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Whether you’re a first-time homeowner or looking for a new place to call home, buying a house is never a small investment. Two terms every potential homebuyer needs to know when house hunting are speculative and custom. Both spec homes and custom homes are completely new on the market – but each type comes with their own advantages and disadvantages.

Spec Homes

A spec home is a move-in-ready home that is built with the average homebuyer in mind. This can be a pro or a con, depending on the way you look at it. Having the ability to see and tour the finished product of the home you are potentially purchasing ensures you’re getting exactly what you pay for. Purchasing a move-in-ready home also means you can move in as quickly as you’d like. Homes built to fit the needs of the average homebuyer also allow the homebuilder to buy their materials in bulk, making them very cost effective. Buying a move-in-ready home, however, leaves the buyer with a lack of choice when it comes to the style, detail and color of the home. If you wanted to change something about your speculative home following completion, it would be at your own expense. In some cases if you find a spec home not yet entirely completed, there is the chance the homebuilder will allow you to have a say on a few finishes – like the color of the walls. You will most likely be choosing from their list of options though because of their bulk purchases.

Custom Homes

If you’re someone with a unique design in mind for your dream home, purchasing a custom home is your best option. Working with a builder to construct your one-of-a-kind home means you create the design and feel you want your house to have. This means you will be able to choose and approve every detail from the inside door knobs and cabinet fixtures to the outside siding and shingles. Building a custom home also gives homebuyers a preference on the location, since they will have to purchase a lot to build on. Due to the freedom of choice and other appealing aspects custom homes offer, most homebuilders have clients create budgets for certain design elements to ensure the cost of your home won’t be more than expected when finished. Custom homes built to preference are obviously not move-in ready and can take longer than others to build. Once you see your dream home come to life, however, the wait will have been totally worth it.

At Carson Custom Homes, we are ready to make your dream home a reality. With attention to detail throughout the entire building process and use of quality materials, your Carson Custom home will keep you content and comfortable for a lifetime. Contact us today to learn more about our services or to jumpstart the building of your custom home.