Modular or Site Built? Know the Facts Before You Decide

Everyone is unique – even identical twins have their differences. And because our homes are reflections of our selves, we want them to be unique too. If you think that modular homes are undesirable because they’re not one of a kind or not as good as site built homes, here’s some information from that might surprise you.

What Are Site Built Homes?

•They are constructed entirely at the building site.
•They conform to all state, local or regional codes where the house is located.
•Often called ‘stick-built’ houses.
•A well-built, cared for site-built home generally increases in value over time, although its location plays a key role in value.

What Are Modular Homes?

•Modular homes are built in sections at a factory.
•Modular homes are built to conform to all state, local or regional building codes at their destinations.
•Sections are transported to the building site on truck beds, then joined together by local contractors.
•Local building inspectors check to make sure a modular home’s structure meets requirements and that all finish work is done properly.
•A well-built modular home should have the same longevity as its site-built counterpart, increasing in value over time.

Don’t all modular homes look alike?

No, and unless you were there to see the house delivered and assembled, you might not guess it’s a modular home. Modular home manufacturers use computer aided design programs to draw plans to your specifications, or to modify one of their standard plans to suit your needs, so nearly any home plan can be turned into a modular home.

Can I save money by building a modular home?

Construction costs for a modular home are sometimes less per square foot than for a similar site-built home. And there are other cost-saving features:

•Many modular homes are very energy efficient, which helps reduce your heating and cooling costs.
•Your home will probably be ready to move into much sooner than if you wait for a builder to construct a house on-site.

A modular home may not be what you want, but don’t reject the idea based on what you think is true. Find out everything you can and then make an informed decision about the type of home you want to build or buy.

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