Building homes becomes more and more expensive each year as lot prices raise, and materials become scarce. With the rising costs of homes, many people looking to build are seeking alternatives to the traditional stick-built methods. Manufactured homes are a great alternative for a variety of reasons, one of which is time. When you build a home the interest clock is always ticking; a manufactured home can be assembled and dried in a day or two, saving you lots of time, money, and labor. Also, with new technology and upgrades, the quality of manufactured homes, even if it is just manufactured portions of homes, is greatly increasing. Stick-built is still more popular, but manufactured is finding its niche.
Manufactured Home Dealers: So, if you decide you want to go the manufactured route, how do you find a good retailer? One way is to ask existing homeowners for recommendations. If you do not know anyone with a manufactured home, you can contact your state manufactured housing association for the names and addresses of manufacturers and retailers in your area, or check the Yellow Page listings under manufactured or mobile homes.
Manufactured home does not mean mobile home, or trailers. In fact, many manufactured homes are identical to stick-built, and you would not know the difference by looking at them. They are less popular, but viable options, and with increasing technology, the boxy, small shapes are no longer your only option for these homes, especially if you should choose to assemble the pieces rather than have it delivered whole.
Most manufactured homes are sold through retail sales centers, some of which can be found online, others in the phone directory. Many of these sales centers are independently owned and operated; others are owned and operated by a manufacturer. Why am I telling you this? Well, because there are plenty of retailers out there, even if you are not as familiar with the industry and wouldn’t think so, so shop around. Also, the various retailers offer a variety of products and services, so you want to find a retailer who can fill your needs. Many retailers will help you choose your home and its features and, if you want, place a custom order with the factory.
Manufactured Home Warranty and Installation: Usually, the retailer you purchase the manufactured home from will also be responsible for coordinating the delivery and installation of your home. If this is the case for you, be sure and protect yourself from any problems by asking what warranty coverage the retailer provides on transportation and installation and get it in writing. Warranty coverage varies among manufacturers. So, to find the best coverage you should know that retailers must make copies of warranties offered on the homes they sell available for you to review and read before you buy a home. So, do it... read them and compare coverage. Then ask the following questions:
• What coverage comes with the home? You may get warranties from the home manufacturer, the retailer, the transporter, the installer, and the appliance manufacturer.
• What components and what types of problems does each warranty cover? What’s not covered?
• Does the manufacturer’s written warranty cover transportation and installation? If not, are they covered by other written warranties?
• How long do the warranties last?
• How do I get warranty service? Who will provide it? Where will it be performed?
• Are extended warranties available from the manufacturer? If so, what do they cover and cost?
Once you have these questions answered you can buy your manufactured home and wait for it to be delivered and installed!
The one down side to going this route, do you plan to resale in 10 years? If you answer yes, you could be facing a problem. Loans are more difficult for people to get for these types of homes that are more than 5 years old. Check with your lender for the latest.
Information for this article was taken from [homebuildingremodeling.com].
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