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The Modular Home Paperback – February 15, 2005
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“If you are thinking of ‘going modular,’ this could be your primer: it covers all the steps of the process and features a 16-page color insert that helps you visualize the possibilities.” –Library Journal
“For those who are thinking of buying or building a new home, The Modular Home…is well worth a look.” –Spokesman Review
“…is a one-stop resource for those looking to tap into the newest trend of modular homes…” –Los Angeles Daily News
From the Back Cover
Modular Homes Come Out of the Box
Modular building offers you the chance to purchase a high-quality home customized to fit your tastes, lifestyle, and budget. By setting the specs, price, and building schedule for your individual house up front, you will avoid the endless delays, shoddy workmanship, and budget overruns faced by so many home buyers who are building new or adding on.
Andrew Gianino shares his insider expertise to guide you in making the best choices at every stage of the modular building process, from selecting a dealer to designing and customizing features, choosing a general contractor, and preparing the building lot. With his detailed, sound advice you can be confident that you will get exactly what you ordered -- a beautiful, well-built, affordable new home or addition.
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I am glad I bought this book, because it has a lot of good information, but I am disappointed because the book does not give the specific information I was looking for. It did not have a list of modular home manufacturers by state, or show a lot of floor plans for smaller homes (for retirees), or show "samples" of contracts to sign when buying a modular home.
The author told me on the phone, when I called after purchasing this book, that it is a book that is used in the in the industry, by builders and buyers. I think it is an EXCELLENT book for people who need information about building a modular home. And it will help me learn about the best materials and foundations and walls to have...etc. But I am still searching for HOW to buy a modular home, and for a LIST of manufacturers and a LIST of contractors, and a LIST of lenders. The most important thing I found for me is that not all home builders know how to assemble a modular home, since it comes pre-assembled in units and is not build like a regular home.
But I still do not know how to find a lender. I have not been able to find a lender because my bank does not finance modular homes. I have learned that a lot of banks do not finance modular homes.
I still need help in finding a manufacturer, and a contractor, and a lender in Northeast Ohio.
I cannot agree with other posted criticisms that the book reads like a collection of brochures promoting the concept. It is an extremely valuable handbook that has given me great confidence in going forward.
His explanations of how things are supposed to happen are tempered by a very humane understanding of how things can go wrong and how to make adjustments fairly between the buyer, the builder and the installer.
I only wish I could buy from his business, but they do not install where I live.