Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions About Modular Homes

  • Is a modular home “just a cheap, flimsy, poorly-constructed house?”
    Absolutely not! The modular homes of today are models of efficiency and quality assurance. Most modular builders, including Yates Homes, use state of the art computer design stations to assist them in planning and customizing the design. The highly engineered structures are then built in sections, called “modules,” inside the controlled environment of a factory. Finally, each section is shipped by truck to the building site where they are assembled. They must conform to the same local building codes as a regular home (often called site-built or stick-built home). Once they are set on and attached to the foundation, they are indistinguishable from the neighboring homes.
  • What does a modular home look like?
    Today’s modular home looks like any other house on the street. In fact, you can’t tell them apart. Yates Homes can build almost any style home from a simple ranch to a highly customized contemporary. Modular producers are also building office buildings, banks, school, motels and other structures. You may have been in one and not even realized it.
  • Why am I hearing more and more about modular homes?
    They are becoming more popular than ever as more people find the variety, quality, and cost savings that can be attained with a modular home. According to the Manufactured Housing Institute (Arlington, VA) figures, the total of all manufactured housing went from less than 190,000 in 1990 to over 400,000 in 2000; and the numbers continue to grow today. People’s attitudes have changed. Gone are the days when modular homes were confused with smaller, rectangular, temporary, poorly built homes such as “mobile” or “single wide” or “double wide” homes that were placed on small narrow lots.
  • What is the difference between the terms “manufactured” and “modular” home?

    Manufactured homes, often referred to as “mobile, single, or double wide homes,” are constructed to a different building standard. The standard is the Federal Construction Safety Standard or HUD code. Unlike conventional building codes, it requires manufactured homes to be constructed on non-removable steel chassis. Many communities have restrictions on where (and if) these homes can be located.

    A modular home (even though it is “manufactured”) and site-built homes on the other hand, are constructed to the same building code as required by your state and local authorities. Building and zoning regulations do not therefore restrict where they can be constructed.

  • How does the construction process for modular homes differ from site-built homes?
    Basically there is no difference between the overall construction process for a modular home and a site (or stick) built home. The steps involved are the same as a site-built home. Before the modular home is delivered the builder or agent has to consider such details as surveys and permits, water and electrical hookups, foundation, and septic if required. After delivery and the modular home is set on the foundation, there are such things as final finishing work, water, electrical, and plumbing hookups, and finish landscaping.
  • What kind of construction is used in modular homes?
    The same or better construction than that used in a site built home. The walls are 2-by-6 with R-19 insulation and 2-by-4 partitions. The flooring is 2-by-8 or 2-by10 depending on the floor span and is topped with tongue and groove flooring, glued and stapled. The roof and ceiling are trussed with R-31 insulation and is available with up to 30-year fiberglass shingles. Also incorporated are such things as Philadelphia carpet by DuPont, Thermal pane vinyl hung high performance glass tilt windows with screens, raised panel solid oak cabinet, Armstrong flooring, Delta faucets, etc. to name a few.
  • How does a modular home save time in the construction process?
    When your modular home arrives and is set on the foundation it is usually over 90% complete and has most of the things already in it that you have chosen. The floor coverings, the wall and ceiling finish, ceiling fans, outside siding and shutters. The kitchen cabinets, sink, refrigerator, stove and dishwasher are there thus reducing move in time. Another plus is that the bathrooms are finished except final hookup. All this work has been going on simultaneously with work at the home site during the permitting, surveying, grading, and the building of the foundation phase. This is not possible with a site built home.
  • How does a modular home save on cost?
    We buy building materials in very large quantities saving money in bulk purchases. Similar savings can be had in appliances and fixtures. Because the home is built using various jigs and fixtures in a factory under close supervision, they are built with less labor hours and there is less need for highly skilled craftsmen for all the various trades used. This “engineered” approach also results in savings in material and waste. Also, because the home is built inside there are no weather related delays and schedule inefficiencies that occur at a site-built home. There is also no vandalism costs so prevalent in today’s world. Finally because of the time saved there is a corresponding saving on loan interest during this process.
  • What is the difference between “Package” and “Set on foundation” pricing?

    Our company generally prices and sells modular homes two ways. The first is “Package”. “Package” means that we can handle everything from start to finish. We can easily handle all tasks until the premises is complete, the site is finish graded and seeded, and the home is ready to move into.

    The second is delivered “set on foundation”. In this method, you the property owner wish to save even more money by being involved in the construction process as the general contractor. This means you hire and oversee the sub contractors, such as the excavator, the plumbing and heating, etc. You contract with us a price for the home set and delivered weather tight on the foundation. The house itself at this point is about 90% complete.

    In both cases we take you step by step through the house design and specifications for the order, cost estimating totals for the entire project, provide you with a procedural checklist, and assistance with documentation necessary for bank financing. Regarding delivery and set on your foundation, we coordinate permitting and scheduling along with the crane and set crew.

  • Is financing a modular home a problem?
    No. There is no distinction is made between a modular and site built homes as far as appraisal and financing is concerned. Most Banks and lending institutions treat both types the same. The same thing applies to insurance companies.
  • How long does it take to build a modular home?

    Of course, this depends on the size of the house and the number of modules used to construct it. With consistent quality and speed being one of the advantages of this type construction, a home consisting of two modules can be manufactures in about three to four weeks. Once this is complete, the finished modules are transferred to the building site and set on the foundation. The final completion, which is usually handled by a local builder or contractor who does the final finish work and utility connections and can often be completed within about three to five weeks.

    Keep in mind that weather does not affect the building of the modules like a site built home, which is the major portion of the construction process. Weather can however affect the initial surveying, grading, and building of the foundation, and also to a much lesser degree, the finishing up after delivery of the module.

  • Do you have any miscellaneous information that I might want to know?
    Here are a couple items that may be of interest. Most often, you can customize your modular home just the way you want it. In addition, unlike “manufactured homes,” you can have a full basement and a fireplace option, although this work is done at the construction site. You can also have an attached garage, which also is best done at the construction site.

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We have had a wonderful experience (start to finish) with everyone at Yates. I sent an e-mail earlier in the week letting all know how much we really appreciated everyone. I think we met or spoke with most of you staff and everyone was more than helpful with any questions we had.

Your folks definitely make this painless (for us anyways) as possible and we are truly grateful.

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I love my new home! I have received so many compliments. One couple in particular wanted to come by and see how we customized the outside. They also wanted a 2 story house and couldn’t visualize how it would look. They asked us about our experience with the home process. This couple is now purchasing a new home from Yates!

My home is “comfortable” and I got the kitchen I was dreaming of! Thank all of you at Yates Home Sales!

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"...expertise and professionalism..."

We would like to thank Yates Home Sales for their expertise and professionalism with our new home. Our sales representative was very knowledgeable of her job and she knew what we wanted for our first home. We had toured many modular dealers but, my heart kept leading me back to Yates. The staff that built our home and the workers that put it together was on point with everything. We were never left with unanswered questions. Their tour homes is well kept and beautifully decorated inside so you as a customer can actually see yourself living in one of the modulars. That’s when my husband and I decided that Yates Homes was the place to go to have our home built.

So thanks to the staff at Yates for a job well done and a special thanks to our sales representative Lydia Gibson.

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We are very pleased with our beautiful Yates home. The staff was very helpful and patient as we planned our custom built modular home. Since we had recently lost our first home to a fire we needed to move quickly to rebuild and move back on our land. Yates worked very hard to have our family in our new home as quickly as possible.

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I wanted to take this opportunity to write a thank you letter. My family really enjoys our beautiful home. I want to especially thank CR Yates for working with us to resolve any issues or concerns. When someone ask who built my home, I proudly tell them Yates Home Sales. If I build another house in the future, Yates Home Sales will be my first Choice.

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My wife is a nurse and I handle warranty claims for one of the largest companies in Southside Virginia. We both work in fields where we know how important customer service is and should be. We don’t mind one bit telling anyone about our experience with Yates Home Sales. In fact, we highly recommend them to anyone that asks about our home. If you are in the market for a new home, go by and meet Lydia, Scott, C.R. and everyone else at Yates Home Sales. Then go look around at other places. If a top notch home, honesty and customer service are what you are looking for, I’m willing to bet that you end up right back where you started.

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We enjoyed working with the friendly sales staff at Yates Home Sales during our home purchase. They listened to our questions and helped us choose a home that fits our lifestyle. The Yates employees were professional and efficient, and maintained a low-key sales approach. At no time were we pressured or rushed to make decisions about our new home. Thanks to Yates Home Sales, we are living in our dream home.

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My family and I are so pleased with our new home from Yates, I cannot say enough about the quick and courteous service we have received! The entire process of buying our home was made easy by the excellent staff at Yates and the service after the purchase has been great! We had one small problem with our plumbing after we moved in and the service staff from Yates was on it and had it repaired very quickly with absolutely NO FUSS. In times when good products and service seem to be getting hard to find, Yates Homes stands out as a great local company! I would recommend Yates Homes to anyone who is in the market for a well-built modular home – sold by people who care about the customers they serve!

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