What is an Inventory Home?

March 7th, 2023
what is an inventory home

What is an inventory home? How do they differ from new-construction homes? What are the advantages of buying an inventory home, and why would you want one? If you’re in the market for a new home or a first home, then the term “inventory home” is one you’ve probably already heard, and you may have been asking yourself these very questions. Fortunately, we have the answers. We’ll tell you all about inventory homes, explain the advantages of buying an inventory home and help you make your home selection process a little easier. Let’s get started!

What is an inventory home?

This is the obvious first question, and the simplest answer is that an inventory home is a home that has already been built, that is ready for you to move into it, but has not yet been occupied by another homeowner. Sometimes called “quick-move-in homes” or “move-in-ready homes,” these are homes that a builder completes in a new community before a buyer has been attached. This is in contrast to a custom new-construction home. A custom home is one that hasn’t been built yet. You can make some design decisions, including picking your lot or floor plan, when you’re choosing a home that’s still in the process of being built, but you also have to wait until the home is completed before you can move in, which may take months. That’s why an inventory home can be a big advantage to buyers who want to move in right away while still enjoying all the benefits that come with a home that is newly built.

What are the advantages of buying an inventory home?

An inventory home gives you all of the advantages of a new-construction home, and you won’t have to wait for a custom home to be built. An inventory home is ready and waiting for you and your family, meaning that you can move in as soon as you’ve completed the purchase. If you and your family are ready to start your new life in your new home as soon as possible, then a move-in-ready inventory home is right for you! What’s more, you’ll still enjoy all of the benefits that normally come with a custom home, such as a brand-new home warranty from the home builder. Even though you didn’t customize it yourself, you’ll still be the first people to live there!

Even some of the drawbacks to inventory homes can be advantages in the right situation. With an inventory home, you don’t get to customize your home as much as you would if you were working with the builder while construction was underway. While you may be able to make some design decisions, you won’t get to choose your lot, your floor plan, and so on. However, if you find an inventory home that you love, having those decisions taken off your plate can be a big relief. While some may find getting into the fine details of planning a custom home exciting, it can be a bit of a headache for others. With an inventory home, those decisions have been made for you, saving you time and stress.

Fortunately, at Mantua, you can enjoy the best of both worlds. Work with one of our builders on a custom home that your family will love or browse the amazing inventory homes at Mantua that our world-class builders have already designed. They’re waiting for you and your family today, so you can move in right away and start making memories!

To learn more about homes at Mantua and discover a life you’ve always dreamed of, contact us today and schedule a tour!