I have bought a 4-room apartment on plans in a PPE (my first real estate purchase, purchased alone, I’m in my mid-30’s). The construction of the buildings is planned for the end of next year.
It results from the conditions of the promotion that the architect’s office bills a percentage of the “added value” (“plus-value”) to the kitchen, bathrooms etc. for the additional “work”, with a base of several hundred francs for the slightest modification. This leads to additional costs that quickly add up to large sums, for nothing…
I am therefore hesitating between two approaches:
take the “basic” flat, as it is, on the plans, and proceed to modifications works later, once I’m living inside
plan the modifications already at this stage, despite the extra financial costs
I see several advantages to waiting and proceeding with the works once I’m in it: financial (I’ll pay later and cheaper, as I won’t have to pay the architect’s fees) and practical, as I’m very undecided at the moment about what I like, what I don’t like etc. and I’m a bit lost in the showrooms, and I tell myself that once I’m will live in there I’ll know better what I want, because right now it’s rather difficult for me to project what I’ll be happy with or not.
I discussed this with the sanitaryware supplier, who told me that other buyers of the same lot had already planned to buy as it is, and to proceed with works and modifications as soon as they arrive in the flat, which is possible because the flats have two bathrooms, so you can always use one while the other is under works.
Does this approach make sense to you? Any input welcome, especially from those who already experienced this process. Thank you in advance.