August 1 2009

Should You Purchase Builder Upgrades?

by jim

It’s no secret that upgrades are the eternal quandary of the new home buyer. In fact, the upgrade dilemma often comes with an added twist: Sometimes, buyers know which upgrades they want; however, they may be unsure whether to purchase them from the builder, or seek the assistance of an outside contractor once they have moved into the home.

The fact of the matter is, purchasing upgrades from the builder directly can increase the value of your home for future resale. However, purchasing materials from another source, and hiring a reputable contractor to do installations, can also be a good investment. The trick is to select your upgrades carefully.

For example, you may wish to purchase builder upgrades on features that cannot easily be altered once the home is built. Most often, this includes structural changes: garages, porches, and electrical or plumbing additions. Even cabinetry upgrades from the builder can be cost-effective, in light of the fact that performing the renovation in the future may require the temporary removal of many existing kitchen features (countertops, backsplash, and appliances, to name a few).

Speaking of countertops: Should you upgrade them with the builder, too? Some argue that if a homeowner intends to keep the existing cabinetry in place, upgrading the countertops with the builder is not always the best choice. Often, new countertops can be installed by another source at a more reasonable rate down the road. Another plus to going this route: Upgrading the countertops typically necessitates replacing your backsplash. In some cases, an outside contractor may be willing to cut you a deal on the two installations.

Not crazy about an abundance of tile flooring? If you’re dying to replace it with wood laminate down the road, and are handy enough to DIY, experts recommend you take it on to save money. How about elegant trim features, such as crown molding? The same guideline applies.

Cleverly selecting your new home upgrades can actually be easy, and the results can certainly be enjoyable. Plus, should you ever opt to place your home back on the market, you can no doubt reap the benefits of your wise investments.

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1/13/2011 4:37:56 AM #

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