In the not-so-distant past, many builders viewed modular homes as a threat to their business. These homes were completed in sections in controlled factory environments and then delivered to a site for assembly.
This cut down on cost and time for homeowners, which in turn cut down on billable hours to contractors. However, many builders now embrace these homes as a new and exciting way to provide more competitive offers to customers who want to take on big projects, as well as those who are on a budget and in a rush. Here’s why.
High Quality Production
For builders and developers, one of the main benefits of modular builds is the uniformity of each piece. This ensures that each home on each different plot of land meets identical quality standards because they must adhere to the same criteria. For contractors who take on custom-builds, this still applies.
A common misconception with modular homes is that there are no customization options. This may have been true several years ago, but no more. Homeowners can now customize almost every aspect of their home. Here are some of the options they may have control over:
- Roof type
- Wall colors
- Siding material
- Spiraled versus traditional staircases
- Bathroom and kitchen fixture upgrades
The factories where the modular pieces are built benefit from economies of scale more so than on-site builders. This allows factories to sell the parts at lower prices, which in turn helps builders to keep material costs low. They can pass on these savings to customers, while also increasing profits by lowering expenditures.
Modular homes have come a long toward reducing the stigma once attached to them. People no longer think only of trailer homes when they think of modular builds. They also think of container homes in the California desert, A-frame cabins in the Swiss mountains and tiny homes on wheels traveling from coast to coast in Australia.