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What Exactly Does Modular Mean?

Quality Homes is a modular builder. But, when people hear the term “modular home”, they often have misconceptions. They may confuse “modular homes” with “manufactured homes” – and these are two very different things! Or they may think that modular homes all look alike – much like those little green houses on the Monopoly Board. But the fact is, if you drove through any given neighbourhood, you would probably not be able to tell which homes are modular and which ones have been built in the traditional way.


So, what exactly is a modular home?


A modular home is a home that has been built indoors – basically, inside a home-building factory. Once complete, the modules (or components of these homes) are transported by truck to their new location and assembled by highly qualified tradesmen onto the already poured foundation.


Other terms for modular homes are factory-built homes or prefab homes.


As a modular builder ourselves, here is what you can expect when building your home or cottage at Quality Homes:


Features of Modular Home Construction:

  • Homes, materials and craftsmen are protected from weather during construction.
  • Indoor home construction is well suited to our climate.
  • Materials are used efficiently in a secure environment.
  • Work force is stable, skilled, well-supervised and efficient.
  • The indoor building process allows for special construction techniques.
  • Extensive use of automated tools and equipment.
  • Independent internal and external quality assurance programs.
  • Unique transport method means homes are built with extra strength for transport.
  • Costs are controlled because of our ability to manage the entire building process.


Quality Homes’ 124,000 sq. ft. production facility in Kenilworth, Ontario.


What a modular home is NOT:


A modular home is not the same thing as a manufactured home. Manufactured homes (sometimes called mobile homes) are homes without a permanent foundation and which can be moved from place to place.


Modular homes by Quality Homes come included with a full height foundation.


What is the difference between modular homes and site-built homes?


As mentioned before, if you were to look at a modular home side-by-side with a home that had been built on-site, you would not be able to tell that there was any difference at all. The difference is in how and where the home was constructed.


Modular homes are built in a factory setting; they can be constructed much faster than homes built fully on-site. All the materials and labour are right there and they do not experience weather delays. Modular homes can be built in a matter of weeks, as opposed to the several months or years that it might take to build a home on-site. Modular homes are also more environmentally-friendly as there is less waste of materials as exact amounts can be ordered.


Modular homes are built precisely and have the highest quality of both materials and workmanship.


How is a modular home the same as a site-built home?


Now you may be thinking to yourself that modular homes sound great, but questioning whether you’ll be able to get everything you want in a home if you decide to go the modular route.


Consider these simple facts about modular homes:

  • Modular homes are appraised for the same values as their traditional counterparts and are appreciated in-value just like any other home.
  • Home loans and property taxes work the same way for modular homes as they do for traditional homes.
  • Modular homes can be fully customized; they vary from one another in appearance, size and design.
  • Modular homes can have a variety of features to make them more accessible or more environmentally friendly.
  • Yes, you can still have a basement or crawl spaces with a modular home!


Yes, it’s modular!


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As a modular builder, Quality Homes can guarantee many benefits to you, the home buyer – as outlined in our HUG Program (Homebuyer’s Ultimate Guarantee)



  • Your home is built precisely, resulting in maximum comfort and quality.
  • Your home has better quality of both materials and workmanship.
  • Superior strength enables us to provide a 10-year structural warranty.
  • The quality of your home is assured by C.S.A. Inspectors, Ontario New Home Warranty Program, as well as our own inspectors.


Our Quality Guarantee: Your home is guaranteed to meet or exceed the Ontario Building Code and Tarion’s Construction Performance Guidelines. We extend the structural warranty of your home to 10 full years.



  • The workmanship of your home is better because of the accountability and specialization; the savings resulting from our efficiency is passed on to you.
  • Our waste management systems minimize environmental impact – plus, reduced waste and loss lower costs for you.
  • You save because of our buying power. Materials used in your home are top quality because of our expertise in selection and inspection.


Our Pricing Guarantee: We guarantee that the price you contracted for is the price you pay.



  • Your home is built better, faster and more economically.
  • Assurance that your home is delivered in finished condition and on time.
  • Your price and delivery date are guaranteed. No surprises!


Our Timing Guarantee: We guarantee that your home will be delivered and completed on time. Or we’ll pay YOU $250 for each day it is delayed.


If you are considering building a home, why not consider building one that has all of the advantages of a traditional site-built home, but also one that saves you time and money, that is more environmentally-friendly, and that will result in a better built home for years to come!


For more information about modular homes, contact us today!




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