5 Upgrades That Aren’t Worth the Investment in New Construction

Dated: January 10 2022

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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 at The Wolfe Team, we specialize in helping buyers learn where to spend their dollars and where they can save.

We're going to share five upgrades that aren’t worth the investment, but can be easily upgraded down the road.

  1. Decorative Lighting – Because 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. Once you move in, you can find the fixtures you like and easily swap them out.

  2. Cabinet Hardware – When it comes to 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 into your new home.

  3. Paint – When it comes to painting, 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’s quality would still be lacking, and you will not be able to choose the contractor of your choice. Once 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.

  4. Backsplash – 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. 
  5. 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 does not add to the overall value and is easy to install later. So, resist the urge and save yourself money. 


If you’re thinking about buying a new construction home, make sure you work with an agent that will represent you. 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!

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Erica Wolfe

No one knows their way around Jupiter, Florida like native resident and Realtor Erica Gouldy Wolfe. She’s been up and down just about every street of this charming, 24-square mile waterfront town. W....

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