7 Builder Upgrades to Skip in a New Home
If laminate countertops are the standard option, choose one that is as simple and neutral as possible and that you can live with indefinitely. You may be able to select an edge profile as well, so ask about your options. If it becomes possible to upgrade them on your own later, you can sell or donate the old materials so they don’t go to waste.
It’s a good idea to shop for this item in the early stages of your build, as the required duct diameter for some products may be larger than for your builder’s standard model. Do your research by reading the specs for each product. If necessary, you can have your builderupgrade the duct size in preparation for venting a new fan.
You’ll need to have an idea of how many fixtures you want and where you’d like to place them, and you’ll also want to be sure the wiring for this lighting is on your building plan. Additional ceiling light boxes are worthy and affordable upgrades, but they need to be done early. The boxes can be inconspicuously capped with a white metal plate until you’re ready to install something in them. If you know you want large ceiling pendants, such as in this photo, be sure to measure the distance between the boxes to accommodate them.
Remember that you are limited to the size of hardware that fits the holes drilled in the cabinetry. So if you don’t yet know what you’re after, ask whether the cabinets can be produced without any predrilled holes — which means they’ll have no hardware at all. Some builders may fulfill this request.
The other thing is that builders’ painters will just color match your paint selections to the brand they prefer, so if you love a particular brand of paint, wait until later and do it yourself.
Also, builders usually don’t allow you to tile only part of the backsplash area. So if you want to put your money into a higher-end tile, but only want to tile the small area behind the range, for example, this is best done after you take possession, as the builder may not allow this leeway.
Even if you are able to get a credit for these appliances to put toward ones of your own choice, it’s usually only valid at the store the builder has the deal with. This may work for you, but look around before you commit. There are a lot of choices out there, and maybe better prices.