FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

We have gathered some of the frequently asked questions from our customers over the years to help future home-buyers have a better idea of what to expect.

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General

How long does it take to design a home?
The time it takes to design a home is completely up the customer’s ability to decide what they would like in their home. It could be a week, could be a month or more.

 

How long does it take to build the home?
If no change orders are submitted once the building process begins, on average takes approximately two and a half months depending on the builder’s production schedule. This does not take into account the time spent on the design phase.

 

Can I order my home over the winter?
Yes. Although, certain aspects of the construction must be taken into consideration first:

    – Your foundation should be dug and built before freezing begins.

    – The home is built in-doors in a factory therefore it can be built at any time of the year. Transportation, on the other hand, is at the mercy of the elements. A home ready to deliver during the winter may face delays due to road conditions and weather advisory. Marvel Homes and its providers will not send a home if there is a chance that it could be damage in transit.


 

Can I make changes to the home after the construction order is submitted?
Minor changes to options, yes, although not recommended. Floor plan re-designs are not accepted once the construction has started.

Be aware that every change to the originally agreed design will result in delays from the builder, pushing your home construction further away on the schedule and creating additional costs that the customer must be able to cover. In addition, some change orders may create confusion at the factory, depending on the production step the home is in, creating different results than what the customer expected.


 

Can I move in once the home arrives?
No, the home arrives in sections and it requires assembly (except manufactured single-wide, which still requires setup). Once the sections are set on the foundation, for insurance and safety reasons the customer cannot reside in the structure until after the finishing work is done. Some cities or townships may require inspection of the home and certification prior to moving in.

    – Do NOT give up your current dwelling while the project is still ongoing, you could be setting yourself up to be homeless for the duration of the project.
    – Do NOT make moving arrangements until you have been cleared to take ownership of the new home.
    – Do NOT base your short-term plans on the construction schedule.

 

It's winter and there is condensation on my windows, what can I do?
Do not be alarmed. If your home is not equipped with an “air-to-air exchanger” or any other method to circulate the interior air, it is expected that condensation will build up. Please, click on the link below to see the recommendation from the home builder regarding relative humidity levels inside the home.

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Modular Home

What is the difference between Modular and Manufactured?
Modular homes are built to local state regulation, meaning that the builder must stick to the requirements of the state where the home will be setup. And may be subject to the International Residential Code (IRC) and/or the International Building Code (IBC), while manufactured homes are subject to the HUD code. Something else not present in a modular home is the metal chassis that all manufactured homes are built on.

 

What is a section?
A section or module is one fraction of the total structure that is built and transported independently from the rest of the structure itself. During setup each section is handled individually and placed in the appropriate order to form the home. The number of sections is determined by the size and complexity of the home.

 

Can I move a modular home after it is set?
No. A modular home is a permanent building meant to rest on its foundation. Modular homes are not equipped with axles like a manufactured home. If you decide or need to move a modular home after it is placed on its foundation, it would be a massive endeavor equal to moving a traditional site-built home.

Modular homes are considered real property.


 

Are the walls 2 x 6 on a modular home?
Yes, modular homes have 2″ x 6″ external walls, and 2″ x 4″ internal walls, just like a standard home built on-site.

 
 

Manufactured Home

What is a manufactured home?
A manufactured home could be considered the evolution of the mobile home, built in a similar manner but held to higher standards and meeting strict requirements by what is known in the industry as the HUD code.

 

What is a mobile home?
According to the North Dakota Century Code 39.01.01 subsection 44 a mobile home is: “…a structure, either single or multisectional, which is built on a permanent chassis, ordinarily designed for human living quarters, either on a temporary or permanent basis, owned or used as a residence or place of business of the owner or occupant, which is either attached to utility services or is twenty-seven feet [8.23 meters] or more in length.”

A mobile home is registered under the motor vehicle division of the department of transportation and it is considered personal property. Any structure built on a chassis prior to the enactment of the HUD code is considered a mobile home.


 

What is single-wide and double-wide?
Single-wide refers to a manufactured home that is built and transported in one section while Double-wide, refers to a manufactured home built and transported in two sections of the same width. These terms carried over from the “mobile home era” prior to the enactment of the HUD code, and are sometimes mistakenly used when talking about modular homes.

 

Is a mobile home the same as a manufactured home?
No. Although they are both built on the same permanent metal chassis, the construction of a manufactured home is ruled by the HUD code. The code requires, among other things, the certification of each section of a manufactured home during the construction process. Mobile homes are not certifiable (retroactively or in the future) under the HUD code.

Manufactured homes can be “affixed” onto land by following the proper documentation and procedure, converting them from personal property into real property. This makes a manufactured home eligible to qualify for certain home loan financing that is otherwise not available for mobile homes.


 

What is the HUD code?
Officially known as the Manufactured Home Construction and Safety Standards, was established by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and enacted on June 15, 1976. The HUD code, as it is more commonly known, requires, among other things, that a manufactured home be built on a metal chassis and that they display a red certification label on the exterior of each section. The code also regulates design and structural strength, fire resistance, and more.

 
 

Miscellaneous

What is real property and personal property?
The short answer is:

    – Real property is immovable (land, trees, walls, permanent buildings, etc.)

    – Personal property is movable (car, appliances, furniture, etc.)

For a more detailed legal definition follow the external link to the North Dakota Century Code 47.01.02.Property – Classification.

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