In the beginning, prefabricated houses could be purchased from only a handful of companies and in only a few variant designs. They were mostly boxy style ranches and there were several obstacles that the industry and the homebuyer had to overcome. The primary obstacle was the strict building codes that many municipalities had in place with regards to assembled structures. This made it difficult for some homebuyers who wished to purchase affordable land and housing to find an adequate place to live.
Over the course of the next couple of decades, prefabricated houses had begun to acquire a bad reputation in terms of quality and lifestyle. It was assumed that prefabricated houses were both cheap in quality and considered poor homes. This stigmata would prove difficult to overcome until the mid to late 1990s.
As technological advancements were made in terms of the computer-aided and precision processes required to make modern prefabricated homes, their quality, availability and affordability has improved. No longer are prefabricated houses considered cheap or poorly designed in quality. They have many of the modern style, features, and amenities of a traditionally built home. In fact, some prefabricated houses are difficult to tell apart from comparable ground-up houses.
Where most municipalities once shunned prefabricated houses, many cities and locals have updated their building codes to accommodate prefabricated homes. Even though cities have updated their building codes, prefabricated houses must still adhere to both federal and local building codes, meaning that certain standard levels of quality are maintained throughout the entire process. Similarly, financing of prefabricated homes now works much like a mortgage loan for a traditional home.
Not including the price of a building lot or land, many prefabricated houses can offer homebuyers an average savings of 15 – 20% per square foot. In areas where prefabricated houses are permitted, a custom prefabricated modular home maintains its value in similar fashion to comparable traditional houses in the area. The style and design of prefabricated houses now includes pitched roofs, varying architectural designs, and spacious floor plans as standard designs. Further customization options including kitchens and baths, woodwork, and drywalled interiors along with customized floor plans are easy to achieve. A homebuyer can even supply their own architect to create a completely customized design that most modern manufacturers can build.
A home is a large investment and should be made wisely. If you haven’t heard about all the modern changes that have impacted today’s prefabricated houses, you owe it to yourself and your budget to investigate this option in new home ownership.
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