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Why Buy a System-built, Modular or Manufactured Home?

The Best Value For Your Money
System-built, Modular and Manufactured homes are built in factories, and benefit from the assembly line production process. The factories buy huge quantities of lumber, sheet rock, carpet, paint, etc., they pay much less for each and can have large quantities delivered at one time. Labor is used with maximum efficiency, with skilled craftsman moving between workstations on the factory floor.

The Highest Quality
Modular and Manufactured homes are built in a modern controlled environment, and they are precision engineered for a lifetime of trouble-free structural durability. Quality control is maintained by constant inspection throughout the construction process.

To insure a safe and secure trip to your property, modular and manufactured homes are built especially well, using high quality materials. For example, there is typically 20% to 30% more lumber used in framing your home and most factories glue as well as nail or screw the components of the home together.

Peace of Mind
Buying a modular or manufactured home gives you peace of mind - you won't have to worry about: · "I need more money" The home owner's worst nightmare - the job's half finished and your builder tells you he's way over budget and needs more money or else he'll quit.

The Vanishing Builder
Everyone knows someone who's had this problem - just don't let it happen to you. You don't want an unfinished house slowly rotting away in the rain. When you buy modular or manufactured home, you get your finished house product ready for installation.

The Pre-soaked House
Maybe you like your jeans pre-washed, but you don't want your house to come that way! A site-built house open to the rain can cause your wood to warp or swell, problems you'll never get rid of in a lifetime of ownership. Modular and Manufactured houses are built in controlled environments under the factory roof and are shipped in weather-proofed wrapping.

The Unexpected Uninspected House
Often times you don't really know what quality you're getting with a site-built house. Modular and Manufactured homes are thoroughly checked out before they leave the factories. A quality control process provides 100% assurance that your home has been inspected for code compliance and workmanship. In-plant inspectors as well as independent inspection agencies inspect the home on behalf of your state & local government. 

Speedy Turnaround
On the average, a home consisting of two sections will be built in the factory within a couple of weeks. Once your home is placed on its foundation, final completion takes two or three weeks. This schedule allows you to move more quickly, and knowing when you're new home will be ready helps you plan your move better.

Lower Home Ownership Costs
Repair bills can really add up. Modular and Manufactured homes are built in a modern controlled environment using high quality materials. They are precision engineered for a lifetime of trouble-free structural durability. A well-built house is a home that is easier and less costly to maintain.

Greater Energy Efficiency
Additional factory insulation and precision building techniques make the modular house a super efficient energy conservation home. And of course this cost saving lasts every year you're living in the house. And it helps your resale value too!

Design Your Own Dream House
Modular and Manufactured home builders have hundreds of different design layout plans for you to choose from. You can even design your own house and the factory engineers will work with your builder to bring it to a reality.

Mortgage Lenders Want Your Business
Modular & Manufactured homes are becoming more popular and there are an increasing number of financial institutions eager to write new loans. You can even apply for a mortgage on our web site.

Resale Value
From the outside your home might look just like a normal house, but after all those years, quality shows through. Manufactured and Modular homes are precision built at the factory and they're built to last. Your home requires less maintenance and your energy bills are lower than your neighbors. When you come to sell your home, you'll be glad it's a modular home 

 

 

The Difference Between System-Built Homes

Many types of structures are built in the factory and designed for long-term residential use. In the case of manufactured and modular homes, units are built in a factory, transported to the site and installed. In panelized and pre-cut homes, essentially flat sub assemblies (system-built panels or system-cut building materials) are transported to the site and assembled. The different types of factory-built housing can be summarized as follows:

Manufactured Homes: 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.

Modular Homes: These system-built homes are built to the State of Michigan Residential National Building Code, the same code used to regulate site-built homes.  Modular homes may be referred to as BOCA Code homes, but this is an out-dated term.

Modular homes can be one- or two-story dwellings and are delivered to the home site in two or more sections, sometimes as the shell of a home. Part of the interior and exterior finish work is accomplished at the factory, but most of the interior and exterior finish work is completed by the builder at the home site.  The interior amenities installed at the home site are governed by local codes.

Panelized Homes: These are factory-built homes in which panels - a whole wall with windows, doors, wiring and outside siding - are transported to the site and assembled. The homes must meet state or local building codes where they are sited.

Pre-Cut Homes: This is the name for factory-built housing in which building materials are factory-cut to design specifications, transported to the site and assembled. Pre-cut homes include kit, log and dome homes. These homes must meet local, state or regional building codes.

Mobile Homes: This is the term used for factory-built homes produced prior to June 15, 1976, when the HUD Code went into effect. By 1970, these homes were built to voluntary industry standards that were eventually enforced by 45 of the 48 contiguous states.