If you are about to embark on a new build project in New South Wales, you’re probably wondering whether upgrading fixtures with the builder is best or changing after the handover. However, it’s not always that black and white. Building a home involves a number of stages and how builders approach upgrades will vary from one contractor to the next.
New Build Upgrades
You have to consider whether upgrades are an investment in time, money or convenience. For instance, the kitchen is the most pivotal room in a home. So, upgrading fixtures in your kitchen such as taller cabinets, an island or other expensive items is a good starting investment. Items that are easily swapped out after handover are not so important, unless you know you’re getting an excellent deal on quality materials and workmanship from the builder.
A deeper basement is also something you should consider at build point, giving yourself extra room to worth with from the get-go. This is not the type of renovation you want to be dealing with a few years after settling into your new home. On that note: Most definitely invest in roughed-in plumbing, even if you don’t have immediate plans on adding another bathroom. It will save you further down the road if you do decide to install and en-suite or another wet room.
You can never have enough lighting – especially in rooms that don’t get much natural light. While you are discussing lighting with the builder, make sure to consider energy efficiency through upgrades such as energy efficient windows, cooling, and passive design elements that will save you money. These are the types of upgrade that are essential with a new build, unless you are happy to fork out on major renovation costs in the future.
Change after Handover
As you have probably figured out by now, it is better to upgrade with the builder any features that would cause you major headaches in a completed property. During discussions with the builder, talk will likely turn to other important features such as countertops and bedroom upgrades. This is where things can begin to get tricky because, technically, there is no right or wrong answer. If you want those features upgraded, you are likely going to spend that money at some point. So, why not with the builder?
The first question you have to ask yourself is whether it’s actually an upgrade. The builder may show you a list of standard features and then direct your attention to the “upgraded” list. Often times, what is being described as an upgrade is any material or brand name that is of even slightly better quality than the standard. Basically, you are being presented with the illusion of choosing a superior upgrade when there isn’t much choice at all.
Upgrading fixtures after the handover may prove to be a better investment in terms of quality and money. Plus, you get to choose exactly what you want rather than being restricted to the options available from the builder. The bottom line is, if you don’t need it and didn’t want it until the builder suggested it, it may be best to wait until you have moved in and begin to see your home taking shape.
Ultimately, the choice is yours as to whether to make those changes from the outset or wait until you are sure you need or want any particular upgrade.
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