What is a Modular Home?

A modular home is built by section in factories that assemble homes based on the International Residential Code, or IRC, which requires facilities to make sure they’re assembling homes that comply with state and local building regulations. IRC has similarities to HUD because both have standards for safety and quality. HUD requires manufactured homes to have an attached steel chassis that helps with transport. Homes constructed to IRC specifications are on a permanent foundation, like a site-built home. Once a modular home is fabricated, the sections are then taken by truck to abuilding site. Using a crane, they can be assembled on the poured foundation. Once the home is assembled, the process is like a conventionally-built home. The home is hooked up to utilities, and the interior is fitted with things like flooring and cabinetry.

A modular home isn’t the same as a manufactured home. The difference is that manufactured homes are also known as mobile homes or trailers, and they’re built on a steel chassis, unlike a modular home that has a foundation. Modular homes aren’t mobile once they are reassembled, but manufactured homes are.

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