Modular Homes Vs. Stick-Built Homes

Prefab Modular Homes
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Many people confuse mobile homes with old-fashioned trailer mobile homes. However, most modern prefab modular homes are in fact indistinguishable from conventional stick-built homes. They are also far cheaper to build than traditional homes, which is one of the major reasons for their popularity.

If you have doubts on whether to construct a conventional site-built home or to settle for a modular home, then it is wiser to compare the prices of these two structures before deciding on one.

Construction Costs

Many expert home builders claim that the construction cost of prefab modular homes is approximately 10 to 20 percent less than that of a conventional home. In addition to that, manufacturers complete the construction of modular homes at a rapid pace.

All parts of the modular home are pre-cast, pre-cut, and they are ready for assembly. The finished sections are then delivered to the building site, where the construction team assembles the parts together. All these processes will get completed within a few months.

On the other hand, builders will have a lot more work to do during the construction of a site-built home. The construction team will have to sheath the outside of the home in plywood, finish the exterior, and drywall the interior. The longer building process of stick-built homes means that these structures are more prone to adverse weather conditions.


Almost all prefabricated houses come in packages. The price of these structures may vary according to the manufacturer and the size of the home. The price of basic modular housing structures is usually around $14,000 while the cost for customized higher-quality prefab modular homes can be $100,000 or more.

Different home builders offer different packages—this means you don’t necessarily have to go with the first manufacturer you come across. Instead, spend some time to learn about the different packages that are available to you. Then choose the right one according to your needs and budget.

Some of these packages may boast additional inclusions or greater features when compared to others. So, shop around and compare different packages offered by different home builders. If you have any suggestions or concerns, share them with your home builder to estimate the final price.