Semi-custom homes have grown in popularity for those who want a brand-new home in a premier location without the wait of custom home construction. Knowing the ins and outs of this type of home can help buyers navigate the process so they can maximize their enjoyment and minimize the worry. Here are 7 tips for families wanting a semi-custom home in Texas.
1. Make sure you know the difference between custom, semi-custom, and production homes.
If you’re looking for a home that is designed to your exact specifications from floorplan to square footage to finishes, you may want to choose a custom home. If you’re looking for a pre-designed floorplan with the ability to choose your features, and you'd love a more personalized home than you can find from a production builder, semi-custom may be perfect for you.
2. Familiarize yourself with the advantages of semi-custom homes.
The growing popularity of semi-custom homes has a lot to do with buyers wanting spaces that reflect their unique style and lifestyle without spending the money or time involved in building a custom residence. Semi-custom homes offer the best of both worlds, with floorplans, features, and finishes to make the home their own.
3. Choose your community.
Not all semi-custom home communities are created equal just as not all semi-custom homes are created equal. If you’re looking for ultra privacy, a rural neighborhood might be the choice for you. If you prefer a convenient location with amenities to boot, you may want to look at master-planned communities like Vintage Oaks. The fastest-growing community in the Texas Hill Country, Vintage Oaks recently launched The Reserve, offering semi-custom homes from renowned builders David Weekley and Ryland Homes with access to the same resort amenities that all residents of the community enjoy.
4. Select your floorplan.
Semi-custom homes reflect the way today’s buyers live with open floorplans and modern amenities. At The Reserve, numerous plans with square footage ranging from 2,000 to 5,000 on 1+ acre lots give buyers the opportunity to choose the specific home that works best for them. Then, the thousands of available features and finishes allow them to add their personal touch.
5. Consider the builders.
As you would with any home, check out the builders. Research them online to learn about their history and their experience in your area, read testimonials, and check for any negative reviews or comments. It may also be helpful to ask for referrals in the sales office. No one will give you more insight into building and living in a semi-custom home than those who have already experienced it.
6. Know your timeline.
Semi-custom homes will typically take around the same time to build as production homes. If you are looking for a faster transition, there may be quick move-in homes available in some communities. Check with the builder or sales office.
7. Consider your budget.
The ability to customize your home can be intoxicating. Before you know it, you’ve spent an additional $50,000 in high-end finishes. Make sure you don’t take yourself out of your budget—you don’t want to cause problems with you loan approval because you went overboard on marble countertops and hand-scraped floors. The good news is that adding these features in as the home is being built should mean you can roll the costs into your mortgage, which is especially attractive with today’s low interest rates. You’ll want to talk to your loan agent, who can calculate what the additional spend will mean to your monthly payment.