Month: May 2020

How Much Does it Cost to Build a Modular Home?

Modular homes can cost less than other homes. The final cost estimate always depends on customization, the contractor, and other upgrades. A modular home is a great way to build the home of your dreams but it can become more expensive than other homes if there is not a budget. Here are some tips on building a modular home while keeping costs in check.


Modular Home Prices

A basic home structure depends on the floor plan selected. A base price will be available online for people to view but the final price depends on taxes, delivery, and set-up of the home. There are fees to bring in a crane, finishing work to the interior and exterior of the property, and other amenities. Some costs are optional while others are not. These vary depending on whether or not a person is developing on undeveloped land or pre-developed property. 


Adding Up the Costs

Adding up the costs of building a modular home starts with understanding where the costs come from. A modular home must be anchored the first o a foundation. Starting from there, the costs go up:

  • Foundation: decide on a basement or crawlspace. A basic poured basement costs up to $30,000 for a ranch home in some areas that is under 2,000 square feet. A basement provides additional storage. The costs will vary with the size of the home or extra living space added
  • Block crawl space with access panel and insulation will cost up to $10,000 for the same amount of square footage as a basement
  • HVAC systems including furnace, AC, air ducts, and gas lines will cost up to $11,000 for a ranch under 2,000 square feet. Costs vary depending on where a person lives and the contractor
  • Garage spaces for 2 cars can cost around $20,000 to build. This includes poured floors, insulated walls, roof, and door
  • Hookup for water or well can cost up to $5,000
  • A driveway is typically $4-$6 per square foot for a 4” thick drive. This depends on poured concrete, gravel, or other types of driveways that determine the overall cost


Electrical, gas, and other costs should be factored in, as well. When running estimates, make sure to get all the numbers before starting and layout the budget. There should be some wiggle room for fluctuation of numbers since the building can almost always cost more, sometimes less, depending on the features. 


Final Costs

The final costs are typically under $100,000. Modular homes are dependent on many factors but the same home would cost more than double pre-built. Don’t sacrifice quality or flexibility when looking at homes. To feel comfortable, meet with a builder who will work with you upfront and determine your needs and costs. Typically, it will be more affordable to go modular than it would build a traditional home.


Green Valley Homes offers a large selection of Modular homes, multi-sectional homes, and pre-owned homes. Our full-time, professional staff can help you write up a budget and get your modular home built quickly and affordably. We are here to help you build the home of your dreams. Call us if you are ready to get started today: (740) 385-2434

Tips to Spring Clean Your Mod Home

Spring cleaning comes just after the quiet dark of winter, and currently during the widespread quarantine for coronavirus. In some parts of the country and the world, the shift to spring looks different but for most people, it means warmer temperatures gradually appearing, flowers, trees, birds, and other signs of summer’s approach come into view. What also comes to light are all the projects that got left until now to do. Looking around, it can catch you off guard if you’re not prepared. Try these tips to get your mod home in tip-top shape this spring.


Get Those Gutters

Don’t forget about cleaning up those gutters and downspouts. During winter months, they get clogged with leaves, twigs, and debris. It can ice over and cause damage or flooding to occur. Look around the yard and garden areas. Think about ways to take care of the part of the house people overlook just near the roofline and make sure there are no water leaks or broken pieces of spouting. Rain water is abundant in the spring and will need to flow clearly along the edge of your home. 


Lawn and Garden

Walk around the yard as it emerges from under cover of snow and ice. Fertilize if you can and try to keep it looking green and healthy. Mowing season means some exercise behind the push mower and some trimming around the edges with a weedeater. If you don’t have much lawn to worry about, it won’t be an issue. See if you can spruce it up with a few little flower beds or hanging pots on the porch. Planting edged beds along the skirting brightens up the whole property. Find ways to make it look a little homier without putting in too much effort (or money).


Safety Checks

Some of the more overlooked parts of a spring cleaning are the safety checks. Look at the smoke alarms and fire detectors. Check batteries to be sure they are working and have extras on hand for when they stop working properly. Check out the carbon monoxide detectors. Those should be in working order and switched out regularly. Look over the stove, check wires, and look over vents and areas where you might not think need a second look. Wildlife can hang out under porches and decks, making them more unstable if they are gnawing or scratching at them. Keep a fire extinguisher handy in the kitchen.


General Cleaning

Get out the broom and dustpan. Find the mop and sweepers, it’s time to deep clean. Move furniture around, dust and mop all the corners that get left behind in winter. Scrub down the insides of ovens, dust blinds, and run the sinks and drains to make sure they are working and nothing is frozen. Check maintenance records to be sure all filters are switched out and everything is in working order. Repair some window screens, clean the inside, and check any air conditioning units for debris build-up outside. If everything looks great, then that is good news for you and also your neighbors who appreciate you keeping a well-maintained and safety-conscious household


Final Checks

Walk around the property inside and out to be sure you didn’t miss anything. It is always good to look to make sure everything looks good. Winter is hard on properties with the freezing and thawing in some places and wet or rainy season in others. Some general landscaping, maintenance, and upkeep can save you money and time down the road.


Green Valley Homes has Modular homes, multi-sectional and pre-owned homes for you to look at. Our professionally trained staff helps you buy a home with confidence. Come check out our big selection and let us help deliver with our personal service you cannot get anywhere else. Call today: (740) 385-2434

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