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Modular homes are an excellent option for customers looking to build their dream homes. At Rochester Homes, we’re frequently asked about how much it costs to build a modular home. The truth is that, while our modular homes provide an affordable, high-quality option, the final price depends on several variables. 

What Goes into the Cost of a Modular Home? 

The cost of a modular home can vary depending on each individual situation. While Rochester Homes is committed to helping our customers achieve the perfect home, the building process is only one portion of the price. By purchasing materials in bulk and completing the build faster in a factory setting, we save the buyer money by lowering the overall cost. However, there are a number of other factors that affect the final price.

Factors That Affect the Cost of Your Modular Home

Pricing a new modular home isn’t like going to an online marketplace and finding exact prices to compare for the product you want. While all home builders build to a basic set of specifications, additional key factors will affect the final cost of your modular home.


While each modular home floor plan will have its basic specs, you’ll also want to personalize your home to your unique lifestyle. You’ll be able to choose among standard offerings and colors and select any desired upgrades. Choosing between standard amenities and upgrades will affect the final cost.


The floor plan that you choose, as well as the style, will also have an impact on the price. A two-story home versus a single-story ranch, for example, comes with major structural differences that affect cost. The style of home as well, like craftsman, Colonial, or contemporary, will also require different materials that vary in price.


The square footage of your modular home, of course, will influence the cost of the build. The bigger the house, the greater the cost. It is also worth noting that with modular homes, the actual price per square foot might decrease, compared to site-built homes. However, be sure to talk to your builder first, as every situation is different.


The distance you live from where the home is initially being manufactured will incur transportation costs. Having your home built in a more urban setting versus a rural locale will also impact the price. The level of excavation required at the build site will also play a role in the price. Clearing trees or leveling the ground often means more labor, affecting the final price. 


The last thing that might influence the final cost of your home is the cost of materials. Expect the unexpected when it comes to the availability and market price of raw materials. Our team is committed to obtaining the best deals on name-brand components to use in your home. We want to be transparent in that rising Howematerial costs during the construction of your home could influence the final cost of your home.

Talk to Your Builder

While some might think that modular homes are just simple copy-and-paste designs, this is far from the truth. It is also a common misconception that they look boxy and are made cheap. In truth, modular homes are built in a quality-controlled setting to higher standards than site-built homes. Modular home builds come in all shapes and sizes, and their complexity and unique style depend on each buyer's wants, needs, and specifications. This is why the cost of your modular home is often bespoke. 

While Rochester Homes does the majority of the construction, your contract is with your independent builder, who will complete the home and finalize the project. Your independent builder will discuss your home’s specifications with you and have insight into the cost of homes based on your location. Talking to a builder in your area will provide you with a closer estimate of the final price.

How to Create a Budget for Your Modular Home

Before contacting a builder to discuss cost it is important to know your budget and the priorities you have for your new home. Having a good idea of what you want and your budget will help your builder provide a more accurate estimate. Consider the square footage you want, and any upgrades you may have an interest in for windows, cabinets, and doors. You will also want to think about any foundational challenges your builder might meet with, like tree, dirt, or rock removal.


Connect with a Builder Today

If you’re ready to design the home of your dreams, we’re here to get you started. Contact us today to connect with local licensed building professionals who can give you more insight into the price.


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