You’ve decided to build your home, gone through the initial steps to get started, and now it’s time to visit the design center. This stage in the building process is exciting but often overwhelming. But, don’t let the stress ruin the fun. The design center is made to help you easily pick ideas and the designers are there to help you. Before arriving, it’s important to be prepared and know what you are getting into. Here are some ways to prepare for your design center experience.
Decide On Your Design Center Budget
Budgeting is essential when building a home. If you go into the showroom without an understanding of your budget, your new home will cost much more than expected. Since you are in the process of buying a house, money is probably not a new topic. You most likely already have an idea of where your finances stand. However, your house design may not be something you considered, and deciding your budget beforehand is important.
When deciding on your budget for the design center, you will want to consider the designs you desire in your house. However, it is also important to consider additional fees that may come up. Is there a fee you need to pay the day you sign off at the design center? Does this go towards your down payment? Are there any fees for post-construction meeting changes (also known as a change order)? All these questions will help you determine a reasonable budget and be prepared for expenses that may come up.
Once you have a budget in mind, decide on what the maximum amount you can’t go over is. This will be your hard number. When you get into the design center, communicate this to the designer. They are there to help you stay within your budget, and meet your design goals. The designer will go over what will fit in your budget. They will give you options that will help you meet your design goals and stay on budget.
Setting Realistic Expectations
A lot of people come into the design center with their dream home in mind. While it’s important to build a house you enjoy, it’s also important to have realistic expectations. Unless your budget is limitless, you most likely will have to make some type of compromises. Before going into the design center, make sure you have an understanding of what base items are included with your builder. This will give you an idea of what to expect, and let you consider what you want to upgrade. Off of this, you can figure out what your hard yes items are.
Take a look at your lifestyle when considering your home design. If you cook often, prioritizing your kitchen may be important. If you often have family movie nights, maybe putting more money into a family room would be the right choice. By considering your lifestyle, you can better decide what your hard yes items will be.
Realistically, your new home won’t be exactly like your Pinterest board. However, looking at Pinterest and design websites can help you get a better idea of what your style is. Knowing your style will make deciding on design easier and less overwhelming. It is also helpful to save pictures you like or other style ideas to show your designer, so they can better tailor your experience. If there are specific items you want to use in your newly built home, such as a couch, pillows, or curtains, consider bringing the item, or a picture of the item, to show your designer.
Lastly, if there are multiple people involved in this process, ensure beforehand that everyone is on the same page. Not discussing design styles and expectations beforehand can turn the process into a long, drawn-out experience. By ensuring all parties are on the same page, your design center experience can be spent with less time compromising and more time designing.
By preparing for your design center experience, your process will go smoothly. You’ll know what to expect and be able to stay within your budget. This will make the whole process less stressful and more enjoyable. Visit our design page to learn more about our design center. At Interstate Homes, we want to build the foundation for your memories. Contact us to start the process of building your dream home, or to learn more.