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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, but if you prioritize correctly, you can spend your money on the things that add the most value to your home—both for when you live in it and when you’re ready to sell it—and skip the things that are either not worth their price tag or can be done more cheaply on your own later on. You just have to know which new construction upgrades give you the most bang for your buck and which don’t.

Before getting in to the specifics, consider what gives value to upgrades. Aesthetics matter, but only you will know if it’s worth spending an extra $2,000 for the fancier banister or splurging on that apron sink. When choosing which new construction upgrades to add and which to pass on, think more in terms of overall value; namely: functionality and a return on investment. Here’s what adds value, and equally important, what doesn’t.

Worth it

  1. The kitchen

    Your kitchen is the focal point of your home. It’s one of the rooms you’ll spend the most time in, and when and if you decide to sell, one of the first places potential buyers will look when determining whether your home is worth what you’re asking for it. It’s also one of the rooms where upgrades are both plentiful and pricey. You don’t have to upgrade every single aspect of your kitchen right away (things like upgraded appliances and countertops can be added in later), but you do want your kitchen to have good bones. Consider upgrading for details like taller cabinets, a kitchen island, and LED strip under cabinet lighting. These things are difficult and costly to upgrade later on, and will all go a long way toward making your kitchen look more gourmet.

  2. Deeper basement

    An extra foot or so of height in your basement can make the difference between the space feeling cramped and the space feeling open and usable. It’s especially worth it if your basement is coming unfinished but you plan to finish it later on. As far as new construction upgrades go it’s one of the bigger ones—plan to spend about $6,000 on a deeper pour—but it’s very unlikely that you’ll ever regret spending the money.

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  3. Roughed-in plumbing for a future full or half bath

    Speaking of basements, if yours is coming unfinished you’ll definitely want to think about having your builder rough in plumbing for either a full or half bath. That way, if you ever decide to finish the basement you’ll be able to add another bathroom to your home. And if you don’t do it, you’ll at least be able to offer it as a potential asset to the next person who lives there.

  4. More lighting

    A standard new construction home comes with lighting, of course, but when you’re upgrading you will have the option to add more light. Do it—you can never have too much. Make your money count by focusing on rooms where lighting is most necessary, such as the kitchen and bathrooms. Lighting is inherently functional, and adds not just brightness but also warmth to a space. And while an abundance of lighting may not be super notable to a potential future buyer, a lack of it certainly will be.

  5. Energy savers

    Energy saving upgrades are the gifts that keep on giving. If you’re provided with the option, spend extra on things like energy efficient windows, appliances, space heating and cooling devices, and more. The more efficient you can make your home, the more you’ll save in utility costs every month. Your home will also do more work for you, naturally staying cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter. As a bonus, you’ll be doing right by the environment, which is always something to strive for.

  6. Bigger garage

    Has anybody ever complained about having too much space in their garage? This isn’t always on the list of offered new construction upgrades—it depends on your lot size and the layout of the community—but if it is, go for it. Garages can be expanded both width-wise to accommodate more vehicles and depth-wise to fit things like gardening supplies, extra storage, and bikes. It’s an upgrade that’s guaranteed to be both functional and a wise investment, so always go with the bigger garage if you can.

  7. Innovative storage options

    Storage is universally desired among homebuyers, and for good reason. Like lighting, it’s one of those things that’s more obvious the less you have of it, and it also makes the every day functionality of your home just that much better. Fortunately, adding in innovative storage solutions like built-in cabinet organizers and pull out trash and recycling bins aren’t terribly expensive. You don’t have to add in every extra storage option available, but do choose a few that make the most sense for your home.

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  8. Carpet padding

    Here’s another one of those new construction upgrades that offers a ton of added value without needing to spend a ton of added money. Upgraded carpet padding will make all of your carpet feel cushier and more pleasant to walk on, even if you don’t splurge on the upgraded carpet itself.

Skip it

  1. Wood floors

    This is an unpopular opinion, I know, but stick with me here. Wood floors are expensive, and they’re also prone to scratches and water damage. You can get the same look for a lot less by going with laminate instead. Laminate flooring looks just like wood, but it’s significantly more affordable and also scratch- and water-resistant. That means your floors will have a longer lifespan for less money, all without having to sacrifice on the overall look of your space.

  2. Light fixtures

    The standard lighting fixtures offered by builders are generally nothing special. Look through the options of upgraded lighting fixtures and you’ll see that those aren’t very exciting either. With so many great options online for buying not just stylish and original lighting but also highly affordable lighting, it doesn’t make a lot of sense to opt for builder upgrades in this area. Have your builder put in the standard fixtures and then swap them out as you find other fixtures that you like.

  3. Master bedroom bump out

    It may seem like it makes sense that having some extra square footage in the master bedroom would be an asset, but the numbers don’t lie—additions to the master bedroom add the least value of all the most common improvements you can make to your space. And because this is an upgrade that definitely doesn’t run cheap (a bump out will usually cost you about $5,000 or more depending on the amount of space that it adds), there’s really no sense in opting for it, even if it seems desirable on its face.

  4. Marble countertops

    Marble has been a trendy option for kitchens for some time now, but it’s actually a pretty poor investment. It’s incredibly porous, meaning that it both chips easily and stains easily. And in a space like your kitchen where spills are common, it’s more of a headache than it’s worth. If you really love the look, go with quartz instead. It’s a bit more expensive, but it’s nearly indestructible.

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  5. Crown molding

    Your builder will definitely try to sell you on crown molding, either for your walls or your cabinets or both—it’s an expensive upgrade and easy to install on their end. And while it will certainly look extremely appealing when you see it in the design center, crown molding is for aesthetics only and won’t increase value in other ways. Resist the crown molding urge and save yourself the money for the new construction upgrades that will really count.

By being smart about how you spend your budget for your new construction home you can stretch the value of your dollars and only incur costs in areas where you’ll also get a return. You don’t have to be overly pragmatic about it—it’s totally fine to spend money on things that don’t matter in terms of functionality or return on investment but are just really important to making your house seem like a home to you—but when in doubt, err on the side of the new construction upgrades that will pay for themselves over time.

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FAQs

How do you pay for extras on a new build? ›

You will be asked to pay a deposit up front when you order your extras, with the balance typically payable on completion. You should not normally be asked to pay in full for any extras prior to exchange of contracts.

Is buying a new build worth it? ›

Are new build homes worth it? New build homes may have a higher price tag than older houses, but with cheaper energy bills and lower maintenance, they may be cheaper in the long run. If you want the ease of purchase and freedom to personalise your home as you please, new build homes are more than worthwhile.

How can I increase my home value 2022? ›

Top Home Improvements That Add Value in 2022
  1. Garage Door Replacement. A new garage door updates the look of the home and adds to curb appeal. ...
  2. Manufactured Stone Veneer Installation. ...
  3. Minor Mid-Range Kitchen Remodel. ...
  4. Fiber-Cement Siding Installation. ...
  5. Vinyl Window Installation.

What upgrades are worth it? ›

10 Must-Have Home Upgrades That Are Actually Worth It
  • Zero-Threshold Showers.
  • Cool Roofing.
  • Kitchen Countertops.
  • Updated Garage Doors.
  • Radiant-Heat Flooring.
  • Automatic Bathroom Vent Fans.
  • Tankless Water Heater.
  • Decks and Patios.
29 Aug 2022

What should you not forget when building a new house? ›

This list of 10 small things that get forgotten when building a house will help you check even the smallest boxes off your list:
  • Light Switches and Power Outlets. ...
  • Kitchen Cabinet Lighting. ...
  • Television Location. ...
  • Shower Head Height. ...
  • Recessed Bathroom Storage. ...
  • Internet & Electronics. ...
  • Kitchen Cabinet Features. ...
  • Outdoor Conveniences.

What 3 things do you bring to a new house? ›

Here are 30 items you should definitely bring for the first days in your new home:
  1. Keys. Don't laugh — we forget the obvious all the time, and you'll be in real trouble without these.
  2. A basic first-aid kit. ...
  3. Chargers. ...
  4. A portable alarm clock. ...
  5. Spare batteries. ...
  6. Sheets and a pillow. ...
  7. Extra changes of clothing. ...
  8. Toiletries.

What are the five most important things to look for in a new home? ›

Here're 10 important features to consider when buying a house.
  • Location of the house.
  • The size of the lot.
  • Number of bedrooms.
  • Number of bathrooms.
  • The Kitchen layout.
  • The age, style and condition of home appliances.
  • Age of the house.
  • The price.
30 May 2021

How do you get free upgrades on new builds? ›

How to haggle with a developer for extras and freebies
  1. Always be polite and respectful.
  2. Respond quickly to any questions.
  3. Write a list of questions before you meet a developer or look round a property, and ask them all.
  4. Be confident, even if it's all new to you.
11 Mar 2019

Are new builds overpriced? ›

For lots of different reasons, new builds will almost always be cheaper to run. Things don't tend to break as often they're brand new and if they do they will be replaced/fixed. You're therefore spending less money each month on repairs.

Can you negotiate with a new home builder on upgrades? ›

Just Ask! Sometimes negotiating upgrades is as simple as asking for it! Many builders offer periodic incentives and special deals throughout the year to help lower your costs and put room in the budget for upgrades.

What is the new build premium? ›

Average new-build homes across the UK sell for a price of £261 per square foot - 11% higher than the average price for an existing home which is £236 per square foot.

How long will new build houses last? ›

This is largely debated within the construction industry as it is really dependant on the materials that are used, the quality of the workmanship and the maintenance that is required and followed through on. On average, the generally expected and acceptable lifespan of a home should last at least 60 years.

Is it better to build a new home or buy existing? ›

As a rule of thumb, it's cheaper to buy a house than to build one. Building a new home costs $34,000 more, on average, than purchasing an existing home. The median cost of new construction was $449,000 in May 2022.

What adds the most value to a house? ›

What Home Improvements Add the Most Value?
  • Kitchen Improvements. If adding value to your home is the goal, the kitchen is likely the place to start. ...
  • Bathrooms Improvements. Updated bathrooms are key for adding value to your home. ...
  • Lighting Improvements. ...
  • Energy Efficiency Improvements. ...
  • Curb Appeal Improvements.
24 Mar 2020

What renovations do not add value? ›

  • 6 House Improvements To Avoid. ...
  • A Swimming Pool Or Hot Tub. ...
  • Elaborate Professional Landscaping. ...
  • Garage Conversion. ...
  • Unique Wallpaper. ...
  • Sunrooms. ...
  • Bedroom Conversion. ...
  • 4 Renovation Projects To Increase Home Value.
12 Sept 2022

What renovation adds the most value? ›

Projects That Boost Your Home's Value
  • Boost the bathrooms. ...
  • Remodel the attic or basement. ...
  • Get decked out. ...
  • Boost curb appeal. ...
  • Improve energy efficiency. ...
  • Swimming Pools. ...
  • Luxury Upgrades. ...
  • Garage Conversions. Converting garages can add square footage to your home's living area, but most buyers want garages.

How can I upgrade without paying full price? ›

7 Ways to Upgrade Your Flight Without Paying Full Price
  1. Buy a Nonrefundable Business or First-Class Fare When It's Low. ...
  2. Use Miles/Points to Upgrade From Economy. ...
  3. Use Miles or Points to Upgrade. ...
  4. Last-Minute Upgrade Offers. ...
  5. Buy Through a Consolidator. ...
  6. Bid on an Upgrade Through an Auction. ...
  7. Be Loyal to One Airline.
4 Feb 2020

Are house upgrades worth it? ›

Building upgrades are a great way to boost the liveability, energy-efficiency, cost-effectiveness, and resale value of your home. If you decide to build a house, consider the home upgrades before commencing construction as some upgrades may provide tricky and more costly to retro-fit down the line.

What is the most common source of major problems in new home construction? ›

One of the most common new construction Home defects is overlooked paint. You may find that some areas of a newly-built home have not been properly painted, such as basement areas, utility closets, and other out-of-the-way areas. Touch up paint is also done at the very end of construction.

What I Wish I Knew Before building a house? ›

10 Things I Wish I'd Known Before Building a House
  • Your schedule is a guideline. Our build stretched over the course of a year. ...
  • Design for your future. ...
  • Finish before moving in. ...
  • Plan for storage. ...
  • Research contractors. ...
  • Sweat equity is king. ...
  • Invest in fixtures. ...
  • Go neutral.

What is the most important step in building a house? ›

Laying the foundation and clearing the way for the house is the most important step, and it can also take a long time to complete. It's normal to expect this part to take upward of a month.

What is the first thing to do in a new house? ›

Things To Do After You Move
  1. Schedule A Deep Clean. Your first thought may be to deep clean your new home. ...
  2. Unpack Your Supplies. ...
  3. Set Up Safety Measures For Kids And Pets. ...
  4. Change House Locks. ...
  5. Get A Security System Installed. ...
  6. Test Your Smoke Detectors And HVAC System. ...
  7. Update Your Address.
17 Aug 2022

What should I update in my house first? ›

The kitchen should always be one of the first projects to tackle because homeowners want to make a good first impression, and it is one of the rooms where guests spend the most time. “This renovation includes new cabinets, flooring, appliances, countertops and often, the layout, to open up more space,” Muller says.

What should you not pack when moving? ›

What NOT to Pack When Moving
  • Household cleaners. ...
  • Lighter fluid. ...
  • Fertilizer and Weed Killer. ...
  • Perishables (moving the kitchen) ...
  • Ammunition. ...
  • Car Batteries. ...
  • Moving Documents. ...
  • Cash, Wills, Deeds, Jewelry, and Other Valuables.
3 Feb 2016

What are the three essential feature of a good house? ›

The Top 7 Qualities of An Ideal House Built By The Good Real Estate Developers
  • The home should be airy and well-ventilated. ...
  • The design of the interiors should be ergonomic. ...
  • The material used in construction should be of good quality. ...
  • The height of the ceilings should be between 10-12 feet.
21 Mar 2018

What are the 3 most important things when looking to buy real estate? ›

 If you have been involved in real estate for any length of time, you've heard it said that the three most important things when it comes to real estate are “location, location, location.” I've heard nationally-recognized experts say that over and over on national media.

What features are most important to home buyers? ›

What Are Homebuyers Looking For? Top 10 Features
  • Updated Kitchens And Baths.
  • Open Floor Plans.
  • Low-Maintenance Features.
  • Energy Efficiency.
  • Wireless Connectivity.
  • Laundry Rooms.
  • Patios.
  • Garage Storage Space.

What extras can you get in new builds? ›

Extras such as carpets and curtains, cash-back deals to cover stamp duty or solicitors' fees and even free upgrades on kitchen spec or white goods are all things you may be able to negotiate on when buying a new build house.

Can you negotiate lower price on new build? ›

Always negotiate a new-build house price

Just because a new-build property is new, it doesn't mean the asking price is non-negotiable. You can make an offer in the same way you would if you were buying an older property. Of course, it's up to the developer if they wish to accept a lower offer or politely decline it.

How do I get free builders? ›

How to unlock 5 builders for free
  1. 5 builders unlocked.
  2. Completing achievements rewards you with Gems.
  3. Obstacles can be removed for Gems.
  4. A Gem box.
  5. Selling a Rune of Dark Elixir for Gems.
  6. Gems and Magic Items are on offer as Clan Game rewards.
  7. An example of an in game event offering a Book of Heroes and Gems.

Is it cheaper to build in 2022? ›

Both the housing market and the cost of construction materials skyrocketed in 2022. The typical home sale price jumped by 17%, while the cost of construction materials increased by 12.2%. While some home buyers may be surprised by housing prices, the cost of construction remains high.

How much can you negotiate on a new build house? ›

Latest analysis shows that buyers of new build homes are currently negotiating a typical discount of around 14% from the asking price.

Are new builds cheaper than bills? ›

New builds are much more energy efficient than older properties as a result of modern building techniques, the materials used in their construction and the appliances installed. This not only means that owning a new build could save money on energy bills, but also that new homes have a reduced impact on the planet.

What can you negotiate with a builder? ›

Let's look at my 10 ways to negotiate with a home builder to get a good deal.
  • Purchase Your New Home Without a Real Estate Agent. ...
  • Ask for Upgrades at a Reduced Price or for Free. ...
  • Inquire About Sales, Incentives, Discounts. ...
  • Ask to Have Your Moving Costs Covered. ...
  • Have the Builder Pay Closing Costs.
3 Jan 2022

How do you negotiate construction costs? ›

How to Negotiate with a Contractor
  1. Set the Right Tone. ...
  2. Talk with Previous Clients. ...
  3. Get Multiple Bids. ...
  4. Get Details in Writing. ...
  5. Be Clear About Your Budget. ...
  6. Ask for Help Trimming Costs. ...
  7. Be Creative About Reducing the Price Tag. ...
  8. Know Who to Call if Things Go Sideways.
10 Jun 2021

What is the best way to negotiate a builder deal? ›

Once you have all the quotes, let the developers know your offer price. "Your initial offer can be up to 15% less than the quoted price, but you should be willing to settle for a discount of 7-8%," says Nair of JLL. "Submit an offer to purchase the apartment even if you are not sure that the developer will accept it.

Which builder upgrades are worth it? ›

11 Upgrades You'll Want in Your New Home
  • Extra-height kitchen cabinets. We're all looking for extra space in the kitchen, and sometimes it's best to look up. ...
  • Pots and pans drawers. ...
  • Deep over-fridge cabinet. ...
  • Custom-painted cabinets. ...
  • High cabinets. ...
  • Designated microwave spot. ...
  • Glass cabinet inserts. ...
  • Upgraded tile.

How can I save money on a new build? ›

Value Engineering
  1. Reducing Square Footage. One way to dramatically reduce costs is to just reduce the square footage of the entire home. ...
  2. Choosing a Stock Design. ...
  3. Reducing Lineal Feet of Logs. ...
  4. Opt for a Simple Roof System. ...
  5. Use Drywall on Interior. ...
  6. More Modest Kitchen. ...
  7. Don't Take a Bath on Your Bath. ...
  8. Avoid Change Orders.

How much do new builds go up in price? ›

Are New Builds Harder to Sell? On average, new builds sell for 10% more than the typical home. However, the new build resale value tends to be significantly lower. Yet, once again, there are a number of factors that will influence the price of your new build home when you come to resell it.

Which builder has best construction quality? ›

Over the past 25 years, it has consistently followed its vision and brand philosophy to establish itself as a market leader and pioneer.
  • Brigade Group.
  • Embassy Group.
  • Godrej Properties.
  • Hiranandani Group.
  • Mahindra Lifespace Developers.
  • Prestige Estates Projects.
  • Salarpuria Sattva.
  • Sobha.
5 Mar 2021

Who is the best new house builder? ›

The Top 100
2021 RankCompany2020 Total Closings
1D.R. Horton (p)71,292
2Lennar Corp. (p)53,376
3PulteGroup (p)24,624
4NVR (p)19,766
85 more rows

What is the good months to build a house? ›

While spring is an ideal time to start building a home, the fall and winter months are usually when building materials and construction costs are lowest because there is less demand.

Will building materials go down in 2022? ›

In July 2022, the year-over-year change in materials and components for construction, excluding capital investment, labor, and imports was 14.8%. The growth rate of increase had dropped, but that has changed. The August figures show that combined materials and components in construction were up 15.2% year over year.

Should I wait to build a house in 2022? ›

Yes 2022 can still be a good time to build your custom forever home, despite rising costs and interest rates. Building your custom home is an investment in your family's lifestyle and should be looked at as a long term financial & lifestyle decision of living in your forever home for 5 or more years.

Will construction costs go down in 2023? ›

The silver lining to the Fed interest rate increases is that they have dramatically slowed the pace of cost increases we were experiencing that at one point were increasing at close to a 20% increase year over year. We anticipate overall construction costs to increase at a normal pace between 2% – 4% in 2023.

What should I bring on first day of new house? ›

Plan ahead by leaving out a pair of pajamas, a change of clothes for the next day, plus your toiletry essentials like toothpaste, a toothbrush and your shower essentials. If your new home has a bathtub/shower combo, also try to leave out at least a clear shower curtain with rings so that you can actually shower.

Why do you bring rice and salt to a new home? ›

Sprinkle rice and salt on the floor

The rice is offered to Mother Earth while the salt rids the space of negative energy. You then leave the salt and rice overnight and vacuum it up the next day. This should never be swept up as the sweeping negates the cleansing ritual.

What order should I move my house in? ›

Here's the order to what you should pack first.
  1. Start The Packing In The Least Used Room. You don't want to start packing in the kitchen or with your child's favorite toys. ...
  2. Pack Items That Are In Storage. ...
  3. Pack The Most Difficult Room. ...
  4. Pack Out Of Season Items Next. ...
  5. Pack Decor & Books. ...
  6. Pack Shoes & Jewelry.
11 Jan 2020

What day of the week should you not move into a new house? ›

Don't Move on a Saturday

Although it's likely your most convenient time to move, Saturday gets a bad rap as a moving day.

How many days should we sleep in new house? ›

Stay in the new house for a minimum of three days after the Griha Pravesh puja ceremony. Avoid keeping the new house empty after performing the griha pravesh puja. The griha pravesh should be done, only when the new house is ready for the family to shift into it and reside.

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