10 New Home Selections Tips for Homebuyers

Buying a new home is an exciting, sometimes overwhelming event in anyone’s life, especially if you buy the home before it is built and get to choose options and make selections. One of the most personal aspects of buying a new home from a builder is getting to choose the selections for your home such as paint colors, cabinets, countertops, floor coverings, fixtures and finishes. These new home selections tips will help make your selections appointment fun and stress-free.

Doing your homework and understanding the choices you will be making at the design appointment will save time and stress. The following new home selections tips and design studio checklist can help you come to your appointment prepared so you don’t feel overwhelmed and can make the best selection choices for your new home.

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New Home Selections Tips


  1. Walk some of the builder’s homes to see the types of materials used for cabinets, flooring, tile, etc. This will give you a better idea of what to expect at your design appointment.
  2. Find out what brand of appliances the builder uses so you have a chance to review appliances Online. Most builders only show a few sets of appliances in their design studio and not everything they offer. Most builders are able to give you a better price than you could get yourself, even if you find a sale. However, don’t expect the builder to match a bargain basement or closeout price that you find Online.
  3. It’s a great idea to drive through neighborhoods to see the exteriors of other houses that the builder has built. McKee Homes offers an Interactive Design App that allows you to choose a floor plan and play with the exterior color schemes for vinyl siding or James Hardie Color Plus cement board (per neighborhood).
  4. Most builders offer several interior paint colors. Find out what the builder offers before the appointment so you can pull color swatches and put them against your furniture. This will help you decide on the best color beforehand as you will have a lot on your mind with many decisions to make during the selections meeting.

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  1. Remember that carpet padding is more important than the actual carpet. Upgrading your carpet padding is an inexpensive way to have your carpet last longer and feel softer.
  2. Upgrading a kitchen backsplash with tile is often an inexpensive way to dress up your kitchen.
  3. Remember that it’s less expensive to upgrade during the building process than to remodel later. Plus, it’s less hassle as remodeling can be disruptive, noisy and messy once you are living in the house. Think about adding hardwoods or laminates to living areas and tile in wet areas.
  4. Don’t forget the little things like cabinet hardware. Adding your own hardware takes a lot of time and precision. Going through the builder is normally less expensive than buying the hardware at a retail shop and paying someone to install it. Another good reason to have the builder install the hardware is liability. If you install your own cabinet hardware, or hire a handyman to do it, and the cabinets are damaged, it is up to you to have them repaired.
  5. If you made any other finish upgrades during the design appointment, make sure to upgrade your cabinet hardware to match.

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Before Leaving:

  1. Make sure you feel 100% satisfied with your new home selections before you leave your design appointment because many items for your house such as exterior and cabinets are ordered before construction even begins to make sure the home is completed on time. Changing selections while your home is being built can cause delays in construction and result in additional costs.


Coming to the design appointment prepared and taking the time to make sure you are satisfied with all of your decisions will help make the new home building process more enjoyable, go smoother and be less stressful for everyone involved.

McKee Homes has an expert Design Consultant who works closely with our buyers to make sure they have the most positive experience possible while making selections for their new home. The design studio has a variety of selections available to touch, see and experience, including carpet samples, kitchen and bath tile, countertops, lighting, plumbing fixtures, and kitchen cabinet options.


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More Information

If you are interested in finding out more about the McKee Homes new home selections tips and process please read our Selections Process articles or call us at 910-672-7296.

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5 thoughts on “10 New Home Selections Tips for Homebuyers

  1. You made a good point that having ample knowledge about appliances would help when looking through residential homes for sale. After my second child was born, my husband and I quickly realized that the apartment we are living in is not quite spacious for a family of four, especially once my younger child grows up into their teens. Perhaps it’s about time that we consider getting our own house since it would be a good investment for the future of our family.

  2. My husband has been telling me that we should buy a new house since our family is growing and I agree with him. That’s why we’re currently looking for a three-bedroom house. I guess you’re right; we must drive through the neighborhood first so we may check the other exteriors of the house, therefore, we would be able to compare.

  3. I like your comment on how updating the kitchen backsplash can look really good. it would probably be that a small adjustment like this could make your decor fit much better as well. I’m looking for ways to redecorate my home so I’ll have to find someone with more ideas like this to work with.

  4. That’s a great tip you gave about upgrading your carpet padding to inexpensively make your carpet last longer and feel softer. I’ve heard that there are certain types of carpets that can better maintain the heat in your home during the winter, like they act as a better insulator than other carpets. Are there really carpets that do that? I’ll have to keep these great tips in mind as my wife and I go through the process of buying our new home.

  5. Great article! This provides so much insight on things to consider when looking to buy a new home. Having a real estate to help you buy a house can be so helpful and dramatically reduce your stress level. Thanks so much for posting this information!

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