Your floors are an often overlooked but very important part of your home. Dirty, tattered, outdated or ugly floors can make your home look far less attractive and valuable than it may be. In contrast, beautiful and well kept floors give your home a special sparkle. It is especially important to pay attention to your flooring if you are thinking about selling your home. By installing clean and beautiful new floors, you can increase the value of your home far more than the cost of your flooring. My background as a real estate agent has taught me what potential buyers want in floors, and now I'm going to teach you. Make your home all it can be with floors that say your home is the best.
If you're going to be building a home and you're worried you will pay for something and then not like how it comes out, it's important to view everything before you start to build. You shouldn't just go off pictures or a few things you remember seeing, you want to know what you're getting before it's installed.
Here are a few things you can do to prepare yourself to make the best decisions when it comes to building materials and plans in your new home.
Look at Multiple Layouts
Even if the builder you're using only offers a few different layouts with their basic building packages, check out a variety of different housing layouts. It may cost you more to have a custom home built, but you want to make sure this is the house that you want and love. Look at as many layouts as you can, and walk through as many spec houses and previously build houses as you can get into to see what you like and don't like. You may find something you thought you wanted doesn't fit your style in person.
You should also try to find homes with the same exterior options you want. You may think you want to mix stone and brick, but see that combination in person and disregard it.
View Kitchen and Bathroom Show Rooms
It shouldn't be difficult to imagine what a bedroom or living area is going to look like, but there is a lot of detail that goes into the bathrooms and kitchen. Go through showrooms (such as those at Fixture Shop) so you can see what the cabinet materials, countertops, backsplashes, and appliances look like in person, and how they look mixed together. You can flip through the cabinet colors and stains, and see the different stones in person to make the best decisions for the home.
If the builder doing your home doesn't have the exact materials you want on their list of options, you should expect to pay more to get them. Look around and get cost estimates on your own for the upgrades that you want, to make sure that you don't overpay. You can customize your home to have whatever you want in it, so look at a lot of options before you decide what you are going to use. You want to know you love what you're getting before it's delivered and installed in your home.