U.S. CitiesCity-Data Forum Index
Go Back   City-Data Forum > U.S. Forums > Virginia > Northern Virginia
 [Register]
Please register to participate in our discussions with 2 million other members - it's free and quick! Some forums can only be seen by registered members. After you create your account, you'll be able to customize options and access all our 15,000 new posts/day with fewer ads.
View detailed profile (Advanced) or search
site with Google Custom Search

Search Forums  (Advanced)
 
 
Old 03-05-2013, 02:24 PM
 
67 posts, read 127,386 times
Reputation: 18

Advertisements

We are thinking of buying a new home from NV homes in stone gate community in Ashburn and trying to identify upgrades that can be done later. These are the things we are planning on taking from builder. Another question is does it make sense to add the upgrades now and add it to the price of the house-I have to pay down the amount anyway to get confirmed jumbo loan- does the increase purchased price matters when selling

Bay window in living and dining
Morning room
Extra bathroom upstairs and basement (builder is charging 5500 for each bath room is ti fair price)
Hardwood in living and dining
Pre wiring for fans
Carpet runner on the stairs
Upgrade cabinets in bathrooms
12X12 tiles in the owners bathroom
Double door walkup from basement VS single door walkup? ( Not sure what to take)
Quick reply to this message

 
Old 03-05-2013, 02:56 PM
 
28 posts, read 43,258 times
Reputation: 10
5500 for each bathroom is expensive. my builder is adding full bath for 3800. The rough-ins come standard so I may just add it myself for cheaper after we move in.
Quick reply to this message
 
Old 03-05-2013, 03:15 PM
 
10,587 posts, read 12,052,982 times
Reputation: 6428
I know several people that got the cheapest carpet they could and then had a contractor do the hardwoods. I know offerings have gotten better but the builder generally doesn't offer the "best floor you can get for your money" as an option. My standard floors were CRAP. I ended up replacing them and what I replaced with is 10 times more durable.
Quick reply to this message
 
Old 03-05-2013, 03:15 PM
 
1,784 posts, read 2,976,649 times
Reputation: 1270
Generally, extra square footage is going to be the hardest (if not impossible) to upgrade later. And it also shows up front and center on the MLS summary.
Quick reply to this message
 
Old 03-05-2013, 03:44 PM
 
Location: Reston, VA
2,004 posts, read 3,520,742 times
Reputation: 1147
Bay window in living and dining YES
Morning room YES
Extra bathroom upstairs and basement (builder is charging 5500 for each bath room is ti fair price) YES
Hardwood in living and dining YES
Pre wiring for fans YES
Carpet runner on the stairs NO
Upgrade cabinets in bathrooms NO
12X12 tiles in the owners bathroom YES (consider for in all baths)
Double door walkup from basement VS single door walkup? DOUBLE
Quick reply to this message
 
Old 03-05-2013, 06:28 PM
 
968 posts, read 1,437,032 times
Reputation: 638
It cost us $10k to remodel an exiting full bath (a small one) about a year and a half ago. I'd go for the extra bathrooms.
Quick reply to this message
 
Old 03-05-2013, 06:50 PM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, NC, formerly DC and Phila
8,534 posts, read 12,586,974 times
Reputation: 8305
Quote:
Originally Posted by ChristineVA View Post
I know several people that got the cheapest carpet they could and then had a contractor do the hardwoods. I know offerings have gotten better but the builder generally doesn't offer the "best floor you can get for your money" as an option. My standard floors were CRAP. I ended up replacing them and what I replaced with is 10 times more durable.
This. Also, hardwood floors will be cheaper from someone other than the builder.

ETA: Some people get the upgrades from the builder because they can roll it into their loan. Buying afterwards, you cannot.
Quick reply to this message
 
Old 03-05-2013, 07:10 PM
 
Location: Brambleton, VA
2,136 posts, read 4,628,619 times
Reputation: 1292
Double door basement walkup. It was the only way to get our TV and sectional into the basement.
Quick reply to this message
 
Old 03-06-2013, 06:04 AM
 
67 posts, read 127,386 times
Reputation: 18
for hardwood floors builder is charging$2500( Same grade as model home) for living(12 X 10.6) and dining rooms(12 X13), and $6500 fo doble door walkup.

Any thing to watch out in the contracts?. The "Got yous"!
Quick reply to this message
 
Old 03-06-2013, 07:23 AM
 
10,587 posts, read 12,052,982 times
Reputation: 6428
I just want to caution you on the floors. For $2500, you are seriously getting the lowest grade of floor. This will probably be fine in any low traffic area. It will NOT be fine in a high traffic area. You will have a scratched up, dull floor very quickly unless you are VERY gentle people.
Quick reply to this message
Please register to post and access all features of our very popular forum. It is free and quick. Over $68,000 in prizes has already been given out to active posters on our forum. Additional giveaways are planned.

Detailed information about all U.S. cities, counties, and zip codes on our site: City-data.com.


 
Please update this thread with any new information or opinions. This open thread is still read by thousands of people, so we encourage all additional points of view.

Quick Reply
Message:

Options
X
Data:
Loading data...
Based on 2000-2016 data
Loading data...

123
Hide US histogram

Over $104,000 in prizes was already given out to active posters on our forum and additional giveaways are planned!

Go Back   City-Data Forum > U.S. Forums > Virginia > Northern Virginia
Similar Threads
View detailed profiles of:
Follow City-Data.com founder on our Forum or

All times are GMT -6.

2005-2019, Advameg, Inc. | Please obey Forum Rules | Terms of Use and Privacy Policy

City-Data.com - Archive 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35 - Top