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Modular Home Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked
(and Answered) Questions

How much do modular homes
cost vs. site-built?

The modular home manufacturer buys building materials in bulk, passing the savings onto you. There is also savings in how quickly your home is finished vs. the typical site-built timeline. 

Is a modular home the same quality

as a site-built home?


Yes, and in many cases, they perform better. Modular homes are built in a factory which requires the home to be driven on the highway and arrive in the same condition it left in. Modular homes are built to exceptional quality to withstand transportation and being set onto your foundation. Additionally, our homes offer top-of-the line finishes in brand names you know and trust.

Are modular home plans generic?

We do offer a collection of predesigned plans, but all modular homes are fully customizable. You can provide your own plans, sketches and drawings which we can price, finalize and build.

Do you provide Energy Star Compliance?

Yes, Designer Homes can provide a fully certified Energy Star Compliant home upon request. Plus, a recent study conducted by Certified Energy Raters, LLC, a third-party company, found that our Energy Star® Homes exceeded the standards set by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Do I need a specific foundation?


As with a site-built home, the type of foundation you want depends on your preference. The most common are full basement, crawlspace, or piers - which are common near water and flood zone areas. There are also raised slab foundations available.

Do your modular homes come

with a warranty?


Yes. Ritz-Craft, the manufacturer, offers a 10-year structural warranty and Designer Homes offers a one-year warranty on the work that is done on-site. You can also purchase a 2-10 warranty from Designer Homes at the time of closing as well.

Are modular homes approved

for my area?


Yes. Modular homes are built to the same exact codes as stick-built homes. Designer Homes will speak to your building department to assure them that these are Modular, not Manufactured homes, if necessary. Our modular and prefab homes have served customers all over Michigan! 

Will my home be built to my

local building codes?


Yes. Designer Homes and Ritz-Craft ensure that every house is built the highest standards and comply with all of your local building codes. Every home must pass the same requirements as a site-built home. There is an independent, third-party inspector that examines each house throughout the process to ensure everything meets, or exceeds, all building codes.

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