Why Choose a Modular Home

Factory-built materials are the best.

The quality modular home manufacturer does not use green lumber and protect all building materials from the weather. Otherwise, materials would be too warped or bent to fit into their precise jigs for wall panels or trusses. In many on-site building locations either green lumber is still used or building materials are not protected from the weather, as a result, for decades the ulitmate homeowner inherits problems after the building is finished.

Factory-built homes are stronger than stick built homes.

The modular unit uses the strongest of all construction methods based on the 2x6 platform framing system. Traditionally, modular units are over-built so they can be hauled on wheels over roads to get to the site and so that a crane can lift them off the wheels and place them on a foundation. Only modular construction is sturdy enough to withstand such forces which are the equivalent to that of a healthy earthquake.

Factory-built homes are easier to finance.

Factory-built homes are very easy to finance because they have a positive track record. When the homewoner wants, for instance, the Acme Plan 3A from a factory with some variations, chances are the local banker has seen it before and knows the value. Bankers also like the idea that factory-built homes are well insulated which means the ultimate buyer won't go broke paying utility bills. Bankers also like the simplicity of the construction process compared to on-site construction.

Factory-built homes are quicker to build.

From the time you place your order, even when the factory is hopping busy, you can get a two-module home delivered to your site in eight weeks or less and you can move into it within a few more weeks. From the time you place your order, the average site built home takes six to nine months to complete.

Factory-built homes appreciate in value the same as stick built homes.

Other things being equal (primarily location), factory-built homes appreciate in value in lock step with site-built homes.

Factory-built homes are safer than site-built homes.

Modular construction technology of glue-nailed sheathing and decking with redundant framing members makes a modular home a safe place to hang your hat if you live in earthquake or tornado country. Modular homes are built to survive nature's onslaught. The frame work of today's modular homes matches or exceeds site-built homes of panelized units because modular homes are engineered for safe use in each specific geographic region where they are sold. Modular homes may be the safest on the market because of the federal laws requiring smoke detectors, escape windows and incombustible materials around furnaces and kitchen ranges. Many site-built homes are constructed in areas where not even smoke detectors are required by local law.

Factory-built homes last as long as any other type of construction.

There are endless examples of factory-built homes that have been in continuous service for 50, 60 and 70 years. One example: the homes built by National Homes through the midwest 50 years ago which originally sold for $7,000, &8,000 and $9,000 complete. These homes today are still in use, the major change has been that they have increased ten-fold in value.

Factory-built homes look great.

Over 90% of all panelized homes today are customized to meet the buyer's needs. They look as good, and in many cases, better than anything that can be built on-site. Some manufacturers are producing spectacular mansions of over 10,000 sq ft. Modular units are routinely stacked to resemble any type of architecture the buyer may want from a New England Salt Box to an Ante Belle Mansion. Modular units can be finished with stucco walls, tile roofs, and exterior design features so that they become indistinguishable from on-site designs.

Factory-built homes are the wave of the future.

America is the nation that invented factory fabrication. When we buy a washing machine, a microwave oven, a dvd player, or a car, we don't expect it to be dumped in parts in our backyard for us to assemble. We expect these products to come factory-made, factory inspected and ready for instant use. It is unlikely that the home building industry will cling to the idea of costly, error prone piece-by piece fabrication of homes at job sites. For both economic and quality reasons, on-site home building can't last; factory home building can't miss.