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Neil & Reiden Jenman chose Westbuilt Homes to build their new home at Baralaba, Central Queensland. Neil tells his experience.
Modular homes aren’t built onsite: they’re manufactured in a factory, with up to 80% of the construction work completed by the manufacturer in the factory before they’re transported in sections to your site. Modular homes are usually constructed from treated timber, galvanised steel, weatherboard and plasterboard and other materials that will withstand transportation.
You may have heard the terms relocatable homes, transportable homes, prefabricated homes or manufactured homes being used to describe different types of homes. The important point to recognise is that all these homes have one feature in common – they are all constructed offsite in a factory and then delivered to site where they are completed.
Modular homes have many advantages over traditional site-built homes. The construction process is very different to that of a conventional home, which means it’s often more cost effective and faster for you to choose a prefabricated home—particularly if you’re living in a rural or regional location where labour shortages are a factor. We have identified the following three areas as the reason why most of our client choose to build a manufactured home rather than a conventionally built onsite home.
The construction time for a relocatable home is one of the main benefits of building modular. This is due to several key factors
One of the more surprising but important benefits of transportable homes is the improved quality. Despite popular misconceptions, modular homes are sometimes subject to even stricter regulations and engineering controls than traditional homes. The main reasons for this are:
Another benefit of building a modular home is the cost is more controlled. This does not necessarily mean that your home will be cheaper – in fact it is a very popular misconception that a modular home is cheaper to build than a traditional site built home. In many cases this is not true. Relocatable homes will offer you very good value for money and a controlled construction process leading to less cost blow-outs and sudden surprises.
It’s important to note that despite popular misconception, banks will lend to relocatable home builders. They’re a permanent fixture that are built to the same building codes as conventional homes, and subject to the same taxes and insurance premiums. See our Finance page for more details.
We believe that our customers’ needs should be foremost in the building process which is why we offer genuine, informed assistance to help them make the right decisions for their lifestyle and preferences. Our designs can be customised in many ways, giving our clients exactly what they need to create their dream home.
As a reputable manufacturer with over 23 years of experience in the manufactured home building industry, we maintain strict quality control during construction, taking full responsibility for your home throughout the whole production process.
At Westbuilt we work with clients to find out exactly what home they want before giving them a quote. This includes all necessary preliminary works such as soil tests, plumbing design and colour selections. We can then give you a fixed price quote so that you know exactly what price you will be paying for your new home.
We engage with our clients in structured communication system and ensure open, transparent and honest communications throughout the entire building process.
Our clients have the option of a full turnkey package. This means it’s even easier for you to build your home with Westbuilt. Some of the services our clients get the Westbuilt team to manage are: