IT'S CHEAPER THAN RENTING!
Buying a manufactured home is an excellent alternative for those unlucky enough to have lost their original homes to foreclosure, or for retired folks who don’t want to splurge a large amount on a regular home. Although homeowner's will pay rent for the lot the home resides on, it only increases in minimal increments and still allows for an average payment in the Twin Cities of $725 per month including the loan payment! If you can afford to invest between $10,000 and $15,000 in a used mobile home, you will spend much less this way than if you rent an apartment, and you’ll have additional privacy. Plus you own the home! No matter what you have something that is worth something unlike renting! Finally, it's hundreds of dollars cheaper to buy a three bedroom manufactured home then rent a two bedroom apartment!
BUILT FOR LESS, PASSING SAVINGS ON TO YOU!
Manufactured homes are precision built in state-of-the-art facilities throughout the country. Eliminate weather delays and construction waste with engineered building systems. Manufactured homes provide the best housing value for every lifestyle imaginable. Our quality, name brand materials are purchased in bulk so that savings are passed on to you.
IT'S BUILT AND LOOKS JUST LIKE A CONVENTIONAL HOME!
Today's manufactured homes come with many of the same features typically found in a stick-built home: living and dining rooms with vaulted ceilings, skylights, fireplaces, modern kitchens and premium appliances. Large bedrooms with walk-in closets, bathrooms with whirlpool tubs, ceramic tile, hardwood floors and more! The options are almost limitless! In addition, new architectural styles and superior exterior details have made upper-end manufactured homes virtually indistinguishable from stick-built homes, allowing them to blend in seamlessly with other forms of housing.
LIVING IS CHEAPER ACROSS THE BOARD!
In a conventional home the real estate taxes average ten times more than a manufactured home. Electric and Gas bills are decidely cheaper than a conventional home. A typical manufactured home costs $350 per year in real estate taxes and $150 per month in utility bills. You can save over $200 per month just in taxes and utility bills!
By Luca Brammer
Many people think that a site built developer may offer a wider range of option in a new home compared to new home options offered by a manufactured home builder. This is far from the case. In fact, manufactured home builders often offer more options than your typical new home developer for a number of reasons you are about to discover.
Developers of site built homes typically work with a local design firm that they subcontract out the process of ordering many options through. Flooring, upgraded fixtures and sometimes even landscaping is part of the function of the local design firm’s function in the process of development. However, new home buyers are often restricted to using this particular design firm alone. Buyers in most residential developments can’t just go to home depot or lumberliquidators.com to order the flooring they want and have it shipped to site and installed. This is a significant limitation forced on a consumer when buying what is most likely their largest purchase in life. It makes sense that when buying a home, a home owner should be offered the maximum flexibility possible.
Contrary to popular opinion, manufactured home builders, in coordination with qualified retailers, offer the flexibility that home buyers ought to have when buying a home. There are two main reasons why buying from a manufacturer through a retailer can offer a greater range of home options.
First, manufactured home builders often maintain their own inventory of options just like a site built home developer in terms of flooring, fixtures, lighting and other upgrades. Buyers can select from any of these options or they can incorporate custom options when working with a qualified retailer. Retailers are not limited to use a company designated design firm if you do not particularly like the options offered by the manufacturer. Retailers can assist you locate the exact flooring options you desire and have them installed during the home installation process after the home leaves the factory. You may incorporate green landscaping from local landscape architects through the retailer or purchase other upgrades from wherever you can imagine and have them installed in the process of your home installation. SO when you walk in to your new home after installation is complete, you can literally walk in to a factory built home that is far more custom than a nearby tract home using a design firm. It may sound counter intuitive but it is true that working with a qualified retailer that cooperates well with the manufacturer can result in a very unique design.
The second reason why factory built homes offer more unique options is that many manufacturers focus on offering energy efficiency options better than site built home builders. It is true that any site built developer these days offers Energy Star(tm) appliances as an option, but do they offer energy efficient, sustainable building materials as an option? Do they offer solar photovoltaic systems as an option? The fact is, manufactured home builders typically offer energy efficiency options much more frequently than site built home builders do.
The days of manufactured homes and their prefabricated and modular counterparts being considered inferior to site built homes is quickly coming to an end. When consumers look online for green homes, energy efficient homes and the like, they are more often seeing factory built homes now.
By Luca Brammer
If you have been searching the internet for keyword phrases like “green living”, “sustainable housing” or “green homes” you are most likely well aware that the majority of news and articles related to green homes is all about manufactured homes, modular homes, prefabricated homes and tiny houses. What’s interesting about these homes is that they are all made in a factory and transported and installed on a site or transported in pieces to a site and installed. There are a number of different reasons why the trend in energy efficient living is moving towards manufactured homes. This article discusses the various reasons why factory built homes are typically more energy efficient than site built homes.
The first clue as to why these types of homes are more energy efficient is based on a common value shared between all of the different kinds of homes aforementioned: they are all factory built. Homes that are built in a factory produce less waste. As such, less materials are required to complete a home than a site built home and the so-called “waste” produced when building a home in a factory can often times be used in another home within the factory. The factory itself is a controlled environment. This means that the entire build process is not exposed to the natural elements which can warp, deteriorate or render useless some of the building materials. This saves not only product, but time and money as well. The standardized building process itself produces time savings and cuts waste.
Another reason why factory build homes are often much more energy efficient than site built homes is that many builders focus specifically on energy efficient design. Not only is energy efficient design good for the environment, it’s good for homeowners and good for business. Energy efficient design is good for homeowners because it lowers the cost of supplying all of the energy needs of the home. Energy efficient design in heating and cooling systems combined with energy efficient design in insulation can save people hundreds to thousands of dollars each year. Designing energy efficient homes is good for business for two related reasons: (1) offering a product that will reduce the out of pocket expense of a homeowner when compared to a site built home is a significant benefit to the homeowner but an excellent selling point that manufactured home builders can point to in the sales process; (2) Efficient design is not limited to heating, cooling and insulation; it is also applied to a wide range of building materials that are used in the process that may be less expensive than others, more durable and environmentally friendly. You can, therefore, benefit the bottom line of a business while supporting the environment and cut the expenses of a homeowner.
The last reason that factory built manufactured homes are often more energy efficient than site built homes is due to the fact that energy efficient options, like solar photovoltaic systems, are more often offered by manufactured home builders than site build developers. Most site build home developers offer a wide range of options like flooring, exterior and interior upgrades. Some site built developers also include landscaping as an option. However, offering solar photovoltaic systems as an option on a new site built home has not taken off with the majority of developers. Manufactured home builders, like Hallmark Southwest, offer a wide range of energy efficiency options like the Net-Zero energy efficiency option that incorporates solar photovoltaic systems making it possible for a new homeowner to buy a home and upon moving in have most or all of their electricity needs taken care of by the energy efficient system itself based on normal occupant usage.
In short, factory built homes are typically more energy efficient than site built homes because the factory environment itself is conducive to energy efficient home building, consumer demand for energy efficient living in manufactured homes is increasing and manufactured home builders incorporate energy efficient design and options in to their homes because it’s good for the environment, for the consumer and good for business.