One of the hardest parts of building a custom home can be staying under budget.

Hey there and a very happy Trade Tip Tuesday for you! We were off last week getting prepared for Saturday’s Logapalooza but we’re back now and ready to offer a new tip. So, let’s dive right in! Today’s tip was inspired by conversations we had with people at Logapalooza and is: Use Future Upgrades to Stay Under Budget.

Light fixtures are one of the items in your home that can be upgraded at a later date.

Whether you have cash on hand, or you’re financing part or all of your new home, you are most likely working with a budget. Designing your home to have everything you need while honoring that budget is likely to be one of the most challenging parts of this process.

So, as you’re designing your perfect home, keep in mind that there are some things that you can delay to upgrade later, and some that you certainly should not. Insulation, for instance. You’ll want to spend the money now on a robust insulation package for your area. While it may cost a bit more upfront, it will pay dividends via lower energy costs for as long as you own your home.

Your dealer and builder can point out other areas in your home where you can choose to upgrade later to save now.

But appliances, countertops, light fixtures, etc.? These are all things that are relatively easy to upgrade at a later date. Keep that in mind when you’re looking over you Wants and Needs list. If you’re not sure, ask your dealer and builder. They should be able to look over your plan and point out areas where you can upgrade later and save now.

Thanks for tuning into this week’s Trade Tip and we’ll see you next week!