Building Your New Modular Home
Purchasing a new modular home is very similar to purchasing any type of new home. Step one is selecting the right builder. Chesapeake Homes has served York and Adams Counties since 1964. You can depend on Chesapeake Homes to provide you with the guidance you deserve to help you achieve your dream of home ownership. We will guide you through the building process from start to finish. As your primary point of contact, we will help you select one of our existing floor plans or we will gladly work with you in designing a custom home that meets your needs and lifestyle. We will also help you select from an array of custom upgrades and options to truly personalize your new home such as granite countertops, hardwood floors, upgrade appliance packages just to name a few.
Many manufacturers encourage home buyers to visit their manufacturing facility. Doing so will provide you with opportunity to see firsthand the quality craftsmanship and efficiency of modular construction. Modular construction combines factory technology with centuries-old building techniques to produce a cost-effective, efficient, and beautiful home. Often times, when a person hears the term “modular home”, they automatically think “manufactured home” or a factory built home that remains on a steel frame. A true “Modular” home is transported on a steel frame but is removed from that frame at the home site and sits on a foundation in much the same way a “stick-built” home does. True modular homes have all of the characteristics of stick-built homes and must pass the same code requirements. This code is the “International Residential Code” (IRC). This code also mandates electrical and plumbing standards as well.
Stick-builder’s and occasionally even realtors will lead you to believe that a Modular home is inferior to a stick-built home. This practice is always “self-serving” on their part. A realtor makes very little commission on the sale of an unimproved building lot. They would much rather sell you a property with a home already on it. A realtor also typically has a working relationship with a stick-builder and could receive a “referral fee” from that builder if they introduce you and you ultimately sign a contract to build one of their homes.
The builder will tell you his home is superior to a modular home, but an informed consumer can leave a builder speechless in a matter of moments. Today’s stick-builder is often times using the same materials as a modular home builder. They use “pre-engineered” roof trusses, pre-made cabinetry (sometimes referred to as “box cabinets”), pre-hung windows and doors, pre-cut moldings, etc. So it is ironic and even a little bit funny then that their sales pitch is that a modular is inferior when the opposite, in fact, is actually true. If the consumer asks questions such as: “Do you build your own trusses”, or “do you build your own cabinetry or the jambs for your interior doors”, they will admit they use pre-framed doors and box cabinets.
The Benefits of Your Modular Home
Being constructed in a climate-controlled environment ensures that your new modular home will have consistently level floors, square frames, and virtually no margin of error in finishings and trims.
Speed of Construction
Among the most popular benefits of modular construction is quick turn-around between groundbreaking and occupancy. Some owners are able to move into their homes just months after initial contact with Chesapeake Homes. Many custom modular homes are built in just a fraction of the time a comparable custom site-built home could be constructed. Building a modular home on your land, when installed by an experienced company such as Chesapeake Homes, is typically completed within 3 to 3 ½ months from initial groundbreaking. Compare this to the typical 6 to 8 months to have a “stick-built” home erected.
The 3 to 5 months you saved is all dollars back in your pocket. If you compare the cost of the modular versus the cost of a stick-built home you could save as much as $20,000.00 in some instances. The longer a builder has workmen on your jobsite, the more money it is costing you. Real Estate Appraisers assign the same dollar value to a modular home as they do a stick-built home. You’re new modular home will be worth the same amount of money a duplicate “stick-built” home but you could be making payments on a much lower mortgage balance. This would save you a significant amount on your monthly mortgage payment. Ask your lender for specific payment amounts.
One of the greatest advantages to modular construction is control. Building homes in a factory setting allows for more consistent quality due to uniform construction processes, training techniques and inspections.
Modular Homes are built inside a factory so your home is never “rained on” or “snowed on” while it is being assembled. Once it is completed at the factory, it is weatherproofed in preparation for shipment to your home site. Framing for a modular home is superior to the methods used in a stick-built home. Much more attention is paid to securing each stud, floor joist and roof truss.
A modular home must be built to endure being transported on the highway at speeds up to 55 miles per hour where allowed by law. Each hour that a true modular home is traveling on the highway, it is purported to experience the equivalent of a 5.0 magnitude earthquake. This is an amazing thing to consider when you enter your home after it is crane set onto your foundation and you see only a few minor cracks in the drywall.
These are repaired quickly and in no time at all, your home is ready for occupancy. Your benefit is having a home that is designed to last a lifetime with minimal construction related repair issues. Modular home buyers can always be assured their home meets or exceeds all state building codes. Before a modular home leaves the factory, it is also fully inspected by an independent third-party to ensure it meets all State Building Codes.
Once a modular home is erected on-site, it is again inspected, this time by a local building inspector, to ensure that the new home is built with the quality and structural integrity required in your community.
While most modular home manufacturers have a portfolio of home plans, there are limitless design possibilities when planning your new modular home. While architects and designers use computer-assisted design (CAD) programs to accurately design a floor plan, the modular industry takes CAD to another level. Not only can your desired customizations be designed through computer software, but the program will communicate your designs to the machinery in the manufacturing facility, ensuring your custom home design is built accurately and precisely.
You can request to have your home built to “Energy Star” standards. Not only does this make your home tighter (ensuring less air infiltration) but your heating and air conditioning costs will be significantly reduced. Ask your Chesapeake home consultant for details.
Modular Means More Than Single-Family
Modular construction is very popular in the single-family home market, but there is no limit to the type of projects for modular construction.
Chesapeake can assist you with building traditional town homes, condominiums, apartment complexes, offices and more.
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