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Since modular homes are constructed in an off-site, climate-controlled setting, they are often built and completed much faster than site-built homes. If you’re considering purchasing a modular home, you probably have many questions about the building timeframe. 

At Rochester Homes, we’re frequently asked, “How long does it take to construct a modular home?” There are many factors that can influence the timeframe of your modular home—read on to learn more. 

Timeframe for Building a Modular Home

Unlike site-built homes, the timeframe for building a modular home is less impacted by circumstances that can influence the timetable that occurs during an onsite build. Depending on the complexity, it can take between 60 and 120 days to finish your home.

Because modular homes are already partially constructed when they arrive at the build site, your home’s completion is much less impacted by weather and the scheduling of subcontractors, which can vastly hinder a site-built home. 

Similar to building a site-built home, adding custom elements and finishes will affect the time it takes for your home to get completed, but most often, a modular home timeframe won’t exceed 120 days. 

Building A Modular Home vs. A Site-Built Home

During a site-built home’s construction, the timeline to completion is subjected to many variables, such as weather conditions, the time it takes to deliver and transport materials, and working with various subcontractors. 

One of the greatest advantages of building a modular home is that they are constructed in a highly-ordered process that is designed to eliminate inefficiencies and increase quality control. This ensures modular homes are built in a shorter amount of time than site-built homes. 

Your modular home is constructed in a climate-controlled setting where strict quality assurance standards are adhered to during the construction. Once all the modules are finished, they are transported to your site, assembled, and integrated into the foundations. 

Many people believe that, unlike site-built homes, modular homes are limited in their customizations and result in “cookie-cutter” houses, but this is not the case. Your modular home can range from ranch style, cape cod, and two-story layouts. You’ll begin by selecting a modular home floor plan, then work with your builder to customize and design your home. 

Modular Home Building Process

Once your modular home is completed in the production facility, it is transported to the building site. There, the builder will perform a number of remaining interior and exterior tasks. 

On the interior of the home, the builder will: 

  • Repair any stress cracks that occur during transportation (this is common, and repairs are typically minor)
  • Drywall finishing between passageways and marriage wall openings
  • Perform touch-up painting
  • Complete flooring, add carpet and/or laminate or vinyl flooring between marriage walls
  • Install and hook up mechanicals like ductwork and plumbing, as well as electrical connections and, of course, air conditioning.
  • Finish stairs for basements and second stories

On the exterior, they will: 

  • Construct porches, decks, and garages
  • Install vinyl siding below the sill plate to the grade of the land as well as on gable end walls
  • Mount soffit and fascia at home’s gable ends 
  • Add additional roofing in areas between roof ends

Once these items are complete, your home is finished!

Advantages of Building a Modular Home

Building a modular home is simply a faster, more efficient way to create your dream home. Modular homes typically start from a template or basic layout. From that point, your modular home builder will help you customize your floor plan, select premium features such as kitchen finishes, and ensure that your home fits your unique lifestyle and needs. You can even add custom elements like porches, decks, and garages. 

50 Years of Building High-Quality Modular Homes

If you’re ready to design the home of your dreams, we’re here to get you started. Contact us today to connect with one of our licensed building professionals or tour our model homes.