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Prefab: Why You Should Consider Buying a Prefabricated Home

May 09, 2019

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We have been building homes the same way since shortly after the first settlers arrived in the New World. Isn't it time to evolve?

Prefabricated houses are the future. Not only do they cost less and are more durable, but they can look as elegant as you please.

Read on to discover the benefits of buying prefab homes. 

What is a Prefab Home?

Prefab homes, also known as modular homes, are built indoors in a climate-control setting. They are built section by section according to the design the homeowner wants. Then the finished sections are shipped to the site and assembled by a builder with cranes.

A modular home is not a mobile home. Once a prefab home has been set on its permanent foundation, it can't move.

The main difference between prefab homes and other residential properties is just where they are built.

If you buy a house from a builder today, it will be built on the site out in the open air. Prefab homes, on the other hand, are built completely indoors.

Here are the top benefits of buying a prefabricated home.

Prefabs Homes Are Faster to Build

Because prefab homes are built exclusively indoors, Mother Nature can't delay the building process.

Prefab homes come together very quickly. Depending on how complex the home is, it may be move-in ready within four months. It only takes three days to assemble the sections on the home site once the pieces are delivered. 

On the other hand, a home built on your land can take between nine months to a year.

Increased Energy Efficiency

With the cost of energy skyrocketing, homeowners are looking for energy efficient ways to heat and cool their homes.

One of the big draws of prefab homes is that living in a prefab is easier on your wallet. The tight seams and the revolutionary windows keep the heat or cooled air inside your home.

Next, you just have to find strategies for selling your home so you can buy a prefab. 

Lower Cost for Prefabricated Houses

Why would anyone want to build a home that costs more but looks the same?

Prefab house costs much less than a stick-built house that is a comparable size and quality.

A large part of the savings of prefab homes comes from reduced labor costs. You don't need as many workers to get a prefab home ready to go.

Plus, you have control over what you prefab home will end up like. there are plenty of customization options that can lower the cost of your home.

Your manufacturer can help you design a home that is just right for your budget.

They are Durable

After a Category 5 Hurricane in Florida, the Federal Emergency Management Agency reported that there was minimal structural damage to modular homes in the area.

The rigid modular construction of prefab homes makes the units durable against hurricanes and extreme weather. 

Prefabricated houses must be built to be able to withstand transport loads. So you can bet that strong winds and pelting hail and rain are no match for your prefab house. 

You Can Build in Remote Areas

Have you always dreamed of having your house in a remote woods or mountainside?

The great thing about prefab homes is that they are perfect for people who chose to live in remote areas. Prefab homes are built in a central location. Then, the ready-to-go pieces are delivered to the site.

It only takes a couple of days for a builder to put your home together. It is easier to get a contractor to agree to a remote location when only three days out there is required.

Imagine asking a contractor to spend close to a year building your home in a remote area! You can just imagine the extra cost your remote location would add to your total bill.

But with a prefab home, you aren't limited as to where you want your dream home to be. 

Buying Prefab Homes Means Less Waste 

One-quarter of all waste in the U.S. is generated by the construction and demolition industry. This is shocking!

Prefab homes are built in a controlled factory setting. That means that only the materials the home needs will arrive at the site. The efficiency in production means that less waste is used during the process. 

And because all the materials are stored in an indoor facility, leftover items can be reused. There is no damaged product due to rain or snow. And there is less risk of materials getting damaged, lost or stolen compared to a construction site.

Plus, there is zero waste on the construction site during installation. Think of prefab homes as assembling a lego house. All the pieces are ready to go with nothing wasted.

Better Acoustics 

You might be surprised to learn that prefab homes have better acoustics than traditional homes where sound travels through walls and ceilings.

With prefab homes, each module is a separate construction. Then they connect together afterward. This means that noise doesn't easily travel from one room to the next.

No more hearing everyone's conversation or footsteps all over the house. 

Health Benefits 

People don't generally think about the materials used to build their homes. But if you think about it, materials are left out at construction sites.

The wood and bricks and plaster used to build your home has sat outside being exposed to rain, snow, pollution and so on. That means that these building materials are susceptible to rust, mold, and mildew.

You really don't want these toxins inside your home where they can negatively affect your family's health.

Better for the Planet

Prefab homes are better for the environment because there is less waste. And there is less disruption to the construction site and adjacent habitats with prefab homes.

Workers don't have to travel to a construction site each day for a year. That lowers the CO2 emissions. 

Final Word on Prefabricated Houses

Thanks for reading. We hope this article has opened your eyes to the benefits of prefabricated houses.

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