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Spec Homes vs Custom Homes: Getting to Know the Differences

Custom Homes, Spec Homes | September 20, 2018

Getting to know the differences between spec homes and custom homes can help you make an informed decision about what type of home will work best for your specific needs. At Ridgepoint Homes, we want to help you choose the best type of home for you and your family. That is why we offer a selection of custom home and spec home design services.

What is a Spec Home?

A spec home or speculative home is a type of home that is built with no particular buyer in mind, but rather to suit the neighbourhood it is being built in. Depending on how far along the home building process is, when the house is bought, will determine how much customization can be done to the inside of the spec home. In some cases, you may able to select certain items that have not been purchased, such as paint colours, cabinetry hardware, and countertops. Since this style of home is not built with a particular buyer in mind, it is important to note that the finished home may have a more generic look in order to appeal to as many buyers as possible.

What is a Custom Home?

A custom home is a type of home that is specifically built for an individual customer. This means that the homeowner will have a say in everything from the home’s floorplan to the selection of colours and materials used throughout the design. While many of these items are purchased within an allowance budget, it is up to the homeowner to choose what is purchased within that set budget. When building a custom home, it is important to think of the home building process as a partnership between the homeowner and the custom home builder, as both sides need to work together in order to accomplish the goal of a successful finished product. It is also important to keep in mind that, since they are the most personalized style of home, custom homes are generally more expensive.

If you would like to learn more about the differences between spec homes and custom homes, or if you are interested in one of our custom home design services for custom homes, spec homes, or remodels, please contact Ridgepoint Homes at 604-768-7664 or by filling out a contact form on our website.