Originally Posted by Jcy482
Iím an aspiring RV 12 builder and planning out what I want to do. Knowing myself, I wonít keep the plane too long after building it as Iíll probably want to do something new (building is as exciting as flying to me). I want to make sure I make the best decisions for recouping most of my money. Iíll be using it for day VFR only. Below are my biggest questions, but open to any additional advice.
Does interior color matter?
Paint or donít paint?
One screen or two?
Autopilot or not?
Wheel pants or not?
Extra lights or no?
Any other features I should include or avoid?
I am certainly not looking to make money off this process, but would like to minimize losses to the extent possible so that I can move on to the next project. Any and all advice is much appreciated.
If you're building with selling sooner rather than later in mind, with the RV-12 it's probably better to go "light" on extras as most of them can be easily added by future owners if they wish. I think neutral colors (i.e. gray) are best for resale and paint is a plus if it's done well (again probably best to go with attractive but not garish/complex schemes), especially to drive interest in a "competitive" marketplace.
I would also go ahead and install autopilot servos during the build if it were me. Other considerations would be priming as this is a value enhancer, good documentation (including lots of photos) of your build, and good "quality control" to differentiate your airplane - build it safe but also pay attention to little details that are noticeable during casual inspection. Having documented site visits from an EAA tech counselor will help with both quality control and marketability.