Or are they? Why can one modular builder offer you a ranch for $70,000 while another offers the same floor plan for $77,000? A modular is a modular, right? They’re all built to the BOCA code, so what’s the difference? Like you’ve heard before, don’t try to compare apples to oranges, it just doesn’t work.
Even though homes are built using the same building code there can be huge differences in their construction. A building code is only a minimum standard that has to be met. There are many items that a quality built house may have that are above the minimum standard. A good modular builder should set their standards as to offer a great product to the consumer.
Some areas that you should compare that might not be obvious are:
- Framing Specifications (i.e. 2″x6″ construction 16″ on center)
- Energy Values (insulation specs)
- Thermal Performance of the Windows
- Ceiling Height (can be a s low as 7’6″, or as high as 9′)
- Under Layment Beneath Cushion Floors
- Outside Measurement (sometimes measured from over hang to over hang instead of true floor measurement)
- Inclusion of a Heat Recovery Ventilation Systems
- Plywood Sheathing and Decking
- Carpet Density
- Inclusion of Basement Stairs or Second Floor Close Off
- Inclusion of Insulating the Box Sills
These are just some of the ways a modular that looks the same from the outside can differ on the inside. It is important to investigate the construction standards a modular builder is committed to. The only way you will be able to discern the value of a modular home is to look beyond the floor plan. The least expensive home is not always the best value.Read More