Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Home Building
Q: What is the difference between modular and manufactured homes?
A: Modular homes could be mistaken for a classic site-built home, but are built in a factory. They are transported in parts and assembled on your property. Modular homes are not always less expensive than site-built. Manufactured homes are also known as mobile homes or trailers. They are built fully in a factory and are delivered to the site on their own wheels.
Q: What does double wide mean?
A: A double wide is a manufactured/mobile home made up of two units connected on site.
Q: Why are manufactured homes cheaper?
A: Manufactured homes have the potential to cost one third of their site-built counterparts but this does not necessarily mean they are “cheap”. A far cry from the typical image of a mobile home, manufactured homes have come a long way. They retain their price tag however, through bulk purchasing of materials and appliances, fewer man hours and most building taking place in factory.
Q: What are “prefab” homes and how much do they cost?
A: Prefab is another word for a manufactured or modular home. Technically, any home that is built in factory and assembled on site.
Q: What should I know before building a home?
A: Before embarking on building a home, it is important to have your credit and finances in order. Before building can begin, you will have to put down a deposit and if you are looking for loans, custom homes are considered risky so your credit will need to be good. Next, be prepared for a wait—custom homes are not built overnight and can take up to six months depending on many factors.
Q: Are custom homes more expensive?
A: Not necessarily. The average cost to build a new house is about $150 per square foot. This means if you’re building a 2000 square foot home it can end up costing $300,000. Many homes can be purchased for this price so why not spend that money on a home tailored to your every need?
Q: What is the difference between a contractor and subcontractor?
A: A contractor manages the build team. They use their knowledge of the industry to choose the right people and schedule them appropriately to get the job done. Subcontractors are specialized workers such as brick layers who partake in one aspect of building a house.
Q: Why should I hire a contractor?
A: Unless you yourself are a contractor, it is important to delegate this job to someone with the knowledge required to get the job done properly. While you can oversee the building of your home, it is not recommended as issues you could not possibly plan for are likely to crop up at any moment throughout the process. Contractors are able to catch mistakes before they happen or fix them quickly when they do!