Choosing between custom and production home builders
Living in a new home often signifies a momentous stage in one’s life. As an aspiring homeowner, you actually have a choice. You could buy a home from a high-volume home builder (also called a production builder) or have your home built by a custom home builder. Each kind of Delaware home builder has its advantages depending on the homebuyers’ preferences and needs.
What are custom home builders?
Custom home builders usually make unique homes depending on what the home owner wants. Usually, a homebuyer who wants to select most of the features of his homes would hire this type of Delaware home builder.
What you can expect with a custom home builder:
- If you have bought a piece of land, you can have a custom builder construct your home on it.
- You can either provide your own design or commission the builder to draw a set of home plans for you.
- You can choose to hire an independent architect to design your home.
- You can choose the materials that will be used in building your home.
- You could choose to participate actively in the construction of your house.
If you choose a custom builder over a production builder, expect to pay more for your house. This type of Delaware home builder would most likely spend more time building your home than a production builder. Also, the price for building your home would likely depend more on your house’s designs, the land you buy as well as the materials you choose for it.
What are production builders?
If you don’t really mind having a home that has been predesigned, it might be better if you buy a home from a production builder. Unlike a custom builder, this other type of Delaware home builder construct homes on a larger scale. Instead of building homes based on a homebuyer’s design, they build multiple homes based on their own designs.
Since production builders construct multiple homes, they have the advantage of economies of scale. Usually, production builders purchase large tracks of land in an area and then construct different types of homes there. Likewise, production builders also buy construction materials in higher volumes, allowing them to acquire these materials at a lower cost. As such, they typically offer cheaper homes than those made by custom builders.
Common features of production builders:
- Usually, production builders sell homebuyers both the land and the house.
- They let homebuyers choose from a variety of home plans.
- Production builders allow homebuyers to choose their preferred design/style from a catalogue of different homes.
If you choose to buy from a production home builder, you’ll likely first select your home lot and preferred floor plan from their list of plans. Then, you would select an elevation. After that, you will likely choose the style, color and finishes of your home’s appliances, countertops, flooring and cabinets. Also, you would likely choose the lighting fixtures as well as the kind of bath and kitchen faucets and sinks and fixtures in your home.
You can personalize some aspects of your home, but you can’t change the structure of your home. That includes its floor plan, square footage and the layout of rooms.
These two general types of home builders have their own respective advantages and features. If you want to actively participate in how your home is going to get built, choose a custom home builder. On the other hand, if you think that predesigned homes are fine, choose a production builder instead.
Insight Homes is a Delaware home builder and creator of the Super Home.