Determining whether to build a modular home or a stick-built home is a big decision. There are pros and cons to each type of home, and it’s important to weigh all your options before making a final choice. In this article, we’ll take a look at some of the key differences between modular and stick-built homes so that you can make an informed decision about which type of home is right for you.
Here at Madison Homebuilders, we construct stick-built homes with pricing similar to modular builds. This not only increases the value of your home over time, but also lets you save money with all the benefits we offer as a company!
What are modular homes?
Modular homes are a type of prefabricated home that is built in sections (or modules) in a factory and then transported to the site of the home and assembled. This type of construction is often faster and more efficient than traditional stick-built construction, and modular homes can be customized to meet the specific needs of the buyer.
There are a few things to keep in mind if you’re considering a modular home:
- Check with your local building code authority to see if there are any restrictions on modular homes in your area. Not all land is zone for modular homes.
- Make sure you find a reputable builder who has experience with this type of construction.
- Be aware that the resale value of modular homes may be lower than that of stick-built homes in some markets. Real Estate Agents and buyers may carry some bias against modular homes leading to a lower resale value than a traditional stick-built home.
- These homes tend to be more difficult to finance and most often have additional costs such as foundation, electrical, plumbing, ductwork, and overall transportation that aren’t included in base pricing.
- After building, is it very common to see sheetrock cracks and trim popping off.
- Because it is built in one place and assembled in another, when there are problems with the home, it is difficult to determine where the problem started. Was it in the building of the modules or in the assembly of those modules? You now have 2 parties to work through when a problem arises.
- Customization, while possible, is limited.
The benefits of modular homes
There are some benefits to choosing a modular home over a traditional home. Here are some of the main benefits:
- Modular homes are more affordable than traditional homes. A modular home is typically cheaper to build than a traditional home because it is made from several smaller pieces that can be assembled in any order.
- Modular homes are quick to build. Because the pieces are manufactured, the building process is much faster than traditionally built homes.
What are stick-built homes?
Stick-built homes are built the traditional way, piece by piece or stick by stick. Unlike a modular home, the pieces of which are built in a factory and assembled on site. Stick built homes are constructed on-site using tried-and-true home building techniques. This means that the framing, walls, roof, windows, and doors are all constructed on site. Stick-built homes have been the most popular type of home for many years.
The benefits of stick-built homes
There are many benefits to stick-built homes when compared to modular homes, including:
- Stick-built homes are built on site, meaning that the home is tailored to the specific needs and wants of the homeowners and in accordance with the layout of the land. This also allows for much more customization and personalization than modular homes.
- Stick-built homes have the advantage of being built to local building codes and regulations, ensuring that they are safe and up to code.
- Stick-built homes typically appreciate in value more than modular homes, making them a wise investment for the future.
- Financing options are many as lenders are more comfortable financing this type of construction.
A new home can be a huge undertaking, but with proper planning, you are sure to land in a home you love.