Benefits of NJ Modular Homes
NJ modular homes have become extremely popular since Superstorm Sandy swept through New Jersey nearly one year ago. Although modular, or pre-fabricated, homes, have been a part of the construction landscape for decades, new design and technology have propelled modular homes into an attractive option for homeowners looking to build or rebuild.
The 5 Primary Benefits of NJ Modular Homes
The 5 primary advantages of NJ modular homes are:
- Speed of Construction
- Quality Control
- Cost Control
- Design Flexibility
- Energy Efficiency
Let’s look at these modular home benefits in some more detail.
Speed of Construction
Because NJ modular homes are built in factories, where the environment is controlled and everything is under one roof, a modular home can be built in about half the time as a traditional stick-built home. This is not always the case, but it is a possibility, especially when compared to building a stick-built home outside during the winter months. A typical modular home building process will range from 4-6 months, while a typical stick-built process will last from 6-12 months.
Modular homes are built in giant factories, usually in Pennsylvania or Upstate New York. These factories have climate control, quality control, and routine inspection process by third party inspectors. Additionally, most NJ modular homes are built with plans that are pre-approved by the State of New Jersey, which cuts down on inspections and other waiting time.
New Jersey modular homes are more likely to be on time and on budget because they are built in the factory controlled environment. Additionally, although modular homes can be customized in near infinite ways, there are seldom any surprises. As a home buyer, you choose the layout, plans, and customization before you begin, which eliminates many variables.
Over the past ten years, the addition of computer aided design (CAD) means that any aspect of your home is customizable before you begin to build it. Although modular homes are not 100% customizable, as are stick-built homes, there are many more options available today that did not exist even a few years ago. This is one reason that a casual observer can no longer distinguish a modular home from a stick built home from the street.
Energy Efficiency and Durability
This advantage depends on the NJ modular homes builder that you work with for building your new home. As a generality, modular homes are built with 20% more lumber than an equivalent traditionally-built home. Obviously, this means they are a bit stronger and can withstand storms like Sandy better. It also means that they can potentially last longer.
Energy efficiency has been a hot topic over the past decade for both modular home builders and stick builders in New Jersey. Energy efficiencies includes superior engineering, more insulation, and better, more earth-friendly materials.
NJ Modular Homes Benefits – Conclusion
These are just five of the benefits of modern pre-fabricated homes. Of course, as with anything else, there are good modular home builders and there are poorly built modular homes. As well, there are very good custom home builders and not so great custom home builders.
Be sure to do your research on the benefits and drawbacks of both NJ modular homes and NJ custom home builders to ensure that you are making the best long-term decision for your home and your family.
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