When you’re considering purchasing a modular home, there are several things you should know before you sign any paperwork. First and foremost, you’ll need to find out the cost of the land. While most existing homes come with a land allowance, the cost of a modular home lot can be hundreds of dollars per square foot, depending on the location. The location also impacts the cost of additional costs such as transportation, excavation, and permits. Not to mention sales tax, which is typically charged on top of the price of a home.
Another important consideration is whether or not you’re comfortable with the quality of the modular home you’re considering. Some homes come with a complete package of appliances, fixtures, windows, and flooring. But others require you to purchase the land and get it approved for a modular home. These additional costs may increase the total cost of the modular home, and you may run into additional hurdles in the future if you choose to sell it.
While a modular home is assembled on site, you’re responsible for installing the utilities such as gas, electricity, and water. While your general contractor will often handle the installation, you’ll need to arrange for the utilities to be hooked up afterward. The modular home may also need to be built on the site. To avoid this inconvenience, it’s important to research the manufacturers of modular homes. Not all of them offer construction loans. Usually, construction loans are good for one year. You’ll need to make sure you get these converted into mortgages before moving in.