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What is Modular Housing?

By Tiffany Raiford

If you think you know what the definition of modular housing is, you might just have to think again. The definition of a modular home in a state such as Florida means something completely different than in does in North Carolina. While you're not completely off base thinking that a modular home is a mobile home or trailer, you're not completely right when it comes to modular homes in North Carolina.

What is a Modular Home?

In North Carolina, the definition of a modular home is a home that is pre-manufactured. What does this mean? This means that most of the major parts of the home are created in a factory and then shipped to the site of the home when it is being built. In North Carolina, this is a very standard practice. Many homes are modular. This simply means that rather than being built from the ground up on site, parts of the home are already manufactured and simply put together and connected a bit like a puzzle on site.

Is Modular Housing the Same as a Mobile Home?

In short, no, a modular house is not the same as a mobile home. A mobile home is a home in which the house comes in either one, two or three pieces and is put together in the middle after it is hooked to a semi-truck and delivered to the site on which the home will sit. A modular home is an actual house. It can be multiple stories and it looks just like a regular house built by a custom builder.

Why Buy a Modular House?

Most people choose to purchase a modular home because they are less expensive than building a home. Since most modular housing manufacturers will customize modular homes, it's not much different than building a house but it's far less expensive. For those North Carolina residents who want to build a custom home on a budget, this is a great alternative to actually building with a custom builder.

There are pros and cons to buying a modular house. Sometimes the quality of materials used is not the best on the market. Additionally, while it is possible to upgrade the interior of your modular home, it's an added expense since most come with standard products. This includes flooring, the material used to construct the walls, bathroom materials, cabinets and countertops in a modular home.

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