Originally Posted by jhlcomp
I don't know how you can prepare for something like this. One thing I would do is look at some magazines and new models so that you can determine what style suits you best along with color, texture, and general overall look and feel.
That's what I did.
I cut out some pictures of color combinations I liked, tile pictures, I liked, etc., and then mounted them onto some plain paper. Nothing elaborate, just a visual reference that I carried with me. It helped to stick to the general look my husband and I had agreed to (once you're there and it's all moving so fast, it's easy to get off track....this is a visual of what you've already agreed on).
I also had a list of all available upgrades and prices long before the appointment. I had already decided on many of the upgrades this way - I arrived with a long list showing what I knew I wanted. We still added a lot more, and deleted some, but I stayed well within my alloted budget this way.
I was scared that I'd walk in and spend a fortune, so listing as much as I could with the corresponding prices beforehand gave me a good handle on what it was going to look like at the end.