A modular, also known as a prefabricated home is one that’s built in a controlled environment similar to a factory-like setting. The finished product is then transported to its designated location, where its assembled by a builder. Not to be confused with mobile homes, modular houses are simply built off-site instead of the conventional on-site building method. Additionally, modular homes aren’t the same as manufactured homes, which are not placed on permanent foundations, and can be moved from one area to another. With that said, if you’re on the market for a prefab modular house, then here are a few basic things you need to know.
Due to the fact that a prefab modular house is built in a controlled, indoor setting, they can be completed much faster. There aren’t any delays that could be caused by the weather, for example, and they conform to specific rules, codes and guidelines that surpass those of conventional on-site homes. If you’re considering getting a modular house, you should shop around, as not every prefab home is built the same. There can be distinct differences in price, service and ultimately, quality.
Further, contrary to popular misconception, not all prefab homes look alike. There aren’t any design limitations so you can choose any style you wish, whether it’s Mediterranean, traditional center-hall colonial or a contemporary glass home. You can add any architectural detail or window style you want, and nearly all host plans can be made into a modular home, meaning you can create the home of your dreams. If you lack ideas, the architects at the company can give you ideas and show you pictures of past projects.
Lastly, there’s the debate on whether modular homes are more expensive than on-site built homes. While you can save a lot of money due to the fact that prefab homes are built quickly in a factory, if your home has complex specs and design, it may end up costing more. Then, all inspections are done within the factory by a third-party inspector, but all electrical, plumbing and duct work isn’t factored in the initial pricing. If you want a basement, natural gas or a septic system, that can also add to the cost. So at the end of the day, as aforementioned, you need to shop around to find the best deal. Once you find the best deal, you should compare that cost with the approximate cost of having an on-site house built in a specific area, and compare the two.