Feb 20, 2024
Episode: 44
Making Smart Decisions When Building Your New Home
Building your dream home? Don’t let hidden costs turn it into a remodel nightmare! This episode, a veteran remodeler spills the tea on sneaky mistakes that’ll save you big bucks (and headaches) in the long run. Learn what to upgrade now, what to skip for later, and why that unfinished basement is a ticking time bomb. Tune in for expert advice that’ll make your new build truly future-proof!
Making Smart Decisions When Building Your New Home

This week’s topic might seem counterintuitive at first – why would a remodeler discuss decisions for those of you in the process of building a new home? Well, I recently had a conversation with a friend going through the new home building process, and it got me thinking about the decisions homeowners make during their selections phase of the new build. I wanted to share some insights from a remodeler’s perspective, especially for those who might be contemplating delaying certain upgrades or additions.

1. Finish That Basement Now

One common scenario is homeowners deciding to leave their basement unfinished, thinking they can do it more affordably later on. Trust me, you’ll never finish that basement cheaper than when your builder is already working on the project. The cost per square foot for finishing during the construction phase is significantly lower than what a remodeler would charge later.

2. Additions and Extensions

If you’re considering adding a few extra feet onto the back of the home or even an extra room down the road, it’s always more cost-effective to have the new home builder include those features during initial construction. Builders work with a blank slate, and adding square footage during this phase incurs lower costs compared to a remodeler working on an existing structure later. Remember, many of the phases of the new home builder are completed by subcontractors working on cost per square foot agreements. Adding those up front is so much less expensive than trying to claim that same space later!

3. Upgrades and Finishes

While it might be tempting to cut costs on initial finishes like countertops and flooring, remember that upgrading during the initial building phase is more economical. Whether it’s granite countertops, quartz, tile in the shower or luxury vinyl plank flooring in place of carpet, making the selections upfront saves you from the added expenses of tearing out existing materials and redoing the work later.

The Bottom Line

Understanding that everyone’s circumstances vary, when planning your new home, think big picture and long-term. Some families prioritize getting space and square footage. Others focus on the the finishes and features offered by the builder. Regardless of which you choose, just know that economies of scale often lead to lower costs. It might mean making some sacrifices now, but the overall savings and convenience in the long run are worth considering.

Does this advice mean I am encouraging postponing a remodeling project with companies like ours in the short term after you move into a new home? Maybe, but it is the right conversation to have to help people. As always, reach out if you have further questions or thoughts on this topic!

HOME MAINTENANCE TIP

Secure Your Spot And Book Your Exterior Painting Before Spring Blooms!

As we eagerly anticipate the arrival of warmer weather and the burst of colors that accompany spring, now is the perfect time to start planning your home improvement projects. One crucial aspect to consider is getting on the painter’s schedule well in advance to ensure your space gets the attention it deserves.

Why now, you ask? Well, as the temperature rises and the flowers begin to bloom, homeowners across the city will be looking to refresh their living spaces with a fresh coat of paint. This surge in demand often leads to a busy schedule for professional painters, making it challenging to secure a spot when you need it.

Here are a few reasons why booking your painter early is a wise decision:

  • Avoid the Spring Rush: Spring is a popular time for home renovations, and painters tend to have a full schedule during this season. By getting on the schedule now, you can beat the rush and ensure your project is completed before late summer or fall.
  • Extended Lead Times for Quality Work: Experienced and reputable painters often have longer lead times during peak seasons. By booking early, you give them ample time to plan and execute your project with the utmost care and attention to detail.
  • Flexible Scheduling: Booking in advance allows for more flexibility in scheduling. You can choose a time that suits your calendar, ensuring minimal disruption to your daily routine.
  • Plan Your Colors: Choosing the perfect color palette for your home takes time and consideration. By starting the process now, you can work closely with your painter to select colors that complement your style and preferences.

So, how do you get started? Reach out to us at The Lifestyle Group and we can facilitate our outstanding painters to do a wonderful job on your home. Whether it’s a single room, an entire exterior makeover, or a full interior repaint, taking action now ensures that your home will be ready to shine when the nicest weather arrives.

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