Building a new home is a milestone in your life. It’s important to have a reliable builder guide you from one step to the next—and make the process fun, too.
Modular homes are constructed off-site from the lot where your future home will stand. They are often advertised as modern, energy efficient and cost-saving as they are built in as little as a few months in a manufacturing setting. Your modular home would be manufactured in pieces – complete with electrical finishing’s, wall color choices and windows – and delivered and assembled on site as specified by you.
The pros of purchasing a modular home
No time delays
Building off site in a factory setting completely cuts out any chance of construction delays due to weather.
All building supplies for pre-fabricated homes are kept in the manufacturing facility, so there is really no chance that building materials will be stolen, vandalized, or ruined due to weather.
Mold on lumber is a common problem with homes constructed on site. The mold can often be found in the walls and floors and halt the purchase process totally during the home inspection phase. The mold often forms on lumber when it's transported to the site, or when it sits outside and collects condensation. Modular homes are constructed in a totally controlled factory setting, so all chances of mold are eliminated.
Pre-fabricated homes are built in about half the time, compared to a site-built home. You can literally move into your modular home - weeks after designing it.
Unlimited design options
The design options of modular homes are numerous. Your builder will offer a huge range of pre-fabricated house plans for you to choose from.
You have total control over the floor plan of your modular home, as long as it abides by state or regional building codes. You can choose the colors, add upgrades - such as dishwasher, whirlpool bath, sunrooms and etc., and you choose the paint colors, window styles, bath fixtures, siding, carpet, tile flooring and countertops styles, materials and colors, and more!
There is argument that modular homes are built better than onsite homes because the entire building process takes place in a factory where custom tools are available. On site builders are often limited to tools - especially large jig saws and cranes - that can't be transported to the job site. However, within the pre-fabricated factory, manufacturers have every tool they need on site.
House inspection for your modular home will be performed in-factory as well. The modular manufacturer will contact the home inspector to come and approve the home according to state law. When home building is complete the home inspector certifies that the modular home complies with all building laws.
Your modular home will also need to pass another building inspection when it's assembled onsite. As part of your closing costs, an independent building inspector will also come to certify your modular home is built to code on location.
The other great plus of a modular home is the energy efficiency. A typical modular home is built with 2 x 6 walls, which provides more insulation and greater energy efficiency on heating costs.
Because your modular home was built in an indoor warehouse the manufacturer is able to use more caulking to insulate it. This means it's typically more energy efficient and provides more air filtration (the main source of heating loss in traditional homes) due to poor insulation.
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