Is the floor plan for your new home nearly, but not quite, perfect? Because changes mean more money, you may be reluctant to add options that will increase convenience or functionality. After all, in a few years you can add that extra closet in the master bedroom, upgrade your kitchen cabinets or tear down the wall between the kitchen and great room. Although it’s cheaper in the short term to postpone these changes, making changes once construction is in process (or completed) will be much more expensive. We encourage Knoxville-area homebuyers to consider these things before making the decision to skip any desired options.
Changes Are Easier to Make During the Planning Stages
Moving walls or extending your foundation can be accomplished easily by making the changes in your homebuilder’s computer program, as long as you request those options before construction begins. Although the changes will increase the total cost of your new home, making major structural changes like adding onto the foundation will be much more expensive once your home is built.
Prices Only Rise
Computers and TVs have come down in price over the years, but the cost of most things only increases as time goes on – sometimes very substantially. If you don’t add the options you want now, you can expect to pay much more for them two, five, or ten years in the future. If you take the total cost of additions or changes into consideration, you’ll probably discover that it’s more cost-effective to add options to your home up front.
The Renovation Process Isn’t Fun
While walls come down or go up or you finally install those kitchen cabinets you really wanted, your life will be disrupted. No matter how careful the remodelers are, you’ll live with dust or dirt until the job is done. Depending on the scope of the project, renovations could continue for weeks or months. In some cases, you may even have to move out of your home until the project is completed.
After a Few Years, Renovations Will Be Too Much of a Hassle
Once your house is built, you might just decide it’s too expensive and too much of a hassle to make the changes that could make your life easier. For example, if you expect that your elderly parents might live with you in the future or that your college student might return after graduation, adding an in-law suite to your home before construction begins is an excellent idea. If you never use it, you’ll still have an extra room for guests, and the room may add to the resale value of your home.
Even changes such as adding a few extra electrical outlets to the garage or turning that half bath into a full bath may seem like too much trouble in the future, even though the end result could make your life easier.
Adding options to your home up front can be a very wise decision. Although the initial costs will add to the total cost of your home, it’s always easier, and less expensive to make changes to modern home floor plans before construction begins.