Selecting the right upgrades for your home

Jul 2021

One of the most exciting parts of the home buying journey is selecting upgrades for your home. This is your opportunity to further personalize your new space and ensure it fits your family’s lifestyle and tastes.

But, you have to be strategic when choosing upgrades for your home. The price tag can add up quickly, especially if your choices involve structural or other more complicated add-ons. It’s also a good idea to remember that you may want to sell your home at some point, so selecting upgrades that might help you do that is a wise move.  

Start by figuring out exactly how much money you have to spend on upgrades and how you want to finance them. A common strategy is to add the cost to your mortgage so you pay it off a bit at a time, but make sure you have enough room in your mortgage loan for that and that your lender knows how you are spending the money. 

Next, make sure you know which features and finishes are standard in your new home. Then you can decide what you want to upgrade. Longwood homes are packed with great standard features like furniture-finish cabinetry in the kitchen, hardwood flooring in the main living area, and a stylish pedestal sink in the powder room. 

Now take a mental walk through each room, using the builder’s floor plans and photo galleries to help you imagine what you’d like to add to each space. 360 tours of model homes like this one and this one are also a great way to help you visualize the space for potential upgrades.

The kitchen is an area many home buyers choose to upgrade. It’s the heart of the home, the place where your family spends a lot of time together and where friends often gather. As such, you want it to be both welcoming and functional. The kitchen is also one of the first spaces prospective buyers will check out if you decide to sell down the road.

When meeting with your builder about design upgrades, ask about taller cabinets and perhaps a pantry (more storage never hurts!), countertop choices (laminate is an attractive, durable product, but granite and quartz add a gourmet touch to your kitchen) and extra lighting including under-the-counter options (as a workspace, the kitchen needs to be bright). 

Bathrooms, including your ensuite, offer another great opportunity for upgrades. Like the kitchen, you may have cabinetry choices, including different styles and finishes. Do you prefer a traditional look or something sleeker and more modern? Lighting is also important in bathrooms. Longwood homes are well-lit, but you may want to add a couple of extra pot lights or different wall fixtures for extra warmth and brightness.

Other upgrades to consider include roughed-in plumbing for a basement bathroom. You may decide you want an extra bathroom when you finish your basement, but it can be less expensive to have the work done during construction than after move-in. Even if you don’t go with a basement bathroom, the roughed-in plumbing is a sales feature if you ever decide to move to a different home. 

No matter what your upgrade dreams are, speak to your builder about them as soon as you start seriously considering a new home. If you wait until construction has started, some changes won’t be possible or they could become costly because of structural issues. At Longwood, we welcome your upgrade ideas (this is your home, after all!) and we want to help you achieve them.