5 Benefits of Modular Building in Rural Areas

Modular homes are built in a factory and installed on site. (DepositPhotos)

Homeowners build in rural areas to gain more land and a more laid-back lifestyle. But building in these areas also can bring a lot of challenges. Modular building may be the answer.

But first, it’s important to understand some of the challenges. For instance, rural areas may be many miles from the nearest supply yard. They may only be accessible by small roads, and there may be a lack of skilled tradespeople due to the sparse population.

This often leads people who wish to build in these areas to either pay much higher rates for what they want, or to try to tackle the projects themselves, often with mixed results.

Modular homes are built in a factory, either all at once or in smaller pieces assembled on the site. Modular building is a growing trend in rural areas, according to recent studies on modular homes. That’s due, in large part, to the following reasons.

Manufactured home with a front porch
At first glance, you may not be able to tell the difference between a stick-built home and a modular one. (DepositPhotos)

1. More Selection

People in rural areas often have to use materials

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Mold Removal: When to DIY the Job or Hire A Pro

You don’t necessarily have to hire a pro to remove mold. (DepositPhotos)

Finding mold in your home can be very disheartening. Even worse is finding out the cost of professional mold removal.

A few factors must be determined before deciding whether you can do the mold removal and clean-up yourself or hire a company to do it for you.

Here is what you need to know.

Distressed woman looks at mold damage on the home she just purchased
Should you handle the mold removal? That depends on the size of the area. (DepositPhotos)

Consider the Area’s Size

The biggest determining factor in whether to hire a mold professional is the size of the affected area. The Environmental Protection Agency recommends that, in most instances, a licensed professional should only be contacted if the area exceeds 10 square feet.

Unfortunately, determining the size of the area is not always easy because mold may be hidden on the backside of your home’s walls.

Finding a small area of mold on the walls’ front side doesn’t mean you won’t find larger areas within the wall cavity.

Mold spores, as seen under a microscope
Mold spores may be microscopic, but they can still wreak havoc on your health. (DepositPhotos)

Mold Spores: Invisible to the Eye

Finding a colony of mold on a water-damaged

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