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Modular Homes Versus Manufactured Homes

Difference Between a Modular and Manufactured Home

Driving down the road you see a home for sale that you absolutely love and it fits your budget. Excited, you reach into the brochure box to look over the details when your eyes fall upon the type of home: modular. You look from the brochure to the house, confused as to how this beautiful two-story home of your dreams is a modular home when it looks like it was built right there on the lot.

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Modular homes often look similar to site-built homes but can cost less while still offering the appearance buyers want.

Many modular homes offer hardwood floors, dining rooms, spacious bedroom, and other positive attributes offered by site-built homes; however, modular homes are built in factories off-site then assembled by local contractors on-site. The homes still meet all code requirements for the site location, as the sections of the home are built according to the codes then put on semi-trailers and delivered to the home-site.

Modular homes, like site built homes, will grow their value over time, but, as with all homes, this is dependent upon the care and maintenance put into the home.

Manufactured homes are what people typically refer to as mobile homes or trailers and are solely built in a factory.

The standards by which manufactured homes are built are federal in nature, not local, and the homes do not maintain their value as easily over time. Built on steel chassis and delivered to the desired location, manufactured homes are delivered on their own wheels with multipart homes being joined onsite at the final location. While the name itself may be a turnoff for potential buyers, manufactured homes offer several newer styles than in the past; many do not resemble the trailers of old.

Ultimately, whether you invest your money in a modular or manufactured home depends upon a few factors, such as budget and personal preference. For a home with many rooms, multiple levels, and other aesthetically pleasing factors; you may want to look into building a modular home. However, for a smaller budget but a home that still has a lot to offer; a manufactured home may be more your style. Whatever the case, both types have a lot to offer potential buyers.

If you want a completely custom home, built in a controlled environment, that is also more energy efficient, then you want a modular home. And, we promise, you won’t be able to tell the difference between your modular home and a site built home!

Ready to learn how Carolina Custom Homes modifies our floor plans to suit your family? Check out our FREE webinar, Modulars 101: Your Guide to Customization!

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What to expect when you meet with Carolina Custom Homes.

First: Tell us when you’d like to come see us.

Then: Chat with us about your unique needs and vision. We’d recommend considering the following so we can cover a lot of ground in our meeting and better serve you.

  • How did you hear about us?
  • How much space and how many bedrooms and bathrooms would be ideal?
  • Would you prefer a one-story home or multi-story home?
  • Do you already have land and if so what’s it like and where is it located
  • Budget! How much are you looking to spend? Will you be financing your home or paying cash?

The rest is really just showing them the model homes and finding out what is important to them in their new home.

Finally: Walk through some of our most popular floor plans. We swap these out occasionally, so keep an eye out for anything new you’d like to see. Keep in mind while your wandering that any of our floor plans can be customized to better fit your lifestyle.

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During the tour of our homes, you will see a wide variety of features that are available to you for your custom project. Of course, any home you build with us, can be completely customized with an open concept floor plan, 9′ ceilings, granite countertops, hardwood flooring, atrium doors, transom windows, etc.

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