Think Modular and Kit are the same??... there are many differences, ask the experts! Let us unpack these for you!

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While kit homes are cheaper upfront, they require more time and work for assembly on the part of the homeowner. Whereas modular homes are delivered to your property and come with electrical fittings, internal linings, and all other amenities you need for everyday living. For these reasons, modular homes stay ahead in flexibility, time constraints and provide customers with better financial options.

A common misconception is that modular homes are the same as kit homes. Even though both these approaches will give a similar end result, the pricing, delivery, and installations are done differently.

A kit home, on the other hand, doesn’t provide this flexibility or options. They may be cheaper, but an additional budget must be allocated for fittings, construction, and installation required to get your home to a point where you can move in.

Conversely, the price you pay for a modular home includes almost everything you need to get your house from the planning stage through to being able to move in. The extensive inclusions list covers everything from your permit and on-site installation to your floor coverings and paint.

Another difference between modular homes and kit homes is the qualifications and licenses required. While both methods require standard building permits, they both require other qualifications and licenses. If you opt to become an Owner-builder of a kit home, you’ll need to secure an owner-builder construction loan which can place considerable time constraints on your project to complete in-depth documentation and checks for approval. Additionally, you must complete an owner builder’s course and an Owner Builder Permit is needed if you’re planning to build your purchased kit home yourself. You’ll also need to consider your insurance such as public liability, workers compensation and contract works insurance to manage any tradespeople who work on-site.

Modular homes are a more attractive prospect for lenders as they are built under the supervision of qualified and licensed builders.

As kit homes are delivered to your site in components with instructions on how to construct them, there is a possibility that some pieces may not fit together, which will need more time and effort to take them away and re-alter. Most construction must happen on-site, hence any bad weather can significantly impact the project's pace and prolong the project's length.

On the flip side, modular homes are fully constructed in a factory and then installed on foundations onsite together with services connected. This whole process is more streamlined, making for a much more enjoyable building experience for the customer.

Contact us at Tasbuilt Homes today about how we can help you build your dream modular home in Tasmania.


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