The Complete Guide to Modular Housing

Modular Home Builders

Act as the builder and save money with modular homes

So you want to save some serious money building your new home? You're on the verge of something magnificent. You're going to be an owner builder and build your own home! You are convinced that the secret to saving money is acting as the builder. If this describes you, modular housing may be the answer you’re looking for.

Building a modular home might just be the easiest way to save thousands of dollars. Owner builders manage their projects. Yet, building a traditional stick-built home can be really tough. Building a stick-built home require the most time, effort and management. Modular home building is a snap by comparison.

Modular Homes are Quicker and Easier

Modular homes are not as complicated and beat out traditional building methods with quicker build times with less hassle. You don’t have to manage as many sub-contractors compared to stick-built construction. Modular home building requires the least amount of on-site work. What this means is that managing the project is far easier than with these other approaches. More work is completed in the factory and you are not involved in managing that work. Because you don’t have to worry about the construction of your new home you’re able to focus your attention of site-work, like foundation, utilities and other aspects of on-site work.

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Your Job as a Home Builder

You begin your building project, while your modular home is being constructed in the factory, by preparing the site for its arrival. Then you and your home building coach (if you hire one) will manage the rest of the process. Here's what that will entail:

  • Excavating your property and preparing the foundation: Your foundation contractors must be advised that you're building a modular home and that dimensions and levels must be perfect.
  • Well and septic systems: This job needs to be done regardless of the homebuilding approach you take. If these utilities are already to your site, it will be a simpler matter of hooking up to them.
  • Transporting your modular home: The manufacturer usually handles the details of arranging for shipment.
  • Assembly of the main modular sections: Your home will be delivered in huge sections or modules (typically 2 - 4). Heavy equipment, again arranged by the manufacturer, is used while placing and connecting the modules on the foundation. Most factories will assist you in this.
  • Subcontractors: Needed to complete the plumbing, heating and air, and electrical systems once the sections are assembled. With the help and advice of the manufacturer/dealer, you will hire and manage local contractors for this work.
  • Finishing subcontractors: Finish carpenters, floor covering contractors, tile layers, and other finishing contractors will be needed to complete the home before it's livable. You and your coach manage these subcontractors.
    With modular homes, even much of the finishing work is provided by the manufacturer so on-site work will not utilize all that many contractors. This saves a whole lot of time and money.

The Speediest Builder in Town

You could be in your new modular home within two or three months of starting. This could be half or even one fourth the time of a custom site-built home. With the economy still recovering, many home buyers are looking for ways to save a buck. Acting as the builder is one way to cut your costs by 10% to 15%. As with every home building project, be aware that problems may arise and delays often happen.

All in all, if you're looking for a quality custom modular home that meets building codes and standards in your area, and you want to "build it yourself", control your costs, complete it quickly, and get what you want, modular homes can indeed make you look like a Master Builder.

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