factory-built home starts out as sections that have been built in a
climate-controlled area. The finished sections are transported to the building
site and then assembled with cranes. And unlike Movable House, modular homes
cannot be moved after they have been placed and set on their foundations.
If you are
designing your own home, it’s important to ask specific questions, as each
manufacturer operates under a different set of guidelines. Modular homes offer
hundreds of personalized features that include (but are not limited to) ceramic
floors, solid-surface countertops, various cabinet styles and wood species,
exterior finishes, plumbing fixtures, etc. You can essentially customize your
homes can typically save you quite a bit of money. Because they are constructed
in a factory, they can be built fairly quickly, in a matter of weeks as opposed
to months, because there are no weather delays. Furthermore, all inspections
are performed at the factory during each phase of construction by a third-party
inspector, and are completed before the homes are transported to their
important to note, however, that the more complex the design and specs, the
more your home will cost. Electrical, plumbing and duct work are often not
factored into the initial pricing, so your final cost may be 20 percent more
than the builder’s quote. You might also need to install a septic system,
natural gas or a basement, and these will add to your bottom line as well.
modular home should have a small metal tag on the outside of each section, or
in kitchen cabinets and bedroom closets. If you cannot locate these, you should
be able to find details about the home in the electrical panel box. The tags
also include the manufacturing date.
houses are built on non-removable metal chassis. If you are looking at a home
that you think could be prefab but whose markers have been removed, look for
small holes in the structure where the markers should be.
modular homes can be more affordable than site-built homes. Their shorter build
time will save you money on the overall construction. Home inspections are not
needed, as these are all done in the factory.
homes are much more energy-efficient, so your monthly expenses will be
substantially less. They also are environmentally friendly. There are a great
variety of homes from which to choose, and many architects specialize in
designing modular homes. As with any home, modular homes can be expanded.