October 5

New Construction Upgrades that aren’t Worth the Investment


You’ll have a lot of decisions to make when building a new home. If you plan to customize or upgrade from the builder’s standard package, it will be essential to know what upgrades are not worth the price tag. Here are the 5 new construction upgrades that are not worth the investment.

Hi my name is Raymond Eaddy with HomeSmart, and helping buyers learn where to spend their dollars and where they can save is my specialty. Today I’m going to share the five upgrades that aren’t worth the investment and can be easily upgraded down the road.

Decorative Lighting

Because the builder grade lighting is often unattractive, it can be very tempting to upgrade the fixtures. Please don’t do it! Instead, have the builder install the standard fixtures that come with the home. When you move in, you can find the fixtures you like and swap them with relative ease.

Cabinet Hardware

For hardware, most builders have limited options, and the upgraded options are relatively basic. Since this upgrade does not require a lot of effort, have the builder install the standard pulls and knobs and change them once you’ve settled in your new home.


For paint, most builders will have limited color options and use flat paint that quickly shows scuff marks and fingerprints. Because buyers may want their rooms a different color, they can get sucked into paying for the color upgrade. But buyer beware! Even if you paid for the upgrade, the paint would still lack quality, and you cannot choose the contractor of your choice. After you’ve closed on the home, hire a contractor, or do it yourself with the quality of paint and color that suits your needs and budget.


As tempting as it will be to have the builder add a backsplash, waiting will save you money. You can do it yourself or hire a handyman to do it for you once you’ve moved in. It will also give you time to shop around for the best price at the various tile shops and big-box stores.

Crown Molding and Trim

Let’s face it, crown molding and trim on cabinets and walls, doors, and windows add beauty and character to a home while also giving it a finished look. It’s also a feature many buyers appreciate when purchasing a new home. However, it can be a pricey upgrade that doesn’t add to the overall value and is easy to install later. So, resist the urge and save your money.

If you’re thinking about buying a new construction home? Make sure you work with an agent that will represent your best interests. And don’t forget, having a buyer’s agent doesn’t cost you any money as the seller pays our fees, and we most likely will save you money and negotiate better terms because we work for you!! Again, this is Raymond Eaddy with HomeSmart.

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