Why go with a custom home builder?
When choosing to build your new home, there are many reasons to choose an established, reliable custom home builder over a prefabricated or modular home. What follows are some of the things you should keep in mind when deciding whether designing and building a custom home is a good fit for you.
When you build a prefabricated home, there are many decisions about your home that have already been made for you. mycustomhome This could mean a number of surprises for you down the line, as things you didn’t anticipate come to light, and you could even wind up paying for things you neither wanted nor intend to ever use. The home design process is, on the other hand, totally open and informative the whole way through; a good custom home builder will be with you every step of the way and keep you informed about every decision that needs to be made.
2. Flexibility and creativity
A prefabricated home may have a great building plan behind it, but there’s no doubt that every one of us has one or two things we’d like to add or take away. Maybe you’ve always dreamed of having a home theater in your own home, or maybe you just don’t see the need for that extra room on the side and would rather have the extra yard space. Either way, a custom home builder will let you add or remove features to your heart’s content, until your home is the perfect home you’ve always been dreaming of.
Prefabricated houses tend to be easily moved around, as well as losing value quickly once they are sold, because of the same model home coming out with further improvements. This means that often banks are hesitant to finance loans for these types of houses. With a custom-built home, you can guarantee two things, firstly that your design will be unique in the world and will not be easily replicated or mass-produced, and also that it will have all the latest features and advances, both two factors that will make it very easy for banks to invest in a loan to you.
4. Long-term value
As we said above, prefabricated homes tend to lose value over time because they are being constantly replicated and people eventually stop demanding that particular model. If you see your home as an investment – and who doesn’t – you are much better off building a house with a custom design. Your home will be unique and will only get more and more unique with the passing years, making it more attractive to any prospective buyer.
Finally, we come to the big factor that puts people off of thinking of building a custom home: Price. Everybody thinks making a custom home is so much more expensive than just going with a prefab or a modular home. But take a closer look: Modular home builders charge cheap for the basic, bare-bones model of homes, but as soon as you start having addons, features and extra options to it the price quickly goes up! With a custom home, the price of all those amenities you’re looking for will already be included in the price, and will more often than not be very competitive with the equivalent modular home.
Marcela Serio is the marketing manager at Arthur Rutenberg Homes, a Florida custom home builder that has been in operation for 60 years.