What do we need to know about modular homes – 10 important facts

Written by Kremena Ruseva

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Modular homes offer numerous options and save time and money compared to traditional construction methods. There are some important facts that we need to know about them and here we shall review them.

A modular home – what is it?

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You should bear in in mind that a modular home, also called prefab home or factory-built homes, are different from mobile homes or manufactured homes. Mobile (manufactured) homes can be moved while modular ones are built in sections on and off-site in controlled facilities. The sections can be customized and added to a plan according to the desires of the customer. The sections are then transported to the construction site. Complete sections of the modular house are placed and assembled on existing foundations by builders. Modular homes are quite different from the usual on-site buildings, although they also need to comply with certain rules and guidelines. If you have decided to opt for a modular home, you need to do a thorough research as there are many companies offering this service, but there are differences in quality, price and terms. Most important difference of modular houses is that they are completed in a few weeks and weather conditions are not so crucial for the construction and assembly.

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Modular homes can be customized to meet any requirement of the owner. The fact that they are pre-fabricated does not limit the design options. You can choose the style and all details in advance and personally design your house to the last detail. This means that all your preferences about flooring, interior design, cabinetry, tiles, plumbing, electricity, various finishes will be taken into account and you will have a unique home. Of course, the more complex the design, the more costly it is. The good thing is that you can conform design and budget. Pre-fab homes are built in sections and transported to the construction site where the elements are assembled. This requires the use of cranes and once assembled the homes cannot be moved.

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Prefab modules are built in a factory

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 Modules are designed as per customer’s desire

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 Prefab modules are transported on site

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The construction takes a few weeks

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You may have a two or three levels house

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The advantages of modular homes

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The biggest modular home advantage is a reduction in costs.  They are built quite quickly which saves costs to the builders and respectively to you.  Since the modules are built on an assembly line inside a factory, there are no delays due to weather conditions. Labor costs are uniform because there is no delay. In addition to that, the inspections take place in the factory, before the modules are transported, which saves additional time and money.


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The most important facts that we need to know about modular homes can be summarized as follows:

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  • Pre-fab homes cannot be moved. They are permanent structures.
  • Such homes are energy saving and eco-friendly.
  • Modular home designs have different style as well as size as per the customer requirements.
  • They can be customized to the last detail in terms of style and materials.
  • Building companies will assist you with the design.
  • It takes a few weeks to assemble the modules and complete a house.
  • Modular homes are cost effective, save time and money.


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