Month: December 2022

Laws of Moving a Mobile Home

Getting Started

Mobile homes are not as easy to move as people think but there are some things to keep in mind that might make the process of moving a mobile home go more smoothly. Read for more details on how to transfer a mobile home (lawfully) and safely.

Know the Laws of Moving a Mobile Home

An estimated 22 million people live in manufactured or mod homes. Manufactured homes can be relocated with some efficiency but it helps to know the specifics of laws and property before choosing when, where, and how to move a mobile home. Mobile homes continue to be affordable means of living without blowing the budget. Check out some of the laws to consider when moving a mobile home.

Laws and Regulations

  1. Find a manufactured home mover. Certified professional needs to be vetted to be sure they follow moving laws and standards. Professional movers must be registered with FMCSA (Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration). Every state requires registration and permits. Verify them by visiting the state website and searching for their business name.
  2. Obtain a permit. A valid moving permit to carry the mobile home to its new destination is required. Issued by the state or county where you currently reside, permits make sure you’re not avoiding property taxes, liens, or fines. Not sure how to proceed? Start by contacting your county treasurer. Get a certificate from them stating there are no unpaid or overdue taxes and fines. Bring in a title or copy of the property title. Finally, give yourself time because these things don’t happen overnight and you don’t want to be left waiting.
  3. Check local laws. Each state and county has different laws. Rules can dictate the age of the home, materials used in building, and the ultimate location of the home. If the home is over a decade old, there may be additional inspections and paperwork to is required ensure the safety of the residence. Zoning restrictions apply to all mobile homes so don’t try to skirt the laws.

Moving a mobile home

Let’s Roll

Ready to get moving?  After all the above items are handled, it can feel like you are in the clear to get things moving forward. Here are some tips to help you move forward quickly and efficiently.

Contact Appropriate People

Contact a park manager if you live in a manufactured park. Given the written noGiveand sort any deposits and fees. Be sure to disconnect utilities and speak to the right people before moving. Give them a month or two to shut things off. Speak to the commission in your new town to find out about building codes, zoning regulations, and legalities. 

Remove Your Skirt

Manufactured homes have skirting that closes off the open space underneath. This needs to be removed before moving. This can be done yourself or by the moving company but don’t forget to make sure they are aware of this before moving the home so they can be prepared.

Moving Matters

Don’t hesitate to contact Green Valley Homes, a company that is certified to move your mobile home when you are ready. We will help you make sure everything is in order before you go.

 

Green Valley Homes offers a large selection of Modular homes, multi-sectional homes, and pre-owned homes. Our commitment to you is that we will always put your needs first. If you have a specific budget in mind, call us. We will help you iron out the details to get the home you want at a price you can afford.  Call us if you are ready to get started today: (740) 385-2434

 

What are Modular Homes?

What Makes it a Modular Home?

A modular home is 80-90% built in a climate-controlled factory. . The sections of the home are then transferred to the home buyer’s property and assembled on-site. Because modular homes are also known as prefabricated homes, it’s common for them to have the stereotype of holding a lower quality when compared to stick-built homes. This is far from the truth, as modular homes are constructed under the same safety building codes as site-built homes, and are found to be inspected more often, both by the manufacturer and by our staff of trained representatives. 

Why Buy a Modular Home?

Modular homes are a perfect option for families interested in diving into the homeownership process in a timely and affordable manner. Many opt for a modular home due to the building process being done in a facility, preventing weather delays and uncontrollable elements. Fewer delays allow the home to be completed faster. 

Before the modular home can leave the facility it must first have a final inspection by a third party to pass the requirements of a facility-built home. Safety is the highest concern and is taken very seriously while building a modular home, as this is where families will gather for years to come. 

Once completed, it is almost impossible to tell a modular home from a traditionally built home. The aesthetics are as beautiful as any custom home design and our floorplan selections offer tremendous customization and personal choice.

There are many benefits of choosing to build a modular home, such as

  • Quality construction 
  • Reduced building time  
  • Quick move-in
  • Lower cost 
  • Passed inspections and regulations 
  • Energy Efficient 

What Do Modular Homes Look Like?

Personal preference will dictate what a modular home can look like with all the available options. Modular home design can be ultra-modern, traditional, rustic, or any variation a person desires. Customization is one reason families choose modular homes. Manufacturers work with architects who can adapt floor plans to be what they want. While some people may want a more straightforward home, others may choose lots of options or upgrades to increase the sign. Modular homes can be anywhere from 1,000 to 3,000 square feet with lots of room to change and adapt size and space accordingly. 

What is the Difference Between Modular Homes and Manufactured Homes?

Modular homes are often confused with manufactured homes. What is the difference between the two? The easiest way to distinguish the difference between modular and manufactured homes is permanence. Modular homes are finalized on permanent residence and are not intended to be relocated. 

Manufactured homes must adhere to building codes developed by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The homes are transported in sections or the entire home and installed. Manufactured homes are built with attached wheels, allowing the home to become mobile and to be transferred to a new location easily. The floor plans used for modern manufactured homes include:

  • Single-wide or built in one section
  • Double-wide, two sections put together to make a bigger home
  • Triple-wide with three sections joined together for a larger property

Today’s manufactured homes are built to extremely high standards and federal and local regulations. These homes are often recognized as very similar to brick-and-mortar homes at first glance. 

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Advantages of Building a Modular Home

Modular homes have a great advantage over other homes. These popular homes can be completed more quickly and efficiently because they are fabricated indoors. Workers can spend time year-round putting them together, keeping weather-related delays off the table and construction times on target. Modular homes are high quality with exceptional levels of consistency built in. The materials are resilient to handle the shift from warehouse to land and are structurally sound. They must pass stringent guidelines on both a local and federal level. Finally, modular homes can save people money because there are fewer delays, weather-related issues, and shorter lead times for construction. 

Environmentally Friendly Choice

Modular homes are environmentally friendly. By design, they help reduce wasted materials and operate more efficiently than site-built homes. Due to rising costs, saving money on heating and cooling is going to be very important for individuals and families which makes building a modular home a more popular and sustainable option. Modular homes are adaptable and can add solar panels, low-energy lighting and even go off-grid. Some other reasons why they may be more environmentally friendly include

  • Great water efficiency. Solar-based water heating systems can save a household lots of money. They reduce energy consumption and provide homes with up to 90% of hot water
  • Shorter water pipes are needed in a modular home because areas can be grouped which reduces heat loss and increases efficiency
  • Healthier homes are more sustainable with a focus on clean and green energy with less use of toxic materials. Some eco-extras can be thrown in like green or even wildflower roofs
  • Sustainable materials like recycled materials for internal walls, insulation, and roofs save money. They offer good quality insulation to keep you warm in winter and cool in summer, spending less energy heating and cooling it. Bamboo floors and VOC_free paint can hit LEED standards that make them top-of-the-line in efficiency and eco-friendly architectural design

At Green Valley Homes, we have proudly served Southeastern Ohio since 1969, offering families a wide selection of modular homes, single and multifunctional homes, and pre-owned homes. We pride ourselves in our dedication to getting you the quality home you deserve. 

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

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