Perfect, high end, fast and cheap……..Sure no problem
There was a radio guy I used to listen too had a favorite expression. Sometimes you just need to say it out loud to have it sink in. If I were to summarize the conversations I have with most of my customers after I let them tell me what they are looking for (and I often do this for them) it would be the same for almost all of them. They would like a big but not to big house, they really want to just be done with it quickly without having to wait for ever for it, nothing to fancy but at least it should have all hard wood floors, a nice kitchen because they love to cook, an open floor plan with lots of natural light, they want it really well-built not some piece of junk but they have a limited budget. Summary, “Can you build me a perfect house, loaded with fancy things and do it really fast and really cheap.” Read that again and this time read it out loud……..”Can you build me a perfect house, loaded with fancy things and do it really fast and really cheap.” Now actually say the words out loud, they do in fact sound different when you say it out loud…..”Can you build me a perfect house, loaded with fancy things and do it really fast and really cheap.”
Of course I can…….is the answer any salesperson would feel obligated to give you. Sadly, I am a builder and not salesman and with that, here is what I know. The best subcontractors out there have earned the right to be discriminating and with that they chose not to work on jobs where they cannot make money and they take their time and will get it done when it can be done right. Most people intellectually understand this, yet in the middle of a project that they just want done, it goes away. The best materials out there are better, they install better, the work better, they wear better and they look better and they are a lot more expensive. The world is full of products that attempt to be most of these things but they are either very expensive of they fall short in some way. So does this mean it is hopeless? No!!! If you can have realistic expectations it is far from hopeless.
Modular home manufactures negotiate contracts with suppliers every year. They go to companies that make Cabinetry, flooring products, Doors and windows as well as lumber suppliers and roofing and siding companies and try to set competitive pricing agreements with them. They have all learned the lessons of cheap garbage products, ones that are difficult to install, fall apart easily and do not stand the test of time. They have learned that Cheap usually cost you money in repairs and service calls. What is interesting is if you were to go through 40 modular manufactures website, and look at the product lines they carry you will see the same names over and over again. Why because they are the BEST VALUE. In other words the manufactures have done the homework and research, product testing, market research and price negotiations for you. Combine all these products and put them together in a controlled and inspected facility, which will allow the completion of construction to happen more quickly on site and well you are headed in the right direction.
Then hire a contractor who knows the sub-contractors in your area, has worked with most of them, fired many, lost a few to high prices and has weeded through to find the best value in workmanship and you are well on your way. The end result of combining a quality Modular home with a Solid General contractor is you get most of what you want. It will not be perfect but it will be really solidly built, it will have the quality of products that you chose to pay for, it will be built considerably faster than the time it would take anyone else to build it right and it will likely save you a lot of money over building the same house another way.
That to me sounds like a really good choice.