Why You Need a Realtor At The Design Center

One of the most exciting parts of building your own home is the trip to the design center! But this can also be one of the most confusing and intimidating parts of building your own home. And what about your realtor? How can a realtor help you in the design center? 

How We Help You

We are asked that all the time: “What do you do in the design center?”
We always go to the design center with our clients. The reason we like to go to these appointments is not only because we like to look at the fun, new shiny things that are out there (and we do), but also because we like to help you keep yourself in check when it comes to the money that you’re spending. 
Many times builders offer incentives. They may offer you a certain amount, like $30,000, in the design center towards your options. That sounds great, but that $30,000 doesn’t actually go very far! You’d be shocked by how quickly that’s gone. 

Staying On Budget

The design centers are really where builders make their money. Their job is to show you all the upgrades to try to convince you to spend more money. Of course the upgrades are great and beautiful, and of course, you’re going to like them better! They always look nicer, and besides, the standard options usually only come in the worst colors. So, of course, you want all the upgrades!


Flooring is the most expensive part of the whole house. I always tell my clients that if they want wood floors,  we’re going to take that $30,000 and spend it on wood floors. If they want carpet in the bedrooms instead of having wood flooring everywhere, we always tell them to stick with the standard builder’s carpet and not get any upgrades to the pad or the carpet. We do this because, at the end of the day, you are going to end up killing the carpet pretty quickly, and then you can replace it with something better. 

We’re Here To Guide You

I will never tell you what I want when we’re sitting in the design center. It’s all about what you want, but I will help you and guide you toward your best options for your budget. But I will be there to remind you that there are some upgrades you can do much more cheaply after you close. I will be there to remind you that you can wait 5 years for some things, or that you can pick one thing every year to upgrade. That way you don’t end up spending more than you originally wanted to. 
Your Next Step

Would you like to hear more about how we can help you through the process of building your home? Give us a call! We’d love to talk to you!