Choosing Pre-Fabricated Homes: Wise or Foolish?
Pre-fabricated homes which are further classified into Modular, Panel-built and Pre-cut Homes, have a prevalent and proven edge over traditional construction methods such as stick-built homes. Some of them are:
Stick-built homes are constructed from scratch which requires considerable building material while having to employ and pay labour for an extended time span which could be around 12-18 months. However, modules are prepared in advance and only require on-site assembly which means reduced labour costs. Modular homes usually cost almost 15% less than traditionally constructed homes which are further reduced by choosing a locality close to the manufacturing area. Pre-Fab houses can ideally be sited close to a location where skilled labour, electricity and cables are readily available so that investment can be as abridged as possible.
- Fast-Paced Construction
Since 80% of the manufacturing elements are completed within the factory premises, on-site assemblage requires minimum time. In urgent cases, pre-fabricated homes are set up in as less as 24 hours. For a stick-built home, materials often need to be imported from different areas around the country which leads to a delay. Since modular homes are factory-built, builders are prevented from facing weather delays during construction, so reducing site cramming.
- Not Mobile
It is essential to understand that modular (pre-fab) homes are not mobiles homes; mobiles homes are portable but lack quality production, whereas modular homes retain high-quality structure. In case you wish to leave and move to a different locality, you can re-integrate parts of your former modular home into a new one.
- Quality is not Compromised
Often, the quality of modular homes can be better than stick-built homes because the core construction of modular homes occur within a factory environment where it is easier to control quality. On the contrary, most builders are not keen on shielding the timber used in stick-built homes, and they tend to incorporate the same material even if impaired.
Wise or Foolish?
Firstly, potential home buyers who are into customising homes according to their desires, pre-fab dwellings may not appeal to them. Nevertheless, as the trend gains popularity, a huge chunk of pre-fab homes will begin to look alike so lacking any uniqueness. Secondly, the modules are colossal and require transportation, strong cranes and measurement equipment which can be costly. So, either you be prepared to expend on conveyance, or you find a locality close to the production site. Lastly, most buyers raise one initial question when you put out an advert for selling your pre-fab home: “Why buy a pre-fab home when you can buy a traditional home?” It isn’t necessary for you to be concerned about this to a great extent; you can hope that the way you appreciated the pros over cons, another buyer will be able to do the same when you are on the seller side.
A major reason that makes pre-fabricated homes a wise choice is your contribution towards the environment. Pre-fabricated homes are one of those inventions of architects which reduced environment deterioration that was, otherwise, caused by traditionally built homes. Architects are emerging with innovative pre-fab home designs, equipped with appealing features, in fractioned cost as compared to a traditional house purchase; this reassuringly makes pre-fab homes a wise choice. A primary concern that arises is that of its inability to resist tornadoes and natural disasters very well; a matter as such can occur with any edifice under calamities. Therefore, it wouldn’t be wise to decide on one downside.