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Nincompoop 12-19-2007 10:38 PM

Modular Homes?
I am moving out to New Mexico soon and will finally be able to invest in a house (I currently live in NYC so can't afford it). While doing a bit of research online I came across a company called Falcon Ridge that makes modular homes on permanent foundations. They claim that the houses are just as good as site built houses as far as looks, but hold together better over time and are a bit cheaper.

Anyone know anything about these kinds of houses? Is this something that could actually be a good deal or will I constantly have to fix things as the house falls apart? Thanks

inspectorD 12-20-2007 06:03 AM

Check em out
I think modulars are good in some areas and not so good in others. They are a cheaper substitute than a regular stick framed home. Alot will have to do with the quality of the company and the contractor you use to finish the installation process.
DO YOUR HOMEWORK...I say that to my 10 year old alot...Check out a list of references and ask them about any problem customers you can talk to. They will not want you to talk to them but insist so you can make an honest decision. Tell them you want to take the good with the bad and not encounter the same mistakes. If you are all on the same page from the start ends up with a better product.. Also check out another company...there must be more than one around.
In this market today they will compete for your business. If they are not interested you would be better off without them, now you know what kind of service you will get up front.
Make it clear you want an open, honest line of communication at all times. If you need some help and can afford a Home Inspector, get one and you will not be sorry. They are there to work for only you, and they have seen more than you will. Check out for a qualified professional, It is the organization I belong to and we are only a professional organization, doing what we were trained to do. For a $500 dollar investment it saves you many times more in the long run, and less headaches since you have someone to explain the issues in a comfortable, easy to understand language. Not the double talk construction, that's not in the contract lingo.
I have installed about 12 modulars and am still not to impressed, but alot had to do with the quality of the products. You get what you pay for. The concept of modular is a good one, but the quality has to be there. So do your homework, it is a big expense.
I hate to ramble and go but...:D
Tell us how you make out. Everyone is curious.:)

phreaq 12-20-2007 07:55 AM

My brother in law bought a modular home many years ago, and overall it was a good experience (he had it built new). You wouldn't know the house was modular unless told, but you can see the odd tell tale sign, like thicker walls were the two sections were joined, which is not a bad thing.

kok328 12-20-2007 02:58 PM

They say that they are built in a controlled environment (which is true) but, I've seen the twist when loaded onto a truck and delivered to the site. Also, they use the thinnest of all materials. Basically the equivalent of a mobile home, put on a foundation.

glennjanie 12-21-2007 08:49 PM

Welcome Nincompoop:
The term get tnagled awfully bad in housing. There are Mobile Homes (house trailers), Double Wide Mobile Homes (2 house trailers joined together), Pre-Fabricated Houses (under roof in one day on the site), Modular Homes (a real house built in a factory under controlled conditions in 2 or more modules), 'Stick-built' Homes (every piece fabricated on site with the weather).
Because I worked in a 'real' Modular Home factory for 4 years in the early 70s I can honestly say "I have had part in building over 1,000 homes. We built 2, 3 and 4 bedroom houses and shipped them out by truck to be set on a foundation (the truck and heavy-duty trailer came back to the plant). We also built a home for our architect that included 6 modules (over 3,000 sf), several appartment projects 1, 2 and 3 stories. One of the near last houses we built was for my family and me. That one had some 'special finishes' since I was in purchasing at that time. I still drive by there occasionally and it still looks good, brick and all. I worked at several positions in that plant including; finish carpenter, field representative, receiving and distribution foreman, plant foreman ( with a record of 1 1/2 houses a day for 90 days) and purchasing agent. When I went into purchasing it was with the capability to build 40 houses per month. That record had suppliers falling at my feet and unbelievable prices. All good things come to an end though, that outfit went broke and managemet vacated. There are still factories that build houses in modules, Glide Homes in California, Discovery channel has shown a company in Lousiana that builds them and sets them up on 10' stilts! I' sure there are others that I don't know about. Just remember; if the steel frame stays under it, it is a mobile home.
Well, now that I've told all about one of my past lives I rest my case.

travelover 12-22-2007 07:08 AM

When you think about it, factory built makes a lot of sense. Can you imagine a car that was delivered to the driveway as pallets of sheet metal, pistons, tires, cans of paint? What a mess.

ToolGuy 12-22-2007 07:13 AM


Originally Posted by travelover (Post 13494)
When you think about it, factory built makes a lot of sense. Can you imagine a car that was delivered to the driveway as pallets of sheet metal, pistons, tires, cans of paint? What a mess.

The first thing I think about is how the rough framing, and especially the t&g floor shething is not subject to weather before the walls and roof are done. That in itself is enough to justify going modular. :)

Daryl in Nanoose 12-23-2007 09:16 AM

I have often thought about purchasing a Modular for the convenience of having a new home in a lot less time. I have Reilly looked hard into these and have been in quite a few show homes but the one thing I realize is that in all the years I have been in the Home Improvement business I have had very few calls to repair a modular. As previously mentioned "do your homework".
Another thing is ( at least up here) if the proper tie downs footings and foundation are put in it can become DeRegistered as a modular or mobile which means its a custom home, appraised and taxed as a home.

glennjanie 12-23-2007 04:25 PM

Proper this, proper that, DeRegistration; it doesn't mean squat to me. I have owned 2 Mobile homes; you can't trick me.

ToolGuy 12-23-2007 11:48 PM


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