Brand new house now need help deciding on upgrades!

posted 3 years ago in Home
Post # 3
11772 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

WAY easier to do before you move in. Though if you’re planning on having kids, you could keep the carpet until they’re not crawling, and it would be more gentle on their knees!

Then you could upgrade appliances.

Post # 4
1007 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@miss_melissa:  We are having our hardwood put in before we move in next week bc it is soooooo much easier rather than having to move the funiture at a later date. 

Post # 5
11668 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Personally, I’d do the hardwood floors now before you move in.  The other things are easier to do after.  I’d probably go for the appliances now as well though, too.  

Post # 6
6959 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

I’d do the floors before anything else. I think it would make the biggest impact visually, and the other items are all things that could be easily changed at a later date.

Post # 7
2657 posts
Sugar bee

Definitely do the hardwood now – it will be much easier to install it now than to wait.  Redoing floors after moving in isn’t fun.  You have to move furniture around and take up the old carpet and everything is a mess.  Not looking forward to doing that in my own house.  Appliances and shutters are very easy to replace and install, even if you’ve already moved in.

Post # 8
1060 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@miss_melissa:  is this upgrade provided by the builder? IE do you have $xx to spend towards upgrades? I know for sure to upgrade to hardwood through the builder is way more expensive than to have done by another company, so one option is to get carpet, but have them not tack it down all the way, then have another company lay hardwood at a cheaper price. 


I do agree with pp that it is easier to do before moving in while the house is still empty.


Post # 11
9019 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

@miss_melissa:  I feel your pain.  My husband and I are currently in the process of building a custom home.   * Ouch * when I saw the builder’s recent upgrade quote for almost $10,000.   I’m in the process of badgering him down right now, lol.  I still want my upgrades but I want a much better price.  So far so good – he’s come down some by negotiating with him.

FWIW I agree with everyone you should get your hardwoods installed before you move in.  You’ll love them!  Good luck and congrats on your new home!

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