Purchasing a new home is like purchasing a clean slate. You don’t have to deal with the hassles of updating an older home including expensive maintenance and upkeep that existing systems require. But even though modern homes are built for modern times, there is always more you can add to your home that will boost both its efficiency and ability to adapt to your lifestyle. Making these upgrades will allow you to save money, time, and energy in the long run. It may be smart to speak with your home builder about some of these upgrades. Here are five builder upgrades for new homes that are worth the expense.
- Higher end kitchen materials. Linoleum and cheap wood is easy to clean, but it won’t last for long. Plus, cheaper floors can be stained quite easily and those issues are never easy to fix without having to replace them. This is why you want to invest in materials like marble, slate or real wood floors. These smooth and durable materials are easier to clean, they can hide imperfections much better and will make the different areas of your home, like the kitchen or bathroom, look sleek and modern.
- An extra bathroom on the ground floor. Besides the fact that an extra bathroom can add value to your property, it can also be incredibly helpful. A first floor bathroom adds more functionality to your home and allows you to be more accommodating to potential guests. It can also ease household fights over someone taking too long in another bathroom or needing to get ready in the morning. You could even convert a closet into a powder room near your entry way, making efficient use of the space inside your home.
- Tiles, tiles, tiles. In any part of your home where there is water, you want to install tiles. Tiles will ensure that your walls aren’t damaged by moisture, they are affordable and they are also aesthetically pleasing as well as easy to clean. It is especially important to place tiles around your bath or shower because over time, humidity can really start to its toll on the walls and paint in your bathroom. And if you want to be frugal, you can usually find reclaimed tiles that you can use and still look like high quality materials.
- A geothermal heat pump. There are a lot of alternative energy methods out there to consider, but geothermal pump tends to be the most efficient out of all of them. When considering geothermal energy as a source to power, heat, and cool your home, you want to realize that the initial set-up and installation of the system will be expensive as geothermal energy takes power and energy from the core of the earth, so it is required to drill quite far into the ground. However, as the pump continues to work, you’ll notice the savings adding up on your utility bills making a geothermal pump an efficient long-term system to consider.
- High efficiency windows. When it comes down to it, you want high efficiency windows for a number of reasons. Not only can they make your home more impervious to energy leaks but they also help make your home quieter and more insulated against the harsher weather elements in both the summer and winter seasons. In the long run, it will be worth the added expense as drafty windows can cost you hundreds of dollars a month without you even realizing it.