Surely you've heard the industry's sales pitch by now: lower costs, speedy construction, excellent craftsmanship, and quality building products in a controlled setting. Builders who use modular systems say you can believe the hype. But before you run out to your local supplier or modular home manufacturer, you need to do your homework. On the following pages is a list of important items you should know before you place that order for your first Container Houses . As always, the devil is in the details. Read these items, study them, then go forth with confidence.

"The base price of the modular home, out of the Pennsylvania factory, was much less expensive than having a crew labor on-site for months," Jill says, "which enabled us to customize it in a very nice way."

Modular, or prefabricated, homes offer a variety of benefits for home buyers wanting to build on a plot of land. But they're not for everyone. Here are five things you should know:

Depending on the complication of the home, it can yield three to four months to body and get it move-in ready, says Donna Peak, an controlling administrator with the National Association of Home Builders. From alpha to finish, it takes about nine months to a year to accumulate a stick-built house, she says.

Home modules are complete and inspected in a factory, breadth acclimate will not adjournment the process. The modules are again transported to the final architecture site. It takes about three canicule to absolutely accumulate those apparatus at the site, Peak says.

Additional website plan -- including electrical and accouterments hook-ups, driveway paving, final allocation of the acreage and landscaping, and a host of inspections afore a affidavit of control can be issued -- can yield several weeks.

You'll face even added fees for website plan -- as abundant as $10,000 to install a catchbasin arrangement and bags added for Modified Shipping Container Home -- afterwards the home modules are assembled. The Johnsons, for example, paid an added $12,500 to carve out a collapsed breadth on a hillside to body their house, bright ample copse on their property, and authorize a propane hook-up.