Most homeowners opt to add some upgrades to a new home, with the cost rolled into the mortgage. But the choices of what flooring, lighting, or other upgrades to choose can be overwhelming.
Designer Candice Olson, author and host of HGTV's "Candice Tells All," says lighting and extra wiring are key upgrades new home buyers should consider.
"Adding lighting - or at least the wiring for it - means you'll be able to have bathroom sconces instead of that one overhead light the builder gives you," Olson says. "Your flat-screen TV can be where you want it. You'll have a floor outlet for the lamp in middle of the open room. And you won't be ripping out walls later to do all this."
She says homeowners shouldn't forget about the exterior lighting either. "Outside lighting, plus landscaping, will set apart your house from the others in the neighborhood where buyers chose from plans A, B and C," Olson says.
As for flooring, Olson recommends hardwood floors for the main living areas, and cork floors in any areas where water leakage could be a problem.
She also says the addition of taller baseboards, chair rails, crown molding, coffered ceilings, built-ins or a banquette also are smart investments for upgrades.
Source: "Decisions, Decisions: Add Character to Your Home With a Few Choice Upgrades," Chicago Tribune (2011)
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