Should You Buy a Modular or Manufactured Home?
I often get asked if buying a newer modular or manufactured home is a good idea, and the answer is YES! Manufactured homes of today are built to last through their transportation to their new locations - which means that they generally surpass building standards and in many cases can be delivered fairly quickly to your chosen location! Many companies offer on-site construction of the basement, driveway, landscaping etc.
When considering one of these homes look for a company that offers quality construction with a long term structural warranty. You should ensure that they are a member of the Canadian Home Builders Association, the Canadian Manufactured Housing Institute, Manufactured Housing Association, and are Energy Star and Built Green Certified. Are their employees skilled and well trained? Do their facilities offer state of the art manufacturing? Do you like the their mission statement and is their representative friendly and knowledgeable?
Modular and manufactured homes are constructed indoors in temperature controlled facilities allowing for quality construction no matter what the weather outside is. This also allows for careful inspections to take place before your home leaves the factory. Materials are better protected from the elements, and so is the construction crew!
If you order your home directly through a local representative you can often select exactly the home you want- they often have many styles and finishes to choose from and will know about all the local regulations regarding modular and manufactured homes.
Representatives will usually do a walk through with you at possession to inspect the home and register the home's warranty. If purchasing with your Real Estate Agent they will help to facilitate this.