Please make sure when you are quoted a price for your new home that you are receiving a complete list of costs. Even if your salesperson includes ‘transportation’ and ‘set-up’ you want to make sure that the following items are also covered:
- Sales Tax
- Piers and Pads
- Steps and Landings
- Close-up of the Home
- How Many Miles Does the Transportation Cover (usually just 50 miles from the factory)
- Exterior Trim
- Interior Finish Work
- Special Transport Permits
- CHP Escort or Spot Time
Other things you need to consider are air conditioning or evaporative cooler (most, if not all, manufactured/modular homes come with a furnace but not cooling), site preparation and cost to get utilities to your lot if they are not already there.
Some retailers require you to put up a deposit to get a full price quote, and in some instances their contract states that they do not have to return your deposit if you decide to purchase the home from a different company. Read the contracts thoroughly.
Make sure your sales agent is willing to sit down and answer all of your questions. Is your sales agent willing to help you put together a full cost breakdown? Without knowing all the costs upfront you could go over your construction budget. Nobody needs those kinds of “surprises.”
Also ask your salesperson about ‘Mark-Ups’. Some retail locations mark each item up 10% to 20% or more. That can add up fast.
Get our ‘The 17 Questions You Didn’t Even Know You Needed to Ask’ and take it to the retail locations and ask the sales person to tell you how much everything is marked-up and then bring it to Statewide Homes for a very pleasant surprise.
The key is to compare apples-to-apples so be sure the homes you are comparing have similar standard and optional features and costs.
If you are visiting a manufactured home retail location and the sales person tells you, “The transportation and set-up is included in the price, find out exactly what is included.”
Does this mean the home will be ready to move into? Most likely it means they will just the “marrying” of the pieces together.
If special equipment is needed to move the home into the site, this is not covered.
If the home can not be pulled onto the foundation, set down and connected then it will cost you more.
What is the value of set up and transportation included? The actual value of those services is estimated at about $7,500. There are so many variables that it is not possible to quote without having all the final details of the move and installation.
When you are purchasing a home it is important you know exactly what the price includes. The best way for you to make educated decisions is to ask lots of questions, and again, use our FREE, ‘The 17 Questions You Didn’t Even Know You Needed to Ask’. You need to feel comfortable that you know what you are receiving for the price you are paying.
Statewide Homes is focused on getting you the best home for the lowest price with the least amount of anxiety.