Custom homes are interesting because there are a couple different ways you could say that they are “finished”. Perhaps “finished” is when there are enough amenities to make it livable, even in the loosest sense of the word. Maybe it’s once the walls are all up and privacy can be maintained. It could be when the contractor building the home says that it’s finished. Or maybe it could be when everything is fully moved in, furniture, family, and all. But even a custom house cannot legally be a home unless it’s been properly inspected to make sure it meets the appropriate construction codes.

Walls Up

Some believe that when the exterior walls go up on a custom house, it suddenly becomes a home. After all, you could technically live in it. Of course, putting a bed inside a wood and concrete box is likely to feel a lot more like camping than living in a home.

Amenity Installation

There are many different amenities that are regularly found in custom houses, but you could argue that those things are just material possessions. After all, spa bathrooms, floating staircases, built-in technology, commercial-grade kitchens, and other amenities are just things until there is someone there to love and use them regularly.

Contractor Approval

Take a look at any real estate website or local newspaper and you will probably see ads for custom homes, as contractors regularly promote their creations. While the quality may vary from amateur to expert, they are still just houses until the right family moves in and finds all the work done correctly. In some cases, elements that the contractor thought their potential buyer would love are the first things to get replaced.

Home Inspection

A custom house gets closer to being a home once a home inspection is completed. As is the same with old or used homes, home inspections are highly recommended for new and custom homes to ensure that they are up to code. Home inspections catch problems with the electrical system, plumbing system, windows, walls and other structures and amenities that can make living in a new building miserable and unsafe. Therefore, make sure that you have one done before moving into a custom house. Furthermore, you may need to prove to the city, county, and/or state that all building codes have been met before you can start moving in.

Homey Touches

In an effort to help a house sell better, many homes and even custom homes are put on the market with simple white paint and neutral carpeting to help it appeal to as broad an audience as possible. But repainting walls and ceilings, changing locks, adding window treatments, and installing closet organizers are some of the first things that buyers do after they’ve moved in. Many would insist that the process isn’t truly “finished” until they’re done! If you want to do more after everything is finished, you might need to get a home equity loan or even look at loans with low interest rates. Let’s be real…is a home every really fully complete? 

Aside from furniture and decor, it’s important to customize the home’s security to your needs. Things like adding fencing, window well covers, or changing locks make a big difference in how comfortable you feel in your new home.

What really takes a house from “construction complete” to “finished” is highly subjective, and depends on the needs of the people who will be living in it — although let’s be honest, walls alone do not a finished house make. Ready to build the perfect house for your unique lifestyle and needs? Talk to the designers at Foster & Green, and we will make your dreams come true!