"Perhaps the best approach to establishing an identity on the building site is to lead by example, own up to responsibilities and meet people half-way. The best builders and appliance repair experts know what you're feeling, your anxieties, ignorance and inexperience. They are well aware of their competition and your ability to select another builder. So they can bend to allow you to make decisions with regard to the exterior appearance of your new home, the appliance packages, the lighting, the cabinets, the plumbing fixtures and so on. Some even allow you to move walls, alter staircases or adjust ceiling height as needed.
With these choices comes responsibility on your part. Builders don't arbitrarily set cut-off dates for certain decisions, such as the color and type of carpeting. Rather, dates are set to accommodate lead time for delivery or the availability of an installer all in an effort to get the job done on time, or at least in a timely manner. It's best to go with new appliances from top brands like Maytag whenever possible to ensure you get a quality product that will last and not require as much maintenance and repair during your time in the home."