Frequently Asked Questions About Modular Homes:

  1. What is the difference between the term "Manufacture Home" and "Modular Home?
  2. Why are they called “modular” homes?
  3. Is there a difference between financing a modular home versus site-built?
  4. What is a modular home?
  5. How long does it take to build a modular home?
  6. Is it true my home will be towed in on a truck?
  7. What kind of construction is used in Modular homes?
  8. How does the construction process for Modular homes differ from site-built homes?
  9. How do I customize my home?
  10. Am I limited to just a few features?
  11. Is a modular home a better value for my money?

Question: What is the difference between the term "Manufacture Home" and "Modular Home"?

Answer: Manufactured homes are also known as mobile homes.  The standard is the Federal Construction Safety Standard or HUD code. Unlike conventional building codes, it requires manufactured homes to be constructed on non-removable steel chassis. Many communities have restrictions on where (and if) these homes can be located. Manufactured homes are normally single or double wide and have a low roof. They are constructed according to the state/local building codes. Modular homes can be any shape or size. They can be multi-leveled and can have basements. Modular homes are built in large segments at an off-site factory and then constructed together at your building site. Modular homes and site-built homes are constructed to the same building code as required by your state and local authorities. Building and zoning regulations do not therefore restrict where they can be constructed.

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Question: Why are they called “modular” homes?

Answer: Modules are the sections that make up the complete home. Typically homes consist of two or four modules but we have built homes with eight! The modules are delivered to the site and connected like large puzzle pieces. Each piece is connected to create the complete home. Even though they are sections, you won’t be able to tell where they were joined after the final finishing process of the home on site. Once the modules are delivered, the home can be completed as little as 30 days.

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Question: Is there a difference between financing a modular home versus site-built?

Answer: No. Our homes qualify for all mortgage programs. The same mortgage rules and regulations apply to purchasing an American Showcase Modular Home as to a site-built home. For most banks, appraisers, and insurance companies, there is no difference and they treat modular homes the same way they do site built homes – a house that’s constructed entirely on your property.

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Questions: What is a modular home?

Answer: Modular homes are built in different sections in a factory controlled setting. No rain or any other adverse weather conditions are present to slow down or harm the building process. Once the sections are complete they are transferred to the site where they are placed on a pre-made foundation. They are then joined together and completed by your local builder.

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Questions: How long does it take to build a modular home?

Answer: That depends on the manufacturer and the particular design of the house. Some modular homes can be built in the factory in as little as one to two weeks. Since modular homes are built inside, there's never a weather delay. It usually takes another two to four weeks for our General Contractor to complete the home once it's delivered to the building site.

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Question: Is it true my home will be towed in on a truck?

Answer: Because of our centralized manufacturing facilities we do transport the modules to the site by truck. Because of this our homes are constructed with more strength and durability than stick-built homes. The added strength not only protects the home during the delivery but it also means your home will stand up to the forces of Mother Nature better than most stick-built homes.

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Question: What kind of construction is used in Modular homes?

Answer: The same or better construction than that used in a site built home. The walls are 2-by-6 with R-19 insulation and 2-by-4 partitions. The flooring is 2-by-8 or 2-by10 depending on the floor span and is topped with tongue and groove flooring, glued and stapled. The roof and ceiling are trussed with R-32 insulation and has 30-year Fiberglass shingles. Also incorporated are such things as Philadelphia carpet by DuPont, Thermal pane vinyl double hung high performance glass tilt windows with screens, raised panel solid Oak Cabinet, Armstrong flooring, Delta faucets, etc. to name a few.

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Question: How does the construction process for Modular homes differ from site-built homes?

Answer: Basically there is no difference between the overall construction process for a Modular home and a site (or stick) built home. The steps involved are the same as a site-built home. Before the Modular home is delivered the builder or agent has to consider such details as surveys and permits, water and electrical hookups, foundation, and septic if required. After delivery and the Modular home is set on the foundation, there are such things as final finishing work, water, electrical, and plumbing hookups, and finish landscaping.

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Question: How do I customize my home?

Answer: The process starts by reviewing our floorplan inventory to find the home that best fits your needs. The number of bedrooms, bathrooms and square feet can be used as the basis of the search. Now the customization begins. We are able to re-design plans to meet your individual specifications. Print the floorplan and draw your changes or just design your own.

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Question: Am I limited to just a few features?

Answer: No, we have a number of suppliers that you will be able to select almost everything from the hardwood floors to the crown moldings. Custom Made Easy is our pledge and our commitment to you. We say YES where others say NO.

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Question: Is a modular home a better value for my money?

Answer: Modular housing is growing at almost a 10% rate over the last six years. Forecasters see modular housing increasing its market share by 13% annually well into the next millennium. You will keep saving money year after year, as your energy efficient home keeps your heating and cooling bills low. A modular home is a home that is easier and less costly to maintain. Additional factory insulation and precision building techniques make the modular house an efficient energy conservation home. And of course this cost saving lasts every year you're living in the house. And it increases your resale value, too! Modular homes are precision built at the factory, and they're built to last. Your modular home requires less maintenance and your energy bills are lower than your neighbors. Take a closer look at “systems built” homes if you want to save money. When you compare a finished home, you will find that the “stick built” home as compared to a “system” constructed home will cost more. You will find the “system built” (modular built) home to be of higher quality. When it's time to sell your home, you'll be glad it's a modular.

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