Stick-built Homes vs Modular/Pre-fab Homes

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Many people think that manufactured homes are “trailers”, and that new manufactured homes are “modular homes”. Most of the time, modular homes are built in a factory, off-site. That means that there could be extra work involved to move and place the home on your property. A True Built Home can actually cost you less and offer much more flexibility in design and features.

If the are calling manufactured homes “modular” and are actually looking at manufactured homes, I let them know our price will be within $10K – $20K in overall price. Our pricing includes garages (on most plans) and foundations which have to be added to manufactured homes at about $10K. There is also the resale/appraised values to compare. I lived in a 1995 Fleetwood triple wide home that was about 2,600 sq. ft. on 2.7 acres with a 800 sq. ft. garage and a “sport court” that is valued at $268K. A newer site built home similar to ours down the street was built in 2005 and is 1,232 sq. ft. with a 391 sq. ft. garage and is on 2.4 acres and is valued at $256K. So a mf’d. home that is on larger property with a larger garage is 1,368 sq. ft. larger and is only worth $12K more.

Build a Small Custom Home

If you are in the market for a smaller custom home, we offer a variety of home plans that are a great, affordable alternative to tiny homes, modular homes, or mother-in-law (ADU) homes. You can even add one of these on your existing property that you could rent out for extra income.

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Contact us today and tell us where you want to build, or schedule a free appointment with our Home Consultants. We’ll get back to you right away and answer your questions.

As your local on your lot home builder, we cover most parts of Washington along with Western Oregon, and NW Idaho

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True Built Home is an on-your-lot custom home builder covering areas all over the Pacific Northwest