4 Ways New Homeowners Waste Their Cash

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As an experienced builder and realtor serving customers throughout Northwest Florida since 1964, Whitworth Builders knows that building a home is one of the most exciting moments in someone’s life. However, there are a few common mistakes that can eat up your savings and even plunge you deep into debt.

One way to avoid overpaying for your dream home is to arm yourself with the four tips presented below.

  1. Don’t get carried away.
    When choosing features, amenities, and finishes for a new home, it’s incredibly easy to get carried away. Although a luxurious master bath, large walk-in closets, and marble flooring can be some nice additions to any home, spending a lot of money on luxury features isn’t always the right decision, when it’s not in your budget.For instance, instead of opting for high-end amenities, a wiser choice would be to invest in more essential features, like a cool roof, eco-friendly sprinkler system and solar panels that can perfectly complement the low-E windows, 2×6 framing and 14-, 15- or 16-SEER air conditioners we include in the Whitworth homes we build. This way, you can make your home more energy efficient and save a lot of money year after year.
  2. Ask what’s included.
    When it comes to buying a new home, the old saying, “what you see is what you get” isn’t always true. This means that many homes don’t have all the bells and whistles that are included in the model homes.The best way to avoid spending money on additional items, later on, is to ask questions about every feature and add-on you’ll get. The standard packages we provide at Whitworth Builders, for example, include wall finishes, trim work, windows, doors, fixtures, and appliances. To find out exactly what’s included in the price, you can ask the builder for a complete list of features.
  3. Choose the right materials and finishes. 
    With so many choices of materials, knowing which is best for your home can be difficult. As the last thing you want after you move in is a bunch of contractors replacing different elements, getting the right materials and finishes from the very beginning is critically important.The easiest way to select cost-effective, energy-efficient materials, finishes and features that also suit your home design is to hire a professional builder that provides consulting services. As an example, our professionals will tell you what you can expect of the building components, materials, finishes, and features we use in our Whitworth homes in terms of durability, maintenance, appearance, and costs, so you can make an informed decision.   
  4. Avoid floor plan mistakes.
    Poor space planning typically leads to two undesirable consequences: 1. you might end up with a very large home that’s expensive to maintain, cool and heat; 2. you can get a home that’s too small for your family, meaning you’ll need to invest in a home addition in the near future.To help our customers choose the right homes for their families, we advise them to visit our model homes, compare different floor plans, and take into consideration their lifestyle and habits. Also, thinking ahead is the best strategy to make the most of your new home for many years to come.  

If you plan on moving to Northwest Florida, please get in touch with our friendly professionals who can help you find the right home for your family. As buying a new home often involves shopping for new furniture, decorations, and accessories, Furniture Sales Finder is an amazing source for stylish furniture and home goods as well as a much easier and faster alternative to hitting up crowded stores.