There is something special about being able to build a home from the ground up. Of course when you are buying from a floor plan or model home you need to be ready for the head exploding list of options you will have to choose from. Most Northern Virginia builders priced above $350,000 are including granite counter tops and base level stainless steel appliances as standard. It’s a good start but it’s not usually where a buyer stays.
These are photos from model homes in the Woodbridge VA area including Potomac Shores, Hope Hill Crossing and Eagles Pointe neighborhoods where my buyers have purchased homes. In each case the kitchen in the model home featured upgrades in granite, appliances, faucets, flooring and the highest ticket item kitchen cabinets.
You need to think about is whether the upgrades you are ones that you can afford to put into your mortgage. The upgraded three door fridge might cost you $2000 at a local appliances center but will cost you at least the same $2000 PLUS the interest on your mortgage for 30 years. If your fridge lasts for 10 years you are still paying for it in your mortgage for 20 years after it’s gone to the local dump.
I know that might sound a little harsh but it something you need to think about when you sit at the new home design center. It’s also one of the reasons having a buyer’s agent represent you might actually save you money. The sales person in the model home isn’t going to point out to you what the long term cost of your upgrades might be. Figuring out what is structural and makes sense to upgrade versus what can be upgraded later when you’ve had a chance to settle in is important.
Just another random thought about Northern Virginia new home construction and making the right choices for your future. Curious about some of the new homes available in Prince William County VA? Check out the map and then call Cindy Jones at 703-346-2213 BEFORE you head to the model home. Let’s talk about how my experience in new home sales can save you thousands of dollars at closing.