Why Build Modular?
Much has been said about how much less expensive modular homes are than standard site-built homes. Some companies will tell you that they can save you anywhere from 40 to 60% by building modular. These savings can only be expected in very few circumstances. You can generally expect to spend anywhere from 10 to 20% less on your home if you choose to build modular. These savings are found mostly in three major areas: bulk purchasing, labor costs, and building materials.
The general impression on modular homes used to be that they were created with inferior workmanship, but since the industry has evolved over the past few decades, modular homes have become known increasingly not only for their affordability, but also for their superior construction quality. This is due to a few major factors: access to superior quality building materials, construction in a controlled environment, factory-quality inspections, and the need for each module to be so structurally sound that it can survive the trip over highways.
Perhaps the most often overlooked advantage on 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.
Since modular builders typically waste less raw material and manufacture and ship in massive amounts, the construction of a modular home is almost always more environmentally friendly than the construction of a similar site-built home. Where modular homes really shine though is in their ongoing energy efficiency.