Oh, the Choices You’ll Make!

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YOU DID IT! You cleared the permitting hurdle! Congratulations! Let the fun begin!

You now get to make soooooo many choices. In this article, I am sticking with the basic hard surface choices for the time being.  There are many more that I will detail later so that the article does not become the next great American novel or get overwhelming. Let me remind you to pace your self because it is easy to spend a lot at the beginning but the most expensive stuff can come at the end. Also, this is your house. If you disagree with anything I have written here that is fine. Like we always say, “I can’t see your house from mine anyway!”

Your builder should provide you with allowances for many things like tile and countertops, appliances, carpet, hardwood, plumbing fixtures, lighting and doors just to name a few. An allowance, like the name suggests is a lump sum of money that you can spend on certain items as you see fit. Each builder is different and their allowance items may vary. Make a priority list before you step one foot into a showroom of any kind. What is most important to you? Is it the cabinets or the counter tops? Is the most important thing to you the hardwood flooring or do you dream of thick luxurious carpet? You will over spend. It is just a fact like the sun rising and setting. Make sure they are the places you want to over spend. The goal is that at the end of this epic ordeal you have the perfect home for you. Let me remind you again to pace your self because it is easy to spend a lot at the beginning but the most expensive stuff can come at the end.

• Kitchen counter tops: I usually start with granite, marble, concrete, quartz or laminate. LET YOUR BUDGET DICTATE THIS! Careful it is easy to go crazy here and then rationalize it. There are no awards for over spending on counter tops.
• Back Splash: I know some builders may think this is an upgrade, but I am here to tell you it is something that is worth spending money on.  Ever try and get grease stains or tomato sauce off of drywall and paint?
• Bathroom surfaces: Counter tops and Back splashes (Again, go easy here – it is easy to over spend on sparkly, shiny deco tiles)
• Hardwood: Where and what kind? Ask questions here and be honest about your life style now and in the future. Dogs? Kids? Shoes? There is no judgement. We just want to pick out the best material for you. There are a lot of choices here like vinyl, laminate, engineered wood and traditional hardwood floors. They all have pluses and minuses. Get the pros and cons on each.
• Tile: Where and what kind? Be cautious not to make a lot of transitions. You have all been in the house that has tile at the front door, wood in the kitchen and carpet in the family room and then a little tile by the back door. It makes things look choppy and small. Less is more. Keep in mind your square footage. The more square footage you have the more transitions you can make. Try not to do more than one transition, such as wood to carpet or tile to carpet. Ideally, go all tile or all wood, depending on where you live. Area rugs are great to help protect high traffic areas and relatively inexpensive.
• Appliances. They have appliances that do almost everything for you now. They have builtin coffee and espresso makers that would make Starbucks drool. They have steamers and friers and convection ovens and microwaves. Remember how you live. Be honest with yourself here. We all imagine ourselves being Martha Stewart, but are we really going to be? Could we be happy with a double oven, cook top, microwave, dishwasher and a refrigerator? There are many price points with in each appliance. Use your head. Again no prizes for over spending. Make sure you or your builder communicates the specs of your appliances to your cabinet provider.
• Cabinets. You do not have to have them the same color throughout. Painted? Stained? Multiple colors with in the kitchen? Contemporary? Traditional? Country? Old World? Kitchen cabinets really do set the tone for your entire home, especially if you have an open floor plan. I do encourage my clients to pay attention to things that will tie your home together from one end to the other. You may do white cabinets in the kitchen, but then do stained in the bathrooms. This is fine. However, you might want to use the same profile through out. It is a subtle way to create continuity in your home.

Most vendors are good folks. Remember they are in the business to sell. Don’t be afraid to ask questions, get the pros and cons of different materials. Pick the materials that match with the way you live. Be conservative with your money. You will almost always spend more than you think you have. Be willing to revisit vendors and choose less expensive things if needed. It takes time and effort but it will be well worth it in the end.

This is just a small bit of what you will need to decide on to make your dream to come true. So take a big breath and make good choices.

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I am Erica, and I help you buy the house you can afford and make it a home you love. Finding a home you can afford can be one of the most important financial decisions you make. Making it the home you love can be one of the most rewarding things you do. 

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