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Investment Benefits

Take advantages of modern building methods
Modular construction method is a term covering a variety of building methods, most of them involving timber frame or steel frame construction. The building materials are modern, with improved characteristics that allow for both lighter weight and better insulation. This gives the developer flexibility as to choose the best option for a specific site. As you will see from the pictures, most people will not be able to tell the difference between a modular built house and a traditional built.

Investor or Home Buyer?

Whether you are an investor searching for the best returns or looking to build/buy a house for you and your family, you will appreciate the benefits of modular construction.

Time is money

The typical modular construction project (single dwelling) will provide a 35-45% reduction in total build time. Whether you are looking to sell your completed property, rent it or waiting to move in yourself, you will shorten the time needed to get to where you want.

Fixed build cost

Modular construction is a revolutionary approach to the building industry. It established new standards of delivery that surpass the traditional method. Most of its components have the virtues of energy-saving, sustainability, and modernism that allows for both lighter weight and better insulation.

This gives the developer the flexibility to choose the best option for a specific site. As you will see from the pictures, most people will not be able to tell the difference between a modular built house and a traditional built.

Fewer delays

A traditional builder will normally provide an estimate of costs, and more often than not, they may come back with additional costs during the project or some unforeseen and costly issues. A modular manufacturer will give you a fixed price based on the specifications you agree on.

This reduces the uncertainty of the building costs to groundworks and foundations, and your project becomes a lot easier to manage. Both investors and self-builders like to see their budgets not exceeded.

Higher quality

A modular manufacturer will give you a set of modular units built in a controlled environment. This means that inspections are done more frequently, and all work is properly signed off before proceeding to the next stage.

All building materials are stored safely and in proper conditions, not exposed to heavy weather and moisture you are likely to find on a traditional site. Low quality work will not be tolerated or passed in a factory, whereas on traditional sites low-quality work may be picked up after it’s too late to fix, or the construction company may even let it slide due to time pressure. Snags (faults or incomplete building work) will essentially be non-existent from a modular factory.

Improved logistics

Sufficient temporary space for storing building materials represents a major problem, especially in high density areas. This problem is greatly reduced when applying modular construction methods, as the units arrive 95% complete on the agreed date.

The management and coordination of various tradesmen is a well-known headache for most developers. Tradesmen often cannot work alongside for practical reasons and are dependent on one type of work finishing before the next can start. Due to this sequential process, a small delay from a subcontractor may cause major delays, as it often affects other work, which in turn will have to be rescheduled. A modular manufacturer will optimise these processes within their own environment using their own employees, resulting in a smoother production process that ultimately also reduces costs.

Reduced community impact

A traditional development project built on-site often means a temporary but significant burden on the immediate surroundings, such as streets, parking areas, neighbours, etc. Mud, dust, waste, and noise are undesirable results, especially unpopular among neighbours. In some cases, the planning authorities will impose restrictions, which may complicate the project and induce increased costs.

With the exception of the delivery day of the modules, off-site construction reduces this impact, keeps the neighbourhood happier and leaves a smaller carbon footprint due to less transportation of materials and deliveries.

Reduced theft

This may not be the investor’s main worry, but for developers, theft of materials and tools can represent a major problem.

As the modules are factory built, a lot less materials and tools are needed on the site and thus not subject to the risk of theft or damage.

FAQ

Most frequent questions and answers

Modular construction is a design and construction method that is completed offsite. The construction involves three main stages: site prep and building of modules or components at a factory, delivery of units to the final destination, and installation and finishing on site.

First, going modular is a sound investment because it is durable, high-quality and environmentally friendly. The modules are made with highest quality materials and pre-engineered in a controlled facility, hence eliminating material exposure to weather, tradesmen shortcuts, and snags, and also reduces site traffic, safety risks, and community disruption. The cost of modular can also be lower than traditional construction. Finally, modular also increases its value over time, so investing in one is a good decision. As an investor, your project is often completed in about half the time, allowing your profits to be re-invested a lot sooner.

Both follow the same building and zoning regulations. Manufactured buildings or mobile homes have chassis and wheels, while modular homes are units installed on a concrete foundation.

The materials and building restrictions used are the same. The primary difference is that the modular units are up to 95% finished off-site making schedule more efficient, while bricks and mortar are built on-site and takes a longer time to complete.

Vitae Investments primary focus is on residential houses, and we can offer a wide range of designs, shapes, and sizes. Sectors such as education, health and military can also take advantage of this construction method. Common applications include offices, conference rooms, remote sales locations, guest rooms, and facilities like a bathroom and kitchen.

Modular houses are regulated by the same building regulations as any other house. A large part of the inspection is naturally carried out at the manufacturing facility, but other areas as groundworks and foundations are also controlled by building inspectors. You can rest assured that a new-built modular house is compliant with all necessary regulations and also has a warranty issued as any other traditionally built house would.

Absolutely! Modular construction allows architects to make custom designs according to the client’s specifications.

Should you have other questions that have not been addressed in this FAQs, we are happy to provide you with more information. Please contact us, or complete our form.

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