How to buy a modular house

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How to buy a modular house

There are many things to consider before purchasing a pre-fabricated home. So we’ve established that modular homes and manufactured homes (aka trailers) are not the same thing. For instance, manufactured homes, or mobile homes, are built on a fixed and permanent steel chassis with wheels. The manufacturer will deliver the manufactured home to the customer via a tow truck, and rather than sit on a flat bed truck the trailer will arrive via its own wheels.

Modular homes, or pre-fabricated homes are different in many regards. Pre-fabricated homes often look much like any other home you’d see in your neighborhood – actually maybe many of the homes in your neighborhood are pre-fabricated and you don’t even know it!

Regardless a modular home will almost never look akin to a trailer that you’d see used as a summer home in a trailer park. Modular homes find permanent residence in neighborhoods like your own. They are set on a permanent foundation and never moved after. They arrive via your land via a flatbed truck and don’t have wheels attached like a trailer does.

However the land you purchase for your modular home must pass certain state and regional building code before you plant your modular home there. Before you purchase a modular home, and land for that home, please take the following facts into consideration:

Impresa Modular offers hundreds of modular home floor plans in every region across the country. With almost unlimited options, you can create a custom home with practically any feature or upgrade you desire.

Many of our customers focus on high-efficiency and low-maintenance options. With an extensive collection of residential home plans as well as multi-family apartments, duplexes, and townhomes, our modular home floor plans provide something for everyone.

If you can’t find exactly what you’re looking for in our extensive list of new modular homes for sale, we can create your own custom dream home.

Custom Homes

Many of our customers started dreaming of building their new home years ago. Sometimes they are collected in a notebook or stored in an online design program, or even on piece of graph paper. The plans have been collected from many sources and have modified over and over again over the years. Whatever the source and whatever the condition, we can begin with what you have. If it is already a modular home plan we can create an estimate for you incorporating your desired changes. If it is a “site-built” plan we can “modularize” it giving you the value and quality only found in a modular home.

Single Story Homes

The ranch style home, or rambler, is the classic style that is synonymous with one story living. There are just so many options available that offer space for entertainment and living. Ranch floor plans are simply practical for today’s living. With all of the living space on one floor there are no steps to navigate or stairways to take up floor space. Architectural details be created with ranch style homes by adding cathedral ceilings, vaulted ceilings, trapezoid windows, and other ceiling treatments (i.e. coffered ceilings, trey ceilings, etc.). Exterior curb appear can be enhanced with dramatic recesses, decorative dormers, and any number of porch options.

Two Story Home Plans

Several architectural styles exemplify two-story floor plans: American Foursquare, Farmhouse, Georgian, Federal, and Victorian. These styles provide a wide range of visual appeal and also offer unique standards for interior floor plan layout. A common theme to most multi-story homes is a dramatic staircase to enhance the feel of the home. Many homes offer open areas that soar two stories and, in some cases, rise all the way to the roof line above. Our two-story designs offer open floor plans, first floor master suites and the ability to incorporate options that create distinctive, “one of a kind” modular homes for sale.

Cape Cod Home Plans

The Cape Cod-style home is a classic New England home style that has been adapted across the eastern U.S. Cape floor plans are typically symmetrical, simple, and considered a one-and-a-half story home. Many have two or three dormers which offer natural light to the living space under the roof. Many are enhanced with a front porch. A unique feature of these modular homes is that the second level living space is considered a half story and is contained under the steep roof with dormers providing light and ventilation. On the interior, the symmetrical design of the Cape Cod home is replicated.

Chalet Home Plans

Chalet floor plans started their popularity in the northeast but found their way to all of the mountain areas of the Appalachians to the Rocky Mountains. Chalet floor plans can feature rustic and decorative trusses, large porches, and lots of natural wood charm. Many floor plans feature large stone fireplaces and a wall of trapezoid windows and large glass doors. Common elements of Chalet floor plans include balustrades, balconies, timbers, wood covered vaulted ceilings, and brackets.


Primarily on the west coast, modern architects are experimenting with modular construction as a means to deliver mass-produced and well-designed modern homes. Modern architecture renounces referential decoration and instead highlights clean lines and open floor plans. With the focus on design simplification that modern architecture promotes, there are many in the factory-built housing sector that believe modern architectural designs are better suited for modular home construction.

The Sleek House

Multi-family Homes

Impresa Modular offers a full range of multi-family floor plans and designs. We can build unique duplex and triplex options to townhouses, condominiums, apartments, and dormitories. Our standard plans are a mere starting point. If our standard plans will not work for your project, we can work with you or your architect to design a completely modular project to meet your project needs, you project footprint, and your unit sizes.

Immediate Delivery Homes

Immediate Delivery Homes are newly constructed modular homes for sale that were ordered by a customer and couldn’t be delivered. This can happen for many reasons including, changes in financial status, unexpected issues with land, etc. When this happens, you can benefit by getting a home that has already been discounted for quick delivery. Our Quick Delivery Homes reduce the time it takes to move in to a personalized custom home. An Immediate Delivery Home can be move-in ready within a few months, depending on your building site and when site preparation begins.

Immediate Delivery Home

New Home Building At Its Best

Whether you are first time home buyer moving into your first home or moving up to larger home, trying to find that perfect home can be difficult. If you buy an existing home, you are typically just buying someone else’s problems and accepting their colors selections.

With the modular homes for sale by Impresa Modular, you have the comfort of knowing exactly what materials you are getting, how you home is built, and you even get to select your own colors. In addition, you get to customize the home plan to meet your exact requirements.

When looking at previously owned available properties, you may find a selection of styles and price points in your neighborhood. However, older homes typically come with a wide range of issues that are hidden, even to home inspectors. Termite damage, water damage, and structural issues are often hidden behind the walls. All of these issues are expensive risks that typically don’t show themselves until you can least afford it. Newly built modular homes come without all of the hassle and headaches.

Modular Home Price Breakdown

A breakdown of the cost for modular homes. Discover what you can expect to spend for a prefab and what that money pays for.

There are many factors that affect the final cost of a modular home. Instead of trying to address every single possible option, we’ll break down the total price for an average modular home. This modular home price breakdown contains costs that are estimates, which are meant to give you a general idea of the prices associated with each stage of the home building process. The amount you end up paying can and will vary.


Let’s say you receive a job offer that will require you to move to Bethel, Connecticut. It’s an average town with a population of 18,584, where the median household income is $78,358. You’ve spoken to your bank, and have $250,000 to spend on your house. You then choose a one-story modular ranch design with 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, and 1,780 square feet of living space.

Expense Breakdown

Land – $14,000

Land value may vary greatly, depending on its location. In some places, an acre of buildable land may cost as little as $1,000 or as much as $100,000. In this scenario, you’re able to find a

Base Home Price – $94,000

The manufacturer’s base price for this home is $94,000. Unfortunately, this doesn’t include any additional customizations you’d like to make to the home.

Customizations – $31,000

While the modular home design is very close to what you’re looking for, it lacks the personal feel that customizing the home will give us. Your spouse insists on a two-car garage, and you want hardwood floors and upgraded kitchen appliances. You’d also like to go “green” with higher-grade insulation and higher quality doors and windows. The garage is going to be the most expensive, with a price tag of $24,000. These custom options very based on what the manufacturer and local builder have to offer.

Site Prep – $7,500

Luckily, the costs to prepare the building site are fairly low. The property is already mostly flat and doesn’t have many trees in the building area. You will have to remove a few old tree stumps and level some land at the rear of your property so proper drainage wouldn’t be an issue.

Foundation – $21,250

Because we performed proper due diligence of the land beforehand, we identified a rock ledge that would have cost a few extra thousand dollars to dig through. Instead, we just moved the home to a slightly different location, allowing us to avoid the hassle altogether. Since we want extra space for storage and the option to add more living space in the future, we went for a full basement instead of a crawl space. Placing the modular home on a crawl space would have been equally sound structurally and only half the price, but the utility of a full basement is a worthy investment.

Taxes, Fees, and Freight – $11,906

You’ll need to pay the delivery costs for the house, which cover the trucks that carry the individual home modules. You’ll also need to pay for the flag cars that drive behind and in front of the trucks to alert other drivers to the oversized truckloads. Every state has different taxes and fees associated with building homes, and these are separate from permit costs.

Finishing Work – $15,000

Once the home was all set, the finishing work began. Without counting additional site work or on-site construction, the price of finishing your modular home ran just under $15,000.

Utilities – $2,500

We’re lucky that our building site is very close to the street. It only cost $2,500 to connect to town utilities. We considered the self-sustaining route and installing a well and septic system for $18,000 but with minimal land available, we decided against it.

Permits – $2,462

The costs of permits vary greatly by municipality. This is not only because the cost of the permits is different, but also because some regions have an entirely different list of required permits than others. You can acquire a different list of required permits and their costs from your are’s town office, but this is a breakdown of the required permits for our home in Bethel, and their costs.

  • Building permits – $1,919
  • Mechanical permits – $503.06
  • Pre-plan review fee – $20
  • Certificate of Occupancy – $20
  • Total Fees – $2,462.06

Total Cost – $199,618

The final price of your new modular home comes to $199,618. That averages out to just around $112 per square foot of living space and includes a two-car garage, a welcoming porch, a full basement, three bedrooms, two bathrooms, a beautiful kitchen, and attractive hardwood floors. Now that your new modular home price has been established, shop floor plans and get price quotes!

The estimated installation cost includes the following*:

  • Setting the home that you selected onto your foundation or building pad (This assumes normal lot conditions and does not include any extra costs to maneuver the home to your building site or any crane rental fees)
  • Installing blocking or piers under the home and levelling the home with shims
  • Anchoring the home to your foundation with tornado and/or hurricane proof anchors
  • Insulating the marriage line and bolting the various sections of your home together at both the floor and roof lines (if there is more than one section)
  • Finishing roof venting and ridge cap shingles
  • Installing siding on the ends with house wrap (if you selected the house wrap option with your home order)
  • Installing soffit and fascia on the ends of the home for the complete exterior finish
  • Estimates to hook up to existing utilities (you will have to add the cost of a new septic, well, electrical service, and also driveway and etc as needed on your site)
  • Estimate to complete the inside trim and finish work

Add for concrete If a concrete foundation (slab or crawl space) is required, add an estimate of $10 per Sq Ft of home to this price guide (if you don’t have an actual quote)

Add for skirting (Not needed if home is on a crawl space)

Add for A/C if not an option included by your manufacturer

Typical Investor funded projects

Project Cost $160,000

LESS Buyer Down Payment (20,000)

Management fee (10% of balance) 14,000

Investor capital (70% of balance = 61% LTV) 98,000

Home Nation capital (30% of balance) 42,000

Net to Investor at Buyer’s loan closing in

approximately 90 – 120 days

(50% of Management fee) $7,000

Project Cost(See VA loan pre approval here ) 267,000

First of all, congratulations on making the choice to build modular. With a price point of under $50,000 for your home, going with a modular home will allow you to stretch your budget and get a more for your money. Remember that $50,000 is the budget for only the manufacturing of the home and does not include the cost of land or any other costs required to build the home.

The cheapest home you are likely to find will run around $30,000. This is assuming that you make absolutely no changes to the design at all. With a $30,000 home, you’ll be getting the bare essentials. As your budget creeps up closer to $50,000 though, the picture tends to change. With this increase, you’re now able to look at homes with 1,100 square feet and the options of either more living space or a second or even third bedroom.

BUT. This number only covers the cost of manufacturing the home! You will NOT be able to get a true modular home using a professional builder for under $50,000. If you’re looking for a home that inexpensive, modular is unfortunately probably not a good option for you.

Instead, you could consider a different, currently very trendy type of home – a shipping container home! These homes are created out of new or used shipping containers and can be large, small, or anywhere in between. While they’re not modular homes, they can be good options for people looking to build safe, attractive, and affordable homes. To learn more, check out this e-book about how to build a shipping container home!

How to buy a modular house

With today’s topic, we’ll give you a few thoughts on how to buy a manufactured home and land.

Owning property definitely has great perks

Having your own property comes with numerous benefits. For example, there’s pride of ownership. You can place that manufactured home on your property and be proud of the fact that the land is your very own. There are no special park rules to deal with. Just decent common sense and respect for government regulations.

With lot rent lease, you are subject to the whims of the mobile home park owner (to an extent). In particular, while there are laws and procedures in place to protect tenants, your lease is only good for a certain period of time. Renewal is based on you and the landlord’s mutual willingness to sign again.

Owning your own property empowers you to make your own decisions and be in control of the land underneath your home.

Your own land is something you can pass down to your heirs. That’s another benefit. Additionally, it can be used for recreational purposes with family and grandkids. Hunting, walking, and other outdoor activities are a few of the possibilities that come with land ownership.

How to buy a manufactured home and land

Knowing how to buy a manufactured home and land will make the way smoother in your hunt for the perfect land property.

Buying a manufactured home and land together

If you’re looking to buy a manufactured home and land together, this is probably much more affordable than buying the mobile home and land separately. You don’t have to deal with all the extra expense that comes with placing your home on land.

How to buy a modular house

You have four different ways to go about finding a mobile home and land package. This will give you a wide pool to search for that dream home setup.

Find a real estate agent

Our first suggestion is to ask a real estate agent for help. Real estate agents are trained to understand what you’re looking for and find the right match. They have access to the largest real estate database and they’re also privy to deals before they hit the market. Ultimately, this can give you a chance to be the first to know about a good home option before anyone else does.

Scour real estate websites

You can take matters into your own hands by sifting through websites like . Use their powerful search engines to find manufactured homes that fit your parameters. Moreover, you can search by property size, number of bedrooms, number of bathrooms, price range, and more.

Online and local classifieds

Some homeowners don’t wish to deal with a middleman and prefer to advertise on their own. Online and local classifieds are a great way to get the word out on any manufactured home and land for sale. You’d do well to peruse such sites if you’re in the market for such a housing arrangement.

For sale by owner signs

Try driving around. Yes, we mean it. Get in your car and go for a ride around the countryside. If anything, you’ll enjoy a peaceful drive and fresh air. Hopefully, you’ll come across a home tucked away with property for sale. Lots of people will just prop up a “for sale by owner” sign, especially if they’re not in a big hurry to see the place sold.

Buying a manufactured home and land separately

Buying property and then placing a home on it will come with several extra expenses such as well installation, running power to the house location, permits, regulations, and more. While it may be easier to find land, and then buy a manufactured home to install, be aware that the setup costs can really add up. Finding land with your dream home already installed can be more cost-effective and less hassle.

Getting a loan is easier if you’re planning to buy a manufactured home with land

Yes, that’s right. Buying a manufactured home with land makes it easier for you to get a loan. It’s harder to get one if you’re just buying a mobile home.

How to buy a modular house

If the mobile home isn’t permanently installed on land, it’s not considered real property. This means you can’t get a real estate loan. However, if it is installed on a permanent foundation, then your home is considered real estate property.

Consider becoming a property owner

In closing, now you know how to buy a manufactured home and land. And you also know a little bit about how loans and manufactured housing works. If you’re trying to sell your mobile home and land, you should check out our nine-step plan to preparing your home for sale .

About Dan Leighton

Dan Leighton has been working in the mobile home industry for over a decade. His focus has been on sales and customer relations – making sure each person in the transaction is comfortable and fully transparent. He has a wife and one son. Dan continues to look for innovative ways to help both sellers and parks get the most bang for their buck.

How to buy a modular house

Manufactured homes have captured the imaginations of Millennials grappling with student loans, as well as Boomers looking to downsize for their next adventure.

The siren call of the manufactured home — affordability, customization and low maintenance — is attractive to anyone looking to escape the cost of a traditional single-family home, but needs more space than tiny houses offer.

Even though more people make manufactured and modular homes their home, home shoppers need to take these dwellings’ unique factors into consideration before they buy. Getting a mortgage for a manufactured home, choices about the land and home maintenance considerations all differ from traditional homes. This guide has all the information you need to know to make an informed decision about buying a manufactured or modular home.

What is a Manufactured Home?

Manufactured homes are prefabricated, built off-site in a factory and then transported to their final destination. Their construction is mandated by HUD code, and they’re the modern development of mobile homes. Manufactured homes can be placed on a temporary or permanent foundation – a distinct difference from their predecessors.

Buying a Manufactured Home

Financing a manufactured home differs from buying a single-family home or townhome. Lenders tend to consider manufactured homes personal property, not real estate. Historically, loans for manufactured and modular homes worked more like a car loan than a mortgage and required higher credit scores, higher down payments and higher interest rates.

Lenders views on helping home shoppers finance manufactured homes are changing. Today’s manufactured homes are of a higher quality than earlier manufactured homes, increasing the longevity of the dwelling. In turn, buyer interest has driven demand for more traditional home loans for manufactured homes. Government-insured loans, like HUD-backed FHA loans and VA loans, are financing options for manufactured or modular homes. Banks and home manufacturers offer more traditional chattel loans and mortgages to home shoppers as well.

Property conditions can affect the financing of a manufactured home. The chance of a homeowner getting a traditional mortgage and lower interest rates increase if the buyer invests in a quality home, owns their own land and fixes the home on a permanent foundation. The more “homey” a manufactured home is, the better the financing options are for the owners.

“Potential buyers should know, for most standard bank financing, they must meet certain criteria,” says Zachary Fugate, senior mortgage loan officer for Warsaw Federal Savings & Loan in Cincinnati, Ohio. “The manufactured home must be on a permanent foundation and the land (must be) titled as real property. Manufactured homes can be financed as a principal residence or a second home. Single-wide homes are not typically eligible for standard bank financing.”

Fugate adds that the HUD Data Plate must be on the home to be eligible for financing.

Land for Your Manufactured Home

How to buy a modular house

Manufactured home builders know people want to live in a comfortable and beautiful space and offer luxurious fixtures and upgrades, such as granite counters and hardwood floors. Before buying a manufactured home, homeowners need to have land and a foundation to put their new house on, as the manufacturers do not sell the house with the land. Manufactured homeowners can place their new home on land leased from a manufactured home community or place their home on land they own.

Living in a manufactured home park provides families with a vibrant community, with fantastic amenities, to call home. Renting land helps lower the initial down payment needed to secure financing, but can make it harder to get a traditional mortgage. Renting land also forces homeowners into managing a mortgage, rent and a landlord.

Buying land to place a manufactured home may cost more upfront, and requires extensive research into local deed restrictions and zoning laws. Owning land can help secure a traditional mortgage and lower interest rates. Families are sheltered from the depreciation in the value of manufactured homes when they own the land it is placed on and can build meaningful equity in their home if the value of the land appreciates.

Homeowners must understand local zoning and deed restriction laws before buying land for a manufactured home.

“A manufactured home can generally be placed in any residential zone in any city or town as long as the chosen lot complied with applicable regulations for minimum lot area, lot width and lot depth,” says David Businelli, CEO of Studio 16 Architecture in Staten Island, N.Y., and who has designed a manufactured home development. “There may also be building code consideration that must be studied prior to deciding if a manufactured home will work on a lot.”

Businelli suggests contacting a local building professional to help with lot selection for a manufactured home.

Maintaining a Manufactured Home

Just like any other home, manufactured homes need tender love and care to ensure they remain a safe, long-lasting living space. Once placed on its foundation, inspect manufactured homes regularly for rust and leaks.

All caulking around vents and windows should get retouched as necessary. Apply durable roof coating and check the foundation once a year. Regular cleaning of siding, HVAC systems, gutters and interiors will keep manufactured homes comfortable and clean.

Designing a Manufactured Home

How to buy a modular house

The design of manufactured and modular homes has come a long way from the long, dark trailers of yesteryear. Manufactured home exteriors can match any style, from traditional ranch homes to cozy log cabins to chalets to cool coastal retreats.

Inside manufactured homes, homeowners have complete freedom to design the beautiful home they love. Open kitchens with large islands and living rooms flow seamlessly into dining areas and nooks, while spacious bedrooms and master bathrooms provide a nurturing retreat.

Just like any other home, manufactured homes give homeowners a chance to express themselves through design and decor. Manufactured home builders know people want to live in a comfortable and beautiful space and offer luxurious fixtures and upgrades, such as granite counters and hardwood floors. Because manufactured home floor plans are designed to maximize space, homeowners do not have to sacrifice the furniture they love by having to fit into a tiny home or apartment.

When you buying a manufactured home, home shoppers need to do their research to ensure they make a wise investment in a home they will feel comfortable in. By understanding how to shop for, invest in and maintain a manufactured home, homeownership is closer than ever for many homebuyers.

How to buy a modular house

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How to buy a modular house

If you are asking yourself “What is a modular home?”, then rest assured you are not alone. Due to a lack of understanding of what modular homes are, some people may shy away from cheap modular homes simply out of a misunderstanding of how modular homes differ from other properties. After learning more about these homes, you may find yourself actively searching for a modular home for sale when looking for your next family home or investment property.

Modular homes are factory-built homes in which the pieces of the homes are built at an indoor facility and then are transported to the build site to be assembled. These properties are only called modular homes based upon how they are built. Foreclosed modular homes are simply modular homes that have been foreclosed upon and are therefore often able to be purchased below market value – providing many with an opportunity to purchase affordable modular homes.

Differences in Modular Homes, Mobile Homes, Stick Built Homes

When buying a foreclosed home (or any home for that matter) it is essential that you understand what type of home you are purchasing. Specifically, it is essential that you understand the difference between modular homes, mobile homes, and stick built homes.

  • Modular Homes: Modular homes, which are also often referred to as prefab modular homes, are homes in which sections of the homes are built at an external facility and transported to the build site. These homes always meet and often exceed local building codes and are placed upon a solid foundation. In fact, the only difference in these properties and stick built homes is the fact that sections of the home are built off-site.
  • Mobile Homes: Although modular homes and mobile homes are both referred to as prefabricated homes, there are some key differences. Mobile homes are built almost entirely off site and are transported to the site and although they can be placed upon a foundation, most of them are not. Unlike modular homes, these properties are built to HUD standards and therefore may not always meet local building codes. Like modular homes, you can often find cheap foreclosed mobile homes on the market.
  • Stick Built Homes:Stick built homes are built completely at the build site and are built (like modular homes) to meet local building codes.

How are Modular Homes Built?

How to buy a modular house

When buying foreclosed modular homes, you may be wondering how a modern modular home is built, as well as if all modular homes are built alike or if there are custom modular homes on the market. Modular home parts are often called “modules”, but are sometimes called “boxes”. These sections are built at the factor and undergo extensive quality control to ensure that the modules are built to perfection. Once the modules for the home are built, the pieces are transported to the site on large truck beds.

At the site, these modules are assembled on a permanent foundation. At the end of the process, you have a customized home that is built to meet local building codes and that went through extensive quality control procedures to ensure optimal quality.

Can Foreclosed Modular Homes be moved from one Place to Other?

If you have been looking at used modular homes for sale, then you may be wondering if these are transportable homes – meaning that you can move them to another location. The short answer is no. A modular building transportation would be the same as trying to move stick built homes. Even small modular homes are built on permanent foundations.

Advantages of Investing in Foreclosed Modular Homes

When buying a modular home, there are several benefits for those looking for modular homes for sale for investing purposes. First, home buyers are often attracted to modular home prices because they are often more affordable than stick built homes. Second, those looking to buy a high-quality property may prefer modular home sales because of the quality control at the building facility. Third, when it comes to modular home sales, you can rest assured that the home meets (and probably exceeds) local building code. Therefore, investors often purchase modular homes that have gone through the foreclosure process at a discount and then are able to market the strengths of these properties when attempting to flip the home for a profit.

Cost of Modular Homes

The question “How much do modular homes cost?” is complicated because the cost of modular homes depends on a variety of things – including how large the home is and whether or not you are considering purchased foreclosed modular homes or new modular homes. In general, a new modular home costs about $60 per square foot. Fortunately, when buying a foreclosure property you can usually purchase modular homes for well below $60 per square foot, making these particular homes great options for those looking for discounted properties. The best thing to do before purchasing a foreclosed modular home is to look at a modular home price list and find out how much the property probably would have cost if it was built new, and then determine if the listing price is discounted enough to make it a good investment.

Foreclosed Modular Home Financing

When financing a modular home, most people wonder if it is different than financing a stick built home or if you have to utilize special lenders when looking to obtain modular home loans. Fortunately, modular home financing is exactly like financing a stick built home. Therefore, when wondering how to finance foreclosed modular homes, you go through the exact same process as when you finance any home purchase.

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Purchasing a mobile home is a major investment. A mobile home is a great option when you’re on a budget and in the market for a new home. An advantage of buying a mobile home is that you can spend more on the property than you could with traditional construction. Consider how much you can spend and what you want to get out of your home before deciding what to buy.

How to buy a modular house

How to buy a modular house

How to buy a modular house

How to buy a modular house

How to buy a modular house

How to buy a modular house

Nathan Miller
Property Management Specialist Expert Interview. 15 October 2018. Home loans include interest and can be paid back over different amounts of time depending on the terms, so the monthly payments can be very different with different loans. Decide what monthly payments you can afford, and then use a loan calculator to find out how much you can finance.

  • It is a good rule to keep your home loan payment to under 30 percent of your net income. The payment should include money for the loan, the taxes, and any insurance on the home. The total of these should be under 30 percent of your net income.
  • The total cost of a mobile home, land, delivery, and land preparation can cost between $75,000 to $300,000, and sometimes even more if you get all of the upgrades. [4] X Research source

The estimated installation cost includes the following*:

  • Setting the home that you selected onto your foundation or building pad (This assumes normal lot conditions and does not include any extra costs to maneuver the home to your building site or any crane rental fees)
  • Installing blocking or piers under the home and levelling the home with shims
  • Anchoring the home to your foundation with tornado and/or hurricane proof anchors
  • Insulating the marriage line and bolting the various sections of your home together at both the floor and roof lines (if there is more than one section)
  • Finishing roof venting and ridge cap shingles
  • Installing siding on the ends with house wrap (if you selected the house wrap option with your home order)
  • Installing soffit and fascia on the ends of the home for the complete exterior finish
  • Estimates to hook up to existing utilities (you will have to add the cost of a new septic, well, electrical service, and also driveway and etc as needed on your site)
  • Estimate to complete the inside trim and finish work

Add for concrete If a concrete foundation (slab or crawl space) is required, add an estimate of $10 per Sq Ft of home to this price guide (if you don’t have an actual quote)

Add for skirting (Not needed if home is on a crawl space)

Add for A/C if not an option included by your manufacturer

Typical Investor funded projects

Project Cost $160,000

LESS Buyer Down Payment (20,000)

Management fee (10% of balance) 14,000

Investor capital (70% of balance = 61% LTV) 98,000

Home Nation capital (30% of balance) 42,000

Net to Investor at Buyer’s loan closing in

approximately 90 – 120 days

(50% of Management fee) $7,000

Project Cost(See VA loan pre approval here ) 267,000

If you’ve heard about modular houses, you should know that buying a modular house makes a lot of sense. These affordable, easy to own houses make it easy for all types of home shoppers to invest in homeownership and live a life they love.

What is a Modular Home?

A modular home is a manufactured house built in a factory in multiple units or modules. A modular home leaves the factory in two to five pieces, gets transported to the home site, where builders join it into one living space on a solid foundation.

Once a modular home is assembled on its foundation, it can look just like a site-built home. Modular homes have similar floor plans to traditionally built houses, giving homeowners the chance to invest in a home with a lot of curb appeal and almost endless customization options.

Intrigued? Here are 5 more reasons to consider buying a new modular home:

Why Should Consider Buying a Modular Home?

1. Affordability

Modular houses make homeownership affordable. These low cost, newly built homes give people a higher quality house for a lower cost.

Because modular homes are built on a controlled, indoor assembly line, manufacturers can eliminate costs usually associated with traditional homebuilding, and pass the savings on to the buyers. By creating an economy of scale, manufacturers can deliver a quality new home at a fraction of the cost of a site built house.

2. Very Short Building Process

One of the biggest advantages of buying a modular house is how quickly you can move through the building process and actually start living in your home. If you want a new home, but need to move in quickly, a modular house might be a better option for you than a quick move-in home.

Manufacturers don’t have to worry about delays caused by bad weather, a time consuming building process, of waiting on a contractor or vender. This means you don’t have to wait on a delay filled construction process either.

A modular homebuilder can get your home finished and ready for delivery to your property in two to eight days. You can’t move into the home in the factory though, and it generally takes 60-90 days from the time you buy your home to when you can move in.

3. Ease of Ownership

A newly built modular home makes owning a house easy for many types of home shoppers.

First Time Buyers

First-time homebuyers and modular home make a good match. Modular homes give first-time buyers the benefits of homeownership, at a much lower cost than a traditional single family home. If you want to have your own home, but are concerned about saving for a down payment or the cost of maintaining a house, know that all types of modular hoses cost less to build and own.


Communities of cool retirees living in modular housing in fabulous locations has become a major trend in retirement neighborhoods. Retired life in a modular home minimizes home maintenance by limiting the amount of house you need to care for. Luxurious features in modular homes let you invest in the home you always dreamed about.

4. Pastoral Living

If you have land you love or you want to live out in the country, a modular home is a fantastic way to invest in a newly built home. Buying a modular, and having it placed on your property, minimizes the lengthy construction process usually associated with building a new home on your own lot.

Homeowners looking to build away from urban hubs have more flexibility when they choose to buy a modular home. Instead of working whatever site built homebuilders happening to work in your area, you can pick any modular home you love and have it delivered to your lot.

5. Not Too Tiny Tiny Homes

Just because tiny homes look cute on social media feeds doesn’t mean they’re fun to live in. If you like the idea of a tiny home, but aren’t ready to Marie Kondo practically everything you own, modular homes could be a comfortable middle ground.

While modular homes can be the same size as a production home, most modular homes range from about 900 to 2,604 square feet, making them more comfortable than a tiny home, but not as massive as a typical single family home. These houses live large thanks to great space saving features, so you can keep your books/wardrobe/collections without feeling overwhelmed or cluttered.

Would you buy and live in a modular home? Let us know why or why not in the comments below.

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After graduating in 2016 from The University of Texas with a degree in English, Sanda Brown became a content writer for the BDX with a focus on website copy and content marketing.

How to buy a modular house

How to buy a modular house

Save Thousands Building It Yourself

Why spend thousands on a builder’s profit and overhead, when you can find custom modular homes for sale at factory direct prices from us. With our modular homes program you eliminate the middle man and save big! Find out how hundreds of satisfied customers have built their dream homes on their own with our help. More.

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What We Offer

We at Custom Modular Direct have created a unique, time-tested program to help our clients successfully design, purchase and finish their own custom modular home. With a proven track record of hundreds of satisfied customers, let us guide you to one of the most fulfilling journeys you’ve ever undertaken.

Within our site you will find numerous modular homes, floor plans and prices with information about our home options including modular log homes, and an exciting array of enticing custom designs created for our customers within our “Under Construction” and Modular Home Design pages. Find out why building with our prefab modular homes makes perfect sense in today’s need for energy efficient living and cost savings. Read on and discover the benefits to these.

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What The Experts Say

“Modular houses are attractive, strong and efficient… Some modular house manufacturers offer “owner completion” programs to further lower the building costs. They deliver all the sections and place them on your foundations. You can do the finishing touches such as the drywall, carpentry, exterior trim, final electrical hook-ups, lay carpet, etc… yourself.” James Dulley, Nationally syndicated newspaper columnist and avid do-it-yourselfer

“In a FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) study following the Hurricane Andrew in 1992, it was found that wood-frame modular homes in hard-hit Dade County, Florida, stood up to the devastating winds better than stick-built homes.” Chad Harvey, Asst. Director of Government Affairs with Modular Building Systems Association. From “Modular Homes Make Sense”. Retrieved: Feb, 16 2007

“If you can balance a checkbook, read, and deal with people in a fair manner, you can build your own house or addition. You don’t need any technical knowledge or building skills — in fact, you’ll never pick up a hammer.” Carl Heldmann, “Be Your Own House Contractor; Save 25% Without Lifting a Hammer”. Storey Books.

The appeal of modular homes is easy to see. They’re built in advance under controlled factory conditions, so modular homes can eliminate a lot of the guesswork and surprise detours involved in the construction process. In addition, the cost savings involved in building a modular log home can also be an attractive benefit.

Determining the total cost of buying a modular log home depends on a number of factors, including the selected floor plan, materials, construction site conditions, and more. Some smart material swaps can also add to the overall value of a modular log home, proving more cost-effective in the long run.

This guide breaks down multiple factors involved in calculating the cost of purchasing a modular log home. Take a look!

The Cost of Modular Log Homes

Modular homes, also referred to as prefab homes, are structures that are built in a factory and then delivered to the property site. Just about every detail of these homes are prefabricated, thus the name ‘prefab’ homes. Though modular log cabins arrive at the property site fully built, they aren’t quite as generic as you may think. In reality, there are many different prefab floor plans to choose from, providing homeowners with several options.

There are various floor plan options available, so there isn’t typically a flat rate price for modular homes. The Modular Home Builders Association ascertains that there are, in fact, significant savings involved in constructing a modular log home. The association estimates a total cost savings of 3.4% with modular homes, or around $8,067 on a 2,000 square foot home. These savings are attributed to an overall increase in workplace productivity for modular homes and a reduction in waste generated during construction.

Even with these types of estimates, the final cost of building a modular log home can vary greatly. Transportation costs, foundation needs specific to the terrain, the complication of sewer lines, and other challenges faced by unique property conditions will all play a role in the total cost of establishing a modular log home.

Benefits of Going Modular

For many, the benefits of going modular are exceptional. After all, purchasing a modular log home can save a ton of time that would otherwise be spent revising floor plans, selecting materials, coordinating with different contractors, and trying to get all the details to fall in place cohesively.

Few people are capable of orchestrating all the details of building a home without making some sort of revision or re-do at one point. These little mistakes and adjustments can add up 一 financially and in the overall timeline. Quite simply put, time is money, and modular log homes save a lot of time!

Modular Log Homes Built for the Long Run

Homeowners should never dismiss the opportunity to enhance their prefab home with smart material swaps. There’s no question that certain materials are longer-lasting than others, and selecting reliable products from the start can save a lot of time and money in the long run. Cheaper materials will require more upkeep and routine repair, which can add to the overall cost of maintaining a property. Therefore, swapping these substandard products for more durable materials is a great idea for making a modular log home more cost-effective.

One of the wisest areas to enhance is the siding. Modular log homes that are built with natural timber are likely to require an extensive amount of upkeep and repair, because natural wood is more susceptible to moisture and sun damage, as well as wood-destroying organisms. A two-story home with wood siding is an estimated $3,000 – $5,000 for repainting and $2,000 – $4,000 for staining. These tasks are typically done every 2 to 5 years. Keep in mind that this does not address other forms of common wood damage, like rotting or insect infestation.

Swapping out authentic wood for a more durable siding product is an excellent way to cut long-term costs for your modular log home. TruLog makes maintenance-free steel siding that looks just like real wood, allowing you to get that idyllic, charming exterior of a log cabin without all the expensive upkeep needed to maintain the beauty of real wood. It may cost just a little more up front, however, wood-look steel siding is a great way to help protect your modular log home and save on repairs in the long run.

Extra Expenses to Consider

If you want to further customize the modular home, there may be added expenses involved. Additional rooms or architectural features that deviate from standard prefab design plans are likely to cost extra, as are particular property challenges, like rocky, unlevel terrain or properties located in remote areas. Always factor these extra expenses into the final calculations in order to have a more accurate estimate.

Build Your Modular Log Home the Smart Way

Modular log homes can save homeowners time and money. Smart building material swaps, like steel siding that resembles natural wood, can help you save even more by cutting down on future repair work. Always consider extra additions and customizations when calculating the total cost of your modular log home.

Contact Trulog Siding today for expert advice on how to approach your modular log home build.

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Manufactured home designs range from the bare basics to top-of-the-line luxury, so you can easily find a home that meets your needs and price range. With the right research and knowledge, you can find the best home at the best price and walk away from the experience with a smile.

The United States Census Bureau calculated the average sales price for a manufactured home in 2021 to be $106,800. Compare that to the $407,700 average sales price for a traditional single-family home in October 2021. and you’ll see why the homes are such a great choice.

Buying a manufactured home is a fairly simple and somewhat similar, to buying a traditional home. One major difference is the fact that you will be going to a dealership instead of a real estate agent.


There are a few preparations you’ll need to do before visiting the first dealership, and that’s calculating how large a home you can afford. Financial experts advise that a home should never cost more than 30 percent of your total monthly income after taxes. You will need to add insurance, taxes, and maintenance costs into that figure.


While looking at homes, you will find many options and styles available, so know the features you consider most important in advance. Do you need three bedrooms, or can you go with two? Will you need the gourmet kitchen upgrade?

Knowing the features that are most important to you will help you avoid emotional attachment which often leads to buyers remorse. The home you ultimately choose should meet most of the features you listed before you visited the first home.


Researching manufactured home floor plans and features online can help you narrow down the homes to a manageable list. Certain features and upgrades can increase the life span of the home and help with a resale value such as:

  • Shingled roofing
  • Insulation
  • Pitched roof
  • 2×6 Framing on 16″ centers
  • Exterior sheathing
  • Vinyl siding
  • Shutoff valves at all water sources
  • Real wood flooring, as opposed to particleboard

Sales Negotiations

Don’t be scared to negotiate the price of a manufactured home. Manufactured home dealerships mark up the price and utilize holdbacks, just like automobile dealerships. This means there is a profit built into the invoice price of the home. Even if you buy a home at invoice, dealers will still make a profit based on the holdback.

Some dealers will speak regarding monthly payment amounts, as opposed to the total price. Don’t let them talk you into naming a monthly payment that you would pay. You want to negotiate on the total price of the home, not the monthly costs.

Insurance, Taxes, and Extended Warranties

Some dealerships will offer to have insurance, taxes, and even extended warranties attached to the price of the home. Don’t do it! You will end up paying interest on the additional items which could more than double the cost. Extended warranties should be handled with caution. Some of them aren’t worth the price.

Homeowner’s insurance should be bought from an insurance agent, not a salesman at a manufactured home dealership.


Once you have chosen the home, you will need to decide on the transporters, installers, and finish carpenters. Dealerships will often have one company they use, but you should research those companies just as you would any contractor. The majority of manufactured home issues are caused by faulty transportation and installation, so you want the best people doing the work. If the dealer insists that you use only one company, be wary.

Buying a manufactured home is an exciting time for anyone, and there are a lot of things you will have to consider. Knowing how the process works and what to expect during the sale can help you make the best buying decision.

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How to buy a modular houseBuild your ideal modular house at an affordable cost.

If you are tired of renting houses and apartments and wish to purchase your own home, consider a modular home! This type of housing is affordable and customizable according to your family size and wishes.

At Modular Homes Austin, we offer high-quality modular homes for individuals and families searching for stable housing! It is our goal to help you find the perfect modular home for both you and your loved ones so you never have to worry about relocating again. For more information, please call us at (512) 385-9701!

Let us build your dream home at an affordable cost!

Do you own land but do not wish to work with a plethora of contractors and other companies to build your dream home? At Modular Homes Austin, we can help you build your ideal house at an affordable cost! The modular homes we sell at Modular Homes Austin are not only affordable, but high-quality, as well.

Learn more about our modular homes:

  • What is a Modular Home? Modular homes are very similar to site built homes, however; Modular Homes are built in a controlled environment out of the weather elements. Once built, Modular Homes are transported to the home site in modules, installed on permanent foundations and completed by professional contractors. We can help you select the best modular home for your family!
  • Why Modular?Modular housing has many benefits, including cost, availability, and sizing. No matter how big or small your family is, we have the modular home for you! One of the many benefits of modular homes is having it built specifically for your property and needs.
  • Modular homes differ from other types of housing because:
    • The building process of a modular home cannot be delayed due to weather, since they are created indoors
    • They must conform to certain rules, guidelines, and building codes that are often superior than traditional on-site home rules, guidelines, and building codes
    • Modular Homes can be built cheaper and faster than site built homes
    • Construction time can be reduced more than 35% so you get into your new house FASTER to enjoy it sooner. Site built homes can take over a year to complete while modular homes are assembled on site and finished in weeks.
  • Better Quality than Site Built Our modular home companies utilize higher quality products and materials than many site built companies, meaning your home can last longer.
  • Floor Plans- 2 & 3 Bedrooms: You can learn more about our two and three bedroom floorplans via this page, as well as what they would look like fully-built.
  • Floor Plans- 4 & 5 Bedrooms: If you are looking for a bigger modular home, we offer four and five bedroom plans that have plenty of room for everyone!

We differ from other Austin modular home companies because:

  • Our mission is to provide quality modular housing for families in Central Texas
  • Our modular homes are built to code and are of a higher quality than site built homes
  • Local company that has been in business for more than 60 years

Regardless of where in Texas you reside, our team can help you purchase the perfect modular home. We have a dedicated team of home consultants and real estate professionals on staff who specialize in modular homes built on property you own.

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Best modular home for your family in Austin, TX

As Texas residents, we understand how difficult it can be to find quality modular housing in an area you love. This is why we offer modular homes that can be customized to your liking! No matter how big or small your family is, our modular homes are the perfect solution for your housing needs.

Our team can also assist with financing if needed. Modular Homes is the only full-service modular home dealer in Central Texas, so we strive to be your “one-stop-shop!” When you work with us, you will not need to hire any sub-contractors, other realtors, water companies, etc. We handle everything and have Spanish-speaking staff members for clients who don’t speak English. If you would like to schedule a tour of one of our modular homes, please do not hesitate to contact our Austin modular home company at (512) 385-9701 today!

At Cozy Cabins, we build modular log homes that are tailored to fit our customer’s needs. Whether you are looking for a future weekend getaway or your next full-time residence, we have log cabin styles that can accommodate both! Our team can add customizations to your modular cabin design like Hickory floors, quartz countertops, a tile shower, and much more. These personalized modifications can bring a style that is uniquely yours to your new home.

If you’ve been struggling to find a modular log home that is well-made and created almost entirely before it arrives on your property, our team at Cozy Cabins is your solution. Take a moment to browse our floor plans below to find the one that will best fit your needs.

One of a Kind Cabin Floor Plans From Cozy Cabins

Finding a cabin floor plan that you like is great, but having the ability to add-on custom options is even better. Here at Cozy Cabins, we have tons of high-quality options to help you customize your cabin floor plan. Things like back porches, decks, patio doors, Jacuzzi tubs, and laundry cabinets are just a few of the specialty features we offer to our clients.

Choose one of our modular log cabin styles below to view the cabin floor plans we have already created, and get inspired to modify them or design your own!

Explore Our Modular Log Home Styles

Explore Our Modular Log Cabin Styles

In addition to the enjoyment of log cabin living, our modular construction techniques enhance energy efficiency and affordability. Each of our styles has been designed intentionally with specific lifestyles and customers in mind. For example, one of our most popular log cabin styles, our Mountaineer Deluxe log home, is ideal for a family’s permanent residence or second home. However, a log cabin style like our Settler Cabin is perfect for those wanting a hunting retreat. Browse through the cabin floor plans on this page or contact our team today to get help matching you with one of our modular log homes!

Shop Our Modular Log Homes Now!

When searching for high-quality modular log homes for sale, we hope you turn to Cozy Cabins! What began as a side project back in 1996 has quickly turned into one of the most respected names in the modular log home industry. Since our start, we’ve done our best to create designs that will serve families across the Northeast US for decades to come. Why not add your name to that growing list? Simply ask for pricing today and get started on your journey to owning a modular log cabin!

Florida Modular Homes has teamed up with a handful of lenders who understand our product, market, and most importantly our customers.

Most people will require some sort of financing when they are purchasing a new home. With this in mind, Florida Modular Homes has teamed up with a handful of lenders who understand our product, market, and most importantly our customers. The team at Florida Modular Homes are experts in financing and in many cases can get individuals financed that may have been previously turned down.

Fortunately, in today’s market there are many options available for factory built home buyers with both good and challenged credit. Most of the loan programs that are available for traditional stick built housing are also available for factory built homes.

Florida Modular Homes and the lenders we have teamed up with offer financing for both mobile and modular homes. For both home only financing with no land involved in the transaction and land / home financing where the land purchase or payoff is financed in the same payment as the home.

Second Chance Financing

Florida Modular Homes has access to a unique financing program designed for homebuyers who have experienced challenges with their credit.

  • Credit scores as low as500 can be accepted with atleast 20% down payment. The down payment can be in form of cash, mobile home trade, land equity or a combination of all.
  • 575+ Credit score can be approved with 10% Down

Florida Modular Homes has a professional sales staff that can assist you in finding the best home financing option available for you and your individual situation. Feel free to call, visit us, or reach out on our Facebook page with any questions you may have.

For Self Employed Customers

Florida Modular Homes has teamed up with a lender that requires only one year’s tax returns for self employed home buyers. Please contact a sales consultant for more information.

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How To Finance Your New Pratt Home

Pratt Homes is one of only a handful of home builders that offers an on-staff, experienced and licensed mortgage loan originator. Due to the complexities around mortgage lending, it is more than just a luxury to have someone who can help you navigate through all the decisions involved with the home purchase. We want to make the process as easy and enjoyable for you as possible.

We offer a variety of finance programs for our manufactured, modular, and tiny homes. Options will vary depending on the type of home you are interested in purchasing and your unique situation.

We work to find the best financing options for YOU! Many will include lower closing costs and interest rates. Here are just a few of the competitive programs we have available:

  • Home Only- No minimum credit score required for conventional financing on all new and pre-owned. In most cases, you will have a response in as little as 24 hours.
  • Banner Program – If you a credit score of 575 or higher, this program offers a low down payment for home-only, private property products.
  • Equity Program – This financing option is available to almost any home buyer, including those with poor credit. A minimum downpayment is required, and it may be greater than our other programs.
  • Land As Down Payment – This is a great option for home buyers who want to use their land as a down payment.
  • Land Home Loan – This is a great option if you are interested in a one time closing of your construction loan, land purchase, and home purchase. This allows you from having to front all the money.
  • Alternate Income – A great choice for the self-employed home buyer.
  • Co-Signer – This program allows for an additional signer to help offset a limited credit applicant.

Traditional Mortgage Options Available at Pratt Homes:
Conventional fixed rate mortgages (30, 20, 15 and 10 year terms)
Adjustable Rate Mortgages (ARM loans)
USDA Mortgages with zero money down options
FHA Loans featuring low down payments and fairly lenient credit requirements
VA Mortgages for eligible military, veterans and surviving spouses. We are proud of the fact that we secured VA financing for the 2nd ever modular home in the state of Texas for a wonderful military family.

Bad Credit. No Credit. No Problem.
For those who may not qualify for traditional financing programs due to poor credit, we have a great option. It’s called our Equity Program. Whether you have bad credit or no credit, you can qualify if you meet other requirements. The required downpayment is 35%, but you may be able to use your land equity in lieu of the down payment. Furthermore, all loans have flexible terms and fixed rates for the life of the loan. This option is available for new modular and new double and single section homes.

Interested in Building Equity Faster, Paying Less Interest, and Reducing the Terms of Your Loan?
We have a program for that! Ask about Our Bi-Weekly Plan. You will be able to pay off your home years earlier than with a standard monthly loan. Ask us how!

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Which Home Is Best For Me?

Finding quality housing that fits your budget, lifestyle and timeline can be a challenge. At Riverview Homes Inc., we’ve spent the past 50 years helping families through the home buying process. We use our experience to assist you in making the best decision for your situation. By walking you through the decision process, we help determine; is a modular or HUD built home best for me? What size home would suit me best? Should it be a two-story or ranch style home? Using sound reasoning to answer these and other questions you can feel confident in the choices you make.

Why Choose Riverview Homes?

When you combine a decades-old family-owned company with experience, training, and dedicated staff, great things happen. In other words, it matters to our family that yours has a great experience. We make this process as simple as possible, which is a huge benefit to our customers. We do this by providing priced, unlocked, decorated, and ready to view model homes at each of our 6 locations. In addition, we can assist in securing financing, providing a detailed timeline, and helping you through the entire process. At RHI, our customers are our highest priority, which is why so many take the time to tell us.

We build to the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) code and to various required State specific Modular Code(s).

Deer Valley Homebuilders, Inc. (DVLY) has constructed over 7700 homes in the southeastern and central United States.

Welcome to Dinkins Home Center
Dinkins Home Center, located in Paris, Tennessee, sold its first manufactured home in 1946. Dinkins is well established and has been in the same location since 1965. We offer more than 30 new and pre-owned homes to choose from.

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About Dinkins Home Center

Dinkins Home Center, sold its first manufactured home in 1946. Dinkins is well established and has been in the same location since 1965. We offer more than 30 new and pre-owned homes to choose from.

Dinkins features locally built Champion’s line of fine homes. There are many advantages to buying a house that is locally built. Lower shipping costs means you will get more house for your dollar. Also, we can offer a tour of Champion’s facility to show how the homes are built.

Dinkins has received many awards over the years. We were selected Sale Center of the Year by Tennessee Manufactured Housing Association. Also, Dinkins was the 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 Readers’ Choice Award winner for excellent product knowledge and customer service in Paris, TN.

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Wednesday, 14 March 2018

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According to a Census Bureau report , millennials outnumbered baby boomers in 2015. Over the past few years, this generation has become a driving force in different markets, including the real estate market .

As rental rates continue to rise across the country, the number of millennials who want to move from renting to owning has increased exponentially, comprising 80% of potential home buyers .

However, the millennial home buyers often struggle to find a real possibility in today’s site-built market. Fortunately, the manufactured housing industry offers a viable solution to that problem. In this post, we’re going to analyze the top five reasons why a millennial home buyer should consider buying a manufactured home.

Reason #1: Manufactured Homes Are More Affordable Than Conventional Housing

On average, new manufactured homes sell for $73,000 (without land), while site-built houses sell for $372,000 . The huge difference in price clearly indicates that buying a manufactured home, even with land, is significantly less expensive than purchasing a comparable site-built home. That is because manufactured homes cost significantly less to build compared to conventional houses.

To begin with, manufactured homes are built in factory environments where manufacturers can strictly control all the parts of the construction process, use standardized end-to-end manufacturing operations, prevent costly mistakes and damages, and avoid weather delays. Furthermore, most manufacturers purchase materials in bulk. All these factors lead to economies of scale, which contribute to lower sales prices.

Reason #2: Manufactured Homes Are High-Quality

Manufactured homes are built with high quality materials and installed according to strict standards , just as site-built construction. Designed with the millennial customer in mind, today’s manufactured homes are also aesthetically pleasing and look similar to their traditionally constructed counterparts.

When buying a manufactured home , buyers can choose among different floor plans, ranging from basic, minimalist spaces to luxurious interiors. And even though most manufactured homes are built based on existing floor plans, manufacturers provide various customization options that can better fit the personal style and needs of every millennial home buyer.

Inviting porches, brick or stone masonry, beautiful windows, and high-end details accompanied by gorgeous landscaping are just some of the features that can add curb appeal and give manufactured homes the same look and feel as site-built construction. The inside of a manufactured home can also be customized with many different amenities, including vaulted ceilings, fireplaces, granite countertops, elegant bathrooms and stylish floors.

Reason #3: Manufactured Homes Are Durable

Manufactured homes are just as durable as traditional site-built homes. Besides being built with HUD-approved materials and according to state, local and regional codes, these homes are attached to permanent foundations that must also comply with strict installation standards .

During the installation process, home sections (roof, walls and floors) are properly aligned, joined together, supported and sealed along the marriage line to provide a solid structure that can withstand any environmental stressors. Built for a lifetime of safe and comfortable living, modern manufactured homes can last as long as conventional site-built construction , if they are properly maintained.

Reason #4: Manufactured Homes Appreciate in Value Just Like Traditional Homes

Manufactured homes appreciate in value the same way conventional homes do. Because modern manufactured homes are sturdily built and have great curb appeal, their market value increases when home values increase in a specific area.

That is good news for millennial home buyers. Since building equity is one of the most important parts of home ownership, opting for an affordable manufactured home that appreciates in value over time is a great way to build wealth. If a millennial home buyer rolls the cost of both the home and land into the same manufactured home loan with land , he or she may be able to tap into equity sooner than expected, especially if that land remains an appreciating asset .

Reason #5: Manufactured Homes Are Energy Efficient and Environmentally Friendly

Millennials are more environmentally and socially conscious than previous generations. What’s more, they’re constantly looking for ways to save some money. Manufactured homes offer a housing option that doesn’t only involve less construction waste and better use of resources compared to conventional homes; they can also be equipped with intelligent, eco-friendly features like low-E windows, programmable thermostats, cool roofs, upgraded insulation and many more. In fact, many manufactured homes are Energy Star rated , which proves their energy efficiency .

If you’re considering buying a manufactured home, you don’t have to wait to get a jump start on the process. With endless floor plans and design options, a wide range of prices to fit many budgets, and different manufactured home loans from reliable lenders, manufactured homes provide a smart investment alternative to today’s millennial home buyer.

All businesses have a responsibility to evaluate their environmental and social impact.

As an entity that impacts so many lives and makes use of national resources, it’s imperative for any corporation to consider how to do so in ways that enact positive changes within local communities, larger society and the environment.

At UMH, we hold environmental and social considerations in high regard when it comes to business practices, policies, shareholder value, community development and our residents. We are dedicated to investing in technology and building practices that leverage and promote sustainability, as well as implementing and maintaining policies that promote diversity and provide opportunities to our employees and our neighbors.

UMH is proud to be a part of the fabricated housing industry that prioritizes these ethical standards. Here are just some of the ways that we go above and beyond with our policies and our people.

Our homes

We Believe in Building “Light…”

  • HUD Code-Compliant
    By building in accordance with the Federal Manufactured Homes Construction and Safety Standards (“HUD Code”), UMH homes are quality regulated in regards to strength, transportability, energy efficiency, fire resistance, heating, plumbing and electrical systems. Because of the strict standards, manufactured homes are often more insulated and more energy efficient than standard stick-built homes.
  • Energy Efficient Construction
    Manufactured homes are constructed in controlled, factory environments that are free from external elements. This, along with technological advances and greater flexibility in the construction process, reduces energy usage and waste associated with the production of manufactured homes compared to other forms of conventional housing. In addition, many of our manufacturers are employing green construction practices and using renewable materials.
  • ENERGY STAR Certified
    Many of the homes in our communities are ENERGY STAR Certified with ENERGY STAR appliances. This means they meet the EPA’s strict guidelines for energy efficiency, with systems that consume less energy.

…With Conservation in Mind.

  • Water
    BWe have been aggressively installing water meters on homes and in many communities, which has dramatically reduced water consumption. In addition, we continually upgrade water line infrastructure to eliminate leakage and conserve water.
  • Landscaping
    Our communities’ landscaping prominently features trees and shrubbery which improve air quality, moderate the effects of sun and wind, preserve soil and support wildlife.
  • Reduce & Recycle
    We encourage our suppliers and contractors to minimize environmental impact by reducing waste. Additionally, our corporate offices and our communities all recycle paper, plastic, bottles and cans.
  • Monitoring
    We have been introducing NEST Thermostats into our homes and communities, so that residents can monitor their consumption and obtain savings by intelligently managing home heating and cooling to maximize energy use.

Buy Modular Homes

UMH has numerous retail manufactured home sales centers in Indiana, Pennsylvania and New York. If you’re searching for a manufactured home or modular home, you can find the home of your dreams by working with a qualified sales associate from a UMH Manufactured Home Sales Center in your area.

Skyline offers a wide range of factory-built homes, BOTH manufactured homes and modular homes.

What’s the difference?

Both manufactured and modular homes look like any other conventionally built home in appearance and both are built to codes that ensure a safe and sound investment. Here are the key differences.

Manufactured homes are built as either a single section home or a multi-section home, depending on the floor plan. They are constructed and delivered on a permanent chassis, so a permanent foundation is not necessary. Because of their efficient, high-quality construction, these homes provide the best value in home buying. Manufactured homes conform to Housing and Urban Development (HUD) codes. During your search, you’ll often find them referred to as “HUDs.” Prior to the Federal Manufactured Home Construction Safety Standards, manufactured homes were sometimes called “mobile homes” or “trailer homes.” The HUD code regulates the design, construction, structural durability, transportability, fire resistance and energy efficiency of a home. It also prescribes performance standards for the mechanical, plumbing and electrical standards.

Modular homes, while built in the factory and transported in sections, are virtually indistinguishable from a site-built home, though they tend to be better constructed, take less time to build and are more energy-efficient. They are placed on a foundation and are subject to the same codes as any other site-built home, including all local, state and regional building regulations.

While manufactured homes are one-story designs, a modular home can be of any size.

After your Skyline home is built, it will be delivered to location, complete with appliances and all other components that make a home ready for you to occupy. Because of the efficiencies gained by simultaneous site work and construction and because we build under ideal, controlled conditions, the time between purchase and closing is dramatically reduced. Your home will be completed sooner and built better.

Both manufactured and modular homes are inspected frequently at the assembly plant during each phase of construction. In-plant inspectors as well as independent agencies inspect your home on behalf of federal, state and local governments for code compliance. Evidence of this inspection is normally the application of a federal, state or inspection agency label of approval.

Ocala Custom Homes provides custom stilt home construction services for clients across the Sunshine State.

Your stilt home project whether constructed with a modular home or a manufactured home can utilize a variety of foundation designs depending on your budget, goals and desires. Do you want the area under the homes to remain wide open for a secured storage or garage like space or are you interested in adding additional living space under your new stilt home for entertaining as well? Regardless, Ocala Custom Homes can construct your foundation to accommodate your dream at an affordable price. Our expertise will help you with every facet of your project making it stress free and enjoyable.

Many people are unaware stilt home foundations can be constructed from a variety of different materials and configured with numerous designs. On and off frame applications with piers, piles or poured foundations are commonly utilized. We will incorporate your ideas into the design, determine the best application for your homes budget and offer a full turnkey package so you don’t need to worry. We will manage 100% of your project.

Waterfront stilt homes commonly require different code/construction requirements than stilt homes that are not affected by wind and water. We have engineers who understand the local code requirements for your project and can make the design, permitting and construction of this type of specialized housing remarkably simple.

We can assist you from concept to completion for any application whether coastal or inland and help determine an economical approach to your project as well as determine if the property is suitable for your new home. Our staffs construction knowledge assures your home is designed and constructed to the highest standards available in the industry.

Please contact our offices to schedule a convenient time to discuss how Ocala Custom Homes can help with your dream stilt home.

How to buy a modular house

How to buy a modular house

How to buy a modular house

How to buy a modular house

How to buy a modular house

How to buy a modular house

How to buy a modular house

How to buy a modular house


If you’re looking for a Southeastern Michigan modular home dealer, Southeast Michigan manufactured home dealer, or Southeast Michigan builder of pre-fab homes who uses brand name components to construct the highest quality modular homes possible, you’ve come to the right place. We have models on-site !

Call Roger Hamill at 810-650-9023

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How to buy a modular house

Michigan Modular Home Dealer

Huron Modular Homes is a Michigan modular home dealer and a seller of custom modular homes as well as a manufactured home dealer.

We have modular home models on display at our five acre lot. We sell both modular homes and manufactured homes.

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The Huron Modular Homes model center is located in Port Huron Township, St. Clair County, Michigan but we deliver and set up modular homes anywhere in Michigan. Although we have delivered and set up modular homes as far north as Gaylord, Michigan much of our business is done in St. Clair County, Macomb County, Oakland County, Lapeer County, Tuscola County, Genesee County, Sanilac & Huron Counties. Find Land

During our many years in business, Huron Modular Homes has placed numerous modular homes in Yale, Armada Twp., Memphis, Capac, Kimball, Ft. Gratiot, Burtchville, Imlay City, Avoca, North Street, Lexington, Port Sanilac and throughout the Thumb of Michigan.

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Huron Modular Homes
4269 Dove Road
Port Huron, MI 48060
Phone: 810-650-9023
Fax: 810-364-7799
[email protected]
Showroom Hours
Monday-Friday 9am-6pm
Saturday 12pm-4pm
Evenings and Sunday by appointment

Roger Hamill, owner, founder and president of Huron Modular Homes has been in the business of providing quality housing solutions for 30 years. Visit the Huron Modular Homes model center on Dove Road, ½ Mile east of I-94 (at exit 269) and Range Road in Port Huron, Michigan and see just how much house your money can buy.

Roger is also a licensed residential builder in the state of Michigan with years of experience navigating the modular home construction process and coordinating the completion of hundreds of modular home installations. Huron Modular Homes and Roger Hamill are licensed, bonded and fully insured.

More about Roger

After attending Michigan State University, I went to work at Hallmark Homes in Clinton Township, MI in the spring of 1986. It was a great time to be in the business. Hallmark was the number one dealer our first year and we never looked back – remaining the number one Fairmont dealer in the country as well as the number one single location modular/manufactured home dealer in Michigan for 20 years in a row.

In the fall of 2001, I opened Huron Modular Homes on M-25 in Fort Gratiot and despite the challenges of the post 9-11 era we thrived selling modular and manufactured houses at that location until 2011 when we moved to Dove Rd. in Port Huron Township, just one half mile from I-94 and one mile from Marysville.

Located on Dove Road, we have numerous models available to walk through and view.

I have been a licensed builder since opening Huron Modular Homes in 2001 and I am extremely familiar with all the aspects in the process of developing your modular home from beginning to end. Call or email me today and see how I can help you! 810-650-9023

Quality affordable homes

Family Owned and operated since 1977.

Open & Fully Staffed!

Our models are OPEN and our office is fully staffed! Appointments are recommended (but not required) in order to make sure we have a sales consultant available to help you. We look forward to seeing you soon! View our service areas.



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We absolutely love our home. We had a thunderstorm a couple of weeks ago and our dog is big time afraid and shakes, well we couldn’t even hear the thunder in our house. I could not believe it. Built very solid.


I have personally know the founder, Kim Arnold, since the late 70’s. You are not going to find a more honest person to deal with or to buy a home from. My family has been in the manufactured home business since 1961. We have always referred people to Preferred if and when they need something we can’t help them with. They have hauled dozens of homes for us over the last 40 years. Always with a handshake and a smile. If your looking for a new manufactured home, go see the fine people at Preferred. Tell them Bill sent you.

We currently are going thru the process with them and it has been awesome. Really good customer service. right before we closed on the house I ended up going into labor and had a baby. They sent flowers and a teddy bear to the house we are currently living in. Extremely thoughtful. Has gone above and beyond would extremely recommend them. Even some bumps in the road we have hit they always make it right. awesome people!

We just toured homes and signed papers for purchase of one yesterday! Tim was so helpful, and didn’t try to push us to purchase. He was very knowledgeable about the homes we viewed, and I’m looking forward to working with the rest of their staff in completing our journey in purchasing our new home!


The staff at Preferred were all so amazing! Thanks for getting us into our dream home!

A Satisfied Customer

Your office staff was very helpful. The set-up crew was very careful and conscientious to detail. Thank you for helping us get a beautiful home! It was a pleasure working with you all!

The office personnel was very helpful and friendly. Thank you for the courteous service.


“As we have been searching for a home for many months, it has been difficult fighting discouragement. I have been telling my family that the right house and the right people would happen in Gods time. We are truly blessed. Our prayers were answered! Thank you for everything, Wendy. We are very, very, very happy!”

Dan, Michael, and Chris

My wife and I purchased a home from Preferred to place on land. The experience was fantastic and the home is beautiful. Everyone from the Sales person to the other office girls, Mary & Sherri, through the Set-up, Service, Drywall crews and the owner went above and beyond in every area! I would HIGHLY recommend Preferred to everyone I know and if we ever planned to move again we would order from Preferred and do it over again.

Matt and the staff at Preferred Mobile Homes do an excellent job getting back to me when I contact them about our mutual clients. Their service is always top notch and professional. I would recommend Preferred Mobile Homes to everyone I know. Great job team!

We are currently in the process of having our new home finished with Preferred Homes. It has been delivered and the outside has been put together and finished. We are still in the process of having the inside done. So far we are really happy with Preferred and all the crews that they have had do work for us. We would recommend purchasing from them. The sales staff was very helpful in dealing with the factory and us. We did a custom floor plan and they were very accommodating with the living arrangement we were looking for.


Totally amazing staff. Homes were staged JUST LIKE HOME. Never seen anything other mobile home store like it. Amazing place. Would definitely recommend. Thank you for your knowledgeable help.

For more than 25 years we’ve been building high-quality, innovative homes for Australian families. Whether you live in the city, country or on the coast, we have a modular home to suit your every need. Backed by cutting-edge design and construction technology, we deliver beautiful, sustainable, and cost-effective homes for families, retirees and first home buyers.

How to buy a modular house

How to buy a modular house

How to buy a modular house

Over the past decade we’ve designed, built and delivered hundreds of modular homes across Australia. Our friendly approach makes it easy to design a home you love, whatever your needs. From the initial plan, we’ll work with you to find the right options to add your personal touch throughout, giving you peace of mind that your finished home will feel truly your own. Here’s a snapshot of our client feedback:

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“The sign of a great builder is the quality of their work and how they respond to requests for changes and small rectification items. Anchor Homes has a great team of builders and trades who take pride in their work. They’ve always obliged our requests with the result being a superior quality build. We would absolutely work with them again and have recommended them to friends and colleagues.”

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“Not a day goes by that someone doesn’t comment on how amazing Sunny Corner looks! It has been the most satisfying, fulfilling experience and the result is a house that’s a joy to be in and we are proud to own.”

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“We’ve been in our home for a couple of months now, and we couldn’t be happier. From the very start, we loved everything about Anchor Homes – the way they operate, the method in which they build, their attention to detail, and their flexibility. But most of all, the people.”

At Anchor Homes, we pride ourselves on providing exceptional customer service and delivering your dream home on budget and on time. Our team of designers, builders and project consultants will work closely with you to bring your vision to life.

To assist with planning and help you understand exactly how your new home will come together, we’ve prepared a 10-step process that applies to our pre-designed modular range. If you are looking to custom design your house from the ground up, we follow a similar process, but begin with specialised design consultation, followed by an estimate and approval.

Our prefab homes are built off-site in our purpose-built facilities, by qualified builders and tradesmen to around 90% completion, ready for delivery to your site. During the last fews weeks of construction, our onsite team is busy preparing the footings on your site, so that when your new home is delivered, we can complete the installation faster. This overlap is one of the many benefits of modular homes, as it allows us to complete your project in a fraction of the time of a conventional build.

My husband and I just looked at a house that is in the perfect location for us. We haven’t seen anything similar within our price range. The catch is that it’s a manufactured home in a park, on a rented space.

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We are debating whether living in our ideal location is worth purchasing a home under these conditions, particularly if that home will require rental payments for the land for as long as we own the home. Some people have said that manufactured homes depreciate over time, while others say that they can actually appreciate. All homes in our area seem to at least hold their value. Would this be a truly bad investment?

I don’t think we can tell you from here whether an investment in a manufactured home would be a good or bad investment. The reality is that you have to live somewhere and your home is first and foremost a place to live. That place to live should be in a good location for you and where you can thrive in a community.

A couple of things we’d like to see in your purchase would be that the manufactured home be a newer home and that the home complies with the Housing and Urban Development (HUD) code. In part, this code requires that the home be permanently installed on a foundation. We’d also like to make sure that the home was built after 1976 and complies with all HUD standards.

A manufactured home is quite different from a traditional home. In a traditional home, the owner will hold title to the home and land. The mechanism for conveying title to the home is usually via a warranty deed (or other similar document) that gets recorded with the office that is in charge of land records in the county in which you buy the home.

On the other hand, a manufactured home is more akin to a car or boat. The home has a title and that title is transferred in the same way that a car or boat title might be transferred. The secretary of state office in the location in which the manufactured home is located would issue a new title to the home when you purchase that home.

The market for manufactured homes is quite limited when you compare it to the general real estate market and the availability of lenders willing to lend you money to buy a manufactured home is a fraction of the size of the overall real estate market. Where you might find hundreds of lenders and mortgage brokers willing to offer you financing on a traditional single-family home, you might only have a handful or less willing to offer you financing in the manufactured home.

Frequently, the operator or manager of the facilities or development in which the manufactured home is situated has one or more lenders that can offer financing for the purchase of the manufactured home. However, as you have observed, one thing is to pay for the manufactured home — that’s only part of the cost — the other part, is paying the rent on the land. That rent might be high or might push you to consider a single-family community over the manufactured-home community.

We can’t tell you what to do, but you need to look at the costs of owning the manufactured home along with the costs of renting the land. Then you can make a side-by-side comparison as to what the costs are and what you get for those costs, and see what it would cost you to live in each community over the next five years.

We won’t assume that either a traditional home or the manufactured home will be a “good” investment; we are trying to get you to look at the costs over the next several years. If you were to live in the manufactured home, what would your costs be for the first five years, including repairs to the home? What would that cost be for a traditional home? With that information, you can then try to determine if the cost of either changes your decision in any way.

If you can get any information on how the prices of manufactured homes in that development performed over the last 10 years, how did that compare with single-family homes? The single home got battered during the Great Recession and you’d do well to compare it with the development you’re considering. If the prices didn’t change much, you might assume that the prices might not change much in the future either. But if it’s cheaper for you to live in the manufactured home and it’s in a better location and development, it might not be the best investment, but it might be the right home solution for you.

Finally, one last thing to consider is how quickly do homes in the manufactured housing development sell? Have they sold quickly for the last several years? Do people have trouble selling them? The answers to these questions can also influence your decision to buy. If manufactured homes in this “subdivision” have always sold briskly, you know that if this turns out not to be the right place for you, you should be able to sell and move elsewhere. But if these homes don’t sell easily, having a manufactured home for sale will tie you down.

Serving Homebuyers in the NC Triad Region

Yates Homes is one of the most highly-regarded modular home builders serving Greensboro, NC and throughout the Greater NC Triad area. We rely on more than 30 years of experience in building Greensboro, NC modular homes, and our custom modular homes are some of the finest yet most cost-effective residences in the entire region. To find out more about Yates Homes and our modular homes in Greensboro, NC check out the information listed below.

Counties Served
in North Carolina

Yate’s NC modular home designers provide the best modulars for these counties: Surry, Stokes, Rockingham, Caswell, Person, Granville, Vance, Warren, Northampton, Yadkin, Forsyth, Guilford, Alamance, Orange, Durham, Wake, Franklin, Nash, Johnston, Lee, Harnett, Moore, Montgomery, Stanly, Cabarrus, Chatham, Randolph, Davidson, Rowan, Iredell, Davie.

Additional Resources

To learn more about Yates Homes and all of the advantages our Greensboro, NC modular homes offer, we encourage you to explore the pages listed below:

  • About Us
  • Discover the Yates Advantage
  • The Process
  • Energy Efficient Homes
  • Testimonials

If you would like even more about modular homes in Greensboro, NC, including financing information and additional resources, before getting started with Yates Homes, please reference the pages listed below.

  • Financing
  • Resources

Cities and Towns Served
In the Greensboro, NC Area

At Yates Homes, we do not only serve modular home buyers in Greensboro, NC: we also serve residents living throughout the Triad region. Specific NC Triad-area cities and towns served by Yates Homes include:

Greensboro, NC · Winston-Salem, NC · High Point, NC · Burlington, NC · Kernersville, NC · Summerfield, NC · Clemmons, NC · Asheboro, NC · Siler City, NC · Lexington, NC · Mocksville, NC · Reidsville, NC

What People Are Saying
About Their Experience With Yates Homes

“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 your staff and everyone was more than helpful with any questions we had.”

“Your folks definitely make this painless (for us anyways) as possible and we are truly grateful.”

“Five star rating across the board!”

Tom & Jo Amato
North Carolina

“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!”

“My home is ‘comfortable’ and I got the kitchen I was dreaming of! Thank you all at Yates Home Sales!”

“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 are well kept and beautifully decorated inside so you as a custoer 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.”

Jason and Keturah Yancey

“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.”

Tim and Renee Hearp

“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 asks 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.”

Burt and Andra-Scearce

“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.”

Tim and Teresa-Boelte

“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.”

Mike and Janet Wanless

“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!”

They are structurally stronger, more energy efficient, faster and less expensive.

As part of our normal Go Modular construction services, you can hire your own general contractor and contractors. The requirements vary from state to state. If you decide to hire your own contractors, they must be licensed and insured with both general liability and workers comp. Also, we can provide “how to do your own button up” information for your contractors which is very helpful in making your project run more efficiently

Depending on the time of year, market demand, and where your house is going to be built, you can hire our referred contractors to do the work, or you can hire your own.

Call our office to set up a free, one hour, design/price consultation. We do require that you have already read these 50 FAQs before coming to a private consultation so that any further questions will be better answered, and more time can be spent on your design and your price during your consultation. Sometimes a general ball-park price can be given during the consultation, but estimates for custom designs can take anywhere from 1-4 weeks from your design/price consultation. In some cases longer, depending on our backlog of estimates. The time factor is not due to the complexity of the estimate but on our backlog of estimates.

You must have a building permit and/ or footings or foundation in and a solid closing date (in some cases have closed on your construction loan) from your bank, in order to put the house into the 10-13 full business week factory production schedule. But since you need the blueprints to get the building permit, you must first make an appointment to come in to put a deposit down to get the blueprints started and prepare the paperwork for the bank. Immediately following that appointment, you can bring our paperwork with our rough floor plan to the bank and we start the blueprints that you will need to apply for the building permit. The blueprints can take approximately 6-8 weeks to complete which is also the time it usually takes for a bank to give an unconditional commitment letter and a closing date. Then you submit the blueprints to the town for a building permit. At the same time when you apply for your building permit, you come in, for what we call a Production meeting. This is where you pick out your colors, and put the second deposit down. Then once you have closed on your construction loan or have a solid closing date, and your footings or foundation is in, we put your house into the 10-13 week production schedule at the factory. ALL TIMES QUOTED ARE APPROXIMATE AND CAN VARY DEPENDING ON THE TIME OF YEAR, THE FACTORY PRODUCTION SCHEDULE BACKLOG, GO MODULAR’S BACKLOG, MARKET DEMAND AND HOLIDAYS.

We require a first deposit which varies depending on each individual project. This is to get the initial process going, which is preparing the paperwork to present to the bank, and starting the first step in finalizing your plan. Changes can still be made after the first deposit. We say “first step”, because people still make changes after they have given the first deposit at additional design review meetings. Once our customers have made all the final decisions about their design, that then begins the 6-8 week process to get state approved blueprints.

No, The deposit is on the modular home . We are not in the business of just doing blueprints. We expect that when you come in for the appointment to put the first deposit down, that you have done all your shopping and that you understand that the deposit is for the modular home and not just for blueprints. Custom designed, state-approved blueprints, are included in the base price of your home. This can save you thousands of dollars compared to if you hired a stick-builder where you have to hire an architect separately.

It is always best to have land already, or to have a piece of land under agreement, in order to do a more accurate design/price consultation.

No we don’t. We are custom builders. People come to us already owning their land or they come to us with a piece of land in mind. We recommend that you go to a local full time broker, preferably one who specializes in land or new construction, to help you find land. However once you have a piece of land under agreement we can advise you from there.

We fill out the paperwork for you that applies to the modular home. Then we mail you the package or you can pick it up. You submit it to the building department. Then you pick it up when it’s ready, and pay for it.

There are three separate warranties. First there are the third party warranties for all of the products used in the homes, for example the appliances and window manufacturers have their own warranties. Second there is a mandatory warranty required by the state from the factory for one year. Third we include as part of our price a separate 10 year structural warranty just for the modular backed by a third party insurance company.

We are one of the oldest modular companies in New England, and have been designing and building modular homes for over 30 years. We started in 1986 as designers of Custom Modular Homes, and have built over 1,000 to date. The owner also holds a bachelor’s degree of science in Engineering from U Mass Dartmouth. This knowledge is very helpful with site plans, and especially complex site plans and designs. This can be invaluable to our customers. We do all of our designs in house, then we send the designs to the factory and the factory builds from our designs and specifications.

High specs, low prices. The technical advice from an experienced, professional engineer. The stability of a long running modular company with 30 years of experience. Do not underestimate the value of this experience specifically in the modular industry. This experience is so critical that it can make your project either a success or a failure. You also have the option of building a net-zero ready home by choosing the option to build your modular home with SIP walls. We are the only modular company to offer SIP walls as an option, offering a “modular SIP home”, a first in the industry. Another unique benefit in purchasing a home from Go Modular is we provide you with our proprietary Go Modular System© which is explained in the next question.

Several years ago, Go Modular developed a unique and innovative approach in assisting the homeowner with understanding the building process called the Go Modular Manual © . This is done through a well developed series of meetings, with handouts and checklists. Once you become our customer you will receive a binder outlining all the information you will need at each of our meetings throughout the building process. This way you know what is coming up next. This was developed by Go Modular and as far as we know is the only method of its kind in the industry. We are very proud of our Go Modular Manual© and our customers love it! It makes them feel more organized and empowered.

Only if it is almost the size of a whole house, and should have as a minimum a small kitchen and/or bathroom, and a bedroom. Generally a minimum would be approximately 24 x 24 either one story or two story.