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Pete

Modular Homes

Post by Pete » Sat Jan 04, 2003 12:25 pm

I've been looking at manufactured homes, Jacobson & Palm Harbor, and because of the problem with land and where to put one of these manufactured homes I've decided to look at modular homes. I understand that these are allowed in most areas like site built homes. Does anyone have any experience with these modular type homes? Do you have any information on builders that I could contact in west central Florida? Is there anything I should watch out for when shopping for a modular home? What do you think would be the time table from when we sign a contract and when we could move in? I've spoke with some builders of site built homes and was told anywhere from 6 to 9 months to move in. Thanks,
Pete

rmurray

Re: Modular Homes

Post by rmurray » Sat Jan 04, 2003 1:56 pm

Both Jacobson and Palm Harbor in FL...as well as Homes of Merit...offer there home as a modular or HUD home....In most of these cases the homes are the same...price is the same,,floor plan is the same...These HUD homes meet or exceed either code...

the refiman

Re: Modular Homes

Post by the refiman » Sun Jan 05, 2003 7:40 am

Be carefull when looking at modulars. Many manufactures say they offer modulars but they are "on frame" which means that the home is built just like a doublewide except the code it is built to is different.

If you are going to go modular make sure you stress "off frame" other wise you may run into many of the problems you have seen with HUD code.

Also be advised "on frame" is treated the same as HUD code by many appraisers and lenders.

Also be advised that when a home is built to mod code the HUD preemption letters are no longer valid.

Good Luck,

rmurray

Re: Modular Homes

Post by rmurray » Sun Jan 05, 2003 1:17 pm

The manufacturers I mentioned build either on or off frame modulars..The only difference is the floor joists...and the foundation requirements of course..

Federal preemption is not an issue in FL...All modulars inspected and certified by the Department of Community Affairs are prempted from any local building code or zoning restriction..

As a matter of fact...The Florida Department of Community Affairs has a great web site devoted to "manufactured buildings" as they call them...Even detailed plans are available for every approved floorplan in the system from every manufacture that is allowed to deliver into Florida...
Go to

http://www.floridabuilding.org/mb/mb_plan_srch.asp

Government address are not the easiest to remember..

Mrs X

Re: Modular Homes

Post by Mrs X » Mon Jan 06, 2003 4:46 am

Mr. Murray, did you say the price of a modular home is the same as a manufactured home? I thought modulars were more expensive. In fact, I saw a beautiful modular home on the Fleetwood lot with a price of $110,000 which is pretty pricey to me! (I don't know what the square footage was).

rmurray

Re: Modular Homes

Post by rmurray » Tue Jan 07, 2003 6:16 am

I said the above high quality manufacturers offer their homes as mods at the same price as the HUD homes...

There is a full range of modular product available out there..There are custom factory built homes available up to the millions I suspect...

Many of the highest quality HUD homes are built better than the minimum quality modular homes...Real confusing for most folks..I remind my customers that modulars come in all different styles...Think about it..portable class rooms are all modulars...My office is a modular with 7 1/2 cielings, wallpaper covered sheetrock, plastic sinks, plastic fixtures, cheap windows and Masonite siding...To say the least...my office was cheap..but it is a modular..

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