Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What is a manufactured home?
A: A manufactured home is one that is constructed almost entirely in a factory. The house is placed on a steel chassis and transported to the building site. The wheels are removed but the chassis stays in place.
Manufactured Homes, sometimes referred to as Factory Built Houses, or Prefabricated (pre-fab) Housing, are built entirely in a factory under the federal building code administered by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). These homes are constructed to meet the Federal Manufactured Home Construction and Safety Standard Act of June 15, 1976. The federal standards require manufactured housing design and construction, strength and durability, transportability, fire resistance, energy efficiency and quality. The HUD Code sets performance standards for the heating, plumbing, air conditioning, thermal and electrical systems. HUD is the only federally-registered national building code. Each home or segment of a home is labeled with a red tag that is the manufacturer’s guarantee the home was built to conform to the HUD code. Regulation requirements cover single or multi-section homes and includes transport to the site and installation.
Golden West and Marlette manufactured homes are precision-built, in state-of-the-art facilities. Eliminate weather delays and construction waste with engineered building systems. As retailers for the nation's largest home builder, our manufactured homes provide the best housing value for every lifestyle imaginable. Our quality, and name brand materials are purchased in bulk and these savings are passed on to you.
Q: Can I customize my new home?
A: Yes! Each Golden West or Marlette home can be customized to suit your family's taste, and needs. Select your roof color, exterior color, rugs, tiles, window treatments, and cabinetry from a wide choice of colors and styles. Some models can add extra rooms to your floor plan. ENERGY STAR® features can be added as an option. Enhance your home with a porch or covered deck. Your factory-built home can be uniquely designed just for you.
On-site additions, such as garages, decks and porches, often add to the attractiveness of a manufactured home and must be built to local, state or regional building codes. Manufactured homes can be placed on a basement and available floorplans include multi-wides and expandable manufactured homes. Enjoy a customized, quality built new home and get the most value for your housing dollar.
Q: What are my choices for floorplans?
A: We have over 200 Golden West and Marlette floorplans to choose from, giving you a broad selection so we can match you to the home with the features most important to you.
Q: How do manufactured homes compare to site-built homes?
A: Compared to site-built (traditional stick-frame) homes, manufactured homes are about 60 to 65% of the cost per square foot. The efficiencies of building homes in factories rather than on-site allow manufactured homes to match or beat the quality of site-built homes for a fraction of the cost.
Since they meet HUD and local building code standards, manufactured homes are treated the same as site-built homes with respect to zoning, financing, appraisal, and value appreciation. The amount of property tax you pay is directly related to the amount you pay for your home. Property tax and mortgage interest are both tax deductible.
Q: Can I obtain financing to purchase a manufactured home?
A: For financing, we can help you with your home loan and mortgage needs. We work closely with lenders in your area which specialize in financing manufactured homes. Many lenders will grant a conventional mortgage for manufactured homes, but will probably require that the home be placed on a permanent foundation. Manufactured homes are also eligible for FHA and VA home loans.
Q: What are the benefits of factory-built manufactured homes?
A: The benefits of building homes in a factory can include:
- High degree of quality control
- Meets federal inspection standards
- Elimination of weather delays during construction, less exposure to rain and snow
- Better control of inventory of materials including protection from theft.
- Volume purchasing of manufacturing materials results in lower cost to the home-buyer, as well as more efficient use of materials.
- Speed of completion, from the beginning to move-in day.
- Savings over site-built homes, lower costs per square foot.
- Architectural beauty and elegance
- Can be customized to fit home-buyers budget and lifestyle
The greater efficiency of building homes in a factory environment, rather than on-site, means that you, the home-buyer, can move into the home of your dreams at a significant savings and with a higher level of quality.
Q: Once I purchase my home, how long does it take to move in?
A: On the average, you can expect to move into your new home approximately six to eight weeks after the purchase is finalized.
Q: What is your service area?
A: We provide customer service to all of Washington (WA), and Oregon (OR), and California (CA) in the Pacific Northwest. We were awarded the 5-Star Award by Clayton Homes, the highest accolade in the industry, for our customer service
We can help you with your home from start to finish. We do it all, including delivery, set-up, and service following the sale. We can help you design your custom manufactured home and help you with financing.
We specialize in set up of new manufactured and modular homes in Washington, Oregon, and California, plus the repair and remodel of mobile homes including insurance repair, window and door replacement, roof repair and plumbing.
Q: How do I get started?
A: Give us a call or email us. Stop by our show lots in The Dalles, Oregon or Union Gap (near Yakima), Washington and walk through our model display homes.
Take a look through the 200+ floorplans we have available. Our Golden West and Marlette floor plans are downloadable PDFs and printable.
We are Licensed, Bonded and Insured:
- (WA) MOBILHS088MP
- (OR) 96439
Golden West Homes:The Dalles, Oregon
Toll Free: 877 856-4663
Marlette Homes: Union Gap, Washington
Toll Free: 877-446-0917
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