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Cost Factor More value for the dollar /Cost can be controlled by purchasing materials in volume and waste is minimized due to the fact that material is utilized in the next house/ Factory workers are paid less than contractors (cost savings can be passed on) Due to longer building schedule and the use of contractors and sub contractors labor is significantly more expensive/ Materials are wasted and landfills are filled with unnecessary waste. (The material waste is approx.15% more in stick built homes and the expense is passed on to the customer)
Quality Assurance Continually monitored and supervised Monitored by general contractor
Design There are constraints in transportation of modular units There are less limitations in design and transportation problems are limited
Climate &
Factories maintain a climate controlled environment, work can continue in any season and weather condition/ maintains an advantage as far as controlling mold, no materials are damaged due to weather conditions/ loss of materials due to theft and accident are minimized Sheetrock, wood and other building materials can be damaged due to adverse weather conditions/ work has to be stopped in severe weather and resumes at the whim of the weather / Delays can be expensive and unpredictable

Warranty Usually included or added on for a nominal amount/ can be transferred General Contractor establishes policy/ Usually not transferable
Technology Factories utilize the most updated equipment that assure that all corners are square and walls are plumb/ modular houses are built from inside and outside simultaneously and are therefore tighter in regards to air flow/ must be vented properly

Technology plays less of a role due to the lack of factory equipment. Technology can be utilized in later stages and in
a more flexible manner

Structural Integrity Modular homes are built to the highest building code standards/ Modular units need to transported and/or craned in place therefore each unit must have separate structural integrity/each unit uses a higher percentage of lumber Local building codes are adhered to by builders. The building phases are checked by inspectors onsite. The inspectors will ensure that each phase of the building process is up to code.

Flexibility Modular units are unforgiving and measurements need to be very close/ a foundation's measurements need to be precise Stick built houses can be flexible and be adapted to the circumstance/ changes can be expensive and lucrative to the contractor
Liability The home is shipped approx. 80% complete depending on the design/ ownership does not start until the modular is set. Therefore your exposure to liability is far less / the buttoning up process of modular still takes tradesmen but their role is limited and with far less time spent on the building site The construction process is far more drawn out, exposing the builder to a greater array of possible liability situations/ Insurance is always an issue, especially workman's compensation /stick built work sites are usually full of debris with possible
dangerous outcomes that can occur (Make sure your G.C. and subcontractors have the necessary insurance)



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