New homes can bring their owners years of happiness, but there may be lingering regrets after the construction has been completed and the owners have moved in.
These regrets stem from features that the owners didn't think about adding while they were planning and building their home, such as extra storage or a finished basement.
Below is a list of some commonly sought after features that people should consider while drawing up the plans for their new homes.
For people who live in climates that experience extreme heat or cold, proper insulation is a must.
Before the construction is completed, a home inspector should perform a thorough inspection of the insulation to identify places where it is missing or improperly installed.
Retrofitting insulation can get quite expensive, and having things checked out early can save homeowners thousands of dollars in the long run.
Flat screen TVs are becoming more ubiquitous and people often choose to have their televisions hanging on the wall of their living room or family room.
For this reason, many new homes have conduits to hide cords and cables within the walls and keep them out of sight.
These conduits can also be a wise investment for people who may want to add solar panels to their house at a later date.
Like insulation, adding conduits after construction has been completed can cost a great deal of money.
A conveniently placed laundry room is another feature that many homeowners don't think of during the planning process.
Laundry is generally an annoying chore, but placing the laundry room near the bedrooms can make it much easier.
Unfortunately, many people place them in whatever nook and cranny the floor plan will allow, such as a basement or garage.
Because changing the location later will require access to plumbing and may necessitate tearing up the flooring, it is much cheaper to simply put the laundry room in a convenient place during the design process.
Many new homes feature an open and airy floor plan, with extremely wide rooms and hallways that make it easy for multiple people to walk through them at once.
However, this is not always the case.
If you later decide that you want to widen rooms or hallways in your house, doing so can be expensive, especially if you need to add support beams and posts to make sure the roof doesn't collapse.
The final thing that people building new homes should take into account is their plumbing systems.
Inspections of pipes and drains right after the plumbing was installed has revealed that sometime construction debris such as drywall, mud, lumber, and trash can make their way into the plumbing system.
Such blockages can stop up sinks, tubs, and toilets or cause them not to drain properly.
For this reason, it's important to make sure you hire a licensed and insured plumbing contractor who has a good reputation and will ensure everything is flowing correctly.