Modular Home Myths
A home is one of the largest purchases that someone will make in their lifetime so it’s important to know the facts – all the facts – before buying. Most people will buy a stick-built home just because it’s all they are aware of. But what they don’t know is that they could save money and time by spending a few minutes looking at another option.
Custom modular homes. There are misconceptions around custom modular homes and this article aims to correct that.
Myth: “Custom” means it is expensive, right? After all, if I choose something for my unique needs, it should cost more.
Fact: The buyer works with a designer to take units and assemble them into a floor plan that suits them. In this way, homes are fully customizable. Homeowners can design the house of their dreams. A popular trend among consumers is customization. In many ways, it’s as if businesses must cater to a “niche of one”. Their products and services need to be customizable so that the personal tastes and interests of each individual client can shine through.
Myth: Isn’t a modular home a mobile home?
Fact: No! Modular homes look just like regular homes. They have a foundation, they are 1 or 2 stories, they may have an attached garage. In fact, if you drove down the street, you wouldn’t be able to tell a stick built from a modular home.
Myth: Modular homes are poorly constructed compared to stick built homes.
Fact: Modular homes are, in fact, constructed to be stronger than stick built homes. They’re built in units by professionals (and these professionals are supervised by qualified inspectors). They’re built in a controlled setting which means that the building materials stay dry (wood doesn’t warp and insulation doesn’t lose its R value that way). And, they come with a 10 year warranty, compared with most 1 year warranties that come with a stick built home.
Myth: Modular homes are less efficient because they are modules that are stuck together.
Fact: Modular homes are more efficient. A recent study shows that modular homes exchange the air only 7 times per hour while a stick built home exchanges air 11 times per hour. That will translate into real savings on heating and cooling costs. And, because the home is built in a weather-free setting, insulation doesn’t lose its R-value by getting wet.
A customized home at a low cost that is built faster and more efficiently than a stick built home?
Wow! It can’t get better than that. Actually it can: these homes are also better on the environment.