Frequently Asked Questions
Question: Where are the savings when building using modular home construction vs. 100% site-built?
Answer: The savings occurs in material costs and time, which also equates to dollars. We purchase the same materials found in 100% site-built homes. The fact that we can purchase material in bulk allows for a discount we can pass on to you. The largest savings, however, comes from time. Unless you are paying cash for a new home, most people use a construction loan. With a construction loan, you are paying interest on the loan that does not attribute to your permanent loan. The longer it takes to build, the more interest you are paying. Modular construction is faster; therefore, saving you the extra interest payments that could be thousands.
Question: I’m interested in building using modular home construction. What’s the next step?
Answer: The first thing to do is confirm your price range. To do this, you need to get pre-approved for a construction to permanent loan. Visit your local bank or mortgage broker or one of our preferred lenders to learn more. Once you know your budget you can start searching for homes within a certain price range. We'll be happy to discuss the process with you.
Question: Can I really customize my modular home?
Answer: Absolutely. The process starts by reviewing our 140+ plans to find the kind of home you want. The number of bedrooms, bathrooms and square feet can be used as the basis of the search and then the customization begins. We are able to alter many plans to fit the site to utilize the natural surroundings. If you have a plan from another website or book, just send us the floor plan and elevation to review so we can determine if modular home construction is possible.
Question: Are your homes “green?”
Question: Are there a lot of features to choose from?
Answer: Yes. We have hundreds of personalized features available from hardwood floors, variety of carpets, solid surface countertops, cabinets, plumbing fixtures, exterior features, etc. We have a product and décor manual and products samples you can look through.
Question: What types of exteriors are available?
Answer: Vinyl siding is standard, but you can upgrade to cement board (one popular brand known as Hardi plank), brick, rock, split log, and stucco. Roof shingles are standard, but you can get a metal roof.
Question: Can I get a garage with your modular homes?
Answer: Yes. You can have a garage added to any of our homes. Some of our models already have the garage integrated into the floor plan, but most will be built onsite. Garages can be attached or detached.
Question: What type of foundation can we have with your modular homes?
Answer: You choose from the same options as with site-building such as the most common crawlspace, basement, and piers, which are common on the coast or flood zone areas. There is also a raised slab foundation available.
Question: Are Nationwide’s modular homes off-frame?
Answer: Yes. This is the only way we build. There are no steel frames, axles or wheels that remain under our homes like you see with doublewide homes (HUD home) or hybrids.
Question: Can modular homes be built to withstand hurricanes?
Answer: There are no structures that are guaranteed to withstand the forces of Mother Nature, but it has been found that modular construction does in fact withstand hurricane strength winds better than homes 100% site-built homes. Our homes can be built to withstand 175 mph winds.
Question: Do your modular homes come with a warranty?
Answer: Yes. There is a 1-year structural warranty, but you can purchase a 2-10 warranty at the time of closing.
Question: Are modular homes really built faster?
Answer: Yes! The homes are completed faster because components of the home are constructed before the home goes into production. Homes can be completed in terms of weeks rather than months. The price savings from weeks to months can be thousands of dollars.
Question: Will my home be built to my local building codes?
Answer: Yes. We make sure that our homes are built the highest standards and comply with your local building codes. Every home must pass the same requirements as a 100% site-built home. Nationwide Homes goes the extra step to make sure homes are inspected 300 times during the manufacture build so everything is the best it can be when it arrives at our building site.
Question: Is financing easy for modular homes?
Answer: Our homes qualify for all mortgage programs. The same mortgage rules and regulations apply to purchasing a modular home as to a 100% site-built home. One of our preferred lenders would be happy to speak with you about the details.