A new home means an exciting new beginning, new neighborhood, new friends and new surroundings to explore. Now that you are finished with your building, let’s look at a few things you may have missed.
Add a Sunroom or Deck
While you do get to customize, there are far from limitless options dictating your choices. For example, you won’t be able to add a sunroom that isn’t listed as an option on the original plans or choose a different placement for the fireplace. Many builders will only let you choose between one or two paint colors for all of your interior walls, so if you want anything different, that’s a project you’ll have to take on after the home is built and closed on. In some cases, you will be able to purchase options such as different appliances outside of the buyer and have them installed (usually at a premium) with the general construction. But for things like countertops and carpeting, you’ll likely only be able to choose among the options presented by the builder.
Install a Security System
A home security system offers protection for your loved ones and property, as well as peace of mind. If you just built your dream home, wouldn’t you want this? It aims to protect your valuables and those inside it from burglary, home intrusion, fire, and other environmental disasters such as burst pipes. Nowadays, it’s so simple your smart home can be set up and configured in a way that best fits your family’s needs, so you can feel a little bit safer. The latest home security camera systems pair with your smartphone so you can view cameras, lock doors, arm or disarm security points, and receive instant notifications on alarm triggers wherever you are at.
Having an eco-friendly home is a non-negotiable these days. There are many small changes you can make in your home that can truly make an impact on both the environment and your energy bills. Upgrade your efficiency in the shower. A low flow showerhead with EPA WaterSense helps conserve water with the same performance. Replace your windows with energy-efficient designs that maximize insulation based on your climate. And start a compost garden. Compost is decomposed organic matter. A compost pile, made up of items like food scraps and yard clippings, is an environment where bacteria, fungi, worms, and insects like spiders and slugs can break it all down naturally. The result is a dark, earthy material called compost (or “black gold” as it’s known to gardeners) that’s a nutrient-rich fertilizer you can add back into the soil.