Transportable homes have become popular alternatives to traditional stick-built houses. They’re usually more affordable, and they also have several advantages over modular homes. These include less construction waste, quicker build times, and less damage during transit than conventional construction methods produce. Here are just some of the benefits you can experience when you choose transportable homes in place of modular buildings, or even site-built homes in general.
Did you know that modular homes are extremely popular with younger people? The modern design makes transportable homes stand out from other housing options. The ability to move them gives flexibility to their owners, too, who are much more likely to change locations than a typical homeowner. If you’re thinking about buying a home, now may be a good time to start looking into transportable houses as well as prefabricated houses. You might be surprised at how affordable they can be! Read on for your top benefits and advantages of using modular homes in your next project.
Over time, mobile homes can lose more than 50% of their value. They depreciate about twice as fast as site-built homes; in fact, most mobile homes don’t even last 15 years, whereas site-built houses typically last 60 years or more. Not only do they depreciate at a much faster rate than site-built homes, but they also may cost more to maintain over time due to their smaller size. A move from New Jersey to California might be less expensive in a transportable home rather than an RV, but if you need to move again in five years, you’ll probably have lost money. On top of that, many parks charge monthly lot fees that make up for any price difference between a mobile home and an RV. For example, if your park charges $200 per month in lot fees versus $50 per month for an RV space elsewhere, it could take just two years before you’ve paid off your initial investment—but you won’t be making any money after that. It’s no wonder then why so many people who choose to live in a transportable home decide to purchase land where they can park permanently—especially since sites are often cheaper than monthly lot fees. But even with all these added costs associated with owning a transportable home (such as maintenance), what happens when it comes time to sell?
Quality and Comfort
Because many modular homes are built to current green building standards, they can be more environmentally friendly than traditional building practices. Some modular homes have zero carbon emissions, and others use recycled materials. According to The Green Standards Group, it’s possible to reduce your carbon footprint by up to 80 percent when you choose a zero-emissions home. Because they’re manufactured in a controlled environment, defects can be eliminated at the manufacturing stage so that you don’t end up with any problems after delivery. Once your home is built, there are fewer shipping emissions because transport vehicles carry multiple modules at once. By saving resources at every step along the way, you can help protect our planet for generations to come.
The majority of transportable homes are built in factories, which can reduce construction waste by as much as 75 percent. The natural byproduct of concrete, which is used to make transportable home foundations, is sand, a material that is readily available in most areas. If you’re building your own home with traditional materials like lumber or stone, it’s likely that a good portion of your construction will be coming from suppliers elsewhere. Bringing building materials in from outside sources means more carbon emissions getting into our atmosphere, making a transportable home not only convenient but also eco-friendly.