1. Being seduced by a home’s good looks and ignoring the fundamentals
2. Not buying for location
3. Skimping on services
4. Waiting on upgrades until after close
Buyers building a home, especially first-time homebuyers, often err on the side of thinking that they can get a better deal on certain upgrades after closing versus doing them with the builder.
That might be fine for certain decorative things like a tile backsplash or fencing, but when it comes to flooring or fixtures, going through the builder might ultimately be a more practical option.