Purchasing a newly constructed home is a very exciting experience. The process of taking a blank canvas and making it your own is a creative and satisfying time. The location of the new home and the builder used often determine what items are included in your new home cost. Everything is negotiable. The following list are items that may or may not be included in a newly constructed home so be sure to ask and determine what the extra cost will be to add these items to the home.
- Window Treatments – This can be a huge added expense depending on the number of windows, the size of the windows (standard or custom) and the type of treatments you desire (cloth, wood, shutters, remote control open/close, etc.)
- Appliances – Another huge expense depending on the type of appliances you desire. Be sure the appliances you want fit in the spaces that are in the kitchen. Not all refrigerators are the same size – check before you buy. If the builder supplies appliances, are they energy efficient? Washers and Dryers are almost never included.
- Landscaping – Is the builder sodding the grass or seeding the lawn? Are any bushes and trees included? Is there a design or just some randomly placed plants? Is mulch or edging included? Is there an irrigation system or are you going to have to use a sprinkler?
- Gutters – This is not as expensive to add as the first few items, but will help with the maintenance of your new home. Gutters direct water away from your foundation and protects it from moisture and damage. To make gutter cleaning easier do you want gutter guards installed with the gutters?
- Crawl Space Moisture Control – This can be expensive depending on the size of your crawl space. Are there just vents or is there a vapor barrier? Moisture in a crawl space can attract termites so it needs to stay dry.
- Safety Monitors – Smoke detectors are included, but what about CO2 monitors, water leakage monitors and a security system?
- Household Hardware – Towel racks, toilet paper dispensers, overhead lights are sometimes not included.
- Cable TV & Internet Connections – Yes, the house may contain wired outlets for this, but was the house connected to the utility box on the property? Having to have that cable trenched will be an additional fee.
- Attic Space Ladder – Are there pull down stairs for the scuttle? Without them access to your attic space may prove to be very difficult depending on the height of your ceilings.
- Light Bulbs – A trivial thing, but when you enter your new home at night and flip the switch and nothing happens it’ll suddenly be important.
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