Have questions about manufactured and modular housing? We can help. Here are some commonly asked questions answered by the Michigan Manufactured Housing Association. The Michigan Manufactured Housing Association is a nonprofit trade association representing the manufactured and modular home industry in Michigan, and MHVillage.com has been a member for many years. However, these questions can be valuable information for any home buyer.
Manufactured and modular homes continue to be a compelling opportunity for numerous people and families. If you have decided a manufactured or modular home may be the right choice for you, but you still have questions and want to know more about the purchase and move-in process, take a look at these most frequently asked questions.
Why do manufactured and modular homes cost less than site-built homes?
Manufactured and modular homebuilders purchase construction materials, including interior features and appliances, in large quantities, and many retailers offer discounts for such orders. Costly delays because of weather conditions, damaged materials, vandalism and theft are minimal because these homes are built in a secure, factory setting. Additionally, because of the streamlined process these factories have perfected, manufactured and modular homes can be completed quickly. All of these benefits pass savings on to the homebuyer.
What is the inspection process for manufactured and modular housing?
Construction is continually inspected to ensure a manufactured home meets the standards of the federal Housing and Urban Development (HUD) code and modular homes meet the standards of the State of Michigan Residential Building Code, which is the same code for site-built homes. Each home is engineered and inspected to meet wind safety standards and energy efficiency requirements.
Can I customize a manufactured or modular home to make it my own?
Manufactured and modular homes have many beautiful options available to the consumer to define style and allow for great diversity in home design. Select from spacious floor plans, vaulted ceilings, walk-in closets, fireplaces, name-brand appliances, customized packages, whirlpool tubs and upgrades. In addition, available exterior designs are compatible with almost any neighborhood.
I want to purchase a manufactured or modular home and place it on private property. How should I begin the process?
Placing a manufactured or modular home on private property is not as complex as you might think. Many home retailers will help you find property. If you already own land, contact your municipality to make sure you can legally place a manufactured or modular home on the property. Your retailer will arrange for transporting and setting the home on the site.
When can I move into my new home?
Your home can be available for placement in as little as a few weeks to a few months. Moving in-stock homes from a retailer to a land-lease community generally takes less time than special ordering a home from the factory or choosing a modular plan that involves constructing a basement. Mortgage/loan approval and site work may extend the timetable several weeks. The typical time period from purchase to move in is three to five months.
Looking for more information? If you are a Michigan resident thinking about manufactured home living, the MMHA is a great place to start! They have a ton of great information on their site. You can also search for home for sale or rent on MHVillage.com, and research local manufactured home communities.