6 Reasons to invest in a modular home
1. Modular Homes are affordable.
Thanks to bulk purchasing by the factory and reduced labor costs due to fewer hours required in construction, modular homes are significantly less expensive to build than traditional site-built homes, even if they’re the same size with the same luxury features. Plus it’s much more efficient to recycle building material scraps, than to burn them on-site; even the sawdust is recycled and sold. You can expect to save about 20% buying a True Modular™ Home from Select Homes, Inc. All the differences from site-built homes are improvements!
2. They’re built better.
Don’t let your misconceptions fool you: factory construction means guaranteed durability, measured accuracy, and reliability. For example, modular home walls are built on a flat table with a square built in the edge; studs are fastened to the sill plate with the nails going straight through rather than being “toe nailed,” so walls are plumb and stronger. According to FEMA, modulars are actually more likely to withstand hurricanes than traditional site-built homes* (and far more likely than mobile homes), which is great news for us Carolinians! Furthermore, the superior construction quality means that modular homes are cheaper to maintain and less likely to require costly repairs over their lifetime. Bonus: because modular home construction is more exact, modular homes are extremely energy efficient, saving you even more money.
Because modular home components are constructed in a factory, the process of building a modular home is much quicker than that of a traditional site-built home. Traditionally Select Modular Homes are completed in 30 to 90 days from the date the building permit is obtained depending on the property characteristics; whereas site-built may take six to nine months or more to get a certificate of occupancy. Why? Because there are no weather delays inside a factory, most inspections are carried out in the factory, and the all workers drive to work at one site, instead of wasting time driving to various sites. The factory system also utilizes the latest tools and technology available.
4. Modular Homes go up in value.
Modular homes will appreciate in value more when compared to the site-built homes in the area. Modular homes increase in value over time just as traditional site-built homes do, but because they require less maintenance, modular homes are usually in better shape than their site-built counterparts of the same age, if you ever decide to sell your home.
5. They’re customizable.
Another misconception that surrounds modular homes is that they all look the same. Take a look at the floor plans page on selectmodular.com and you’ll see a home in the size and style that fits your budget and architectural taste (no cookie-cutter homes here). Select Homes, Inc. has hundreds of individual floor plans to choose from. You’ll find the latest open- concept floor plans, amenities including Shaker cabinets, farmhouse sinks, rustic barn doors, and subway tile; plus your home may be customized even further utilizing traditional building methods on-site, including the addition of porches, garages, and decks. Although there are hundreds of plans available, most home buyers seem to choose from the top ten modular home floor plans, which are all on display in a Select Modular Home center.
6. They can keep your family close.
Here in the South, family is important, and keeping loved ones close together is an important part of Select Homes’ business model. For property owners with multiple acres of land, modular homes can be easily, quickly, and affordably built, allowing multiple families to live together on family-owned land. Start with your county zoning office to find out what you need to do to get a zoning approval for homes on your land.
Do a Google image search for “modular homes,” and you may be surprised at the results. Despite common misconceptions, a modular house is nothing like a mobile home.
Modular homes and site-built homes are built to the same building code. For building permit, insurance, appraisal, and financing purposes, site-built and modular homes are the same. You can build one story, two story, cape cod, or ranch homes, and add a crawlspace, a basement, or stilts for the coast.
A “manufactured” home is the same thing as a mobile home; the process of producing sections in a factory and assembling on-site is similar to modular, but the finished structure and foundation of a manufactured home are distinctly different. The greatest disadvantage of going with a mobile or manufactured home is that they depreciate like cars.
Modern modular homes look identical to traditional site-built homes (good luck telling them apart in a side-by-side comparison!) and feature a great many built-in benefits. That’s why North Carolina modular home builder Select Homes, Inc., begun in 1984, has been successfully constructing durable, affordable, and highly customizable True Modular™ Homes for more than three decades. Select Homes has built more than 6,000 homes since 1984. If a modular home is a True Modular™, it is delivered to your property on a carrier, taken off-frame (taken off the carrier used to transport it with a crane), and set by crane on the foundation. With costs of raw materials rising, right now is the perfect time to invest in a modular home of your very own; Select Homes, Inc. helps you make your dream of homeownership a reality.
Check out the free modular home design tools to design how the outside and kitchen will look.
*FEMA document FIA-22 Wood Frame Modular Buildings. Discussing the impact of hurricanes, “Overall, relatively minimal structural damage was noted in modular housing developments. The module-to-module combination (marriage line) of the units appears to have provided an inherently rigid system that performed much better than conventional residential framing. This was evident in both the transverse and longitudinal directions of the modular buildings.”