Prefabricated modular homes are uniquely constructed homes compared to how we normally build homes. When we think of home construction, we think about what is most common. This means sourcing and bringing different building materials to an outdoor construction site. These materials include lumber as well as electrical, plumbing, and ventilation supplies. Estimates on how long it takes to build a home depend on the home size, location, and other factors that impact construction such as weather. The time it takes to build a home can range from 6 months to well over a year.
As a modern, more sustainable option, prefabricated modular homes have grown in popularity. Homebuilders construct these homes off-site, typically in a factory setting. Vehicles then transport them home to a prepared building site. Once on-site, a crew assembles the home in a shorter time frame compared to a conventional construction home. This results in a faster build time and more efficient construction of the home. These homes meet the building code and pass quality checks and inspections the same way any other home does.
The biggest and most valuable advantage to building a prefabricated modular home is time savings. A manufacturer builds a home through an organized system. This is often without dependence on subcontractors and without factors like weather that cause unforeseen delays. This allows the builder to give an accurate timeline from construction to when the homebuyer receives their new home. For example, while the home is under construction at the factory, a builder simultaneously works on the site preparation and foundation work necessary.
The significant reduction of construction time means prefabricated modular home are also cost-efficient for the home buyer. Lastly, modular homes are environmentally responsible and made of high-quality building materials. With customizable floorplans, while still achieving the desired appearance of the homebuyer, they are an attractive investment with future resale value.
Prefabricated modular construction already has and will continue to help solve housing shortages, provide crises housing and other forms of housing due to their faster build time and cost-efficiency.