When it comes to choosing a builder for your modular home project, one of the biggest factors is price – and to make a smart choice, it’s important to look closely at the inclusions.
Each builder has a unique list of inclusions and a different pricing structure. Because of these variations, it’s important to read the inclusions list carefully, as the cheapest price may not always offer the best value.
For example, if the price doesn’t include everything you need, or the standard inclusions are a lower quality than you expect, you could be up for extra costs to complete your project. As there are so many things that make up a new home, it can be difficult to know what to look for – so here are a few tips to help you find true value when you build your new modular home.
Quality Inclusions are a Must
Quality is obviously important across all your inclusions but pay special attention to the big-ticket items that are costly to upgrade or change down the track. Make sure your included kitchen appliances are manufactured by a reputable brand, or you may find yourself replacing them sooner rather than later.
Another important area is your joinery, which includes cabinetry, doors and window frames. Are they made from quality, long-lasting materials? And do they look the part? The style of your joinery has a big impact in the overall look and feel of your home, so make sure you’re 100% happy.
Look for Long-Term Benefits
An added bonus is the inclusion of features that bring long-term benefits. A good example is the glazing on your windows. Double-glazed windows significantly add to the comfort and efficiency of your home, which brings long-term value. They will keep your home warmer in winter and cooler in summer, which reduces energy consumption within your home. They’ll also reduce noise, increase security and add to your resale value.
Flexibility Within the Standard Range
There is quite a difference between the level of flexibility and available options within inclusions. Some builders have many different choices within their standard range, while others only offer one option before you’re required to upgrade.
Having limited flexibility can be quite restricting when it comes to adding a personal touch to your home. When you can choose from a wide range of styles and colours on items like your cladding, tiling, cabinetry, and interior colours scheme, it makes a huge difference to how happy you are with the end result.
Choose Your Upgrades Wisely
Every household is different, and even the most extensive inclusions list can’t cover everything that everyone needs. Depending on your lifestyle requirements and the size of your family, there may be certain items you wish to upgrade, and if this is the case, find out what your upgrade options are before you commit. It’s important to understand that builders will need to charge more for items that cost them more to purchase or install, so be smart about your upgrades and make sure they add value.
Final Word on Value in Inclusions
With so many different parts making up your new home, and each builder doing things a little differently, be sure to look beyond the base price when comparing. To see the true value, always examine the inclusion list carefully.
The best value comes when the inclusion list is extensive, is made up of quality items and materials, includes features with long-term benefits and offers a good amount of flexibility within the standard range. When you find that, chances are you’ll be able to stick within the base price and keep to your budget, and still get the home of your dreams.
Over to You
Do you have a question on inclusions? Or maybe you have a tip to share? We’d love to hear from you!
Project Consultant at Anchor Homes