Factory Built Homes 101
Here are some facts about homes built in a factory.
Building in a factory is more cost effective.
No matter what type of factory-built home you decide on, it will certainly be less expensive to have it built in a factory setting. Due to efficient production techniques and the large quantity of materials purchased, factory-built housing is less expensive than its site-built counterpart. Using the same quality materials that are found in site-built housing, there is no better housing choice. Dollar for dollar, you get more house, with more features in a factory-built house than in a site-built home.
A factory is a climate-controlled setting.
Have you ever passed by a home under construction when it is raining or snowing? Lumber and other interior parts are exposed to the elements. Factory built homes are constructed in a protected environment. The controlled conditions inside a factory account for the precise nature of a factory built home. All homes are built on construction jigs on the level floors of a factory to ensure every wall is square, plumb and ready for final assembly on your building site. A factory setting also significantly cuts down on theft. Have you ever read a story in the newspaper about a building site getting robbed of materials? It happens quite often and the consumer ends up paying the price.
Quantity purchasing means savings.
Even large-scale site builders who buy a large volume of materials can never match the buying power of a factory. Site-built home builders purchase lumber, plumbing and electrical equipment by the truckload to handle their local needs. A factory built home builder, on the other hand, builds for entire regions of the country, so purchases can be made in trainload volume. The bigger the volume of materials, the better the savings the savings that are passed to you, the customer.
Better quality control.
A site built home is built under the watchful eye of the local building inspector and whatever supervision, if any, is on the job site. Most local building inspectors and builders do a commendable job of overseeing projects, but nothing near the requirements that factory builders must meet. Factory built homes are built according to federal or state laws and codes, which mandate high quality control measures that assure your home is constructed properly.