When a homebuyer asks the above question, they are really asking, “How much can I personalize my new home?” This is part of the new home selections process and the answer depends upon if the homebuyer is purchasing a presale home, which is a home that has not yet been built, or an available Showcase home, which is a home that is either completely built or is in the process of being built. This article will focus on the presale home-buying experience. If a homebuyer purchases an available inventory home, the amount of personalization that can still be done will depend on the house’s build process stage. Please see the McKee Homes Building Process article for more information on each stage of the building process.
Once a homebuyer, chooses their floor plan, and finalizes the paperwork involved in securing the home of their dreams, the fun begins. Some of the personalization can be done at the same time as the initial paperwork.
If the homebuyer is not sure of what selections they want, that’s okay as our expert Design Consultant will schedule an appointment with them at either our Fayetteville or Leland, NC design studio. The design studio has a variety of selections available to touch, see and experience, including carpet samples, kitchen and bath tile, exterior finishes, lighting and plumbing fixtures, and kitchen cabinet options.
Normally the selection’s process follows the sequential order listed below:
- Exterior selections: siding type and color, front door and color, roofing type and color, window, trim and shutter color.
- Interior selections: paint color, counter tops, cabinets and flooring.
- Plumbing and lighting fixtures
For a complete list of selections, please see the McKee Homes Selections Process article.
If a homebuyer is unable to visit the design studio, other arrangements will be made to accommodate the buyer’s needs. All the homebuyer’s questions regarding selection options will be answered during this appointment. To ensure that McKee Homes adheres to the time allotted to build a home, we encourage the homebuyer to make their selections within 14 days of signing the new home contract.
McKee Homes come with beautiful standard features, which are listed on the “Standard Feature Sheet”, available on our website neighborhood pages, and can be found at the model home in the homebuyer’s desired neighborhood. A McKee Homes’ Sales Representative and/or Design Consultant will also be able to share these standard features with you.
If a homebuyer would like to choose an option that is not included in the standard feature package, the Design Consultant will fill out a “Change Order Request Form”, which will be added as an addendum to the homebuyer’s contract. See our Additional Options and Change Orders article for more information about this process.
It is normal for a homebuyer to feel excited and a little bit anxious during the home-buying and new home selections process. McKee Homes’ employees are committed to making this experience a positive one. They are available to answer questions and help the homebuyer in any way they can. The homebuyer can also visit the McKee Homes website design studio page.
By Julie Russo and John Rives