Building your own home can be a complicated and time-consuming project. The professionals you hire will be instrumental in the flow of the construction, as well as intricately involved in the design of the space that you will enjoy for years to come. Who should you trust to handle the details of your project and design a home that fits your lifestyle? We’ve outlined the main differences between a national home builder and a custom home builder:
The similarities and differences
A custom home builder constructs small-volume, single family homes with custom designs and details. A national home builder works on anything from residential homes to townhome developments and rental properties. A national home builder provides limited options of floor plans, exterior designs, and interior finishes. A custom home builder focuses on the high-end finishes, while a national home builder’s goal is to drive profits and produce homes efficiently for their bottom line. A national home builder is often referred to as a volume dealer or production home builder, and is most often associated with cookie-cutter homes and tract housing.
National Home Builders
National home builders build production homes on land they have purchased for a development. When you hire a national home builder, you’ll likely communicate with a realtor and project manager. The architect does not personally interact with you, as they are working with a specific set of pre-determined construction plans given by the building firm.
What does a national home builder do? A national home builder offers buyers a floor plan menu to choose from. Then, they present the buyer with a limited list of design choices or material selections, but the buyer has little negotiation power. A national home builder oversees the day-to-day operations by managing vendors and subcontractors and obtaining the necessary material and equipment, often in bulk as they construct multiple homes in one area.
Benefits of a national home builder. Having fewer options means that you don’t have to make as many decisions when choosing floor plans, light fixtures, and siding, but you’ll likely interface with multiple people who aren’t even on the construction site on a day-to-day basis—an impersonal alternative to a custom home builder.
Custom Home Builders
Custom home builders oversee the project from plan development to completion, working with the client and design team or architect. While a custom home builder is likely on-site every day, hammer and nails in hand, they may not have special licenses for mechanical work like plumbing, HVAC, and electrical. However, a custom home builder has trusted partners they hire to get the job done.
What does a custom home builder do?
- Designs custom built homes specifically for clients with close attention to detail and craft.
- Acts as a go-between for you and your building inspectors, city and county offices, and design team.
- Establishes a budget and monitors the cost and scope through the design and construction processes.
- Works with the bank or mortgage company to track costs and process lien requests.
- Helps you obtain your certificate of occupancy.
- Inspects the home prior to completion and hires subcontractors for revisions.
- Educates you on the maintenance, warranty, and operation of your new home.
Benefits of a custom home builder. A custom home builder does everything from start to finish. As the client, you would interact with one person who personally employs people to work on the job site.
A custom home builder:
- Acts as an advocate for the homeowner.
- Takes the work to heart because it reflects their craft.
- May recommend ways to improve a design or save you money in the process, whereas a national home builder will look at the plan you choose and build it to specifications without question.
- Offers information about the materials used to build your house.
Iverson Homes can fulfill all your custom residential construction needs. We are home building professionals with experience in real estate, land development, building standards, budget management, and architectural design. Contact us today to learn about our quality craftsmanship and custom built homes.