Modular homes have come a long way in a short time. Once synonymous with trailer parks and shabby construction, most modern designs bear little to no resemblance to a classic double-wide.
Long gone are the days when the only choice was a box-like exterior with a dirt-cheap finish on the inside. Today’s manufactured homes feature designs that include second floors, elegant gables, and hardiplank siding, as well as luxury bathrooms and gourmet kitchens. However, this choice also has its fair share of drawbacks; consider both the pros and cons when contemplating a modular home.
Pros of Building Modular
Lower Cost: In the vast majority of cases, a modular home costs 10 to 20 percent less than a traditional home of the same size and with the same features because much of the waste and subcontractor expense is factored out of the equation. Of course these savings may vary based on the cost of labor and building supplies in each area, but in general prefabricated homes are more affordable options than their predecessors. Because of these savings, many decide to seek modular homes as they’ll free up room in a budget for custom interior designing and the purchase of high quality appliances.
Construction Speed: Modular homes can be move-in ready in much less time than any other housing option. Unless you order from a company with a backlog, current estimates show that modular construction can be completed in 65 percent less time than a traditional construction project. Those who have undergone home improvement updates know the speed at which your project moves along is vastly contingent upon who is performing the work. Finding reputable contractors is most important to how your project will turn out and whether it is done within your contract’s timeframe. Obtaining referrals and ensuring the crew performing the work holds a construction bond and is licensed are important steps in researching their professional reputation.
Assembled Out of the Weather: Although modular homes are constructed much like site-built homes, one of the primary differences in their manufacturing is that modular homes are built inside an enclosed space rather than on site. This keeps everything free from the elements until the structure is complete. Following this, the homes are broken down into modules for transportation and reassembly. They are, once again, protected from the weather as they are sealed and waterproofed until they arrive at their destination. Unlike traditional home building, this prevents any fear of unexpected storms or natural disasters delaying the finish of your home as well as the cost of damages.