How to Decide What to Include in Your Custom Modular Home

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The thought of having a house built and brought to your desired location probably sounds like nothing more than a wild chimera. With custom modular homes, you can pick how you want the house to look and what features you want. Now that you know the possibility exists, you can begin to narrow down the choices.

Set a Budget
Wikipedia explores the fact that modular homes can vary across price ranges. You may find some structures that are less expensive that most homes for sale in a particular neighborhood. However, it depends upon what you want in the house, and that is why setting a budget early on in the process is so important. By doing so, you present the designers and construction team with a realistic sense of what you can afford. Even if the first set of proposed plans do not fit your budget, you have opened up the dialog about what does.

Energy Efficiency
Forbes notes that green houses have become popular, and looking into this element is a step that you should take at the beginning. Having a greenhouse constructed is better for your budget than waiting until later to convert. You may choose to have a house that pays attention to every detail of energy efficiency. While you are crafting these plans, find out if tax breaks or rebates are available for certain features. Keep in mind that some structures, such as energy-efficient windows and solar panels, can help you to save on your monthly bills.

Bedrooms and Bathrooms
When you look at homes for sale, the number of bathrooms and bedrooms is probably one of the first features that catches your eye. Consider what is both necessary and practical for your family. Also, take into account whether or not you plan to have children; if you plan to do so, you will likely need more space in terms of bedrooms and bathrooms. On top of that, take into account whether or not you plan to live in your house for the rest of your life. When the answer is yes, opting for at least one bedroom and bathroom on the first floor is wise. Climbing stairs can become difficult or impossible with age.

Living Spaces
Some people opt to have one large living room, and others choose to have a living room, den and family room. “The size of your family does affect the amount of living spaces that you choose, but you also need to take your budget into consideration,” said Gulf Coast Modular Homes, Inc. On top of that, think about how much time you will spend in these spaces. If you tend to spend a great deal of time away from home, think about the extra money that you are spending on areas that will not experience much usage.

Safety
Safety is important for all people, and taking this element into account is especially important when you have kids or plan to have kids. Doors that lead out to a balcony look stunning on a house, but they can prove fatal for sleepwalkers or children. You should also find out what types of materials are used to paint and construct the house so that you can ensure the products are safe for you, your family and your pets. Make sure that all requirements and codes are enforced.

Resale Value
Even if you do not foresee yourself selling the house in the near future, circumstances can change. Think about the problems associated with a design that does not sell well in your community. You could end up with a house that no one wants to buy in the future. Remember to check into how houses are selling in the community where you live. Once you have a particular design in your mind, you can check out other houses in the area with similar features to see what they are selling for. Resale value is very important if you are planning to stay in the house for a relatively short period of time.

Deciding what to include in your custom modular home requires attention to detail and focus. Speak with the construction team about the practicality of your desired features, both for the house itself and for your budget.