Buyer Beware: The Disadvantages of Purchasing a Spec Home

Buyer Beware: The Disadvantages of Purchasing a Spec Home


As you begin to think about building a new home you may weigh the pros and cons of a custom-built home vs a spec home. You may be tempted to buy a spec home for the ease. The home may already be built, or it will be built reasonably fast. The design of spec homes are already created and the decisions have been made. It probably sounds appealing to just sign on the dotted line and purchase a spec home. But before you do, consider these disadvantages.


It Was Not Designed for Your Family

spec home generic kitchenSpec homes aren’t designed specifically for you or your lifestyle. A spec home is a generic home that the designer thinks your family will want. So, your spec home may not have the features and livability that you truly want. In the end you’ll have to live with the decisions that someone else has made.

If you’re going to invest your money into a home that you will live in for may years, why not get exactly what you want? Why compromise? Building a custom home will allow you to customize your home to your specific needs and desires. Building your home with Putnam Builders allows you to get exactly the home you’ve been dreaming about.


Customizing Costs

You may consider purchasing a spec home only to customize it during the construction process or after you take possession. You may consider moving a wall, adding an additional room, or upgrading the finishes to get closer to what you really wanted in the first place. But after the cost and hassle of customizing you may not be saving much, and you may even be spending more compared to the cost of building a custom home from the beginning.


Amenities You Don’t Need or Want

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You spec home probably has a spa tub built into the design. But what if you don’t want one? What if you would prefer an oversized shower with a bench seat? Or a sauna? With a spec home you may not get what you want, but you certainly will pay for the amenities you don’t.


Hidden & Surprise Costs

When a spec home sits on the market the contractor accrues interest and financing costs, that they then pass on to the buyer. Additionally, you can expect to pay real estate commission of about 6%, which will be rolled into the cost of your spec home. When you look at all the hidden and surprise costs you may be surprised that you could have built a custom home that you truly love, instead of compromising for a generic spec home.


Is a custom home the right choice?

custom dream home design build contractor bacliff galveston kemah clear lake shoresYou may still feel tempted to purchase a spec home instead of building a custom one because the process just feels easier. Yes, the construction process takes longer with a custom home, and the design/build process may seem daunting. But if you partner with a builder like Putnam Builders, with over 50 years of experience, you will find that the process can be easy. We will work through each step of the home design and building process with you, so that you can get the home you’ve always dreamed of.


Don’t settle for a generic home. Contact Putnam Builders Today!

Take the first step by setting up an initial consultation at our design studio in Bacliff, TX or in the comfort of your own home.

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Putnam Builders has been building custom homes on the Gulf Coast of Texas and surrounding areas since 1963. We would love the opportunity to discuss your custom home ideas in our design studio in Bacliff, TX or in the comfort of your own home. Please contact us at 281-339-0838 or request a free consultation.



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