Due to the housing market and also a buyer's market, first time homebuyers feel that they can ask for the sun, moon and stars. A lot of first time homebuyers are not educated on what is available in certain home price points.
Most starter homes come with:
- Standard cabinetry
- Standard flooring (vinyl flooring, carpet and padding, or laminate hardwood flooring)
- Standard appliances
- Laminate countertops
- Eggshell wall coloring
Basically everything is standard and depending on the builder some starter homes will have sub-standard items. Most builders offer upgrades, but it may be offered at a premium price. The purpose of a starter home is mainly for affordability and also achieving the dream of homeownership versus renting.
Remember a starter home is just that a starter. Hopefully you will gain equity in your starter home and then upgrade in a few years.