Manufactured or modular homes are your affordable options if you want to own a home without hurting your budget. They also take a shorter time to build compared to site-built homes, meaning you can be a homeowner in as little as 12 weeks! Baird Homes offers a wide range of manufactured and modular homes from some of the best manufacturers in the industry, including Champion Homes. If you want to buy your first manufactured or modular home, the below answers to common questions homebuyers ask will guide you in making your first purchase a success.
- What’s The Difference Between Manufactured and Modular Homes?
A manufactured home is constructed as a whole in the factory and then transported to the site where it is installed on a steel chassis foundation. Modular homes, on the other hand, are built sections at a time and then transported to the site where they are assembled and installed on a permanent foundation.
Modular homes can’t be moved once installed, unlike their manufactured counterparts, which can be moved to a different location even after installation. What’s more, manufactured homes are subject to the U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) regulations, while modular homes are built using the same state building codes as site-built homes.
- Are Modular Homes Safe?
Just like site-built homes, modular homes are stable and safe for living even in extreme weather conditions. The high-quality materials used in construction ensures that the homes have the structural integrity to hold up against inclement weather and acts of nature.
Installation levels can be adjusted to keep away floodwaters, while a robust permanent foundation reinforces its stability in case of earthquakes. If you live in a location prone to strong winds, modular homes are designed to withstand strong winds of up to 175mph. You don’t have to worry about your home falling apart at the slightest nature onslaught!
- Are They Customizable?
Most manufacturers offer limited or no customizable options for their homes. The beauty of our homes is that you have a hand in deciding how your finished house will look like. Although you may not take part in the entire building process, you get the chance to customize your home to suit your family’s needs as well as your style and preferences.
With our models from Champion Homes, you can personalize the floor plans to add the living spaces and bedrooms, and even kitchen designs. When you shop at Baird homes, you can take a tour of the models at our sales centers and have a taste of how it feels living in them, so you know what to expect after you buy.
- Why Are Manufactured and Modular Homes Less Expensive?
Manufactured and modular homes are generally budget-friendly compared to site-built homes, and it is not because they are of poor quality. The relatively low prices of these homes are as a result of manufacturers like Champion Homes buying building materials in bulk, which means less cost per item.
Lower labor costs due to the short building time and specialization by the workforce also contribute to the low production costs. What’s more, there is less wastage of materials as surplus can be reused in building other homes. All these come together to help manufacturers realize savings that they pass on to customers in the form of low-cost homes.
- Do They Have Warranties?
Manufactured and modular homes mostly come with warranties form their respective manufacturers. However, you should note that the warranty duration varies from one builder to the other.
- What Are My Financing Options?
When buying a manufactured or modular home, your financing options are dependent on whether you own the land on which you intend to install the home, or you plan to purchase both the home and the property. This is because there are loans for those who own the land and those who don’t. You can take advantage of the FHA, VA, and USDA Loans, which are federally insured along with conventional land –home loans if you own the land while Chattel financing is ideal if you don’t.
- What about Maintenance and Durability?
Manufactured and modular homes are quite affordable not only to buy but also to live in. The high-quality materials used and stellar workmanship in the construction process means less need for repairs and easy maintenance.
The homes are also energy efficient, with HVAC systems and appliances used in Baird Homes being energy-star rated. This way, your home remains comfortable during extreme weather without inflating your energy expenses. What’s more, manufactured and modular homes are designed to last for decades, providing quality and affordable housing to you and your family for years.
- Where Can I Buy a Manufactured or Modular Home?
Since manufacturers and builders cannot directly sell their homes to the public, they have to partner with bonded and licensed dealers. Therefore, the houses are sold by dealers and retailers who source them from builders like Champion Homes. You can buy Baird’s manufactured and modular homes from any of our four locations; Seymour, Vincennes, Madison, and Salem.
Are you looking for a manufactured or modular home that is affordable, safe, and durable? Baird Homes is here to help. We offer a variety of manufactured and modular homes from top builders in the industry like Champion Homes, in a wide range of sizes and designs. Contact us today and realize your dream of being a homeowner!