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Old 01-14-2008, 08:48 AM  
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My husband and I bought a modular home in December of last year. All in all, I thought it was a good investment. I agree with the "do your homework" logic. They look great and they seem pretty easy to tackle but they can be something of a money pit if you're not careful. We are constantly fixing cracks in the wall from where the house settles. There are also lots of repairs to be made as far as cupboard doors falling off because of cheap building materials chosen, etc, in addition to the fact that I don't think our floor has ever been level. There is a reason they are cheaper to build- just be sure to consider that before you buy. Best of luck!



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Old 01-14-2008, 11:04 AM  
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Hello OOHUM:
I couldn't agree more. You will have plenty to keep you out of trouble there. We will try to help any way possible. I don't believe in luck, only blessings, so we will bless you with all the information you can use.
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Old 01-14-2008, 05:13 PM  
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High end modular:

Any one know if the 2 story $200k+ modulars are classified as regular houses as far as apprasials go.

And how do resale values go for the standard modular?

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Maybe it's now a little bit late.
but still hope it helps.
There are several advantages of modular homes.
1, The prices generally run about 15% to 20% lower than other types of houses.
2, They are most likely to be more energy efficient than its traditional neighbors, because they are built in a controlled environment, produce less waste, and are assembled faster.
3, The best thing about modular homes is that you will have much more architectural freedom because they are built to local codes.

Here is an article, what you should know about modular homes, from the website, which provides some information.
And There are lot's of them by online searth,
this is another www.raisearoof.com, something similar.

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True the homes are built in an environment which is controlled. Beyond that you are at the mercy of the installation contractor. These homes are not fully assembled when trucked down the road, and things get damaged in transport. I have seen water running down an outside wall in a rain storm where the insulation got soaked. The installer continued the next day to sheet rock and finish the interior, he had a deadline.
I am not trying to put a bad image to all modulars, just don't sugarcoat it saying they are better. There are pro's and cons to all building. I want you to tell us the good with the bad, let folks make up their own minds with intelligent discussion.
Another thing I can't understand is the less waste part, if you have a 2 story building you have way more material to build the modules. A double floor and ceiling joist construction comes to mind, how is that not wasteful?
And the last issue is the quality of material, you get what you pay for. Plastic trim, plug together wiring which is hard to improve or add to, glued parts off-gassing everywhere, you can smell it.
Some companies are better than others, and you can improve the home if you pay more, but then it does not compete with the stick built price.
I understand the concept of building in a controlled environment, but having installed many modulars and built many homes, I go for the old style stick built.
Unless you can afford a post and beam.

Getting off soap box now.

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Old 02-24-2008, 11:48 AM  
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hornest have one of these home are nice it is cheaper and very affordable the secret is if you maintain it when something breaks .just fix it and don't take your tim cause then you are asking for problens ok .

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now can any one help me out i baught a moble trailer home and it is very drafty especially in one of the bathrooms can some one tell me how to stop the draft any good ideas

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now can any one help me out i baught a moble trailer home and it is very drafty especially in one of the bathrooms can some one tell me how to stop the draft any good ideas
One way to locate the source of a draft is to burn an incense stick and move it around the room to see where the smoke trail is diverted. Start with the windows and intersections of floor, walls and ceiling.

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My bet is on the water heater space which opens to the outside; probably has a big crack around it.
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ToolGuy, Good show. I like your sense of humor. I have been a builder for 38 years and had a dealership for a company in PA. I am in MD and the local modular company in the lower DE area shipped all over Maryland. They went out of business a few years ago and it was a good thing. They built junk. The good thing is the houses keep me busy. The company I sold for was 4 hours away and I toured the plant 4 times to check out the building and process. I was impressed and hooked up with them. I would say the best thing to do is #1 make sure its not a trailer. #2 tour the plant, if they do not want you to tour the plant. Stay away. I have always used fir plywood on all of my houses and do not have the warping as with cheaper pine. We have built houses from 1000 sq ft to 9800 sq ft and if you take pride in your work, its worth it and shows in the end. G



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