Site Built Vs Modular Buildings

Modular buildings refer to factory built properties that have been constructed off site. The finished products are covered and transported to their new locations, where they are assembled by a builder. It is not a mobile home.

Site built properties take longer to construct than modular home. Site built properties can often face delay on projects due to having to compete again weather and manufacturers.   Here’s a quick comparison on many elements people consider when looking at modular buildings and site built properties:


When comparing the time, it takes to construct a modular home vs a site built home, modular home will almost win every time. As a modular home is constructed off-site in a warehouse, it can be completed in a matter of a few weeks as opposed to months.

When a property is being built from scratch, there are a lot of additional processes that need to be considered and performed as compared to a modular building. Plus, when building a site built property, you also have the weather to contend with.

Site Built Vs Modular Buildings


When creating a site build property, there can be changes or additional made to the project as it is happening. Development on site can allow for the builders to think of additional ideas that will benefit the property and location.

A modular building would not allow for this as it cannot be altered from the original plans. Also, it would not be aware of the surrounding areas that the property, so couldn’t make any adjustments.


Modular homes are permanent structures that cannot be moved or transported. People often get modular buildings confused with manufactured home which can often be mobile; allowing the property to be moved from one location to another.

Modular homes still have to be built with foundations just like any site built property. This making sure that they can withstand very strong gales and environmental factors it may face.


Modular homes typically work out cheaper than site built properties. As they are constructed in a factory, they can be built fairly quickly and face minimum delays. Taking the construction to weeks rather than months.

However, the more complex your design and specifications required, the more your home will cost. The electric and plumbing connections are often not included in the price of creating your home, so this will need to added after the build.

Can you tell the difference?

Modular homes can easily blend in with traditional site built homes or stand out from the crowd. It all depends on how you design your property. The ability to customised your home is in both modular and site built home are equal, it all depends on personal preference.


Modular homes value the same as their on-site built counterparts do; and they do not depreciate in value (unless the current market falls). The value between both properties typically never alter, with both loans and insurance premiums for modular homes the same as site built homes.

There are differences between site built properties and modular buildings, but making the decision can often be based on your current needs: time, cost, value.

This article is written by Becky Lisbet with useful information from The Thurston Group. Becky is Marketing Manager for a digital agency in glorious Batley, West Yorkshire.

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