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Charlotte New Construction - Next Steps - The Selection Process

Charlotte New Construction - Next Steps - The Selection Process

Options when buying new construction in Charlotte NCJust when you think you're through making decisions - you've decided on the house of your dreams and signed all of the papers for your new home build...


Now, you're hit with the selection process (floor coverings, cabinet styles/colors/accessories, appliances, etc.).  You're probably thinking that you've really got your work cut out for you.


In a way, you do! There's more than meets the eye when it comes to selections.  I have been involved in this process with my clients several times in the last month, today being the most recent.  So, I thought I would share my 'coaching style' that I use with my new construction buyers.  Here are a few tips:

1.  Your first step after choosing the right home, condo or townhome, and AT Contract-signing, be certain that you know when & where the selection process will take place.  Mark the selection date on your calendar!


2.  choices when buying new construction in Charlotte NCAbout a week prior to the selection meeting, as your Realtor®, I will notify you of this very important upcoming meeting with details as follows... 

  • On __date time , you are meeting with the builder's decorator to select your flooring, cabinets, appliances, door knobs, cabinet handles, plumbing fixtures, light fixtures, shower doors, countertops, smart home features and any other item(s) which the builder allows offers as a selection.

  • It is my job to let you know that you will be allowed to select the 'standard' items or 'upgrade' your selections as you so desire.  The following are standard:  (I will provide the list of standard items from your builder.)

  • The costs to upgrade each item if the builder has shared that with me; many do not share those upgrade prices as they have become quite a bit more extensive than in years past.  If the builder does not provide the cost sheet, the cost to upgrade each item will be discussed at the selection meeting.

  • Attached is a copy of the floorplan with the room measurements which should assist you in getting accurate costs for each 'project.'

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3.  Some Buyers even bring their own decorator who already KNOWS their taste/style for an easier selection process.  It has been my experience that the builder's decorators do a fine job but, this is again, YOUR choice. 


4.  Make certain that you allow plenty of time to make your selections as it can be a long process!  I recommend at least 2 hours.  And, be punctual!


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When we meet for you to make the selections for your new home, please remember that as your Realtor®, I am just that - a REALTOR! I am not a financier, contractor or a decorator. 

As your Realtor®, I don't ever want a client to regret making a choice that I recommend a year down the road--just because they thought I had more experience in this process. 


My decorating tastes are not always the same as my client's! Yes, I will 'advise' but, I will not make selections for you or express my 'favorites' to you - this is your fabulous new house and we're there for you to make your dream home come to fruition! Additionally,

  • Factor-in the resale value for your upgrades - let's talk about that together - that I CAN advise you on. 
  • Calculate the upgrades in relation to the amount of time you plan to OWN the home--can a standard feature be just as cost-effective? THINK RESALE!
  • Stick to your budget! 

Enjoy this exciting time and remember - if you're prepared, the transaction will go quite smoothly! 


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Comment balloon 8 commentsDebe Maxwell, CRS • March 11 2019 03:23AM


Debe, yes the challenges of building your home from scratch need an agent who is savvy like you to help the buyers out, Endre

Posted by Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002 (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices) 2 months ago

Hi Debe,  This would be an exciting time for the home buyers, so many decisions.  It is nice to have a guide to help them through the process.

Posted by Bob Crane, Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671 (Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities) 2 months ago

So true Debe that our decorating choices may not be the same. As a Realtor we want our clients to enjoy their new home with their own tastes and designs!

Posted by Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400, Long Island Home and Condo Specialists (The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803) 2 months ago

Good morning Debe. Buyers should have an upgrade budget before making selections and factor that into the purchase price. Have sen many disappointed buyers that do not prepare for the extra cost. Enjoy your day!

Posted by Wayne Martin, Real Estate Broker - Retired (Wayne M Martin) 2 months ago

Good morning Debe Maxwell, CRS ,

An excellent post.a client of mine from NYC flew in last month to make her design selections for their new home. She had a budget and did such a good job of making her selections....I was proud of her and only went over budget by $600! She proved it can be done. I'm sure your buyers are sooo glad they have you in their corner and giving good solid advice.

Posted by Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR, Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate (Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899) 2 months ago

Debe, your clients are very lucky to have you guiding them but, not making the decisions for them. All too often I'm in a design center and hear an agent telling the client what to pick, not a good idea! New construction is exciting and fun but, there are many decisions to be made that don't come into play with resale. Great post!

Posted by Amanda S. Davidson, Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale (Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group ) 2 months ago

We have been there done that from floor plans to light fixtures...lots of choices..the more research that is done in advance by buyers, the better.

Posted by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce (EXP Realty 414-525-0563) 2 months ago

The easiest way to purchase a Charlotte new construction home is by starting out with a call to Debe Maxwell, CRS

Posted by Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate (Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales) 2 months ago