6 Tips to Make Your Home as Good as It Can Be for Your Budget

A new home comes complete with a range of features and finishes that are included in the base price. These inclusions may differ from one builder to another and can vary depending on the design of each home.

Headstart Homes’ standard inclusions provide new home buyers great value for money, without compromising on quality and lifestyle convenience. We also offer total flexibility to ensure clients can enhance specific features and inclusions in their home to meet their individual needs and budget.

Most new home builders offer a range of optional upgrades, i.e. products of a higher quality such as flooring, kitchen benchtops, tiles, tapware, external render etc. Selecting an upgrade will usually add to the price of the home. In most cases the extra cost is calculated by taking the price of the upgrade product, less the value of the standard inclusion.

So, what upgrades can add value to your new home without necessarily blowing the budget?

1. Kitchen
Traditionally considered the heart of the home, the kitchen is one of the main areas people notice when looking through a home to buy. Upgrading benchtops from laminate to an engineered stone will definitely give your kitchen a sense of contemporary luxury. Also, use contrasting colours and materials to give your kitchen a standout difference. When designing your kitchen think about function, flow and aesthetics. When you get the basics right you can guarantee you will love your new kitchen.

2. Electrical
Carefully review your electrical plan to ensure it meets all your needs, i.e. add extra power points, data ports, alarm system and think about feature lighting during construction, otherwise to upgrade down the track will prove more costly and invasive.

3. Insulation & heating
Upgrade to a higher insulation specification for optimum warmth and cooling year-round. Not only will it help with your power bill it will create a healthier home. If your budget allows, the Installation of a second heatpump or ducted system is best included at the time of construction. You enjoy the benefit now, plus add value to the sale value of your home.

4. Exterior Facade
The first thing that people see is the exterior of your home. To set your house apart from everyone else consider using contrasting claddings teamed with contemporary rooflines and a good amount of glazing facing the street. Small details make big impacts when it comes to street appeal.

5. Flooring
“Wood look” Vinyl planking floors look just like timber but are significantly more affordable and are scratch and water-resistant; providing an extended lifespan for less money! Hard flooring is longer lasting and better wearing than carpet (especially with kids!!) Think about the areas where you want hard flooring – a big design feature is to have hard flooring through your entry, kitchen, dining & living areas. Layer with oversized rugs to add softness and luxury to your home.

6. Outdoor living
Most homes are designed around the fact we Kiwis love to entertain and enjoy family time. By incorporating large stacker sliders to your dining and/or your living room you will create the feeling of space and connect the indoors with the outdoors to allow the spaces to flow harmoniously together. The inclusion of an all-weather covered outdoor entertaining area is a perfect extension to your living space and one that can be incorporated into any house plan.

If you are looking at new home building options in the Canterbury region, pick up the phone and give us a call on 0508 442556 – to find out how we can help you get into your new home sooner than you thought. For more details Click here to view our range of quality affordable new home designs and house & land packages.