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Pros and Cons of Modular Homes

Pros and Cons of Modular Homes

Have you ever fancied buying a modular home, if not for anything else but the convenience factor? Well, then this DecorDezine article is a must-read, because it enlists the pros and cons of opting for a modular home.
DecorDezine Staff
Did You Know?
Modular homes are different from manufactured homes (also known as mobile homes), as the latter has a wheeled chassis permanently attached to it. This means that mobile homes come with the advantage of permanent transportability, which is not the case with modular homes.
Modular homes are constructed by assembling the pieces built in a factory. A modular home is similar to a traditional home, as it is built on-site, unlike mobile or manufactured homes. However, the difference between traditional and modular homes is that sections or chunks of the latter are manufactured on the assembly line of a factory, and are then transported to the site by a truck.
Now, many of us might be pondering on whether a modular home would be as good as a traditional home, and how would it feel like to live in a home that is made by assembling individual prefabricated pieces. However, the fact is that the modern modular homes offer you a lot more than just a box-like structure to live in. In fact, you'll find modular homes that have two or more stories, complete with porches, luxurious interiors, state-of-the-art kitchens, and a lot more.
While a modular home can be convenient for more reasons than one, this relatively new concept of building homes is not devoid of its own little share of drawbacks. So, is it worth investing in a modular home? Just have a look at the pros and cons to know if a prefabricated home is really for you.
Advantages

Modular homes are a trend that is catching up fast. Wondering why? Well, it's because of its several advantages, and we shall focus on them below.
Saves on Construction Cost
Since a major part of the construction of a modular home takes place in a factory setting, you end up saving anywhere between 10-20% on the cost of construction, when compared to a traditional home of similar dimensions. This is the primary reason why more and more people are opting for modular homes these days, as the money saved can be put to use in getting items of home decor, furniture, and other accessories that can help improve the living experience.

The lower manufacturing cost is due to the fact that modular homes are mass manufactured in a factory, which cuts down on wastage of raw materials. Also, unlike a traditional house, a modular home does not demand huge amounts of money spent towards labor costs. Another factor that is responsible for the huge difference in the costs is the fact that parts of the home are built within the controlled environment of a factory, without any interruptions caused due to unfavorable weather conditions.
Saves Time
A modular home is ready in a significantly lesser time than a traditional "stick-built" home, which can be as much as 65% less. The reason is that a major portion is built on the assembly line of a factory, and gets completed within a stipulated time-frame. In fact, you'll be amazed to learn that it takes only a day to assemble the parts together, and a few weeks for adding the finishing touches to the end product.

So, while it can take several months to a year to complete a traditional home, an average modular home is ready within just a few weeks. The shorter construction period cuts down on vandalism. Note that the construction time as well as the quality depends on the company, and you should do some research before you choose one. If you're looking for a home where you can move in as soon as you can, then a modular home is what you should go for.
Ideal for Remote Areas
When building a structure in a remote area, it is easier and more cost-efficient to transport the prefabricated chunks of a modular structure at one go, than carrying raw materials for traditional construction as and when required. This is the reason modular structures are highly recommended for remote areas.
Ideal for Regions that Experience Bad Weather
Building a traditional home can be really difficult in regions that experience frequent bouts of unfavorable weather, because it can cause unnecessary delay in construction, in addition to causing damage to building materials. In such a scenario, a modular structure can make things a lot easier, as it takes a lot less time to complete, and a major part of the building process has already been done away with.
Prevents Wastage of Raw Materials
Since the parts of a modular home are built in a factory, there is no risk of damage caused due to effects of the weather. As a result, there is less wastage of raw materials. Also, the manufacturer is well aware of the quantity of raw materials required to give shape to a particular design of modular housing, which cuts down on the chances of wastage. And since generation of lesser waste is good for the environment, modular housing is environment friendly too!
Highly Energy Efficient
The framing used for building modular homes has a layer of insulating material placed within, which minimizes the cost of heating or cooling, and reduces electricity bills. Since the chunks are manufactured in a factory, they are tested for energy efficiency before being transported to the site. Needless to say, a home that is energy efficient helps reduce your carbon footprint, and is cost-effective at the same time.
Highly Versatile
Advancements in technology has made it possible to create different designs of modular homes. So, if you think that your concept of a dream home would not be available as a modular structure, then think again! Today, modern modular homes come in a wide range of shapes, sizes, and designs. Another great thing about modular homes is that you can easily include more elements, such as an additional room or a porch, anytime you want to. This makes modular housing far more versatile when compared to traditional housing. Another element that adds to the versatility of these homes is the fact that they can be used to build everything from homes to offices, and schools to healthcare centers!
Easier to Dismantle
So, you've built your dream home in Los Angeles, and are glad that you did. However, one fine day, you receive a great job offer that requires you to relocate to a different city. You're elated, but the thought of moving out of your dream home makes you a tad bit sad. But with a modular home, you'd have no reason to worry, because these structures can be safely dismantled and transported to any place you want. So, you'd have your dream home rebuilt again, this time in a new location! Sounds great, isn't it?
Meets Quality Standards
While you might be apprehensive about investing in a modular home because it might not be of the same quality as a site-built home, but the fact is that, a modular home does not compromise on the quality factor. In fact, it is as good as a traditional home when it comes to the ability to withstand the weather and natural calamities, such as storms and tornadoes. If maintained well, modular homes can remain in good shape for years on end.
Disadvantages

After the seemingly endless list of advantages, let us take a quick look at the few disadvantages of modular homes.
Financing Can be Difficult
It might be difficult to procure financing for modular homes, as unfortunately, many insurance companies still do not consider them at par with traditional homes. You must pay the modular home dealer the full amount before the completion of the building job. Since the completion time for a modular home is lesser, one might find it a little difficult to arrange for the money in such a short time.
Low Equity
Modular homes do not build equity as traditional homes do. This can be a problem if you're planning to sell the house in future.
Not Allowed Everywhere
Zoning restrictions prohibit the installation of modular homes in certain areas. However, modular homes are slowly gaining popularity, and are considered at par with traditional homes in many areas.
Risk of Damage
As we know, a modular home is built by assembling parts made in a factory. This poses a risk of the relatively bigger parts getting damaged during transportation. However, this can be prevented by taking extra care while packing the pieces and transporting them to the site.
So, you see that a modular home can be the ideal housing solution in more ways than one. All you need to do is choose a manufacturer who can provide you with the floor plan or design that you seek, at an affordable price.