The Advantages of a Factory-Built Home
Building in a factory saves time, as construction proceeds without interruption from beginning to end. In addition, site preparation and foundation work can be carried out while the home is being built in the factory—further reducing overall construction time. The construction of every home is carefully scheduled every step of the way. You don't need to worry about lengthy delays due to poor weather, or the unavailability of tradespeople. With factory construction, you will know when you will be able to move in, and you can plan accordingly.
Working indoors, manufacturers use highly sophisticated machinery and systems and leading-edge technology for superior precision construction. Building materials and homes in progress are always protected from the damaging effects of the weather. The people working on the homes are experienced and well trained. And quality control is built into every step of the construction process.
Factory-built homes are built with the environment in mind—they're resource efficient, for greater living comfort and lower energy bills. Manufacturers use state-of-the-art, energy-efficient construction techniques and mechanical systems, including whole-house ventilation for superior indoor air quality. They provide a wide range of other environmental features as well, such as energy-efficient lighting and appliances, water-conserving fixtures, "low-offgassing" materials. Building indoors allows for greater attention to the small details that result in a better-built home, such as continuous insulation and air barriers. The factory construction process also results in less waste-materials are used more efficiently, and protected from damage through proper storage.
In factory building, everything is planned and ordered before construction begins. This eliminates unexpected cost increases along the way. When construction starts, you will know how much your home will cost when it's done. Of the types of homes that can be constructed in a factory, manufactured homes in particular can make homeownership possible at a lower cost. The use of a surface-mount foundation with a manufactured home cuts thousands of dollars from the price of a home. And if you choose to buy a home in a landlease community, where you lease the lot rather than buying it, the overall cost is reduced significantly, with the cost of the land taken out of the equation.
Virtually any home can be built in a factory, and manufacturers offer a full range of homes and customized services. Factory-designed plans can be personalized to suit individual preferences and building sites. Your own architectural plans can be adapted to factory building. Factory builders will also work with you to create your own custom design based on sketches, drawings or simply an idea.
Peace of mind
All CMHI member builders are certified to Canadian Standards Association standards by a certification and testing agency accredited by the Standards Council of Canada, such as CSA-International, Intertek Testing Services or Quality Auditing Institute . The certification label on your home assures you that your home has been built to stringent technical requirements. And the Manufactured Housing Consultant (MHC)® designation will help you identify those who have committed themselves to providing you with a superior homebuying experience.