1 Choose a location.
When you buy a modular house, you need to own the land before the house is constructed. This means you will have to start shopping for an empty parcel of land to put your house on. It’s a good idea to have at least a general idea of where you want to put your house before you start working with a builder.
Land is very expensive in some areas, so it’s important to understand how much an average parcel will cost in the area you want to live in before you start planning your house. This will ensure that you do not go over-budget when you buy the land. Don’t forget to consider what your property taxes will be.
2. Think about the space you need.
Once you settle on a location, you will need to decide what kind of space you need in your modular house. Modular houses can be very tiny or palatial, so you have lots of options. Think about how many rooms you need and how big you need them to be.
Think about how much square footage your family currently has and how much extra you need. If you’re not sure, consider visiting open houses or model homes in your area. Even if you don’t plan on buying this type of home, visiting them will give you a good sense of how much space you need.
3. Consider your style preferences.
Modular houses are available in a wide array of different styles, so you can find one that fits your style, whether you prefer traditional homes or a more contemporary aesthetic. Having a good idea of what style of home you are looking for will make it easier to find the right modular home builder for you.
If you have no idea what style of home you would like, look around the neighborhood and online for design inspiration.
4. Finding the Right Builder
There are lots of different companies that build modular houses, so it may seem overwhelming to try to choose one. Each company is different, so do some research to find one that offers quality construction and the style you are looking for at a price that fits your budget. Researching multiple builders will help ensure that you select the best one for you.
If you contact a company outside of your state, be sure to ask them if they are able to build in your area. Not all companies are permitted to construct modular houses in all areas.
5. Ask about customization.
While you must choose a specific model when you buy a modular home, the floor plans can often be customized to your specific needs. For example, you may be able to add a garage or a second floor to your house, or you may be able to move walls around inside so you have a larger kitchen. Be sure to ask the builder if you are able to customize your house and how expensive customization’s typically are.
6. Ask about upgrades. Customization’s are changes to the layout of the house, while upgrades are typically changes to the materials that are used to finish the construction. Upgrades are typically aesthetic, but they can be functional as well. Be sure to ask the builder questions about what upgrades are available and what the cost is.Find out if you are limited to specific materials or if you are able to shop for your own from anywhere.
7. Buy the perfect piece of land.
When buying land, you need to consider more than just the surrounding area. There are lots of little details that can make it more difficult to build on a lot, so do your due diligence to make sure you don’t end up spending more than you have to.
When buying land, be sure to consider the zoning regulations of the property. It is important to ensure that you will be allowed to build the kind of structure you want on the land, so wait for written permission from the town before finalizing the purchase.