Frequently Asked Questions

About Manufactured & Modular Homes

What is a modular home?

Modular homes are site built homes produced in a factory under ideal conditions. That means all materials are kept dry, they are always under the cover of a roof. The carpenters, plumber and electricians never have to worry about the weather; it’s always short sleeve weather in the plant. Modular homes are built to the same high standard of site built homes. The plans and specifications for each modular are first approved by the state for the area the home will be placed. While the home is under construction a third party inspector checks for proper installation of electrical and plumbing systems throughout the construction process to ensure the home meets the high standards set by the state for new home construction.

What is the difference between a modular home and a site built home?

The site built and the modular home are both built to meet State standards. Many say the modular is built to a higher standard because it is built to travel over the highways to get to its final destination. Modular homes are inspected by third party independent inspectors in the plant weekly inspecting the process multiple times during the construction. The site built home has a limited number of inspections, which are subject to the time table and availability of the local or state inspector, often causing delays in the builder’s time table.

The site built home is built outdoors, subject to all of Mother Nature’s fury, including rain, heat, cold, snow, sleet, wind and all the weather related side effects. On the other hand, modulars are built indoors in a climate controlled supervised environment. It’s short sleeve weather every day. The building materials are dry, which means they are less likely to warp or twist, which means fewer headaches for you and your builder down the line. A site builder cannot make that kind of guarantee.

With the buyer power of the modular home builder they are able to purchase large quantities of building materials at deep discounts while retaining the ability to reject any and all inferior products. This allows us to deliver to you a high quality home at a guaranteed price. This means you get a fixed price on the home of your dreams. The site builder on the other hand buys the materials they need for one home at a time making them subject to market conditions and price fluctuation, likely resulting in a higher price to you.

How does a modular home differ from a mobile, or manufactured home?

While both types of homes are built in a factory, the modular home is built to meet or exceed the B.O.C.A. Code and the individual state building codes, the same as a site built home. Manufactured/mobile homes are built to meet the HUD code. The same manufactured/mobile home can be placed in any number of states without alteration. The modular home has to be built for the area it will be placed. A manufactured/mobile home comes with a metal frame which is a permanent part of the structure. The modular home is typically shipped on a returnable carriage.

Why should I choose a modular home over a site built home?

Our experienced staff can help you with the difficult questions concerning your new home. We can build you a home from a catalog of standard models or we can custom design the home of your dreams.

Will you be able to tell it is not a site built home from the street?

Depending on your choices, your home can be as unique as you. Multiple exterior designs are available that can make your home distinctive, undetectable from your site built neighbors. We have been a modular home builder for over 40 years, serving the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and Northern Wisconsin for all those years. Put our experience to work for you!

How long does it take to build a modular home?

Your home will be delivered to your site in approximately three months from the date your order is finalized and financing has been approved. While waiting for your house to arrive permits are obtained, the site is prepared, foundations are installed, and other site work is completed. Once the home is placed on the foundation the home will be readied for move in by our skilled crews.

Do banks treat modular homes differently in terms of financing?

NO, modular homes are treated the same as a site built home by financial institutions and appraisers. In many cases modular are a preferred form of construction to site built because of the construction time and the available cost controls.

How do the prices compare to a site built home?

Bulk material purchasing allows the manufacturer to purchase high quality components at box store prices. Combine this with the efficiency of an assembly line, a seasoned work force in an environmentally controlled work place and you get the highest quality for the lowest possible price.

What is the first step I should take in considering a modular home?

Contact us to set up an appointment to talk about your plans and dreams. There is never a charge to explore your options. You have the questions and we have the answers to your housing needs. Start your search for a new home with us.