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1421 A Granby Road

Chicopee, MA 01020

ph. 413-593-3600

fax 413-755-2435

 

For Sales / Pricing Information:

ask for Ken Hamel

or Craig Authier

sales@elitemodularhome.com

Frequently Asked Questions:

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Q: Can I custom design a floor plan?
A: Yes, almost any design is possible.
Q: What about options or upgrades?
A: Any option you can get with a conventional stick built home, you can also get with a modular. Some of the more popular options are: fireplaces, whirlpools, hardwoods, tile, granite countertops, roof pitch, etc.
Q: What are the benefits of going modular?
A: They are structurally stronger, faster, more energy efficient and you will save money by going modular.
Q: Who does the local work?
A: You can have us do it or you can hire your own contractors. If you decide to hire your own contractors, they must be licensed and insured. We also can provide a "builders task check list" for your contractors which is very helpful in making your project run more efficiently.
Q: What do you need to order a house?
A: You must have a building permit and/or footings or foundation in and a solid closing date from your bank, in order to put your house into the factory production schedule. But since you need the blueprint to get the building permit, you must first make an appointment to come in to put a deposit down to get the blueprints started and prepare the paperwork for the bank. Blueprints take about 6-8 weeks.
Q: How much of a down payment do you require?
A: We require a down payment of 15% of the total cost of the house, and the balance to be paid the day of delivery by bank check.
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Q: Do you help find land?
A: No, we dont. We are strictly custom builders.
Q: Who applies for the building permit?
A: We will fill out the paper work that applies to the modular home. Then you submit it to the building department. You pick it up and pay for it when it is ready.
Q: Do you do additions?
A: Only if it has a kitchen, bathroom, and a bedroom and is a minimum of 24' x 24'. Otherwise, it is too costly for a smaller addition.
Q: What does the price include?
A: See our "What's included?" section of this site.
Q: How much will it cost to finish after it gets delivered?
A: Plan on about $40,000 - $50,000 depending on the size and style of your home, plus excavation, septic and well or water and sewer.
Q: How much are garages?
A: Garages are built on site and they cost around $25,000 for a two car garage with a standard roof pitch (5/12 or 7/12) and around $32,000 for a 12/12 roof pitch.
Q: How much is a farmers porch?
A: Around $45 psf depending on the design and style of the porch.
Q: Do you get stress cracks in the sheetrock with modular homes?
A: Yes, because sheetrock is the weakest medium in any construction, but this is not structural, it is merely cosmetic. After your house is set, whoever is finishing the house will take care of the stress cracks. However, over time you will have less settlement cracks then you would with a site built home. The reason for this is because the sheetrock is glued to the studes and ceiling joints which restricts the movement of materials with expansion, contraction and moisture.
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Q: How much per square foot does the house cost?
A: We don't price by square footage, we price by design, which is more precise. However, for conversation's sake, most of our homes are about $70 - $80 per square foot for 2x6 construction. Most conventional builders charge a minimum of $100 psf. That is a huge difference!
Q: How soon after I place my order will my house be delivered?
A: It takes about 8 weeks from the time you place your order. Then it takes us one day to set your house. However, from the day we set the house, you need to figure a minimum of 12 weeks to finish your home. For some houses it may be even longer.
Q: Why is it so long after you set the house?
A: Because you have to do the finish bottom up, and the rough and final inspections for both the electrical and plumbing. Then you have to tie in your water and sewer or septic. This work cannot be done at the same time. It needs to be done sequentially, with time in between for things like inspections and utilities.
Q: How long does it take to get an estimate once we sit down and go over a design/floor plan?
A: It takes about two-three weeks depending on the backlog of estimate requests.
Q: Do we have to buy the land first?
A: No, you can put as little as 5% down including land costs with a construction loan. We recommend that you don't buy the land first with a land loan, because you will incur two closing costs.