In most cases a Modular can be placed anywhere site built homes are constructed. Modular homes are placed on block foundations with a crawl space. They are built to 130 MPH winds speed and can be built to higher speeds as needed.
Today’s modular systems are models of efficiency and quality. The building process begins at the design phase. Modular Builders use state of the art computers to aid in customizing floor plans and producing drawings and materials needed. The building process is what you’ve observed during the construction of houses in your neighborhood.
What’s different? The big difference between modular and site built homes is the efficiency with how the home is constructed and the quality of the controlled environment where the home is pre-constructed.
Efficiency begins with modern factory assembly line techniques. Work is never delayed by weather, subcontractor no-shows or missing material. Quality engineering and modular construction techniques significantly increase the energy efficiency of the modular home. Quality control assures that your home has been inspected for code compliance and workmanship. Plant inspectors as well as independent inspection agencies inspect the modular on behalf of your state and local government.
Speed and consistent quality are two of the main advantages for choosing modular for your new home. A modular home can be constructed in the factory in approximately two days. The home is then transported to the building site and placed on it’s foundation with the use of a crane. Final completion is usually handled by a local builder or general contractor and includes the connection of utilities to the home. Normally the home is completed in two or three weeks.
Modular homes are appraised just like site-built homes. So, the financing is just as simple.
The price of a modular home is generally lower than traditionally built homes of comparable size, usually 25% per square foot less than site-built homes. The reduced chance of weather damage and site vandalism makes modular construction a smart choice.
In summation, the benefits of modular construction are:
Engineered to International Residential Code Requirements (IRC)
Organized and efficient building process
Constructed to meet or exceed local building codes
Constructed in climate controlled environment (never rains on materials)
Usually cost less than a site-built home by as much as 25% per square foot