Too many options? How to avoid new-house decision paralysis

Surefire ways to get started—even when you feel overwhelmed

Decision paralysis is a real thing, especially when it comes to making important choices about a new home. Over the years, Trilogy has seen it time and time again. We’ve watched clients get overwhelmed by all the selections they need to make, from bathroom tiles to kitchen countertops and everything in between. 

Luckily, we can help. So if you’re feeling a little overwhelmed by all the choices for your new house, you’ve come to the right place! 

We’ve compiled a list of suggestions on how to beat the decision-making blues from Trilogy experts Speri and Deana. And if you’re building a Palisades Home or a custom home with us and still need extra words of wisdom or Kleenex, we’re here for you. (Including our canine co-worker Ruger, who sometimes subs as an emotional support dog.)

Trilogy’s Tried-and-True Tips

  • Make a list of top priorities. When designing your house, start with a list of priorities. Identify the must-haves v. nice-to-haves to help keep your focus. 
  • Think about the future. Especially if you’re planning on aging-in-place, there are some features you might want to consider to make it easier. “Think about if you want a shower with a dam you step into or a wheelchair roll,” advises Speri. “That stuff you can't change as easily. The structural components matter more than the lipstick.”
  • Make a budget. Identifying your budget boundaries can often help when deciding on selections. Remember: you can always add or upgrade in the future. And when you build a home with Trilogy, you’ll know exactly what you’re going to pay with our helpful True-Quote process
  • Don’t stress too much about cosmetics. Remember, it’s easy to change the paint colors on your walls if you find yourself rethinking that moss green bathroom. “Walls do get repainted. Colors change. There's a whole reason why remodel and #diy is such a big thing,” Speri adds. “Your styles change over time, and you can do simple things. Don't get paralyzed on the stuff that can easily be updated later like carpet or wall coloring.”
  • Focus on fun. When you start to feel frazzled, switch it up. Step away from stressful picks and work on a selection you know you’ll enjoy, whether it’s picking out the perfect shade of chocolate for your kitchen cabinets or a calm-inducing soaker tub. “Many times,” says Deana, “when getting overwhelmed with too many options for one selection, the best thing is to revisit your first choice as that is where your eye was initially drawn.”
  • Get a second opinion. Sometimes it can help to hear a trusted friend or family member’s opinion when making selections. But at the end of the day, don’t let their opinions supersede your judgment, since it’s your home, your style! “Even if you ask all your friends, they're all going to have a different opinion. Do you want to take other people's opinions or your own?” continues Speri. “You know what you like; trust yourself.”
  • Find Peace of Mind. With all the excitement of building your new home, don’t forget about the big picture. You’re making small choices that will add up to become a house. And when the last nail is hammered and you get the keys, you’ll be going home. We’re happy to help you get there!

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