Worker Scarcity Means More Home Builders Are Moving Towards Modular Construction

advantages of modular homesThe number of construction workers is almost 15% below the 2000s average, and the U.S. is currently experiencing one of the most persistent worker shortages the construction industry has seen in many years. As a result, home building companies across the nation are moving to an area they may have previously frowned upon: modular homes.

Modular homes, unlike traditionally built houses, are produced in a factory and then shipped to the physical site. These custom modular homes can be built in as little as one to two weeks in a factory, as compared to several months for on-site construction.

KB Home, one of the nation’s largest homebuilding companies, just revealed an energy-efficient home that for the most part was constructed in a factory and then assembled on-site. The concept house is indicative of the future of modular home building, which will require far fewer workers on-site.

Of course, modular companies like Yates Homes have been extolling the advantages of modular homes for many years.

“Automobiles, airplanes and others have been able to utilize these same techniques,” said Dan Bridleman, senior vice president for sustainability, technology, and strategic sourcing at KB Home. Bridleman added that in the end, rethinking the construction process is about being more cost-efficient and more timely with home creation.

While many home building companies have criticized modular home builders in the past, there are many distinct advantages of modular homes. The most important benefits of modular homes lie in the actual construction process. Not only are these homes built faster, but there is often less strain on workers.

Despite the many advantages of modular homes, only 2 to 3% of homes built in the last 10 years are considered modular. However, the U.S. housing recovery has left many home builders with a severe shortage of skilled workers, which has made keeping up with rising housing demands rather difficult. Now, more and more builders have turned to modular homes to meet consumer demands.

Technology has advanced rapidly since the rise of modular homes in the 1980s, and the same stands for the homebuilding industry. Unfortunately for traditional homebuilders, many of those advances have taken place on the modular home factory floor, where homes can be assembled faster, cheaper, and with fewer workers. That fits with larger trends within the manufacturing and construction industry, as companies try to produce more with fewer workers.

And although some people are just now catching on, it’s clearer than ever that the future belongs to modular homes.


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We have had a wonderful experience (start to finish) with everyone at Yates. I sent an e-mail earlier in the week letting all know how much we really appreciated everyone. I think we met or spoke with most of you staff and everyone was more than helpful with any questions we had.

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I love my new home! I have received so many compliments. One couple in particular wanted to come by and see how we customized the outside. They also wanted a 2 story house and couldn’t visualize how it would look. They asked us about our experience with the home process. This couple is now purchasing a new home from Yates!

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We would like to thank Yates Home Sales for their expertise and professionalism with our new home. Our sales representative was very knowledgeable of her job and she knew what we wanted for our first home. We had toured many modular dealers but, my heart kept leading me back to Yates. The staff that built our home and the workers that put it together was on point with everything. We were never left with unanswered questions. Their tour homes is well kept and beautifully decorated inside so you as a customer can actually see yourself living in one of the modulars. That’s when my husband and I decided that Yates Homes was the place to go to have our home built.

So thanks to the staff at Yates for a job well done and a special thanks to our sales representative Lydia Gibson.

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We are very pleased with our beautiful Yates home. The staff was very helpful and patient as we planned our custom built modular home. Since we had recently lost our first home to a fire we needed to move quickly to rebuild and move back on our land. Yates worked very hard to have our family in our new home as quickly as possible.

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I wanted to take this opportunity to write a thank you letter. My family really enjoys our beautiful home. I want to especially thank CR Yates for working with us to resolve any issues or concerns. When someone ask who built my home, I proudly tell them Yates Home Sales. If I build another house in the future, Yates Home Sales will be my first Choice.

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My wife is a nurse and I handle warranty claims for one of the largest companies in Southside Virginia. We both work in fields where we know how important customer service is and should be. We don’t mind one bit telling anyone about our experience with Yates Home Sales. In fact, we highly recommend them to anyone that asks about our home. If you are in the market for a new home, go by and meet Lydia, Scott, C.R. and everyone else at Yates Home Sales. Then go look around at other places. If a top notch home, honesty and customer service are what you are looking for, I’m willing to bet that you end up right back where you started.

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We enjoyed working with the friendly sales staff at Yates Home Sales during our home purchase. They listened to our questions and helped us choose a home that fits our lifestyle. The Yates employees were professional and efficient, and maintained a low-key sales approach. At no time were we pressured or rushed to make decisions about our new home. Thanks to Yates Home Sales, we are living in our dream home.

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My family and I are so pleased with our new home from Yates, I cannot say enough about the quick and courteous service we have received! The entire process of buying our home was made easy by the excellent staff at Yates and the service after the purchase has been great! We had one small problem with our plumbing after we moved in and the service staff from Yates was on it and had it repaired very quickly with absolutely NO FUSS. In times when good products and service seem to be getting hard to find, Yates Homes stands out as a great local company! I would recommend Yates Homes to anyone who is in the market for a well-built modular home – sold by people who care about the customers they serve!

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