Two years ago, my husband and I built a 2 story modular colonial. Our modular company was Simplex Homes out of Scranton (their local builder dealer for the Scranton area is Cornerstone Building Solutions). We are extremely happy with our house. The quality is great, it looks just like a stick built, and once delivered to our site, it only took 2 months to complete. Our financing and insurance were just like stick built.... no difference at all. And we recently refinanced, and the house appraised for much more than we bought it for, even thought the appraiser knew it was a modular!
I review the specifications for "system built" manufactured homes from Pro-Built and Apex ect. They use 2" x 6" construction and substantial joist/ truss systems 16" on center and braced to support transport.
Has anyone had a bad experience with large modular home construction? The designs I have reviewed are 80% modular and 20 % stick built onsite... basement / foundation, custom bumpouts and garages built onsite.
One more thought... Ryan Homes are system built with partial finished walls shipped to the job site. They are not considered modular or lower resale value...
Any further thoughts,
1. If you don't plan to stay in the home "forever", you need to consider resale value. I won't get in to whether it is right or wrong, but many buyers won't consider a modular home, period. (This may not apply in warmer climates, but in central Pa, it is definately a consideration!)
2. Watch out for high pressure sales and overstated benefits. Be sure this is what you really want, not just something you got talked into. Do some very careful research to be sure that you are getting real value. By the time you buy a lot, pay for permits and get the utilities hooked up, put in the foundation and contract to have the home assembled you may find that you are paying more than you would have spent on an existing or newly built "stick built" home.
OPPS, I have a third caution: Talk to a lender (DON'T USE THE ONE THE SALES PEOPLE SUGGEST WITHOUT GETTING A SECOND OPINION) and an insurer to confirm that your interest rate and insurance premiums are comparable to traditional housing. A 1/4 higher interest rate over 30 years can erase any savings you might have made on the purchase.
It's like anything else, there are good and bad providers of any product or service. Shop well and then have a ball with the construction process. It can be lots of fun! Good Luck.
(is your question real, or clever marketing? I just had to ask.)
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Standards r also higher, the manufacture can give you their building standards and then it will be in writing for u.
Loved going to the hone shows in York back in 99 through 2002.
Good Luck to You ang hope I helped!