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Modular Home??????
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Jennifer    Posted 11-27-2003 at 22:18:50       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Hello,
I am looking to purchase a house, and the house that I have fell in love with is suppose to be a modular home, but I have been doing research on Modular home and from what I understand is that Modular homes do not have a steel beams running underneath. CAN SOMEONE PLEASE HEKP ME. This house has steel beams underneath and the house has a crawlspace foundation and underneath the home the house is sitting on the foundation and there are concrete pillers supporting the house. Would this be correct for a Modular home or would this be considered a double wide on a permanent foundation? PLEASE HELP ME. Thank You for your time, and replies would greatly be appreciated.


Robin B    Posted 08-12-2005 at 14:01:39       [Reply]  [Send Email]
My husband and I recently purchased a modular home. It was built far better than any stick built homes we looked at prior to building our home. Not to say it didn't have a few problems, but they were taken care of right away. I think the builder you choose to builder you home has a lot to do with your satisfaction. I can say that we are completely satisfied with our modular home and would not think twice about going this road again in the future. Our home was built by a company in PA by the name of Professional Building Systems. They have a website at www.pbsmodular.com. Feel free to email me with any questions.


Hal/WA    Posted 11-28-2003 at 18:20:51       [Reply]  [No Email]
I have a modular home on a full basement. It was built in an enclosed factory in halves and was delivered to my property on two trailers that were built much stronger than a mobile home chassis. I had built the basement before the main floor was delivered. The two halves were pushed sideways on a system of metal tracks onto the basment walls and then were gently lowered into place and the two halves bolted together. There is no metal framework at all--the basement and upstairs look just like a site built home, except the mating wall is twice as thick as it would be in a site built. But all in all, it has worked out great.

I designed my modular home myself and my design was engineered and slightly modified by the modular home company to build my house. I saved a bit of money going with a modular home, but not a huge amount. It probably got habitable quicker than if I had had it site built and CERTAINLY a lot quicker than if I had tried to do all the work. I inspected all phases of the factory construction and took many rolls of photos. I know it was done right, with quality materials, lots of fasteners and quite a bit of adhesives. Of course in retrospect, there are things I would change with my design, and in a few choices of finish materials. But I would advise and have advised friends to check out this local modular home company to see if their products would do the job for them. I doubt that I will ever build another home, but if I do, I will certainly seriously consider another modular construction home.

At least in my area, used mobile homes sell for much less than a site built home of similar square footage. A buddy of mine bought a really nice new double wide mobile home and lived in it for about 3 or 4 years while he built a site built house himself. The new house and mobile home were on the same property, so by code, he had to move out the mobile home to occupy the new house, as well as the problem of making payments on both structures. The mobile home didn't sell and didn't sell. After about a year, he let it go for about half the price he had paid for it, just to lessen his payments. Almost a bankrupcy situation..... Supposedly modular homes are not supposed to have this problem of losing their value so much, but none of the people that I have known who have had modulars done by the company I used have ever sold them.

The mobile homes I have seen that were built in the last 10 years or so were built much better than the ones that were built 30 years ago. But none of them I have seen have come close to the quality modular homes and site built homes. They are built pretty light so they can go down the highway. Maybe the newer ones will hold up better, but most of the older mobile home have real problems with weather related deterioration and water damage.

Would I ever buy another mobile home? Only if my situation changed enough so I needed to move into a place where I had access to public transportation. Some of the "retirement parks" are not so bad for a person's declining years.

If the unit you are considering has a metal frame underneath, it is a mobile or manufactured home, not a true modular home. They can be OK, but are just not worth as much as a regular house. If it is older, beware of water damage from leaking roofs, poor quality plumbing (some had plastic hot and cold water lines), poor quality window assemblies and, if it is really old, aluminum wiring. If you are not really familiar with construction and mobile homes, spending the several hundred dollars to have a qualified home inspection done might be the best money you could ever spend. In my old mobile home in the country, I never did find a totally effective way to keep mice out, other than allowing cats to be under the house. But if the money is right, a mobile home is workable, if it is in good shape. Don't pay more than it is worth. Good luck!



Ed    Posted 11-28-2003 at 11:45:19       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Jennifer,

A "mobile home", now called a manufactured home, is defined by FHA as one having a "chassis". That is, two I-Beams running the length of each single wide unit. A double wide manufactured home would have four I-Beams. All piers or other supporting types of foundation are placed directly under the I-Beams to support all the weight of the unit. In other words, skirting around the perimeter of the unit is not a foundation, and bears no weight. A modular, on the other hand, has no I-beams and is structured similar to a site built house. The foundation for a modular will be around the perimeter and under any "marriage" walls, where two single wide units are adjoined. The easiest way to know if it's a manufactured home is if it has a HUD sticker on the end of each unit, it is a manufactured home. There are no HUD stickers on modulars. Modulars are state, not federally stickered. Hope this helps.


bulldinkie    Posted 11-28-2003 at 05:29:24       [Reply]  [Send Email]
My husband puts in modulars too. some of them are pretty nice just shop around.some do get steel beams.


bob ny    Posted 11-28-2003 at 05:17:15       [Reply]  [No Email]
there are some beutiful mod homes one in our area was five sections two story with attic the owner added a stick built three car garage. as far as construction i still think that a stick built is better despite the fact that you could never haul a stick built down the road without it falling apart.there are more options with stick built you can change the floorplan on a stick built easier after it is up . you can add to it easier but it costs a whole lot more for stick builtthan a mod


Willy-N    Posted 11-27-2003 at 23:51:11       [Reply]  [No Email]
Yes and No. Some do and some don't. The ones that don't are brought out on a steel frame trailer and removed to put on a foundation never ment to be moved again. The types with perminet frames are set up on the frame built into the home. But Mobil homes are also built on frames and can look just like Modular Homes. It should have a title if it is a Mobil Home and it should also be named on the Tax Information as what it is called. Mark H.


LH    Posted 11-27-2003 at 22:50:58       [Reply]  [No Email]
Jennifer the last house I lived in was a modular built to our specs, and it most definitely had a steel frame underneath. Both halves are pulled onto the building site much like a trailer, then the wheels and traoler tongues are removed and the halves slid together and fastened firmly. Hope this helps


Maggie/TX    Posted 11-27-2003 at 22:25:13       [Reply]  [No Email]
Most of the folks who will know about this turn in early around here, but they'll be back in the morning and will know all about this for you!


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