Don’t get caught off guard.
- Many buyers would be thrilled to purchase a new construction home.
- In addition to a higher purchase price, you might get stuck with these hidden costs, including shelving and landscaping.
Years ago, my husband and I decided to jump on the opportunity to purchase new construction. The home in question was being built from the ground up, so we had a chance to customize it to our needs. It also allowed us to stay in our neighborhood but snag extra square footage and a basement — something most of the homes nearby don’t have.
Now my husband and I knew that buying new construction would mean taking on a higher mortgage. And we suspected — correctly — that we’d be looking at higher property taxes as well. But we were shocked at some of the items that didn’t end up coming with our new construction property. Here are four surprising costs you might incur if you buy a newly built home.
1. Having to put in window coverings
When my husband and I moved into our home, we were shocked to see that our builders hadn’t included any window treatments. It turns out, they weren’t required to. But that left us scrambling to purchase temporary shades for privacy, and it then resulted in us spending several thousand dollars on nicer-looking shades and blinds.
Thankfully, we had a decent chunk of money in our savings account earmarked for what we called new home expenses. But we were surprised that window treatments weren’t included in our home’s purchase price given how expensive it was.
2. Having to swap out your lighting fixtures
Our builders were required to outfit our home with lighting. But the fixtures they chose were, in a word, ugly. Let’s put it this way — they were the sort of fixtures you’d expect to find in a warehouse or rest stop bathroom. And so we had to dip into our savings once again to swap out those fixtures with ones that didn’t make us want to shudder.
Obviously, this wasn’t an emergency, and we didn’t have to rush to replace all of our lighting at once. But it was a pretty notable expense nonetheless.
3. Having to add shelving to your closets and pantry