If you are in the market for a new home, you may be considering a pre-built home in a developing subdivision. Another option is to have a home custom-built. You may be wondering which is the better option and what to consider about each one. Here are three things to consider about pre-built new homes versus custom homes and what each option may mean for you as your home purchase.
Difficulty with Renovations
One of the first things to consider about pre-built homes is that they may be difficult to renovate later. For example, consider a guest bathroom that you may want to expand or remove at a later time. It may be placed in the home in such a way that moving it, expanding it, or simply changing the room to something else is difficult. Pipes may not be able to be moved or shut off without affecting another aspect of the home. You may not be able to expand the room due to the location of other rooms, electricity, or air ducts in the home. With a custom home, you can work with the contractor on a layout that can easily be improved, upgraded, or renovated later without affecting the entire home.
Depending on the contractor, you may find the pre-built homes you are considering are manufactured in mass. The shells of the home will be built first, then all of the homes will be wired, plumbing put in, and so forth. This means that they may use materials that are not as high quality as materials for your custom-built home would be. For example, the insulation may be enough to pass inspections, but it may not be the quality or material that you would prefer.
Land Home Packages
When you go with custom-built homes, you get the choice of where your home will be placed. This allows you to pick land that would be suitable for your budget needs as well as your home needs. When you buy a pre-built home, you are getting the land and home as a package. This means you may not be getting the ideal land you want. For example, if you want the land for a small garden, you may not be getting land suitable for that with a pre-built home. You also may be under zoning laws that you may not agree with. Custom homes allow you flexibility with this.
These are just a few of the things to consider. By keeping these in mind you can better choose which option may be ideal for you, your family, and your home ownership goals. If you are ready to move forward, consider visiting a builder that handles both options to determine how you want to move forward and what further options may be available.