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Builder Upgrades vs. DIY: The Showdown

Building a home is an exciting experience – you get to have your home, your way – and it is all yours from the get go. So, it should come to no surprise that by now, you know that there are not only many options to choose from when it comes to your new home and working with your home builder, but many that include upgraded options at that.

From countertops and finishes, to fixtures and flooring – how do you make a decision without breaking the budget? Well, we live in a world where do-it-yourself projects are more common; with a few keystrokes on your device of choice, you can pretty much find out how to do anything on the internet these days.

Some upgrades will naturally be more expensive than others, while some could fall under consideration of doing the project on your own, which in turn would help in protecting your overall home building budget.  The question is, how do you decide on what the builder should complete vs. what you could tackle yourself? Have no fear. Our team put together a rundown of what you should definitely be weighing when it comes to this Builders vs DIY showdown.

Upgrades to Consider

Some home upgrades are very much worth the money. They not only add to the value of your home, but the aesthetics and comfort-in-living as well.

Here are just a few of the builder upgrades we recommend you may want to consider investing in:

Kitchen Cabinets

The kitchen is one of the most used rooms in the home and for this simple reason alone, it should be important to you that things are done here at a professional level. Because whether you are the one that spends a lot of time in it or not, consider that others in your family, visitors and possibly future home buyers will.

When it comes to any kitchen, beautiful cabinets are the foundation, and for this reason, many builders offer cabinet upgrades to homebuyers. Upgrading your cabinets during the building process can be a wise decision, as you can have a say in specific features, placement and storage sizing that are specific to your needs and even catered to revolving around your appliances.

Tile for Floors, Bathrooms & Kitchens 

We see regrets on this one all the time in our industry. Because tiling can be tedious (and let’s be honest, a pain) to install, it’s important to get it right the first time. A professional installation is the way to go.

Not only does your homebuilder have the experience to install tiling that lasts, they can also help you select a timeless look, go with your style of home and a quality product.


This one is probably our most recommended by far. Flooring not only adds value to your home, but it adds to the aesthetics as well. This is also best to install prior to moving in, as you won’t have to worry about having to move furniture, or damage such as to your walls and furniture.

When it comes to deciding on whether or not to select certain upgrades, the best resource is your builder – a great home builder will walk you through the decision making process and help you decide what is right for you and your home needs.

Do-It-Yourself Upgrades

Whether you are finding yourself in the position of needing to save on your overall home building budget, or would just prefer to take on some upgrades yourself, here are a list of some that aren’t too complicated:

  • Lighting
  • Appliances
  • Plumbing fixtures
  • Paint
  • Landscaping

Do-it-yourself projects are not for everyone – in fact, most people would rather have a professional complete upgrades, as the time and stress are not worth the savings. Either way, it is most important that you don’t cut corners when it comes to selecting the right professionals to build your dream home.

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When you begin the new home construction journey, you want to feel like you’re walking with an ally. The right home builder is a partner – someone who is responsive to your needs and questions, and someone who communicates honestly and has the integrity to honor commitments.

If you’re looking for the best home builder in the Volusia County area, contact our team at Gallery Homes online, or call us at our Deland & Ormond Sales Office (386) 260-2213 today!