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Can I save money by building a modular home?

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Sometimes. Construction costs for a modular home are sometimes less per square foot than for a similar site-built home. And there are other cost-saving features:

  • Many modular homes are very energy efficient, which helps reduce your heating and cooling costs.
  • Your home will probably be ready to move into much sooner than if you wait for a builder to construct a house on-site.

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Will banks finance a modular home?

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Yes. Most banks, appraisers, and insurance companies treat modular homes the same way they do site built homes–a house that’s constructed entirely on your property. Ask the mortgage brokers and banks in your area to explain how they finance modular homes.

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Don’t all modular homes look alike?

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No, and unless you were there to see the house delivered and assembled, you might not guess it’s a modular home. Modular home manufacturers use computer aided design programs to draw plans to your specifications, or to modify one of their standard plans to suit your needs, so nearly any home plan can be turned into a modular home.

It’s true that some modulars are very basic and resemble double wide manufactured homes, but the two structures are still built in different ways.

Each manufacturer is different, so be sure to ask questions about flexibility if you would like to design your own home.

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How long does it take to build a modular home?

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That depends on your design and the manufacturer, but some modular homes can be built in the factory in as little as 1-2 weeks. And since modulars are built indoors, there’s never a weather delay. It usually takes another 2-4 weeks for us to complete the home once it’s delivered to the building site.

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What is the price of your homes? How much do they cost?

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The price of your home will be based on many factors. We do offer multiple series of homes to fit in most price ranges - whether you are buying your first home, looking to move into a bigger house, or searching for a smaller home after the family has left.

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Can your homes be built so garages and decks can be added?

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Yes. If you already know you will be adding a garage or deck,we will help make sure the home is built to accommodate the garage or deck.

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Can your homes be placed on a basement?

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Yes, most of our homes can be built on a basement. Please contact us for specifics.

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Can add or upgrade options?

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Absolutely! All of our homes come with a range of options or upgrades.

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Can I customize your homes?

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Most of our modular homes can be customized, and many of our manufactured homes can be as well. We will work with you and with us to determine what we can do to customize your home.

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How long will it take to build my manufactured or modular home?

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Our homes can usually be built within 4-8 weeks from the time they are orderd - typically much faster than traditional site builders. We still need to arrange for site preparation, the home needs to be transported and put together ("set"), and any remaining mechanicals completed.

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Is a manufactured or modular home better than a conventionally built home?

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Most estimates suggest between 20-40% more lumber and fasteners are used in factory-built homes compared to similar site-built homes. All our homes are inspected by our own highly-trained quality control personnel, and by independent third-party agencies. Even FEMA confirmed that modular homes withstood hurricanes better than conventional site-built homes.

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What is a manufactured (or HUD) home?

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These are homes built entirely in the factory under a federal building code administered by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The Federal Manufactured Home Construction and Safety Standards (commonly known as the HUD Code) went into effect June 15, 1976. Manufactured homes may be single- or multi-section and are transported to the site and installed. The federal standards regulate manufactured housing design and construction, strength and durability, transportability, fire resistance, energy efficiency and quality. The HUD Code also sets performance standards for the heating, plumbing, air conditioning, thermal and electrical systems. It is the only federally-regulated national building code. On-site additions, such as garages, decks and porches, often add to the attractiveness of manufactured homes and must be built to local, state or regional building codes. (Courtesy of the Manufactured Housing Institute)

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What is a modular or state-code compliant home?

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Modular is simply a construction process, not a type of house. We use the same grades (and often better) of lumber and construction components as someone building locally stick-by-stick. We just do it inside, using sophisticated tools and equipment, and then put the 'modules' together at your location.

Modular homes are constructed to the same code as site-built homes with requirements set forth by state and local government for the specific locality. Various model building codes serve as the basis for most state code requirements. Examples include the International Residential Code (IRC), Uniform Building Code (UBC) and the National Electrical Code (NEC). Homes built to local requirements can be financed through conventional mortgage institutions.

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What’s the difference between a modular and a manufactured home?

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Modular vs Manufactured. Manufactured Homes. are homes built entirely in the factory, transported to the site, and installed under a federal building code administered by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

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