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Keeping customers satisfied and giving you the best house for your budget are our top priorities
My purchase of a modular home from Reliant Builders was a smooth transaction. They were very helpful in providing me all the information I needed to make an informed decision and also made some great suggestions.
Reliant Builders was on top of everything and made sure that the delivery and setting of my house was a success. Modular homes are a great choice if you are looking to save time and costs.
Frank Acocella, Harrison, NY

What is a modular home?
Just to be clear, Modular is a method of building a home, not a type of home. Rather than build from scratch on a building lot, as is the case with conventional, stick-built houses, a modular home is built in a factory, under a quality controlled and highly efficient process. When completed, the house is shipped in sections to your building lot. Modular construction offers many advantages over conventional stick-built homes in terms of cost savings, better quality, and shorter construction time.

What is the advantage of modular vs. conventional construction?
Modular construction is stronger, more efficient and of higher, more consistent, quality than conventionally built homes.
Modulars have to meet numerous state and local building codes, as such, they more than exceed the minimal requirements any one builder may have to meet in one municipality. For example, modular homes and additions have 2x10 floor joists and 2x6 outer walls, glue is used in addition to screws and nails to fasten materials, and metal reinforcement hardware is also used to add rigidity to the structure. A local builder is not going to be able to match the advanced building techniques and materials we use in our modular home building process. About 20% more lumber is used in a modular home than in conventional stick building. Also, since all lumber is cut in special cutting machines, there is less chance of having crooked or irregular cuts and all scrap wood is incorporated into the structure for extra support or blocking.

Do they meet building code requirements?
Yes! Modular homes meet or exceed all state and local building codes. These include building codes, fire protection codes, electrical codes and plumbing and heating codes.
A non-bias, third party inspection company inspects our modular homes. They are responsible to make sure that all state codes are strictly complied with.

How long does it take to build a modular home?
Shorter construction time is one of the prime advantages of modular construction. On the average, homes built in our factory are completed in six or seven days. Once your home is built and deliver to your building lot, it normally takes an additional 90 days   to finish and paint the interior, connect the electric, gas, water and other utilities, and complete the site work and landscaping.

Do modular homes look different?
Modular homes look like any other home. Today's building technology allows us to build almost any style of home from a simple ranch to a highly customized contemporary. Modular construction is also used for additions to existing homes. And, it doesn't stop with houses modular construction is also used in condos, two- and three-family homes and even commercial structures like motels and schools.
Check out our Gallery of Homes to see some of the homes we've built, and you'll realize that there is no noticeable difference between a modular home and a conventionally built home.

Can I design my own home?
YES! Our modular construction process allows our customers complete design flexibility. In addition to ranch designs of every size, homes can be built as split-levels, cape cods, two and three stories and multi-family, and in all styles ranging from traditional to contemporary. Our floor plans and home styles can be slightly tweaked or totally re-designed to meet your specific individual desires.
In addition, exterior construction materials are not limited just to vinyl siding. Natural wood, brick, stone and stucco can be used to enhance the look you wish your home to convey. Your interior design can be crafted with fireplaces, elaborate kitchen and bathroom fixtures, sunrooms and morning rooms, in-law suites and home offices. It's up to you and what you want in your home.

Is financing for a modular home any different?
There is no distinction between modular and site built homes as far as appraisal or financing. Banks and lending institutions treat both types of construction the same. Likewise, there is no difference in insuring the modular property. Fact: Because of the higher material content, modular homes have been having higher appraisals. I was told this by one of the M&T bank reps.

Do you offer free blueprints?
Because we create a specific set of blueprints for you based upon your specifications, we require a fee from $1,600 to $3,200 (depending upon the size of your home) to produce a set of blueprints, ready for submission to the building dept. This amount is then credited back to you when you place an order for your home with us.

Do I have to come up with any up-front money?
In order to start construction of your home, we do require a 10% deposit of the factory cost for your home, less your $1,600 blueprint deposit. These funds DO NOT have to be paid from your personal funds, but can be part of a construction loan you arrange from a lender. We can help you arrange financing for your home as well through arrangements we have with reputable lenders.

How do we know how much our completed house will cost?
Once the house has been designed and the plans completed, we will supply you with a construction estimate for the cost of your home. This will need to be augmented with quotes from various subcontractors (electrician, plumber, etc.) and other material supplies your home may require. The estimate will give you a very close figure from which to work on the financing of your home construction.

Can we do much of the work?
Yes! And you will save money by not having to pay for a builder's profit and overhead, eliminating the middleman. It depends upon you as to the level of involvement you wish to have in finishing your home.

If we do decide to build our own home, do we need a general contractor's license?
It depends in what state you live in, but usually no.

Explain what cost per sq. ft. pricing means?
Many homeowners mistakenly use a cost-per-square-foot number to determine which builder to use. They submit their plans to two or three builders and simply choose the low bidder without finding out about the quality of materials to be used, or building specification, such as: Is this 2x4 or 2x6 framing? How much insulation am I getting?
Base your choice on professionalism, reputation, and warranty, and use the best builder you can afford just as you would choose a doctor, lawyer, or any other professional. With all the factors that go into figuring a home's cost, you must consider the quality level that you want in your finished home. You, the homeowner, ultimately drive the cost of their home.

 

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