Modular home construction seems to be the future as its market is anticipated to reach $19.3 billion by 2024.
More people are choosing prefabrication for its quick, efficient, and cost-effective creation.
If you have been considering one as well then you’ve come to the right place.
Review these five tips for choosing a modular home to make the best decision.
What is a Modular Home?
The definition of a modular home is simple: it is an offsite prefabricated structure. Builders complete most of the house (usually 80 to 90 percent) at a factory then transport it to the final property location.
A warehouse acts as the building side with construction occurring from the inside out. This keeps materials safe from inclement weather. Plus, builders recycle and use material on a bulk scale.
After completion of the home, the builder sends it to the owner’s designated site via a cargo truck. Because of the transport, there is a width restriction according to state laws. However, large units deliver as separate pieces.
Benefits of a Modular Home
The misconception of modular homes being low-quality keeps people from choosing them. Although, prefabricated homes are built better than most traditionally onsite built homes.
The reason for this is because modular structures are mass-produced using bulk supplies. This makes builders extremely tedious and effective at constructing various types of homes.
Another benefit of modular homes is that it wastes less material. Their construction is also considered green by government standards.
Prefabricated homes also are built faster. A typical home can take up to six months or more to build, but a modular home takes about six to 10 weeks.
Lastly, modular homes are extremely customizable, from design to building material. As a. buyer, you have control over the complete construction of your home.
Now that you know the advantages of choosing a modular house, just how do you go about choosing one?
1. Size Matters
Before building your home, you will choose a plot of land to place the final structure.
Not only does the house need to fit on the land you choose, but it also requires completion on site. This means that you need to consider your surrounding space.
Do you want a driveway and landscaped yard surrounding your home? You will need to factor in this area to determine the size of your module home.
2. Various styles
Once you know the square footage of your new home you will then need to pick a style.
All modular home buyers want a unique house that fits their needs. And a misconception about prefabricated houses is that they all look the same. This is completely false.
There are many large and small decisions to customize your home so that it won’t look like any other.
First, decide on the structure of the home. Do you want a rancher or two floors? How many bedrooms and bathrooms will you need, etc?
Next, pick out your materials like countertops, hardware, and flooring. You can even choose what type of siding and roofing material to use so that you create the aesthetic you desire.
3. Inclusions and Upgrades
When looking for a builder, you will need to ask about the inclusions of the prefabrication.
This can affect modular home prices as you will need a contractor to finish any loose ends. For example, the foundation, electrical, and plumbing work may not be included in the modular home.
You may also look for upgrades in material, depending on the builder. The standard may not be as high-quality as you prefer, so an upgrade is needed.
All of these factors will affect the price of your home, so you should do this research before deciding on a builder.
4. Transportation of Your Home
Another factor to consider is the transport of your home once it is completed. Some manufacturers have restrictions on how far they can deliver a new home.
This may affect your decision when choosing land and a builder. If you find a perfect builder but the property you want is out of range then you will need to make a decision.
You also want to ensure that your plot has its necessary permits and that a modular home installation is allowed in your district. The last thing you need is to have your home delivered without the proper paperwork for your land.
5. Buying a Used Modular Home
There is one alternative option to building your own prefabricated house. You can look for modular homes for sale that have already been completed.
This option is perfect for you if you don’t want to wait for the construction and if you already found a modular home that you like. You may even transport this home to another site.
The good news is that you will still get the benefits of it being eco-friendly and high-quality. However, customizing will need to be done through a contractor as you see appropriate.
Choosing the Right Manufacturer
You’ve now decided that you want a modular home and you understand everything that goes into choosing one. Now all you need to do is find the right manufacturer.
This is your biggest decision but you are well prepared. Look for a builder that has the customization options your want and that is in your price and delivery ranges.
And the best news about getting started with your modular home constructed is that you will be in your new house in no time.
Next, check out our Home & Gardens section for ways to decorate your new abode.