This is the toughest question in the industry to answer and we will try our best to debunk a few common misconceptions.
Unfortunately many modular “builders” are very unethical in their pricing of houses and set up false expectations for clients. We don’t look at them as actual builders, but sales incentivized companies who are really only hurting the industry as a whole. We would like to break this down into a few different phases of construction: Modular home from the factory, button-up and site work, and soft costs.
The modular home itself will range anywhere from $65-$85SF pending the specifications. This is ONLY the modular home and often not the transportation and set. If you are looking at “drop-ship” modular companies this is what you are getting. The next phase is the site work, including but not limited to foundation, excavation, foundation floor, hardwood, HVAC, some electrical and plumbing, decks, porches, and utility costs. The site work portion of the project can be just as much if not more than the modular home itself. Soft costs are going to include permitting fees, utility fees, surveying and engineering of the property and a few minor details.
A new home will cost you $150-$215SF. Why the large range? It really depends on your project and the specifications you are looking for. Total square footage will drive costing one way or another and the smaller the home the larger the impact on costing. If you take a 1500SF home, adding on a $10,000 upgrade will sway the total cost per SF much more than the house that is 3000SF. Have we built homes for $130SF and $230SF? Yes, but that would be setting false expectations one way or another. The best way to figure out the total cost of your project is for you to have a clear understanding of what you are looking for in your home and really defining a wants and needs list. Contact us today so we can help you!