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Buying a Custom Home: Pros and Cons

Buying a Custom Home: Pros and Cons

I do not know about the rest of you but I do not believe in romantic love at first sight. I do however, believe in love at first sight when it comes to food and houses. We have all experienced that feeling, when you walk into someone’s house and you are just in awe of your surroundings and you just want to live there for the rest of your life just staring at the house.

fc031c291eec8227For those of you who do not know, custom homes are houses built by a builder to show off their skills in an attempt to attract more clients. The area it is built on is in a relatively less populated area and the land is normally rented from a period between 6 months to up to 5 years.
If you have ever visited a custom house before, chances are you did fall in love with it at first sight. Well, you are in luck now since various companies now offer to sell their custom houses as well rather than dismantling them and moving on. However, there are some pros and cons associated with buying custom built homes.


Custom built homes are absolutely beautiful and their designs are up-to-date, matching other modern contemporary house designs. So, your house will have a more modern design, making you stand out from the rest.
You also get an already built house and you do not have to wait for a period of a few months like in the case of a house under construction. You also get to avoid the stress associated with building a house from ground up.
You do not have to worry about being cheated when it comes to the materials used on your house. This is because the builder only uses the best quality materials. This is because the builder wants to display their ‘best work’ to potential clients, so they cannot risk using lower quality materials.


Your front and backyard will be properly landscaped and will have a proper garden design. Since the builder was dealing with the maintenance of the outer area themselves, chances are that the garden design will be absolutely beautiful and will have a proper theme. Making it a great venue for outdoor parties.


It is important to read the fine print of the contract since some builders tend to claim ownership over some of the pieces and materials that were used in building/decorating the house. So, find out what you will get to keep and what the builder will take away. If they are emptying more than half the house in process, it is not worth it.
Since custom built homes are normally around for a couple of years, it is likely that some of the appliances have already lost their warranty or functioning before you bought the house. So make sure to check all appliances and switches etc.
Given how comprehensive the house’s design is, you will have to deal with more maintenance. This also includes the garden design as well. It may have been well-kept when you bought it, but your dedication and money will be what keeps it that way afterwards as well.