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Serena Butler
Another important thing to consider that I haven’t seen discussed here.....OVERBUILDING for your neighborhood. The commenter who built a Dell Webb home & ripped out carpet & counters right after closing.....when you’re in a very homogeneous neighborhood like that, you have to be careful to not over-improve. If most of the homes in the neighborhood have laminate countertops & carpet and you put in expensive quartz and wood floors, you will never ever recoup that investment when you sell. If you plan to live there forever, fine. But as a realtor, I see this all the time. People buy basic, then over improve with very expensive, taste-specific finishes, then are upset when they go to sell & cant recoup the cost. If you’re building custom, go for it! If you’re building in a neighborhood with a big production builder, be careful that you don’t over-improve unless you’re ok with not recouping the cost.
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diyher

someone in our neighborhood who were part of the original owners like us in 1995, didn't have the builder put in carpet or wood floors, they did it themselves before settlement. That way they were able to choose the exact brand, color etc rather than only have a choice of what the builder offered.


   
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Jen
This is problematic advice. Why go to the trouble of building a new home with a builder, then changing a significant number of finishes afterward? Just buy an existing home and remodel, or be open and transparent with your builder about your design preferences and save yourself a lot of headache!
   

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