Purchasing a newly constructed home has its advantages, especially when it comes to designing and selecting customization options that fit your lifestyle and preferences.

From the number of bedrooms to the size of a built-in outdoor grill, there will be no shortage of options to make your new house feel like home. If you’re buying a new construction, here are some tips to keep in mind when selecting and deciding which upgrades, features and options to go with.

First, let’s start with some general guidance or approaches to selecting options.

Remember, this is about you and your loved ones. So, select what makes you happy.

Then, it’s important to think about what features add financial value. This is a grand investment and you’ll want to make sure your selections improve the home value.

Finally, stay within your budget. The last thing you want to do is exceed your loan qualification amount.

Now that the basics are out of the way, here are some other things to keep in mind when making your decisions on upgrades and other options.

Packages versus à la carte

You can mix and match custom home features.

Remember, not all custom home builders have this policy. Generally, appliances, cabinetry and other features can be switched and swapped to your liking. The other route is to go with packages, such as the builder’s standard or upgraded kitchen package. Going with a package deal simplifies the process and reduces the number of decisions you’ll have to make.

You may also have an idea of what the package looks like by taking a tour of one of the model homes.

Structural and finish options

Along with full kitchen or family room customization, other options include structural.

Want a study or an extra bedroom? How about a rear deck or a reconfiguration of the home’s layout.

These are all possible with structural options.

Finish options, on the other hand, refer to items like cabinets, countertops, lighting, paints, faucets and the like.

Standard features

If you decide to not upgrade, then the home will come with standard features.

Standard features will almost always correspond with the asking price.

Flooring, appliances, cabinets and faucets are just some of the features that come standard.

It’s important to clear what is standard and what is an upgrade before signing on the dotted line.

If you are already visualizing what your future Placer County home looks like and the upgrades you can’t wait to include, we’re here for you.

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