Modular homes and manufactured homes, what's difference?
modular home industry is booming. Advances in modular
home building have changed the way they are viewed, built and designed. No
longer are prefabricated
homes restricted to trailer parks and double wides. Modular home plans can
be as diverse and unique as their owners, and can be built virtually anywhere.
interchange the terms modular
home' and manufactured home', when the two shouldn't be confused. The
following is a general comparison between the these kinds of homes:
homes are built in several sections inside a factory. As each section is built,
it is checked for quality at every step. Between 80 and 95% of a modular home
is completed in the factory.
homes are built in large sections in a factory setting. The build, aside from
the foundation, is completed in the factory in its entirety.
to the Site
section of a modular home is transferred to a home site via flat bed truck.
completed home is transferred, usually on its own wheels.
homes are built to conform to particular building codes. These codes are specific
to the location the modules are delivered.
homes all conform to the same federal codes, regardless of where they are delivered.
homes are placed on and/or constructed on a permanent foundation at the site.
for manufactured homes are not generally permanent, rather they are placed on
a non-removable steel chassis.
Style and Design
any style that is available to those building a traditional home are also available
to modular home buyers. Modular floor plans can include ranch styles, two story
homes, split levels, and more.
most call a mobile home or trailer home is the norm for manufactured houses. In
recent years more styles are available, but choices continue to be limited.
homes are generally cheaper per square foot than site built homes.
homes are less expensive than both site built and modular homes.
on the location a
modular home can, like it's traditional counterpart, increase in value. Most
banks, appraisers and insurance companies treat modular homes the same as they
do site built homes.
or mobile homes are difficult to refinance, and often depreciate in value
are several additional advantages to modular homes that should be considered if
you are in the market to build a new home.
to traditionally built homes, a modular
building can be completed in a fraction of the time. Depending on the manufacturer,
the factory phase of a modular home can be completed in as little as two weeks.
Once the home sections are delivered to the build site, a local builder can complete
the home in between two and four weeks. Largely the decrease in time for a modular
build versus a site build is due to the fact that the bulk of the home is built
and designed indoors. Because of that, many of the delays that plague a site built
home are avoided.
because of the factory setting, a modular home is protected against the environment
and against vandalism. A site built home cannot be supervised all of the time
while being built. In contrast, a factory built home provides a more complete
surveillance as the modules are being completed. Along the same lines, modular
homes are generally higher quality simply due to the fact that there are quality
control programs in place within the factories. Homes built in factories are controlled
by and enforced by the manufacturers. Generally, each module is inspected on the
assembly line, and again by a third party state inspector (specific to the state
the home will be completed in), and finally on site by the local building inspector.
Few programs are similarly enforced on a traditional site build.
a traditionally built home, a modular home can be customized to fit the needs
of each buyer. Walk out basements, spiral staircases and tailor-made kitchens
are only some of the options available to a designer in creating a modular home.
Materials used for both a modular and a site built home are similar. However,
module for a modular home are generally constructed with 2x6 walls to withstand
the rigors of being transported hundreds of miles to the site.
are they available? Modular
homes are in PA Pennsylvania, and there are modular
homes in Florida FL, you will find modular
homes in NC North Carolina, modular
homes in Michigan MI, modular
homes Ohio OH, modular
homes in California CA, You will even find modular
homes in NY New York and modular
homes NJ New Jersey, modular
homes in Texas, modular
homes Virginia VA, modular
homes in Maine MA, and most of the other states. If you're up north you can
even find modular
homes in Canada.
recent years the modular home market has reinvented itself, and advances are making
it better all the time. Modular
homes are well crafted and stylish alternatives to traditionally built homes,
and interest in them is spreading. Whether you are in the market to spend $150,000
or $1,000,000, modular homes are worth checking into.