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Which modular companies are best??
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Steve L.    Posted 06-16-2002 at 15:00:24       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Help, guys: Does anyone know which companies have the best workmanship for the price? Also, I was told a modular cannot have an energy efficient furnace in it (something about safety regulations). I live in Indiana, and want an energy efficient furnace, since the winters are cold here in the northern part of the state. I appreciate any help you can give me. Thanks, Steve

Dan G    Posted 06-21-2002 at 09:47:11       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I live in NW Indiana (LaPorte Co.) I researched (and visited many) Modular Home Companies for quite a while before purchasing mine. I thought the BEST quality was a All American Modular, but was also the highest price. I settled on a Schult Modular, good quality and good pricing. I have been in it for 2 years now and have no complaints.

You have to understand that THERE IS A DIFFERENCE between MODULAR and Manufactured housing. A modular can have ANY furnace in it. A manufactured has to have a HUD approved furnace in it. So with ONE exception, a high eff. furnace cannot go in a Manufactured house. That exception is the Carrier Corporation Plus 90 furnaces. The Carrier corp. Manufacturs furnaces under 3 names: Carrier, Bryant, & Payne. These are the only 90%+ furnaces on the market (at this time) that Have the AGA/CGA, HUD approval for manufactured/mobile homes. (I manage an HVAC Supply House, and happen to carry the Payne furnaces) I could give you info on the furnaces if you like.

I hope this helped some and wasn't too confusing. If you would like more info feel free to email me:

ali    Posted 06-16-2003 at 15:24:09       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I would like to hear your opinion of modular/manufactered homes.

Hal/WA    Posted 06-17-2002 at 01:55:00       [Reply]  [No Email]
I went with a relatively small, local company that I know has been in the same business with the same owners for at least 25 years. I talked to several customers of this company that had modular homes built in the past that I happened to know personally. I asked them about their experience with that company and with their product. They all were enthusiastic and said they would do business with the company again and were pleased with the modular home they got.

I also checked with the Better Business Bureau and the company checked out OK. I did have a little trouble financing the construction, as my usual bank had no experience with this type of construction and ended up getting my loan through the lender recommended by the modular home company.

I also looked over completed modular homes and ones in various stages of construction at two different factories. The construction just looked better at the company I eventually went with. They also were eager to work with me in using the design I wanted, which is custom made for my family's needs.

I try to support local businesses if I can. Maybe I could have got the house built cheaper with a larger company, but I doubt that they would have done a higher quality job and I also doubt that they would have been willing to custom build the unit like I wanted.

I don't know if I have helped, but I suggest that you spend a little time looking around. I started with the phone book yellow pages to see what was around. I also would suggest talking it over with your lender before you get very far into deciding what to do and who to buy from.

LH    Posted 06-16-2002 at 21:05:45       [Reply]  [No Email]
We have a Champion 3 bedroom 2 bath that we've lived in since 1995. We've been very well satisfied and for the price we would've spent 30 more at least for a stickbuilt with the same features. I also live in Indiana and I reccomend you get the extra insulation package which is 2x6 insulated walls, and 8 inch insulated floors. The only problem we had was initial roof leaks and that was caused by the installer not the manufacturer.

cornfused    Posted 06-16-2002 at 20:46:39       [Reply]  [No Email]
You might check this one out, they build them in Ridgeville, IN but I don't know that much about them. I can get you the phone number of the factory if you want it.

Nathan(GA)    Posted 06-16-2002 at 20:03:38       [Reply]  [No Email]
Steve, I've added a link to a site that has a TV show. About a year ago they did a show about modular homes. Maybe you could search the site and see.

I don't understand why a modular couldn't have an energy efficient furnace. I would think they did.

Hal and Grove explained it pretty well on the modulars. Maybe they can advise on names.

Grove r    Posted 06-17-2002 at 18:15:14       [Reply]  [No Email]
Thanks for the comment, Nathan, don't think my input on companys would do you much good, I live in Canada, {western], pretty much local around here, don't know of any American wide outfits.....The local, smaller outfits would probably be your best bet, their business is thier best advertisement, so will go out of their way to give quality and service, just a thought, R.E.L.

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