Deciding to purchase a house is a big decision, it is likely to be the most expensive purchase you’ll ever make and because most people require a mortgage, it also represents a long-term commitment. That’s why it’s important that you take the time to choose the right property.
Understanding The Difference
Both of these references refer to newly built houses although production homes can also be purchased pre-owned.
A production home is created by a building company to specific plans which are replicated over and over again. In other words, there are hundreds of houses exactly the same.
In contrast, choosing a specialist in custom-built homes allows you to design every detail of your home. That includes space, layout, any special features, and so on.
It’s worth noting that you can have a semi-custom home. It’s effectively a production home that you have been able to tweak to better fit your personal design. In general, you can only tweak the inside.
Advantages Of Custom Built Houses
A custom-built house is unique. That means you can choose the type of foundation, the number of floors you want, the size and number of rooms, and even the smaller details, including handle types.
Because the project is being created solely for you, it is possible to specify any demand, the only obstacle will be the cost as it increases inline with your demands.
Custom built homes take longer to produce and the process is much more stressful as there are more things that can go wrong and issues that may need to be faced.
Advantages of Production Homes
Production homes are usually completed and ready to move in Or, you are committing to a new development and you know when they will be finished.
One of the biggest advantages of this type of home is that you know what you’re going to get. The layout has already been arranged, you can see it in existing builds, and you know it works. While you may be able to make small tweaks, such as handle style, most of the decisions are made for you, making the process relatively simple.
Naturally, production houses tend to be cheaper than custom-built ones and the buying process is much faster. However, the lack of control over the process and inability to make tweaks means you may be left wishing you’d paid the extra for a custom-built home.
How To Choose
There are several things you need to consider before deciding whether a production or custom home is best for you.
- How important is your own layout?
If you want to choose your own layout or don’t like the options provided by production houses, then a custom built home is likely to be right for you.
- Would you like to pick where your house is and what it faces?
Again, you can only do this with a custom-built home.
- How close do you want to be to your neighbours?
If you don’t mind having close neighbours production homes are good. But, if you want a little more space you’ll need to go with a custom built to ensure you have the right location.
- What budget do you have available?
The budget shouldn’t be a deciding factor. Production houses tend to be cheaper but custom builds can often be of better quality. You may just need to settle for a slightly smaller custom house.