Prefabricated homes are becoming very popular these days. In fact, many people are now turning to them instead of conventional homes. They are an affordable housing option for many who cannot meet the budgetary requirements of a site-built house. Better still, the best prefab homes offer a home owner all of the comforts of a traditional home, at a prefab price.
Prefabricated homes, also called as modular homes, provide numerous benefits to home buyers. The five important things described below will be helpful for you in buying a prefab home.
According to Donna Peak, Executive Director of the National Association of Home Builders, building the best prefab homes can take around three to four months. This time, however, will further vary depending upon the complexity of the home and other requirements of the buyer.
All the building process takes place in a factory, where the home modules are constructed and inspected properly. After completing the modules, they are transported to the proposed building site. Assembling these modules and other components at the time usually take about three days. In addition, the electrical and plumbing works along with the landscaping, paving, etc., will take several weeks to complete.
Damage assessment carried out after many high intensity hurricanes that struck the country over several years have shown that modular homes suffer minimal structural damage. Their rigid system because of the combination of modules offers much endurance than conventional home frames. Therefore, prefabricated homes are much suitable for all kinds of extreme weather conditions.
Remodeling is one of the best advantages offered by modular homes. The owners of prefabricated homes looking to remodel should let the builder know beforehand because of the slight differences in the structure of the beams. Matt Bowe, co-owner of Jakobsen & Bowe states, “If you’re a builder working on a prefabricated home, you need to understand structurally what you’re dealing with and what you’ll need to properly complete the project.”
The base prices of modular homes account for its construction, module transportation, and assembly at the building site. There is a preset plan in the building process and the buyers have the option to customize accordingly. However, such customizations come with additional costs. The other utility jobs done after the module assembly will require extra fees other than the base price.
Modular homes still suffer from a bad reputation among buyers, probably because they are unfamiliar with the concept. There are many misconceptions associated with even the best prefab homes and one such delusion is that these homes are not as sturdy and customizable as conventional homes. Although that is purely a mistaken belief, manufacturers often find it difficult to sell prefabricated home to novice buyers because of such concepts.