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One of the most important questions you’ll have to answer when building your new home is whether to work with an order builder or a volume builder.

Volume builders are developers or builders who usually build multiple homes based on a set of stock home plans. Custom builders, on the other hand, are generally small-volume builders who tailor make a home to your needs. Custom builders also typically build homes on your own land.

A volume builder usually delivers the same size home for less money than a custom builder, and while most people would choose to go with a volume builder because of the price, you need to keep in mind that with volume builders, you get what you pay for and you may end up regretting your decision.

In this post, we’ll discuss the reasons why going with a production builder might not be the smartest choice for you as a home owner.

1. Personalisation
When you build with a volume builder, you won’t have a lot of flexibility when it comes to your house design. Buyers who purchase their homes from a volume builder typically cannot change the basic structure – the floor plan, the layout of rooms and the square footage of the home. Your choice of materials and fixtures could also be limited, making it hard to add your “personal touch” your home.

2. Non-site Specific Houseplans
Having non-site specific house plans make it hard to get a home with a solar passive design. In passive solar building design, you consider such things as window placement, size and glazing type, thermal insulation, thermal mass, and shading. Going with a volume builder would mean that you might have to make changes to the original plan, which, in turn, would mean that you’d have to shell out more money. You may also choose to stick to the plan of course, but this could mean that you will need to pay more in the long term to heat and cool your home.

3. Quality
Volume builder homes are usually built with price-point as a major consideration so the quality of the build can be compromised. Elements like hardware cabinets and appliances are the more obvious areas where money may have been saved. Other areas that might be compromised include framing components, paint grades, shingles, and carpet grade.

4. Resale Value
There is enormous competition when selling a production home. Since you’ll have a home that might be identical to every other house on your street, price is usually about the only thing that makes the home more appealing and this could significantly lower your home’s resale value.

5. High Cost Of Customisations And Upgrades
Volume builders typically have display homes, which potential buyers visit to get a feel of what the home would look like. Most people would fall in love with the show home without realizing that most of what’s in the display home are upgrades, which would not be included in the home that will be built for them. These upgrades are usually charged double the sub-trade’s fee so making your home exactly like the show home would cost you significantly more money.

If you’d like a home that perfectly fits your needs and one that’s unique and one-of-a-kind, you’ll be better off with hiring a custom home builder like Built By La Sala. View samples of Built By La Sala homes here and contact us for a free consultation.

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