Prefab homes are manufactured in a factory and assembled on the site. As these homes are built in factories to exact standards, it is the duty of the builder to join the parts and components of the home and finish the remaining jobs. This is the reason why it is very important to find a good builder for assembling your prefab home.
Finding the Builder
Experts in the field of housing claim that the process of building prefab homes start with finding the builder. “Consumers are either going to look for a manufacturer, or they are going to look for a builder who deals with modular homes,” says Steve Snyder, who is the executive director of the Modular Building Systems Association (MBSA). Buyers can search the website of modular home manufacturers to see the different floor plans offered by them.
After choosing the manufacturer, it is time to select the builder. Buyers may review certified homebuilders in their locality. “When a buyer gets in touch with a manufacturer, he or she will be referred back to a builder in their area who has a relationship with the manufacturer,” says Snyder. The buyer can then buy the home via the builder not the manufacturer.
“Modular home manufacturers are suppliers of modules to a builder, much like a lumber yard supplies the site-built homebuilder with supplies,” says Thayer Long, who is the vice president of public affairs for the National Modular Housing Council (NMHC). The builder will represent the manufacturer and is responsible for complaints and callbacks.
Some of the homebuyers like to start with a homebuilder who is specialized in prefab homes. Many of the prefab and modular home associations offer online resources that can help home buyers understand the process. These resources can also offer a directory of vendors, builders, and suppliers.
Prefab additions are becoming increasingly popular as more and more homeowners prefer to improve their existing homes rather moving to a new one. “People are looking to add space to their homes,” says Andy Gianino, who is the president of a business that acts as both a dealer and builder of modular prefab homes.
“In-law additions are popular for aging parents who need more support, or families who need the extra help with the grandchildren. Homeowners can add a modular addition to the side of their home, or they can add to the top of the home, creating a second story,” Gianino says.