Cost of Modular Homes Compared to Traditionally Built Homes

Modern modular homes are indistinguishable from traditional stick-built homes. They also cost less to construct than traditionally built homes. Modular home prices are generally lower than stick-built houses, too.

Construction Costs

The cost of building a modular home runs about 10% to 20% less than stick-built. Modular homes take far less time to build than stick-built homes. With modular homes, all parts are pre-cut, pre-cast and ready for assembly. The sections are delivered to the site and the crew puts the house together, and the entire process from beginning to move-in readiness might take little more than a month.

Stick-built homes require a lot more for the builders to do. The longer building process means stick-built construction is more prone to bad weather delays. Additionally, modular homes must meet the same building codes as their stick-built cousins.

Cost Comparison

Costs for stick-built versus modular homes depend on the region. In 2007, generally the cost of a finished modular house in the Northeast is $90 to $125 per square foot, compared to $150 to $200 a square foot for stick-built construction. Prices in the South, Midwest and Southwest are lower than the Northeast, with a comparable difference in square footage costs.

For information on building a modular home in Virginia, contact Tidewater Custom Modular Homes.

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