability and effortless maintenance, a backsplash is an easy way to modernize your kitchen and make it more appealing to potential home buyers.
3. Hardwood Floors
Carpet is the go-to floor finish for most home builders, but many home buyers prefer the seamless look of hardwood throughout the first floor. In that case, should you wish to replace carpeting throughout the rest of the home, it will be difficult to match the exact colors of the floors. In addition, it is one of the new construction upgrades that increase the value of your home right off the bat!
4. Roughed-In Plumbing
If you aren’t ready to invest in an additional bathroom in the basement, you can consider purchasing roughed-in plumbing. That way, should you ever decide to complete the bathroom, you can save a lot of money and effort on plumbing. Even if you don’t, roughed-in plumbing will serve as an attractive perk whenever you decide to sell your home.
5. Deeper Basement
An extra foot of height in your basement can make a huge difference between the cramped space and the space that feels open and airy. Needless to say, the ceiling height of your basement cannot be changed once the house is built. So, this somewhat of a pricey upgrade is definitely worth investing in.
6. Additional Lighting
Of course, standard new construction homes come with lighting, but it often includes the bare minimum. If you are considering installing more lights throughout the house, go for it! It is best to focus on rooms that need the most light, such as bathrooms and kitchens. In addition, good lighting can make any room feel bright and warm, and potential home buyers do love pot light upgrades.
There is nothing more comforting than the ambiance of a fireplace in a living room. The fireplace often serves as the focal point of the room that pulls the space together. If you have an option to install a fireplace in your new construction home, we highly recommend doing it. The upgrade will enhance the look of your home and allow you to display decorative pieces on top of the mantel for a personal touch.
Design Your Dream Home with Legacy Homes
One unparalleled benefit of purchasing a new construction home is the fact that you get to decide on its ultimate look and feel. And while choosing your home’s options and upgrades can feel overwhelming, Legacy Homes is committed to making the process as smooth as possible for you. Our professional design team will guide you through the important decisions that will help you choose new construction upgrades that will add value to your home in the long run.
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