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Modular Homes
Written by Elizabeth Wood
Editor In Chief, United Home Improvement


Modular homes are a cost effective alternative to traditionally built homes. They offer increased quality, reduced cost, and they can be custom built and finished to any design you desire. Most people confuse modular homes with mobile homes. However, there are several differences.

A modular home is built in a factory in a controlled environment. This controlled environment protects the home from weather, theft and vandalism. This also reduces the amount of time it takes to construct the home. While the home is being built in the factory, a builder is preparing the foundation. Completing both of these tasks simultaneously, ensures a reduced overall construction time.

Once the home is built, it is inspected thoroughly by members of the manufacturer's factory. An inspector will make sure that the home is up to date with state and local building codes. It is then transported to the site and lifted into place with a crane.

Final steps include securing the home to the foundation, adding electrical and plumbing, finishing the basement, and any other customized details. A modular home is not limited in design, size, or the ability to use high end products. You can discuss with the manufacturer exactly how you want your home's floor plan to be and other custom options.

Generally, it only takes a few weeks for the home to be built and ready for transport. Once the home is transported, it is up to the home owner how long the process will take for completion. Final touches can take any where from a week to 3 months. Compared to a 6 month completion rate for traditional stick built homes, modular homes offer a speedy finish.

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