There is a modular home situated on a basement that my realtor is looking at and it is cute from the outside, you can't tell it's a modular, but I was wondering what the disadvantages of modular homes are compared with regualr homes? Thanks.
I wrote a magazine article on this topic recently, after seeing some very impressive modulars at the International Builders' Show last February. Here are a few things to consider:
*Modular homes are NOT like mobile homes; they're built to local building codes, like site-built homes, not HUD codes like mobile homes;
*Modular homes need to be stronger than site-built homes as they have to withstand the rigors of travel and crane lifting;
*Modular homes often come with much longer warranties than local builders offer, making them better than site-built homes in that regard… ask your realtor about the warranty on the home you're considering;
*Modular homes are visually indistinguishable from site-built homes next door to them, but may be more energy-efficient and almost certainly saved natural resources in their construction;
*Many builders are already using modular components to construct their site-built homes, making “modular” a matter of degree.
Good luck w/your home purchase. For more on this topic, check out a new book called “PreFabulous” by Sherry Koones. I wrote about it in my article and plan to build modular myself in a few years.