In the article below it is stated that , "The homeowner is on the hook as far as securing building permits, electrical and water supplies, sewage or septic hookups and ensuring there is a secure foundation when the prefab home is finally shipped to the main site, but that’s typical of most custom-built homes. The difference is that rather than having a contractor or lead architect secure everything, the homeowner would have to get involved or hire someone local to lead the charge. Even taking this into consideration, the net cost of prefab homes can be comparable to what most first-time homebuyers spend."
Buy-Rite Homes is the exception to the rule in construction. We offer a whole package which encompases the home, in some cases the land, and all of the contracting labor. We do all of the paperwork, permits, and coordination of the labor. This saves the homeowner many hours of stress and difficulties, especially to a layperson who may have never done a manufactured home themselves. You simply sit down with one of our knowledgeable salespeople to look over our numerous floor plans and design choices, organize your financing (we will even refer you to financial institutions who specialize in construction type loans), plan out your dream home and give us a YES. Then you sit back and watch your home take shape. We make it easy for you because life can be tough enough.
Annie (Buy-Rite Homes Media)
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There was a time when the term prefab conjured images of generic, nondescript homes made assembly line-style — the Sears Roebuck & Co. “kit” houses of the 1900s, for example.
It was as if the homes had no soul. Not so anymore.
The prefab industry has changed dramatically over the past decade, with more architects and builders entering the market and, in some cases, even allowing homeowners to help design their own homes.
With their input and a focus on more modernist and sustainable designs, the industry has changed the way we think of prefab homes. These architect-designed modern dwellings are great options for potential homebuyers who are intimidated by the process of buying or building a home, especially first-time homebuyers who may be able to score more bang for their buck with prefab.
The Highs and Lows of Prefab
In general, prefab homes tend to be less expensive than custom or even existing homes because most of the home is built in a factory setting, which limits typical construction delays such as bad weather. They also require less labor to assemble on site, providing additional savings to the homeowner. Some prefab homes can actually be installed in less than a week and many are eco-friendly, as the pivot toward more modernist styles of prefab design coincides with the trend toward more sustainable building. In short, prefab can reduce waste and shorten construction times, while also reducing the amount of time a buyer would have to carry a construction loan.
Today, quite a few companies are dedicated to building these energy-efficient, thoughtfully designed homes at a lower-than-average price point, making them a great option for first-time homebuyers.
“Our prefab homes are a good option for first-time homebuyers due to their customizability, quality construction, low maintenance and affordable cost,” says Mike Duncan, VP of Marketing at Clayton Homes. “Prefab homes are just like manufactured homes; they’re built to a rigid series of standards and certifications, often utilizing the same construction methods that site-built contractors use.”
In an effort to streamline the process, prefab homes don’t usually offer homeowners a plethora of design choices, though there is certainly some level of customization. For a first-time homebuyer who is dipping their toe into this world for the first time, this can be a huge plus, making the process overall a lot less overwhelming.
The homeowner is on the hook as far as securing building permits, electrical and water supplies, sewage or septic hookups and ensuring there is a secure foundation when the prefab home is finally shipped to the main site, but that’s typical of most custom-built homes. The difference is that rather than having a contractor or lead architect secure everything, the homeowner would have to get involved or hire someone local to lead the charge. Even taking this into consideration, the net cost of prefab homes can be comparable to what most first-time homebuyers spend.
While the prefab market may still be relatively small, it’s dynamic and poised to expand as the myths surrounding traditional modular housing dissipates. In 2005, Hurricane Katrina left many houses in ruins, prompting designer Marianne Cusato to design what’s now known simply as the Katrina Cottages, a series of homes that merged modern design with traditional forms that seemed more at home in a historic city such as New Orleans. The homes became so popular that Lowe’s carried the plans for them for a while.
Shortly thereafter, New York’s Museum of Modern Art unveiled “Home Delivery: Fabricating the Modern Dwelling,” an exhibition dedicated to the history of prefab homes, allowing visitors to step inside replicas of several life-sized prefab homes.
Today’s prefab options are increasing, with most hovering well under $300,000 at project completion, though that depends on several factors. LivingHomes’ CK series, for example, includes two-bedroom, one-bath dwellings at 950 sq. ft. as well as three-bedroom, two-bath options at 1,288 square feet with price tags between $139,000 and $323,000, according to Steve Glenn, CEO of LivingHomes.
For first-time homebuyers, a prefab home provides a modern look and feel, a fresh start and just enough customization for an affordable price, making it an increasingly attractive solution. With so many architects and builders dipping their toe into the sustainable, modular home market, the options continue to increase, giving first-timers more options than they’ve ever had before.
Ana Connery is the former content director for the Parenting Group and has edited several magazines, including Florida Travel & Life and Cooking Light, where she oversaw the construction of the FitHouse program. She lives and writes from her Florida bungalow.
Stainless Steel Appliances in Manufactured HomesCheck out the benefits of stainless steel
Stainless steel is used in more areas of manufactured homes than is often realized. Appliances, accents, silverware, cookware, towel racks, faucets and many other areas of the home are just a few areas where stainless steel can be found.
If stainless steel appliances fit your style, then choosing a Clayton Built® home could be the smart choice for you. With Clayton’s quality homes at affordable prices, customizing a home with these features is a reality within your reach.
So, what exactly is stainless steel?
Stainless steel is a type of alloy. An alloy is a metal composed of multiple metals fused together to give greater strength or resistance to corrosion. Because of this resistance, stainless steel is an ideal material to use throughout your home¹.
What are the benefits of stainless steel?
Stainless steel is unlikely to corrode, pit, tarnish or deteriorate, meaning stainless steel appliances will maintain appearance and quality.
So, while you are washing the dishes in your sink or cooking on your stove, you can rest assure that your appliances will continue to look their best thanks to the anti-corrosive nature of stainless steel.
Stainless steel is 100% recyclable which means that any scrap material that isn’t used [when stainless steel appliances are manufactured?] can be melted down and used. As much as 50% of the stainless steel manufactured in the U.S. is made from melted down, scrap stainless steel².
When you’re finished using your stainless-steel products, you can contact a scrap metal recycler in your area to see if they will recycle it. Some recyclers may charge a fee to recycle appliances or other items that they have to disassemble. You can contact your local solid waste authority if curbside collection is not offered in your area, and they can help you find the nearest collection facility to you.3
From a decorative standpoint, stainless steel is sleek and has clean lines. The metallic surface of stainless steel helps reflect the colors that surround it without being overbearing. Regardless of the type of cabinets and countertops you choose for your kitchen, they’ll likely pair well with stainless steel appliances.
Easy to Clean
Stainless steel is used in commercial kitchens and hospitals because of how easy it is to clean. It’s important to clean stainless steel when it comes in contact with dirt or other stains as this can reduce corrosion protection.
Follow these steps to properly and safely clean your stainless steel surfaces4:
Whether you’re looking to outfit your entire kitchen with stainless steel appliances or you want your sinks and faucets to be stainless, there are many options to choose from when deciding the perfect elements for your dream home.
Clayton Built® homes offer quality stainless steel options. Depending upon the home building facility as which the home is built, the following options may be available:
Although the initial costs of stainless steel are typically higher in comparison to other materials, it is often a smart investment because it holds its value. Overall, stainless steel is an environmentally-conscious and quality option for appliances and accents in the home.
Frigidaire® and Electrolux® are registered trademarks of Electrolux Home Products, Inc.
Berkshire Hathaway company secures top Manufactured Housing Institute award for second consecutive year, Apr 25, 2018
“On behalf of our 11,000 team members, it’s an honor to receive this incredible award for the second year in a row,”
MARYVILLE, Tenn., April 25, 2018— Clayton home building group, one of America’s largest homebuilders, today was named 2018 Manufacturer of the Year for the second consecutive year during MHI’s National Congress and Expo for Manufactured and Modular Housing in Las Vegas.
Clayton home building group holds a long-standing membership with MHI, the national trade organization for the factory-built housing industry. Its membership includes builders, retail home centers, community owners, suppliers and 50 affiliated state organizations.
“On behalf of our 11,000 team members, it’s an honor to receive this incredible award for the second year in a row,” said Clayton home building group president, Keith Holdbrooks. “Our focus remains on the experience of team members and customers, and it’s gratifying to know our peers and business partners see us as a company helping elevate our industry.”
In 2017, Clayton’s 40 home building facilities delivered 46,858 manufactured and modular homes, contributing to the nine percent of manufactured and modular new single-family home starts to families across the nation. The company is committed to elevating the manufactured housing industry through technology, innovation and simply changing the way team members are appreciated, by improving their overall workplace experience. All home building facilities reduced overtime and implemented new pay programs, resulting in an almost eight percent decrease in turnover rate.
“Our success has been rooted in our team members and their commitment to provide a world-class customer experience,” Holdbrooks said. “We know how important homeownership is, and our team members take pride in building quality, stylish homes for American families.”
Currently, 39 home building facilities have achieved ISO 14001 registration, diverting over 17,000 tons of waste from landfills. Through green building practices and competitive building efficiencies in off-site construction, Clayton positions themselves as a housing leader and will continue to reshape how homes are made and delivered.
To learn more about Clayton, visit ClaytonHomes.com.
Founded in 1956, Clayton is proud of its history of providing affordable, quality homes. The company is committed to opening doors to a better life and helping to build happiness through homeownership. As a diverse builder committed to quality and durability, Clayton offers traditional site-built homes and prefabricated housing, including modular homes, manufactured housing, tiny homes, park model recreational vehicles, college dormitories, military barracks and apartments. In 2017, Clayton delivered more than 48,000 homes. Clayton is a Berkshire Hathaway company. For more information, visit claytonhomes.com.
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“There’s clearly an affordable housing gap that’s growing and growing and growing,” said Laura Goodman, vice president of the Housing Finance Policy Center at the Urban Institute. “Manufactured housing is every bit as good as site built housing in most cases. Why [has] the number of manufactured housing units not gone up to where it was before?”
Recently, signs have surfaced that the strength of last year’s site-built home market will continue in 2018. If history is any indication, this is almost certain to deepen America’s affordable housing crisis even further.
The recently released Core-Logic Home Price Index classifies nearly half of the nation’s 50 largest metropolitan areas as “overvalued”. This means home prices in these areas are already at least 10 percent higher than the market can sustain long-term.
America’s affordable housing crisis is driven in large part by the simple fact that there aren’t enough homes in America to satisfy demand. According to a narrative at CURBED, high construction costs and labor shortages have left builders unable to keep up with national formation of new households. What’s more, Americans who already own homes are reluctant to sell an asset that is appreciating rapidly.
MANUFACTURED HOMES OFFER A PROMISING SOLUTION TO AFFORDABLE, QUALITY HOME OWNERSHIP FOR MILLIONS OF AMERICANS
In January 2018, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, the average price of a site built home with land in the U.S. was $382,700 — up 6.5 percent from January 2017. On the other hand, as of October of last year, the average price of a manufactured home was around $68,000. This clearly indicates manufactured homes as a promising solution to the affordable housing crisis — and people are beginning to take notice.
Escalating home prices have now been pushed beyond their peak prior to the 2008 financial crisis. This leaves millions of lower- and middle-income Americans at a loss for an affordable option. However, it’s becoming obvious to many families and retirees that manufactured homes represent everything a home should be — not only for affordability, but also for quality of construction, amenities, attractiveness, durability, and safety equal or superior to comparable site-built homes.
Manufactured home sales and production have shown incremental yet steady recovery and growth. This growth began in 2011 following the financial crisis and has continued month after month, and year after year. What’s more, these numbers are still far lower than those posted prior to the financial collapse in 2008-2010.
REGULATORY RELIEF AND MORE EQUITABLE FINANCING SHOULD PROPEL MANUFACTURED HOME OWNERSHIP.
Two issues are key to manufactured homes achieving widespread recognition as mainstream housing — regulatory relief and equitable financing. Often, these two issues are intertwined. For the first time in several years, a path towards this recognition is coming into focus. Positive federal legislative and administrative actions that would benefit manufactured home ownership, championed by the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI), are now moving forward.
Two of these recent legislative and regulatory measures from Congress and President Trump particularly indicate that the manufactured housing industry is getting attention. These measures, and other actions and recognition specific to manufactured housing, bode well for hard-working Americans. Their dream of home ownership may not be as far out of reach as it seems.
The U.S. Senate recently introduced legislation, SB 2155, that would overturn portions of the Dodd-Frank Act that bar manufactured home retailers from engaging with customers in all matters regarding financing. This language from Dodd-Frank has restricted competition among lenders of manufactured home loans and kept their cost prohibitively high for low- to middle-income home buyers. As a result, these onerous regulatory provisions have severely hampered sales of manufactured homes for nearly a decade.
For more information, check out our previous post, “MHI Secures Legislative Victory”.
Article By Ryan Dennis via ManufacturedHomes.com
Posted April 5, 2018
In Manufactured Home Financing, Manufactured Housing News, Washington D.C.
MANUFACTURED HOUSING FACTS INDUSTRY OVERVIEW
Updated March 2018
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, industry analysis and proprietary sources (ManufacturedHousing.org)
Manufactured Housing Facts Source: 2012 Mobile Home Market Facts, by Foremost Insurance Company
•The manufactured housing industry produced about 93,000 new homes in 2017,
approximately 9% of new, single-family home starts.
• The average sales price of a new manufactured home without land is $70,600.
• 66% of the homes are located on private property and 34% are in manufactured home communities.
• All aspects of construction are continually inspected by professionally trained third-party inspectors.
• Manufactured homes are constructed to adhere to the federal HUD Code since 1976.
The HUD Code, regulates home design and construction, strength and durability, fire resistance and energy efficiency. HUD revised the building code in the early 1990’s to enhance energy efficiency and ventilation standards and to improve the wind resistance of manufactured homes in areas prone to hurricane force winds.
• Floor plans are available that range from basic to elaborate -- vaulted or tray ceilings, fully equipped kitchens, walk-in closets and luxurious bathrooms.
• A variety of exterior siding is available -- metallic, vinyl, wood or hardboard and stucco.
• Homes have pitched roofs with shingles and gabled ends.
• Upgrades include awnings, patio covers, decks, site-built garages and permanent foundations.
• The building materials in today’s manufactured homes are the same as those in site-built homes.
• The homes are engineered for wind safety and energy efficiency.
• Manufactured homes are among the safest housing choices available today due to federal laws requiring smoke detectors, escape windows and limited combustible materials around furnaces, water heaters and kitchen ranges.
• Manufactured homes can be financed as personal property. Even when the home and land are financed together, the home is often secured as personal property and the land as real property. Traditional manufactured home personal property lenders offer land-and-home financing.
• Homebuyers may also finance their home and land together as real property using conventional mortgage financing obtained through a traditional mortgage lender.
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The need for quality, affordable housing has never been greater. Today’s manufactured homes can deliver outstanding quality and performance at prices that are up to 50 percent less per square foot than conventional site-built homes.
These savings allow more and more Americans to own their own home, even in the face of an ever-widening housing affordability gap. The affordability of manufactured housing is due to the efficiencies of the factory-building process.
Manufactured homes are constructed with standard building materials, and are built almost entirely off-site in a factory. The controlled construction environment and assembly line techniques remove many of the problems encountered during traditional home construction, such as weather, theft, vandalism, damage to building products and materials, and unskilled labor. Factory employees are trained and managed more effectively and efficiently than the system of contracted labor employed by the site-built home construction industry.
Much like other assembly line operations, manufactured homes benefit from the economies of scale resulting from purchasing large quantities of materials, products and appliances. Manufactured home builders can negotiate substantial savings on many components used in building a home, with these savings passed on directly to the homebuyer.
Today’s manufactured homes have experienced an evolution in the types and quality of homes available to buyers. Technological advances allow manufactured home builders to offer a variety of architectural styles and exterior finishes that will suit most any buyer’s dreams while allowing the home to blend in seamlessly into most any neighborhood.
Two-story and single-family attached homes are but two of the new styles generated by factory-built innovation. At the same time, greater flexibility in the construction process allows for customization of each home to meet a buyer’s lifestyle and needs.
Interior features include vaulted ceilings, working fireplaces, state-of the-art kitchens and baths, and porches, giving the homebuyer all the features found in traditional, site-built homes.
Enhanced energy efficiency in manufactured homes, achieved with upgraded levels of insulation and more efficient heating and cooling systems, provide another source of savings for homeowners, especially in this era of rising energy costs. Smart buyers also are turning to Energy Star-labeled manufactured homes for substantial savings in many aspects of owning and operating home.
Technological advances, evolutionary designs, and a focus on delivering quality homes that families can afford are the driving forces within the manufactured housing industry. That’s why more people are turning to manufactured housing to deliver homes that fit their needs and wants, at prices they can afford.
Cost & Size Comparisons of New Manufactured & New Single-Family Site-Built Homes
New Manufactured Homes (Includes typical installation cost, excludes land cost) See Box below.
Source: Institute for Building Technology and Safety (IBTS) Manufactured Home Shipments by State 2017 and Product Mix Single-Section Homes, Multi-Section Homes and State Totals Source: Institute for Building Technology and Safety (IBTS) (manufacturedhousing.org)
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Manufactured homes are built in a factory to a stringent federal building code. The Housing and Urban Development Manufactured Housing Safety and Construction Standards – also known as the HUD Code. These standards are your assurance of a safe, well-built home and cover structural design, construction, fire safety, energy efficiency and the performance of heating, plumbing, air conditioning thermal and electrical systems.
HUD appoints certified agencies, on a state level, to provide oversight and construction inspections. In the Northwest, those agencies are Oregon Building Codes and the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries. Homes are completed in the factory, and then transported in sections to the homeowner’s site, where they are installed by a trained and state certified crew.
Advantages of Factory Construction Methods
Why is the square-foot construction cost of manufactured and modular homes less than half that of site-built homes, while providing the same features and quality? The answer is, the completely controlled environment of factory construction and volume material purchasing, which minimizes costs while maximizing quality.
Manufactured Homes are the only homes which must satisfy a stringent building code. The Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Manufactured Housing Safety and Construction standards are your assurance of a safe, well-built home. These standards cover structural design, construction, fire safety, energy efficiency and performance of heating, plumbing, air conditioning, thermal and electrical systems.
A factory roof overhead is especially helpful. It doesn’t rain or feel too cool indoors and it’s never dark. Construction never stops due to inclement weather or unpleasant working conditions.
Design and construction teams are located in the same building. As market demands or technology introduces new features, designers can quickly incorporate these into new homes. Compressed air systems are plumbed throughout the factory with ready access for nailing, cleaning, painting and even moving sections from one station to the next.
The key to building high-quality homes is a well-trained, stable work force. In a factory setting, there are no independent, uncontrolled, expensive subcontractors. Construction workers are highly trained employees who work as a team to build homes in a planned, organized process. A comprehensive quality inspection process guarantees that value is built into every home at each step. A manufactured home never leaves the factory until it passes construction and appearance inspections.
Technology Results in Timely Completion
A factory environment allows the home builder to take advantage of technology to build better homes faster. Workers use sophisticated cutting and fastening machinery to ensure accurate, strong assembly. Large items such as roofing structures and walls can be pre-assembled, then placed accurately in position with overhead cranes. In-house shops pre-build kitchen and bathroom cabinets, that are done on time and fit right on the first try.
Bringing all the advantages of factory construction together, makes it easier to maintain a higher and more consistent quality in the building of manufactured homes, than it is in site- built houses.
For the energy-conscious, manufactures offer energy packages which exceed building code requirements including Energy Star and the new Eco-rated green home program. These packages include options for extra insulation in the walls, floor and ceiling, a high-efficiency furnace and water heater, and triple-layered and gas-filled windows. Even with such a cozy home, your inside air will stay fresh and healthy, thanks to air exchange systems that exceed most sire-built standards.
Custom Select Your Home Features
Interiors of homes can be modest or feature spacious living rooms with flat or vaulted ceilings, full dining rooms, eat-in kitchens with the latest conveniences, elegant bedrooms and walk-in closets, dressing areas and bathrooms with recessed tubs and whirlpools. The right floor plan depends on lifestyle and family needs. Buy-Rite Homes gives you dozens of floorplans to choose from or customize to suit. Or we will custom build your own design.
All new manufactured homes are sold with major appliances, tape and texture interiors, window coverings and carpeting/flooring included. All manufactured homes carry warranties offered by the manufacturer, your home retailer and by the makers of the appliances and finished goods that come with the house.
All manufactured homes come with a long list of “standard” features an even longer list of options. You have the option of changing everything from the basic floor plan to the thickness of the carpeting. As you plan your “dream” home, Buy-Rite Homes can help you match options with your desires. Manufactured homes offer custom plans with the plushest upgrades, all at less than the cost of a site-built house.
In Putting together your land package, you will go through the eight steps listed below. It is helpful to establish and adhere to a time line which tells you when certain actions should be complete. Buy-Rite Homes can assist you in developing a schedule that fits your situation. We specialize in “turn-Key packages”.
Simply stated – We will help you pick the land, the home, and all the improvement costs – put it all together into one price, do all the coordination and total completion of your home. We hand you the key and a 1 year promise (guarantee) to take good care of you and your new home.
8 Steps to a Place of Your Own
Step 1 Arrange for financing. If you have not chosen a lender, Buy-Rite Homes will assist you in locating a broker for your individual needs.
Step 2 Obtain loan approval. We will follow up and coordinate the total land/home package immediately upon acceptance and signing or the approved loan.
Step 3 Find your home site. Buy-Rite Homes will assist you in locating the land of your choice. We also have property available from time to time, completely improved and ready for your new home.
Step 4 Select a home. We have 5 model homes set up for your preview. We can arrange for your new home to come from our inventory or we can special-order your home directly from the factory.
Step 5 Determine your land development costs or rental site requirements. Buy-Rite Homes is a licensed, bonded general contractor. We can provide you with all the bids necessary to totally complete your home package.
Step 6 Completion of total construction package. Following the closing of the loan we begin the site work, while at the same time the home is ordered (if a factory order), so that the delivery of the home will coincide with the completion of the site preparation. We can serve as your general contractor and take care of any of the problems arising out of coordination and completion of all the work, on a timely basis.
Step 7 Final inspection and Walk-Through. Upon completion of the total package, we then arrange to “walk-through” the home with you to make sure everything is “as agreed” and done to your satisfaction.
Step 8 MOVE IN!
There are many steps involved in the placement and set up of your new home. We handle everything from start to finish, including the permits, to make the process easy and efficient.
Site Preparation – what and who is involved
Just how complex can site preparation be? Let’s consider an increasingly common occurrence; putting a modest double-wide home on a poured foundation in an acre of semi-rural land, together with a well and a septic system. Here is a list, not in precise chronological order, of the providers involved (and the likely number of employees for each in parentheses.
Well Driller (1-2) – Drills the water well and perform the required purification tests.
Septic Engineer (1) – Performs percolation tests on land to confirm the suitability for septic system use and designs the septic system.
Bulldozer Operator (1) – Excavates and levels the foundation site.
Work crew (2) – Prepare forms for concrete foundation. They then pour, lay and tie the rebar.
Concrete pump truck Operators (1) – They pump concrete into the foundation form (which is often, but not always used).
Work crew (4) – Spreads concrete & finishes foundation surfaces.
Backhoe Operator (1) – Digs trenches for water, utilities, phone, TV, and propane.
Work Crew/Backhoe (2) – Installs 10 cu. yard dry well, fills with rock aggregate, which is connected to rainwater downspouts from the home and they then backfill.
Set-up Installer (2) – Blocks and levels the house, seals and paints exterior of home at roof joints and end seams. Connects to water, the septic system and electricity. Flushes interior trim at seams of the ceiling, marriage line and end walls and repairs stress cracks. Tests appliances.
Set-up/tape & texture (1) – Prepares the interior marriage line joints for painting, taping, and texturing. Seals any cracks in the drywall which is followed by touch-up painting the interior.
Carpet Installer (1) – Installs (or completes installation of) carpet pads and carpeting.
Rain gutters/downspouts Contractor (1) – Install gutters and downspouts.
Skirting Contractor (2) – Constructs the skirting around the house perimeter, with an access opening (to underside).
Well pump Contractor (2) – Installs the well pump, water pipes, pressure tank and electrical switches.
Work Crew (3) – Excavates for septic holding tank and leech field, then installs. They then connect to the houses septic outflow and backfills.
Local power utility district (2) – Prepares the power connection from pole or transformer at property’s edge.
Electrical Contractor (2) – Lays wire from power pole at edge of property. Installs the junction box on the exterior. Connects the wires to inside power panel and installs the meter.
Finishing work (1) – Hangs doors and adds any trim work. Checks cabinets and sets up appliances.
Site Preparation – what and who is involved continued…
Cleaning (1) – Carpets and flooring is swept and cleaned if needed. All surfaces are dusted and all stickers and plastic is removed to leave the home move-in ready.
Air Conditioning Contractor (1) – Installs the inside AC unit (or heat pump or swamp cooler) and connects the home’s inside central ventilation unit.
Telephone service (1) – Connects and buries the phone line from the terminal next to property to the exterior of the home. On the second visit, they will hook up the phone junction box to the home. They then install the inside jacks and test the phone.
TV cable (1) – If cable service is ordered (as opposed to satellite dish). They will connect the buried cable wire from the terminal at the properties corner to the cable splitter at the exterior. They then install the inside TV jacks.
Propane service (1) – Places the propane tank 30 feet from home, laying underground gas lines from tank to home and plumbs the gas connection to house.
Backfill and compaction (2) – Fills in all trenches, backfills around the foundation perimeter and compacts the moved soil.
Driveway (2) – If crushed rock or gravel is used, they haul in, spread and compact several truckloads of rock/gravel for driveway. If concrete or asphalt is used, they use construct machinery as required. The work crew may be three or more.
State Inspectors (2-3) – Visits the job site as needed to inspect and sign off on all work.
Walk through (1) – Walks through the home with the buyer to point out all appliances and their functions. Gives buyer all paperwork on appliances and home warranty information.
Retiring generation finds downsized housing solution with long term value.
Diane and Harold - Clayton Customer Story
MARYVILLE, Tenn., March 29, 2018 – Clayton, one of America’s largest home builders, is creating opportunities for homebuyers of the Baby Boomer generation seeking modern, energy efficient housing without sacrificing affordability.
In January 2018, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, the average price of a new single-family, site-built home with land in America was $382,700 – up 6.5 percent from January 2017. As the cost of housing rises year over year, families all over the country face a limited supply of affordable options.
“We looked at site-built homes, but for the value and the money and the quality, we were going to have to do without a lot of things,” said new homeowner Diane Wood. “That’s what did it for us. We got a lot of quality and value for our money.”
With an average price of around $68,100 without land – according to the U.S. Census Bureau -- as of October 2017, manufactured homes offer a promising solution to the affordable housing crisis – and people are starting to take notice. Clayton Built™ manufactured and modular homes are beautifully designed with quality, brand-name materials at an affordable price.
After their retirement, Diane and Harold Wood were looking to build a ‘forever home’ on their beautiful farm property owned by their family for generations. According to the Home Buyer and Seller Generational Report 2017, “buyers 62 to 70 are often moving due to retirement, desire to be closer to friends and family and desire for a smaller home.” Manufactured and modular homes are offered with custom floorplans and upgradeable amenities, including stainless steel appliances and granite countertops.
Initially the Woods were considering a traditional, site-built home for their family property, but found the cost of construction limited their options. That’s when they visited a Clayton Homes store and discovered The Cameron, a 1,512 sq. ft. Clayton Built® home with 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. The Woods’ home includes a one-story open floorplan, with a beautiful kitchen, center island and recessed ceiling that is perfect for large meals and entertaining. They even chose to upgrade to the Clayton Energy Smart option, which includes high-efficiency insulation, low-emissive windows, a programmable thermostat and several other features that will help reduce utility costs in the years to come.
The home was delivered by truck to their property, and affixed to a permanent foundation. The Wood family added a garage to the house and a front porch where they sit together every evening. The Woods invited Clayton to visit their new home and talk about the home buying journey. Clayton has released a video documenting their story.
“This is where we’re happy,” says Diane. “We’re porch people, and we just love looking out at the beautiful mountains and the view.”
Article and video courtesy of ClaytonHomes.com