Manufactured homes are becoming more widely available, and they have multiple advantages over traditionally built houses. If you're looking to build a customized home, here are some good reasons to choose a manufactured one.
More Affordable Prices
Manufactured homes are manufactured in a factory and then erected on a homesite, rather than built on-site. Factory manufacturing allows homebuilders to streamline much of the construction process, and streamlining provides savings.
Compared to traditionally built houses, manufactured homes tend to cost substantially less. Manufactured modular homes generally cost 10 to 20 percent less than traditional stick-built houses. That percentage equates to tens of thousands of dollars for a home priced in the six-figures range.
Less Volatile Building Process
Building a new home on-site inherently exposes the process to delays and cost increases. Much of the work is weather-dependent, so the project can be delayed several days if a stretch of inclement weather sets in. Challenges that arise on-site can lead to increased labor or material expenses.
In contrast, the process of building manufactured homes is much more stable. Weather-related problems aren't an issue in a factory, and the day of erecting a home can easily be planned according to the upcoming short-term forecast. Challenges that increase cost are also much less likely to arise in a controlled indoor setting.
Available Extended Warranties
Many manufactured homes come with warranties, and those warranties can last for a long time. Because the home is built in a controlled factory, the manufacturer can be confident in how long the home will last without issue. Less control makes offering extended warranties for traditionally built homes more difficult.
Any home can be built so it's environmentally friendly, and both traditionally built and manufactured homes can earn energy-efficiency certifications. The actual process of building a manufactured home is much more environmentally conscious, however.
Building a home on-site involves transporting heavy equipment to the location, and workers must drive there and back each day. There simply isn't an easy way to reduce the carbon emissions of such a project.
Building a house in a factory eliminates the need to transport most heavy equipment to the job site (although some equipment will need to be brought on-site for erection). Additionally, the operations within a factory can be designed so they're green. Workers will still have to commute to the factory, but they don't need to drive as far away as some homesites might be.Share