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Production vs Custom Builders: What's the Difference?


Production builders and custom builders, what are the differences? Production builders build many homes from a limited set of home plans with finite options for customization. Custom builders build one-of-a-kind home, or highly customized plans, usually with direct client involvement. Selecting one or the other depends on how much design input you want to have, when you want to build and move in, and critically, where you want to build. Production builders typically offer land and homes as a package. If you already own the land a custom builder may be your only option.

Price matters as well, but it’s not a simple comparison. Both production and custom homes can range from simple to complex, inexpensive to high-end, and the construction quality, which is a big factor in long-term price, ownership costs, and enjoyment, can range from “passes inspection” to “superb” for either production or custom homes.

Production building has become more customizable, and production builders have economies of scale on their side. If you buy a preconstruction home in their development your design choices or square footage may be as good, or even better than a custom builder could provide for the same price. Evaluate both options in person before making a long term decision. 

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