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Standard Features vs Upgrades in New Construction Homes

February 12, 2023
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When looking for a home builder in Portland, it’s important to have an understanding of what the building process entails. This is particularly important when it comes to understanding the difference between standard features and options or upgrades, which may cost more. We try to design standard homes that will meet the needs of a range of buyers, but we also offer options that may better fit your lifestyle and preferences.

It’s important to understand that what is considered standard for some builders may not be standard for others. Generally, though, standard is what you get with the base price. Upgrades and options, but also finishing features, will typically cost more. However, you may be pleasantly surprised with some of what builders offer as standard. Still, you need to be clear up front regarding what an individual builder considers standard so that you can stick to your budget. Small changes here and there can quickly add up.

Remember when touring model homes that you’re likely seeing some of the upgrades and additional options, as the model is a way to demonstrate the home’s range. It’s important to ask for the standard features sheet and a list of options when touring model homes and looking at floor plans.

Upgrades and options are typically found in things like kitchen counters, flooring, cabinets, and appliances. We do offer construction options that can include additional bathrooms and room usage, depending on the floor plan and your personal needs. This is all ironed out in meetings before any construction begins. When it comes to upgrades, the ones that usually increase the overall value of the home and make it more appealing come in upgrades to flooring, bathrooms and kitchens. These are areas where the extra value will probably make your home worth more if you decide to sell in the future.

We offer various events regarding construction and design to help you better understand the entire process. We also follow a clear path from the start of the project through to the follow-up checkups and reviews after you’ve moved in, to make sure you’re happy with your home and everything is working appropriately. During this process, we always have people working with you to keep you informed, but you should always make a point of knowing any time a change or addition may add to the cost.

Our standard home plans are high-quality homes that will meet your needs, but we always try to offer options and upgrades to help you create your dream home. If you’re looking for a home builder in Portland, contact us today to learn more about our wide range of floor plans and how you can help create your ideal home for your lifestyle.

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