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Are modular homes good for you?

Box and the Builder

This country should admit it. If not for the economic downturn, we wouldn’t have taken a second look at modular homes. Perhaps, onsite builders would still find their careers lucrative. But with the recession and a very alarming property market slump, these homes manufactured in different sections, wrapped and packaged to protect its quality, and delivered straight to the homebuyer’s lot is getting a much deserved attention from the public.

Recently, The Washington Post featured these homes built off-site and then assembled on the location of the buyer. The report describes how one mansion was put up in a short span of time: a day and a half. It states, “One day in February, it was an empty, snow-covered lot in Bethesda. In 32 hours, the property held a six-bedroom, six-and-a-half-bath French country mansion with a walkout basement. The 7,200-square-footer that appeared in Greenwich Forest 14 days ago is not yet a finished house. But it sure looks like one, with its gleaming windows, four sets of patio doors and symmetrical roof dormers. The heat, electricity and sewer went in last week.”

The price tag? $2.5 million. Now that may not sound so cheap for the average income earner but by looking at the immense size of the house, one could not help but be amazed of the cost. It’s actually a decent amount for a mansion.

But are modular homes for you? Here are some benefits:

First, they are much easier and faster to assemble. Check out how one home was built in two days:

Second, they come in different styles. Manufacturers have already addressed buyers’ concern on similar home models. With thousands of modular home manufacturers, you won’t run out of options from their competent designers.

Third, they require few repairs since they are resistant to basic structural repairs and those nasty termites. Since each section is carefully inspected by a manufacturer’s Quality Control team, you can be assured of the materials.

Fourth, they can withstand different climate conditions than site-built homes. In a study conducted by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the committee found out that modular homes fared better than its counterparts in the aftermath of the Hurricane Katrina.

Finally, they are environmentally friendly. Most homes meet the energy efficiency standards of the government. This would increase your home’s value and make it attractive to sell.

However, there are disadvantages to owning a modular home too.

First, some manufacturers use lightweight materials that cannot withstand adverse weather conditions. There are also homes that have been attached with flammable glue, making it more prone to fire of course.

Second, in some areas, manufacturers limit their offers with box-style modular homes. What buyers don’t know is that they have to broaden their search to get more options.

By choosing reliable manufacturers, you can avoid these dangers with your modular home.

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