Modular homes are constructed in factories, marketed and serviced by builder/dealers, and installed by professionals all of whom are required to be licensed by the State of Maine Manufactured Housing Board. Each is required to provide warranties against substantial defects in materials and/or workmanship for a period of one year.
Did you know? Modular home buyers should not be misled by so-called “Factory Direct” builders. In Maine, a modular home can be sold only by a dealer, which is someone engaged in the sale or offering for sale of manufactured housing to a consumer. (MRSA ¶9002, 2) By contrast,a manufacturer is engaged in manufacturing or producing manufactured housing and then selling it to a dealer. (MRSA ¶9002, 8) While a manufacturer may own a dealer (sometimes referred to a captive dealer), the modular home has to be sold or offered for sale to a consumer only by a dealer.These Maine Statutes were enacted to protect the consumer.The long and short of this is that any so called “Factory Direct” pricing will have the same (if not more) dealer overhead and costs as an independent dealer. By contrast, an independent dealer can have more than one supplier and can change to another manufacturer, if the dealer does not receive pricing or drawings for the modular home buyer within a reasonable time.
Did you know: The biggest difference betweenMODULAR and STICK BUILT besides the upgraded materials is in the modular multi-floor (colonial) space between the ceiling(s) and the upper story. There are double layers of joists, with a space in between floors of almost 2' which cushions noise between floors.
Planning - Based on home buyers' desires, plans are drafted by the builder/dealer; detailed engineered drawings are prepared by the manufacturer; and then the drawings are reviewed for code compliance and approved by one of the third party engineers approved by the Maine Manufactured Housing Board.
Materials - Based on the detailed engineered plans, materials are ordered to the detailed specification by the manufacturers. When the materials are delivered to the factory, they are checked for compliance with specifications. For example all lumber is tested for moisture content, and materials are then stored under cover. Rejected materials are returned to the vendor or temporarily stored at the factory and sold to other builders with less stringent criteria.
Assembly - The home is assembled in the factory by specialized teams under the supervision of an experienced leader or foreman at various stations as it moves through the factory. At each of these stations the home is subject to inspection by the third party engineers (who approved the detailed, engineered drawings for the home) thus assuring it is built in compliance with the plans. The completed home will be labeled by the third party engineers assuring the home complies with the plans.
Environment - Since the home is assembled inside, the process is not subject to the vagaries of weather and seasons. It is not limited to daylight hours and sunny days. At the end of a shift or day, the partially completed home does not have to be secured against vandalism and weather, which can be a time consuming part of each day for construction outside a factory.
Installation - When the home moves out of the factory it will have the manufacturer's label and the third party engineer's label as mandated by law. It is wrapped and weather tight ready for its transport to the home site. Regardless of who prepares the site, homes installed in Maine must be installed by a professional installer, again licensed by the Maine Manufactured Housing Board. When the installation is completed, the installer is required to sign and affix to the home an installation label from the Maine Manufactured Housing Board. This label includes the installation warranty and is mandated by law.
Completion - After the home is installed on the foundation, it must be connected to electrical service, to a domestic water supply, and to a heating system. The home buyer is free to do these connections or to contract with others. You should select a quality builder/dealer who will offer to supply these services. Completion is an important phase, and having an experienced, responsible builder/dealer do it will eliminate most difficulties.
Why Alternative Modular HomesSM
Alternative Modular Homes sm is the service mark for the modular homes which Palmer Development Corp. has been building continuously since 1985. Alternative Modular Homes sm are manufactured in factories which Palmer Development Corp. has evaluated based on qualities of product, manufacturing facilities, assembly processes and management.
Palmer Development Corp. is a full service builder/dealer offering comprehensive services such as:
Site evaluation and acquisition
Site preparation through landscaping
Foundations and concrete floors
Heating, electrical and domestic water supply
Garages and other additions
Palmer Development Corp. has a proven track record since 1985, and proudly displays pictures of the Alternative Modular Homes sm built by it. Whether you have your own plans and ideas or want help developing custom plans and elevations, the people of Palmer Development Corp. will give you their personal attention in designing and building an Alternative Modular Home sm to meet your every need and budget. The planning and costing process is so specific and detailed, that all Alternative Modular Homes are offered for a fixed price. There are never any allowances, which is a builder's way of saying surprise! Of course, if you want to make changes after your home is priced, this is always done with written, priced out change orders signed by our customers.
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