Post # 1
DH and I just bought a brand new home. I am trying to decide if we should upgrade to hardwood on the main floor right away or just keep the standard carpet that we are getting from the builder? What would you ladies do? We have other things that we would like to use our money for in the house i.e. uprading appliances and california shutters. Just don’t know if it’s just going to be easier to do this work before we actually move in.
Any advice would be helpful!
Post # 3
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
@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
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
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
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
@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 # 9
Thanks for all your advice. The builder will obviously charge much more than an outside contractor so I’m thinking we could have it done by a contractor and just wait until the work is done to move in the furniture.
Post # 10
@Pink Asawa: We want to avoid going through the builder for any upgrades because they are way too expensive.
Post # 11
@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!