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What is the difference between a manufactured home and a modular home?
A manufactured home is any dwelling that is built on a permanent chassis that meets the federal Manufactured Home Construction and Safety Standards of June 16, 1976 (the HUD Code). Manufactured homes may or may not be placed on a foundation, and are commonly known as single wide or double wide mobile homes. They have special financing requirements, and may not be eligible for all loan programs.
Modular homes are homes built in sections at a factory. The sections are transported to the home site on flat bed trucks and set on a permanent foundation. Modular homes conform to the same state, local, and regional codes that apply to site-built dwellings. Because of this, they are not subject to any special financing guidelines. Wisconsin Homes and Dynamic Homes are modular homes, not manufactured homes.
What are the advantages of building a modular home vs. a site-built home?
There are several advantages to building a modular home.
First, we make building enjoyable. We’ve all heard the stories of people building homes that were less than pleasant experiences. These are really unfortunate, because it shouldn’t be that way. We’re here to simplify the building process, help you every step of the way, and to make building your new home one of the most exciting times of your life!
Second, Wisconsin Homes and Dynamic Homes modulars are more affordable in a number of ways. Initially, the cost of a modular home is lower than a site-built home due to the factory’s ability to order large volumes of materials as well as the efficiency of their workers. This point also reflects that modular homes are environmentally friendly--the factory is able to use/recycle leftover materials with much less waste than a site-built home. In addition, Wisconsin Homes and Dynamic Homes are energy star qualified, and will save you money throughout the life of the home.
Third, modular homes can be built on a budget. You contract the price for your home, and are guaranteed that price unless you direct a change order. There are no surprises along the way that cause huge cost overruns as can be in site-built housing.
Fourth, Wisconsin Homes and Dynamic Homes modulars are built stronger than site-built homes. Each home is reviewed by engineers for structural integrity, and we go above and beyond what is required. Modular homes are built with extra features to withstand being hauled down the road as well as being craned into position, and these extra features have been proven to perform better than site-built homes in major natural disasters.
Fifth, your home is built indoors so it is not subject to weather, nor delays due to the weather. Your home is sealed up tight, avoiding moisture or warping problems in the future. You never have to worry about timing the building of your home.
Are modular homes limited in floor plans, options, and styles?
Absolutely not! Approximately half of the homes we’ve recently built are custom drawn floor plans. Some customers choose to take bits and pieces of existing plans to create their own, while others will simply pencil something up for us. We utilize a computer aided design program to put your ideas to paper, and can work with you to create your dream home. In addition, your style can really show through the unlimited amount of options we offer. We build to your preferences, making one of our houses--your home.
Are modular homes a good investment?
Certainly! As mentioned previously, there is no recognized difference between modular homes and site-built housing. Therefore, modular homes appreciate in value just as other real estate in the market, and history shows real estate has always been and continues to be a great long term investment.
We say this with a word of caution, however. Not all modular homes are created equal-and many modular companies do not parallel Wisconsin Homes nor Dynamic Homes in terms of quality materials and craftsmanship. Unfortunately, the old adage applies-you pay for what you get, and if you find a price that’s too good to be true, it probably is. With our real estate business, Kelly Real Estate, we have done investment value studies on different brands of modular homes, and would like to present some examples for you to consider. We built a new home that sold for $178,060 in 2000 that resold for $243,500 in 2010. A competitor built a home that sold for $112,500 in 1999, and this home is currently listed for $40,000 and is racked with leaking, mold, and siding problems. It goes to show that the thrill of a low price is quickly overcome by the enduring sting of poor quality. Feel free to ask us about viewing a home that is several years old-we are happy to demonstrate the quality and durability of our construction.
How long does it take to build a modular home?
Once all of the decisions are made regarding the home-in terms of floor plan, options, colors, etc., the building process is set in motion and the home will generally come off the line in approximately six weeks. We will then arrange for delivery, setting, and finish by our crew that takes approximately two to three weeks. So in total, you’re looking at about an eight to nine week window to be in your new home.
What are some of the construction features of homes built by Kelly Building Systems?
Wisconsin Homes, Dynamic Homes, and Kelly Building Systems use only top quality materials, leading brand name products, and calculated, precise specifications to insure you get the best value for your dollar. Some characteristics found in our standard line of homes are:
What are the prices for your homes?
Every home has its own unique price based on a number of factors. To give you general guidelines, the base prices for our Cavalier or New Horizon series homes start in the $60 per square foot range, while some of our more elite Loft or Chalet models base price starting around $80 per square foot, with all sorts of homes in between. If you have a particular model in mind, contact us and we would be happy to give you the specific price. Otherwise, if you have a custom plan you’re considering, send it to us and we’d be happy to price it out for you.
What is all included in the base prices of your homes?
At Kelly Building Systems, we include many items in our base price that you may not find elsewhere because we want to include all the items that make for a quality home, as well as make the building process simpler for the customer. In addition to all the great features mentioned above, our base prices include state code, sales tax, freight, set up, and finish. We also include the base plate and installation, a stairway built to the basement, fishwire boxes for phone and tv wiring, and a doorbell.
Are you able to assist with the whole project?
We can be the general contractor for you, and handle everything starting with the permits all the way to the finished home. Some companies may want you to handle many or all of the details beyond the home itself--permits, septic system, excavation, foundation, posts & base plate, crane, delivery, electrical, plumbing and HVAC system, finishing, garage, deck, porch, etc. In addition, we have our own crew who is directly employed by us and know that their attention to detail is what sells the next home and provides for their next paycheck. The intrinsic value of how the home presents when it is completed is hard to put a price on. Not all companies are the same in their finish work, and it shows. Our crew can do additional projects for you if you wish--garages, porches, decks, basement finish, etc., or assist you with them if you choose to complete them on your own.