Buying a house that is under
construction gives you the opportunity to customize your new home by adding
"extra" features to the basic home. When deciding on special features,
consider how they will affect the re-sale value of the home and whether these
additions will over-improve your home.
Money spent to improve and modernize kitchens and
bathrooms is almost always a good investment. Corian counter tops, side-by-side
refrigerators, quality flooring and whirlpool tubs are good ideas. Hardwood
floors in the living and dining rooms are a plus when selling a home. If the
builder's standard flooring for the foyer is linoleum, it is definitely worth
changing to wood or ceramic. And even if you don't enjoy sitting around a
roaring fireplace, the next owner may want one. If you plan to finish the
basement later, you may want to "rough-in" the plumbing for a bath
during the original construction. You should consider your own enjoyment--and
what will increase the value of your home when you sell.