New Construction Design Center Tips: Don’t Waste Your Money on These

Save yourself tons of money and watch this video if you are thinking about building a new home or are in the process. These new home design center tips will help you know where you shouldn’t waste your money!

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49 Comments

  1. Eric Haglund on January 7, 2022 at 3:21 am

    I think you have to be careful about just assuming you can "do it better later". When you do that, you are really paying twice for something you could have just paid for once in the beginning and been done with it. When we built our home, the cost for them painting rooms in the colors we wanted was extremely reasonable. Same with flooring– get what you want that doesn’t blow your budget. Otherwise, again, you are paying twice for materials and installation. And now you have the additional burden of having to move stuff around, potentially be displaced, etc.

  2. bob johnson on January 7, 2022 at 3:21 am

    half the advice is in my opinion not correct but it also depends on your price point – the cheaper your house, say under 500k, the less you want to upgrade but the exterior elevation is the most important upgrade of all, if you choose a design that other people dont like, it reduces the demand and lowers the price of your home on resale.

    If your house is over 500k, certain upgrades are even more important to make with the builder – in this environment, all contractor work is really expensive and depending on where you live, some cities you would have a hard time finding a contractor for certain things at all because they are all booked 24/7.

    Upgrading flooring with hardwood floors is a must, most people dont even want carpet in bedrooms, they just want hardwood floors and put a rug down – any price point over 500k, half of this video’s advice doesn’t apply.

    I would also argue that if you are trying to buy new construction under 500k, your builder likely won’t be a luxury builder and your options are limited to begin with. And contrary to popular belief, only old people like granite. I wouldn’t touch granite with a 10 foot pole.

  3. starsky hutch on January 7, 2022 at 3:22 am

    I agree with all your points! With my new home, I only picked upgrades that were primarily structural that I couldn’t do myself with ease-larger back patio, 9ft ceilings, taller cabinets, and a large shower instead of a tub. That’s it. Their base granite offerings were fine, and the base elevation was good enough-they had four different elevations that tacked $4,000 on the price of the home for EACH, so the top one would’ve added $12,000 to the price. Nice landscaping, a new front door, some art-deco address numbering and adding some nice shutters from Home Depot are enough for my house to stand out from the rest.

  4. Shay Shay on January 7, 2022 at 3:23 am

    A lot of misinformation here

  5. Anju's Spice Garden on January 7, 2022 at 3:24 am

    GREAT CONTENT!!

  6. Space Captain on January 7, 2022 at 3:25 am

    I’d want to pick my own appliances. I don’t need some contractor to pick those things for me. Same for cabinets/shelving. (I hate cabinets).

  7. mxfern12 on January 7, 2022 at 3:25 am

    Builder grade is crap, and from the getgo your house is on cookie cutter mode. Need the best outside paint possible, builder grade last 6 years. Also make sure they use elastomeric caulking for 7 dollars, instead of 1.5 dollar caulking thats gonna crack.

  8. Natasha Anderson on January 7, 2022 at 3:25 am

    The upgraded elevation adds curb appeal when you are selling your home later down the line.

  9. Space Captain on January 7, 2022 at 3:26 am

    Why not just ask them to skip the paint, carpet, etc.? could they not just remove those things from the price tag?

  10. Sherat Zubair on January 7, 2022 at 3:27 am

    How much did you spend on Installing tiles (Tile cost, labor cost, removing existing tile and carpet cost) and what was the square footages?

  11. Over Budget RC on January 7, 2022 at 3:27 am

    We just put a deposit on a new house and you can’t choose the elevation or colors every lot has that preselected and can’t be changed even though you have to pay extra for the higher elevation that you didn’t even get to choose.

  12. Car Cer on January 7, 2022 at 3:29 am

    wow, wow, wow…you are very beautiful… thanks for the video…

  13. Coral Hoyt on January 7, 2022 at 3:30 am

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  14. Bibi Shah on January 7, 2022 at 3:32 am

    Why did you choose tiles that look like Wood instead real Wood ?

  15. John Danielson on January 7, 2022 at 3:32 am

    I’m a licensed real estate appraiser. The elevation upgrades actually do add value to the home. In fact, masonry and stone veneer is one of the few upgrades you can make to a home that has an average return on investment of 100% or more! Go for the elevation with the most stonework and masonry.

  16. Mark Williamson on January 7, 2022 at 3:34 am

    Not true at ALL. The exterior choices and elevation definitely adds value, monetary and aesthetic. It’s the first thing a new buyer sees.

  17. Nate L on January 7, 2022 at 3:35 am

    Funny. Every time we priced any upgrades on the aftermarket it costs 3X the cost for counters, cabinets, paint, and flooring. We found it to be cheaper to do the faucets, toilets, bathroom towel bars etc., and light fixtures after.

  18. casper8058 on January 7, 2022 at 3:35 am

    Thank you that was very beneficial I’m looking to buy my first home and I needed to know that thank you very much it was very helpful

  19. Tia Lauryn Simmons on January 7, 2022 at 3:36 am

    What about a sunroom

  20. Jimmy Dang on January 7, 2022 at 3:37 am

    This video was sooo helpful. Thank you!!

  21. KJIMAGE on January 7, 2022 at 3:38 am

    Everyone is different. Some may be on a budget and want a basic build and will do the upgrades themselves, while others have been there done that and want builder to perform the upgrades during construction. Im big on pre-wiring without the expensive hardware. Great value to get it done up front. At least the wires will be there. Have to agree on floors too. I like high end floors, if your savvy you can save a ton by hiring your own contractors, but you lose certain Builder warranty coverages with modifications. Id go with Rigid Core Vinyl throughout the downstairs living spaces including kitchen and Utility rooms. It is waterproof and when removed , little to no slab prep or cement restoration is required for incoming floor. Its reclaimable and can be removed and reused in other areas like upstairs, gamerooms, or guest bedrooms. Light up your exterior and driveways through Design Center. Pay attention to interior lighting schematics on the builders plan. You may need extra light over bathtubs/Showers/ Hallways/ closets and living areas. Add an eave plug for Christmas lights. Consider upgrading you front and rear doors. Add extra Gas line to patio for outdoor kitchen. Upgrade kitchen faucet to a single hole faucet. You will wish you had. Faux blinds are a scam to me, they are cheap and really only suitable for cheap houses. Dont put blinds in a 300-400k home. Use Tapestries. Consider Elevations if you want to look great. Especially with a front porch sitting area. Stone is a better look, however ask if you can get an upgraded Brick, which is cheaper than stone. Buy the biggest Cul de Sac lot you can. Remember, location, location, location is the golden rule. Buy and build early when the community first opens, Builders raise their prices every few homes sold.

  22. Down Florida Way on January 7, 2022 at 3:38 am

    I’m a realtor in SW FL. The two things I would advise a client is to 1) Select the elevation that you like the best that you can afford. Trying to change the elevation afterwards would be cost prohibitive, and your HOA would probably not allow it. And, 2) Upgrade your counters in the kitchen and bathrooms to a level 1 Quartz if you can afford it. O/W, stick with the basic level 1 Granite.

  23. Agent on January 7, 2022 at 3:39 am

    This is why homes & builders in Australia are way better. The basic inclusions are already upgrades in American builders. But of course, real estate is more expensive in Australia. But still, homes in Australia have higher quality overall.

  24. Alison Banks on January 7, 2022 at 3:40 am

    Why would I build a home and then change everything? This is terrible advice

  25. MATTCRAZTEX on January 7, 2022 at 3:44 am

    Wow looks like a lot of subdivision style finishes and stuff. I can’t believe how many people think that they can just go into a Builders house and act like they own it while it’s still in construction and think "You going to do what I asked because I’m paying for it" kind of mentality. Not all builders are necessarily great. But people really have a way of trying to finesse the builder to get more things done in the house for free.

  26. HIM7597 on January 7, 2022 at 3:48 am

    Need to rename this vid to “if you’re a tight arse” for a few extra $$ get what you want. Changing flooring is a pain. Re painting is a pain. This vid takes away the experience.

  27. NewHomes101 on January 7, 2022 at 3:50 am

    Where i live in the city of Las Cruces, NM SOME builders use foam ONLY as their sheathing. I made a video about it.. Check it out.
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  28. ginger on January 7, 2022 at 3:50 am

    Pay for your upgrades and enjoy your house from day one folks. You also don’t have to deal with contractors coming in in your first couple of years

  29. Akshata Revankar on January 7, 2022 at 3:53 am

    Hello Coral, thank you for sharing such great tips! Have a question : I’m considering the wood feel tiles for our house, but would like to know how the tiles feel during the winter days? How cold does it get at your place?

  30. Deidra Wood on January 7, 2022 at 3:53 am

    I agree with the ceiling fans. But I disagree with things such as elevation. To me the look of the house on the outside can make a major difference between maybe you and your neighbor’s curb appeal. I’ve already built one home and hopefully next year will be building another. An upgraded elevation is one of the first things on my list. When I built my first home I was thinking about ways to save money so I passed on a lot of the upgrades and told myself I will get it at a later time. Well that never happened. 17 years later we have only been able to upgrade a few things in our home. Life happens, such as more kids, job loss, etc. My biggest regret was not getting the upgrades upfront, especially since they are being included with my mortgage over 30 years instead of maybe 1 or 2. Just my 2 cents. 🙂

  31. Marie GaudFr. on January 7, 2022 at 3:53 am

    The problem is that’s what we did in our house to put the cheap flooring and after we move in we hire some someone to put nice laminate on our floor and they destroy our wall and baseboards so we end up or hiring another company that was very frustrated.

  32. Space Captain on January 7, 2022 at 3:54 am

    Yikes! I wouldn’t let anyone install a light fixture I couldn’t reach for maintenance. That’s a pretty major design flaw. I’d put that light on a pulley, or a swing bar, or build in an interesting looking pipe ladder, or some other way to reach it.

  33. Apollo on January 7, 2022 at 3:55 am

    Thank you so much for the informative video! One question: why didn’t you put carpet on your kitchen floor and go with the flooring company like the rest of the living area? Bathroom tile I understand since it goes up the walls that’s not the case for kitchens.

  34. Glenn Rodeo Realty Realtor on January 7, 2022 at 3:56 am

    I disagree with elevation…exterior matters to grab attention.

  35. springs1978 on January 7, 2022 at 3:56 am

    Great video, thanks for sharing.

  36. Todd Denen on January 7, 2022 at 3:58 am

    Good stuff… thanks.

  37. Laura Loock on January 7, 2022 at 4:03 am

    How much cheaper was it to add the flooring you wanted? I think our flooring is 8,000 with the upgraded flooring. I’m thinking ripping out carpet and having it installed would be about the same..

  38. PrinceofPersia on January 7, 2022 at 4:03 am

    Looks like all the suggestions are for first time buyers

  39. James Qwerty on January 7, 2022 at 4:05 am

    Good video but I wish you would get into the actual pricing of upgrades

  40. Z06Realtor on January 7, 2022 at 4:05 am

    Realtor advice: the front of your home is the first picture anyone see’s online when it’s for sale. In today’s market I strongly support choosing the best exterior look as that could be the difference of someone clicking on more photos of your home or not. I understand that day to day it doesn’t add much value to the inside, but overall it adds a ton of value to the overall home.

  41. Split Second on January 7, 2022 at 4:06 am

    I love your name. My grandfather and dad were named Coral. It is my brothers and my son’s middle names. My daughter wants to name her daughter Koral. Beautiful. I found your channel looking up Shea Homes by the way.

  42. Holo Holo Adventures on January 7, 2022 at 4:07 am

    Great information. I appreciate it.

  43. Puja on January 7, 2022 at 4:07 am

    Wow .. just what I was looking for this kind of advice..I just bought Shea homes and upgrades so damn expensive…thanks so much for the sharing with us..

  44. john swiecz on January 7, 2022 at 4:08 am

    Like this but I hat granit! Corian the only thing for bathrooms and kitchens.

  45. Puja on January 7, 2022 at 4:12 am

    Would you be able to share how much your upgrades costed..so we can opt for those..you definitely make a lot of sense and it worked out for you..so maybe we can sallow the same process

  46. ginger on January 7, 2022 at 4:15 am

    Are these tips for production builders?
    If I’m going the custom build route will it be different?

  47. Mechanix619 on January 7, 2022 at 4:17 am

    #1 tip, don’t choose a builder that builds for large communities like DR Horton; cookie cutter homes.
    All upgrades through these type of builders are insanely marked up.

    Choose a builder that charges for the labor of building the house not for marking up prices of floors, paint, carpet etc.

  48. Tublis Vaj on January 7, 2022 at 4:17 am

    I don’t have to do any floor in the house before move in, just ask the builder to reimburse ur floor money and don’t even bother to install any floor in if u are going to replace it before u move in

  49. kryptoniteee on January 7, 2022 at 4:20 am

    Hey babe why you stop making videos

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