Perhaps the most often overlooked advantage of modular building is how quickly a home can be finished. The time it takes to complete the manufacture of your home in the factory will depend on the size of your home and the size of the factory, but usually you can expect it to be finished in 6 weeks. This does NOT mean that your home will be ready to live in 6 weeks after you decide you want to build a house, far from it. Here’s a list of things that need to be done before the actual work on building your house begins. The time frames assigned are rough estimates based off of previous experiences that modular homeowners have had.
Phase 1 – Planning – 1-2 months
- Getting financing
- Finding land
- Getting building permits
- Picking a general contractor
- Due diligence on your land
- Designing your home
Phase 2 – Manufacture and Site Prep – 6 weeks
Phase 3 – Construction – 6 weeks
With a large enough and determined enough crew, homes can be constructed in much less time. The popular ABC show “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” where entire houses are constructed and finished in a week is often done by modular manufacturers. All of the planning, manufacture and site prep is usually done ahead of time, but setting and finishing a home in a week is still an impressive feat.
If you’re looking for a more in-depth guide, check out our Modular Construction Timeline.