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vapros 11-29-2006 10:27 PM

Palm Harbor Modular Homes
Anybody here have any experience with these houses, especially small ones? Good construction? Good value for the money? Good solution for a retiree living in the woods? They also make manufactured homes (house trailers), at several levels of quality. All input appreciated.

joasis 11-30-2006 04:32 AM

You get what you pay for. If you carefully consider what you are buying, and cost comapre by the sq/ft, you may be able to get conventional construction for the price. Mobiles/modulars are instant gratification deals....

747 12-03-2006 09:06 AM

I say go for it just because i have seen some really nice modular homes and you wouldn't know there modular. Also like joasis says it up quick you should be moving in a month. Just look into the company and make sure there a reputable firm in the manufacturer housing industry who builds quality.

joasis 12-03-2006 03:35 PM

To expand a little, modular doesn't mean bad, mobile doesn't really mean bad...they have a lot of bad reputation to overcome. I think we will see more and more modular home construction in the future.....what people loose sight of is that a reputable builder, working on a cost plus 10% basis, can many times build a comparable...repeat, COMPARABLE sq/ft, roof line, the whole works right down the the grade of fixtures for less then a moble of modular home will be dilivered for.

The reason home prices can get so out of hand when building is people tend to forget anything "custom" gets the money end up. I could say look in the newspaper at new trucks.....a pickup, barebones for $13,500........load it out with all the options and 4 doors, you have a $40,000 truck in no time....houses are the same. No frills, builder grade lights fixtures and 2 baths, basic cabinets, 2 car garage, 8 foot crown moldings, hardwood floors, etc, etc...and you have a new home at $80 a sq/ft. Add the jaccuzi tub, 4 baths, tray ceilings, hardwood floors, solid interior doors, stain grade crown mouldings and a 3 car will get pricey. The reason modulars tend to look like such great bargains is you don't get a lot of these features, but you also have a home that is limited on size, roof lines, etc. Builders can do this for less then the modular, if given the limits. I do these and sell them for $75 a sq/ft and make good money. You can't pay me enough to do a custom home and suffer the headaches that go with it.

vapros 12-03-2006 06:31 PM

Here's the rub
JOASIS, I would gladly pay you $75 -$80 / ft for a tight little 750 ft house with no frills - 2 br and 1 bath and a single carport, but nobody here in Natchez will sign up for that. Seems to be $100 and up.

I don't really want to live in a trailer (but I might). Looking for other options and the modular is the only thing I have found. $80 is about the minimum, even for that. At that price, I definitely would rather build, if I could.

joasis 12-03-2006 09:44 PM

Just a thought, but I would ask around the local lumber yards and see if you could find a semi retired builder/carpenter and see if they would bite on a by the hour deal, with a 10% top end....contracting a house is not that difficult if you had some help from the guy who builds it...750 sq/ft? That is a quickie......not even a real project. If you know anything about contruction, you could sub it all out and have it done on the cheap.

vapros 12-03-2006 10:27 PM

Many thanks for taking the time to help me - I'll look into your suggestion. I'd like to get another opinion from you, too. A local builder took my floor plan, which is pretty much square, and came up with a material list of $39,000, and only $11,000 was for lumber. He said I should figure that the total would be just about twice that amount. He's a small builder, and figured to do most of the work himself, at $30/hour. I wanted to do it, but not at that price. I suppose that's what ran the price up so high. There should have been a lot of hours in the job at a lower rate. Do you agree?

Thanks again.

joasis 12-04-2006 05:45 AM

$100 a sq/ft sounds high, but I don't have your plan in front of me. The quoted material cost seems really high, but again, I don't know what he is including. I suppose it this a put the key in the door, move in deal, may not be bad. But I would look for at least a few more bids.

llazyiest 05-26-2008 03:25 PM

Under "Anyone experienced with manufactured homes?" is a question from Vicky J where she is having many problems with a Palm Harbor home that is only a few years old.. many cracks, leaks and mold.
I own a 1987 goldenwest tripelwide that I bought in 1994.. on a piece of wooded land on the oregon coast.
It's well built and I've had no serious problems with it. It even has 3/4" subfloor, as opposed to newer ones having particle board. If you buy one and install it to a piece of land, expect to re-level it in a few years as they can settle. Thats an inexpensive fix.

pinokeeo 11-15-2010 09:31 AM

We went through their manufacturing plant awhile back. If you look too closely, it's scary.

Having said that, I own a 1987 model and it really isn't all that bad. No cracks or leaks that I'm aware of. I also put on new siding and swapped out all of the aluminum windows for vinyl ones, so that may have made the difference.

wllmford7 04-20-2011 11:54 PM

Nowadays, Modular homes are becoming more and more popular. These homes are durable and strong and prices are reasonable. These homes gives you comfort and are different from site built homes.

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