If you’re ready to build your new home, you have a couple of ways to go. First, you could buy a stick-built home, which is the traditional method and means you have plans drawn up, and hire a builder and contractors. Another option is to buy a prefab home. In this article we’ll discuss some of the advantages of buying a prefab home over a stick-built home, including saving you time and money.
Before we get started, it’s important to dispel a common assumption about prefab homes. Prefab homes are not mobile homes and are not the manufactured homes of the past. Today’s prefab homes have modern designs, use state-of-the-art construction techniques, and are attached to a foundation; just like a traditionally built home.
Here are some of the advantages.
Prefab Homes Can Be Built Faster
Because your new home is built in sections, and indoors, there is less opportunity for schedule slow-downs, especially those due to weather.
Once built, the modular sections of your home are brought to the site and simply require assembly and installation of utilities. Because of its modular nature, several sections can be constructed at the same time. This leads to much faster construction schedules and fewer opportunities for delays.
Prefab Homes Can Cost Less
There are several reasons why your prefab home may not only cost less to purchase and construct but will provide you with ongoing savings.
Cost savings include:
- Bulk savings discounts on building materials for the prefab home builder that can be passed on to you
- Reduced construction time, meaning money saved during the buildout phase
- Ongoing energy savings due to the, generally, higher energy efficiency of prefab homes
While it’s always good to compare, most estimates state that purchasing a prefab home will save you 10% to 20% over a traditionally built home.
Prefab Homes Can Be More Energy Efficient
As mentioned, prefab homes tend to be highly energy efficient. These homes are built to factory specifications, which means tight seams and state-of-the-art windows and doors. This efficiency means that heat stays in and cold stays out.
Also, today’s prefab homes take advantage of other green techniques including using recycled materials, installing LED lighting and powering with solar panels. In addition, the modern prefab models of today often maximize natural light, saving money on your lighting bill.
How Urbandale Construction Can Help
Whether you buy a stick-built or prefab home through Urbandale, you get the same commitment to service and excellence.
Buying a home is usually the biggest investment a family makes. With Urbandale’s over 35 years of experience, you can feel confident that you we will be with you every step of the way through your home building process.