Modular homes are quickly growing in popularity thanks to advantages such as quicker project timelines and fewer unexpected delays as 80-90 percent of construction for modular homes happens in a monitored, climate-controlled factory. There are many modular home manufacturers spread across the U.S. and each of them manages several factories that work together to provide homeowners with their dream house. It is important to understand each manufacturer’s approach to style, design and functionality as they may vary according to target customer and state/local codes.
Manufacturers of modular homes build each module in a factory. They are experts at design and fabrication. They often work with local contractors and subcontractors to prepare the building site and assemble the home once it is delivered to its permanent location. As a trade professional you have the skills required to turn a set of modules into a home. These are five popular modular home manufacturers in the U.S. and how to be part of their construction teams.
Impresa Modular boasts over two dozen partnerships with factory locations across the United States, making it the only nationwide custom modular home manufacturer. With such a wide range of potential customers, they focus on unique designs and offer almost 1,000 floor plans. In addition to a large selection of floor plan options, Impresa offers a variety of home styles and elevations to choose from. You can find floor plans in your area by typing in your zip code on the company’s website.
A contributing factor to Impresa’s success is its transparent pricing and easy-to-use tools. A great tool offered by Impresa is its Express Project Estimator. It allows you to get an idea of a floor plan’s cost and even factors in other common costs like site work, foundation, installation, finishing work, utility connections and permits. It also gives you the ability to factor in the cost of land and other optional features.
Another Impresa bonus is its Project Homestyle tool, which allows you to create your own custom modular house plan, even if you don’t have experience.
Not only does Impresa offer an array of home options but they also pride themselves as a company that delivers nice, custom homes quickly and efficiently. As a matter of fact, Impresa can build, deliver and complete your home in about six to eight months.
If you are interested in becoming a builder for Impresa Modular, follow these steps:
- Visit their website
- Click on Opportunities in the menu at the top of the screen.
- Scroll down and click on visit our local contractor website
- Once you are directed to the contractors’ page, click on Partners from the menu bar located at the top of the screen.
- You will be shown a list of various contracting positions. Select Home Builder
- Scroll down and click Register Now
- You will be directed to a page where you will need to create your account log-in credentials and fill in registration information
With this account, you will have access to leads sent directly from Impresa Homes to help complete projects in one of its many factory locations.
Method Homes specializes in customizable yet sustainable modular home designs. As the company is based in Washington, they complete most of their designing and manufacturing in Washington, Oregon, California, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado and Utah, along with British Columbia and Alberta, Canada. However, they do ship to any location in the United States.
The average price for a Method Homes floor plan is somewhere between $170 to $300 per square foot. There are also additional fees for things like permits and engineering. Aside from those costs covering only the home itself, there’s also transportation and set up costs for truck transport, crane and crews. This can end up being an extra $30,000-$100,000 depending on how far the modules must travel to meet their final destination.
Overall, Method Homes would be considered a high-end modular home manufacturer. However, its ability to offer style and habitability make it worth it for some customers. A unique feature that draws in customers is its expandable floor plans with additional modules that can be attached to achieve the perfect house for a homeowner.
Method Homes does not have a section on its website for inquiring builders. However, if you are interested, be sure to be on the lookout for local listings posted by Method on popular job board websites.
Commodore Homes is the perfect manufacturer for customers who do not want to break the bank but still want a variety of options. They have a network of factories that build and deliver modules in 32 states. Commodore allows customers to choose from floor plans as small as an 832 square foot bungalow or as large as a 2,000 square foot expansive home.
Commodore is one of a few value-focused modular home manufacturers that serve the East Coast, Southeast and Midwest regions. You can use the search tool on Commodore’s website to view their 420 floor plan options. While Commodore Homes are economy-based, you can upgrade your home as much as your budget allows. Their inHouse Experience virtual design tool will help you visualize the impact of such upgrades and decide which ones will give you the most favorable deal.
Commodore Homes does not have a careers page listed on their site for inquiring builders. However, Commodore Homes has 8 divisions where job listings are posted directly on the home pages of those sites. Each require varying methods of application such as in-person, online portal registration, email or phone.
- Manorwood Homes
- Penn West Homes
- Colony Homes
- Commodore Indiana
- Comodore Pennsylvania
- R-Anell Homes
- Freedom Park Homes
- Midcentury Homes
Deer Valley has a positive reputation for not only producing quality but also energy-efficient homes. The company has three collections of floor plans to choose from with customization options as well.
Deer Valley’s standard energy-efficient features such as 2x6 exterior wall construction with R15 insulation, Low E Thermal Pane windows, perimeter floor registers and radiant heat barrier roof decking ensure that you are getting a well-built home while enhancing energy efficiency and keeping utility costs low.
The company takes a contemporary yet rustic approach to their design with features like covered porches, modern-style kitchen islands and hand-crafted cabinets.
If you are interested in becoming a builder for Deer Valley, follow these steps:
- Visit the Deer Valley website
- Click on Employment from the menu at the top of the screen.
- You will be directed to an employment page. Click on See Current Openings
- Once you arrive at the list of job openings, each listing will give you the option to click on the Submit Resume button or Application for Employment button.
- The Submit Resume button will take you to a page where you can upload a resume file via attachment, Dropbox or Paste.
- Once uploaded, click Submit
- The Application for Employment button will take you to a page where you will have to enter your email and create a password. This account will be used to submit and track the status of your job application.
- Once you create your account, you will be directed to an application form for your desired job position.
- Once you have completed the application, click Submit
After you submit your application, wait a few days to hear back from the employer.
Champion Homes has become a national leader in factory-built housing that has been in business for over 60 years. Like the other manufacturers listed, Champion allows you to choose from an array of floor plans and make as many customizations as your budget allows for you to get the home of your dreams. Customization options include expanded master suites, gourmet kitchens and architectural details like vaulted ceilings.
The floor plans available to a customer is dependent on where they plan to have the home built and state and local building codes. Nonetheless, Champion offers a variety of floor plan options such as ranch, two-story, Cape Cod and even multifamily. Currently, east coast shoppers have the widest floor plan selection and the southeast’s selection is rapidly growing thanks to a strong shift of modular homes in this region.
Champion homes range from as small as 800 square feet which is good for starter homes, vacation getaways or low-maintenance retirement homes to as large as over 2,000 square feet.
If you are interested in becoming a builder for Champion Homes, follow these steps:
- Visit the Champion Homes website
- Click Careers in the menu located at the top of the screen.
- Scroll downwards on the page and click on Search Jobs
- You will be directed to a list of Champion job openings across the United States.
- Find the job opening that interests you.
- You will be directed to an overall description of the job duties, qualifications and benefits.
- After reading the description, you will be able to Quick Apply on the right side of the screen by entering the following information:
- Phone Number
- Preferred Method of Communication
The Champion Homes job application only takes about 3 minutes or even less to complete. Now all you have to do is wait to hear back on the status of your application.
Each of the listed modular home manufacturers have their own specialties that cater to different homeowners. For example, Impresa is great for its customization options while Deer Valley stands out for its energy-efficiency. Likewise, Method Homes is a good option for people with luxurious taste and a large budget while Commodore focuses on providing economical homes with optional upgrades. Like any home construction project, modular building also requires a dedicated team. If you are looking for new and innovative job opportunities, consider a modular home manufacturing company.
As the demand for modular homes increases, a greater number of trade professionals who are adept at building the homes, preparing the site and maintaining the structure will be needed. Learn more about modular homes and if this is an untapped market that will grow your business.
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