January is a time of year when many people start thinking about building a new home. After all, starting your new home build right now means you can probably be moved in around summertime while the kids are out of school and the weather is more predictable.

As you’re shopping for your new home, there are many things to consider, like neighborhood location and price, but don’t forget to ask a potential home builder about the kinds of things they include at the price they advertise—you may be surprised to learn that the “base price” doesn’t include much and everything you really want in the home will cost extra. Here are a few home features we think every new builder should offer.

1: Smart Home Features

Everything is smart these days—your phone, your car, your thermostat, your appliances—so why not your home? Sure, you could build a home and add smart home features later, but why not go with a builder that includes them already? Check to see if your builder offers things like a doorbell camera, smart garage door, and other features that give you the peace of mind knowing your home is safe and secure when you’re there and when you’re not.

2: Tankless Water Heaters

Many home builders will offer tankless water heaters as an “upgrade” (translate: something you can pay extra to get), but few offer it as the standard equipment. A tankless water heater, as its name would imply, doesn’t use a large centralized tank to heat all your water, then distribute it from the tank throughout the home, which can take several minutes for some sinks. Plus you spend money to heat all the water in the tank (and keep it hot) even when you’re not using it. Tankless water heaters provide you with energy efficiency by only heating the water you use, and the convenience of immediate hot water everywhere in the house.

3: Main Floor 9-foot Ceilings

Everyone loves to walk into a “open” floorplan, but sometimes you can’t have spacious rooms with two-story vaulted ceilings everywhere in your home. Getting 9-foot ceilings on the main floor can open up your space no matter how big or small to provide you with a little more breathing room, but some builders give you 8-foot ceilings unless you pay extra.

4: Energy Efficiency Throughout

The more your builders includes energy-efficient features in your home, the less you will pay on heating and cooling every month once you move in. Not only is this beneficial for your wallet, but it’s great for reducing your carbon footprint as well. Look for things like:

  • BIB (blown-in-blanket) insulation
  • Low-E windows
  • 95% efficient furnace

Not sure if your home builder offers all these features? Wright Homes in Utah does. Come check out our neighborhoods in Riverton, Herriman, Draper and St. George today.