Things to Know About Buying Prefab Homes

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Prefab homes have become a trend in housing and many people are opting for pre manufactured homes. However, there are a few things, which you need to understand before buying these small manufactured homes. Read ahead to know what all things you need to keep in mind while looking for pre manufactured homes.

Prefab Homes are Faster to Build

You should understand that depending on the complexity of the design and the size, it could take three to four months to build these homes. The National Association of Home Builders says that it will take from nine months to a year to make a stick built house.

The modules of the home are manufactured and inspected in a factory and the weather elements will not be able to delay the manufacturing process. These modules are then transported to the location and the assembling will take about three to four days to finish.

You Need to Pay More than the Base Price

For the manufacturers that offer different pre manufactured homes plans, the base price will include the cost for construction, transportation of the modules to the construction site, and setting up the home on its foundation. Nevertheless, you will face more expenses at the site work. This may include installing septic systems and many other utility hookups after assembling the home modules.

Modular Homes are Much Durable

After 1992’s category 5 Hurricane named Andrew, the Federal Emergency Management Agency reported “relatively minimal structural damage in modular housing developments. The module-to-module combination of the units appears to have provided an inherently rigid system that performed much better than conventional residential framing.” This means that the prefab homes can hold up better in extreme weathers when compared to the traditional site built homes.

You can Remodel your Modular Home

If you have decided to invest in kitchen or bathroom of your modular homes, “there’s nothing that would preclude the reconfiguration of a home simply because it’s a modular build,” says Matt Bowe, who is the co-owner of Jakobsen & Bowe, a modular home manufacturing company. “Just like a stick-built home, you need to account for the structural support and layout.”

Prefab home owners, who need to remodel their home, should let the contractor know early that they have a modular home. “If you’re a builder working on a prefabricated home, you need to understand structurally what you’re dealing with and what you’ll need to properly complete the project,” Bowe adds.