Buying a home can be a bit over whelming, there are a lot of decisions to be made. The biggest and most important is who to work with. With so many options it can be confusing so we will be discussing the differences between custom home builders and production builders.
The first, most notable difference when considering your options is price. Custom Home building often indicates a higher cost. Production builders buy in bulk to pay less for materials and spend less on labor. With lower cost materials comes lower quality, and while we all love a good discount, durability is not a compromise most of us are wanting to make when it comes to our home. The same can be said for quality of workmanship.
The bottom line is a home is like so many other things, you get what you pay for. Buying the best materials and paying for quality labor equates to a better finished product. This means less maintenance and upkeep. At the end of the day, home owners remember the quality and craftmanship of the home that stands the test of time and not the discount they bought into.
Location, location, location. We have all heard it said before; location is everything. Working with a production builder severely limits options buyers have in terms of plot size and location. We have all driven through a subdivision and if you are one of the lucky few, a production builder may be able to give you first pick of the lot you want to build on inside that subdivision.
When you choose to work with a custom home builder like Open Prairie Custom Homes, we build your new home on the land you have fallen in love with. Most can even help you find the perfect piece of land to build on that suits your family needs. This brings us to our next topic, floor plans.
Typically, with production builders, floor plan options can be very limited due to not only costs, but also space. The size of your lot determines the layout and while you might be able to make some minor changes the over all footprint remains constant. Custom home builders are not limited to a few choices and the possibilities can be endless. The time spent visiting with an architect and designer ensures a floor plan perfectly fit to your needs, budget and location.
Last but not least, is the customer experience. Often the experience you are left with after building with a production builder is anything but special. It may even seem like you are just a number on the assembly line. A true custom home builder makes the experience pleasant and as stress free as possible. There should always be plenty of time so that any and all changes can be made along the way. A Custom Builder will not have more than a few projects going on at once. Each and every one is part of that builder’s reputation. Customers will not have to compete for time to be devoted to their build. This difference alone ensures the very best quality for not only your home but your entire home building experience.
If you are looking for your dream home and have any questions, please contact us today. We are here to help you every step of the way through the process of finding your true home.