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Tidewater Custom Modular Home's Most Frequently Asked Questions

We pulsed the entire TC Modular Home staff and compiled a list of frequently asked questions that we hope serves you well.  We invite all of you to call and discuss these questions (or any other question) in greater detail. 

Does TC Modular Homes provide financing?

No, however, we have established respect with mortgage brokers/lenders throughout Hampton Roads.  We expect to lend our experience and leverage our contacts in the support of every client.

Do we have to choose a design from the catalog or can we design a custom home?

We customize every home to meet the individual homeowner’s wants and needs. We start building plans from your ideas and iron out the details.  You can always choose one of our pre-designed model homes.

So, are we allowed to make changes to a model from your catalog?

Of course.  We expect you to modify building plans.  We WILL build a product that exactly suits your personal preference and lifestyle.

Can we choose a particular brand of windows, appliances, etc., or are we limited to which materials we can use for our home?

Once again, YES!  In fact our website dedicates entire pages to various design galleries for the interior, exterior, kitchen, bathroom, and more.  You choose the brand names for the materials used in the construction of your new home!

Does TC Modular provide building lots?

No, but did we mention the extent of our professional network.  That network includes the leading Real Estate agents throughout Hampton Roads and beyond who broker land sales.

Do modular homes cost less than a conventional stick built home?

On average, modular homes cost 10-15% less than a stick built home. We customize all modular homes to fit your needs.  The degree of savings is affected by the degree of customization.

How much does it cost per square foot to build a TC Modular home?

In general, the cost ranges from $90 per foot to $175 per foot, not including the price you pay for your land.  Many variables determine the final cost. The style of the home, the type and manufacturer of the windows, doors, appliances, and interior finishes all will affect the price of your new home. We will help fit you into the home that best fits your budget.

Could we do some of the work on our home as well?

This should always be decided prior to contracting.  Would you like to do your own painting? Landscaping? Or have a turn-key completed home? Yes, these options are available to you!

What is the resale value of a Modular Home?

The Modular Home's resell value is at or above the comparable stick built home.  They are stronger and less expensive to maintain.  Real estate appraisers understand this and it reflects in their appraisal models.  

One-Story Ranch Style Or A Two-Story Custom Home, The Choice Is Yours

Have you ever dreamed of building your own custom home?  A home that is perfectly suited for your lifestyle?  There are many advantages to building a custom modular home in Virginia or North Carolina over buying a home that is already built. However, there are countless decisions to make and questions to answer before your vision can become a reality.

After choosing the location, one of the hardest decisions will be whether to build a one-story modular home or a traditional two-story custom modular home. This is something that only you can decide. It mostly depends on your needs at the time you make the decision. For instance, a single person will have completely different needs than a family with children.

Let's break the two home styles down and use some of our most popular homes as a guide for the two:

  • One-story home:  consider our popular Ranch Style modular home
    • Ranch style homes appeal to families with young children. Keeping the younger ones off the stairs is big on the priority list
    • A one-story home is easier to clean
    • In the event of a fire, ranch style homes are easier to escape because there are no second floor windows
    • Achieving the right temperature in a one-story home is easier than in a two-story home.
    • A ranch home requires more land than a two-story home
    • For older adults a ranch style home might accommodate better to their needs. Climbing stairs becomes more difficult as we get older
    • Ranch homes allow the home builder to vary the ceiling heights, making it more attractive
  • Two-story home:  consider our Traditional 2-Story Modular Homes
    • A two-story home is built on a smaller foot print
    • For a custom home builder, two-story homes are easier and cheaper to build
    • For families with older children, the stairs might become an advantage. They offer greater separation of living areas
    • Even the inconvenience of going up or down the stairs can be turned into a positive by exercise enthusiasts. They consider the trek a form of daily exercise
    • A vacuum cleaner feels a lot heavier when you have to drag it to different floors
    • The luxury of a two-story home gives you confidence and security
    • Two-story residents feel safer from the threat of a burglar

There are many more factors in your decision, obviously, but this list is intended to bring out points of discussion for your selection. While both selections will give you quality and assurance when it comes to what you need the decision is purely yours. Deciding to build a custom home is not for the faint hearted. We are here to help in any way possible when deciding your dream home, so if you have any questions or concerns contact us today.

TC Modular Home’s Proud Record of Constant Quality Improvement

Hello everyone.  We’re taking a reflective pause here in this blog to summarize our recent reflection about our business.  We took pause to consider just who we are and where we’ve come from.  We opened our doors in 2003 and we reflected upon the truly inspiring march forward that both  we and our suppliers have taken in terms of quality product and services.  Now don’t take this as a self-promoting four  paragraph sermon.  What follows is a brief description of how, over the years, our passion for excellence only grows.   If you don’t see passion in the eyes of anyone you do business with, well, our advice is to seek some other service provider.
Our humble and honest self-assessment is that since 2003, we have constantly improved in every measure of quality and customer improvement.  Prior to 2003, we took several years prior to starting the company in research of the modular construction industry and the local market.  We wanted to find out everything we could and to guarantee that we teamed with the highest quality product manufacturers.  History has proven our research paid off because quite simply, our primary supplier (HandCrafted Homes) has no equal.  We are proud to be affiliated with such a respected company and for us to be an “Award Winning” reseller of their products.
So why not trust your future dream home construction to a passionate, award-winning builder of industry leading products?  We qualified as an “environmentally friendly” business as evidenced by our award of the “Energy Star” certification discussed on a prior blog post.  These (and other) measures all serve only to drive a continued passion for excellence.  
So this Monday morning, we begin the week invigorated.  We value and thank our clients (past, present, and future) for contributing to a truly rewarding business.  We share this information with you so that you know that the passion to build Tidewater Virginia’s most quality built homes is stronger than ever.  More than ever, we want to hear from you....send us a quick note with your comments and questions.

End of blog post….Now gladly……Back to work for you! 

Tips on How to Prioritize Your New Modular Home Construction Budget

Over the years, through research, we've compiled a list of the most common regrets that new home owners have about their property.  We have a great track record of complete buyer satisfaction in part because we take the time to consult you on how best to proportion your home building budget.  Some of the "lessons learned" below are just simply must do's.  Some are things we think new home buyers should strongly consider for budget prioritization.  Look the list over and then call us as there are is so much more to consider.  But for now, consider this:

  • Build floor joists at 12-in. on center versus the traditional 16-in. The stability of the floor and feeling of structural rigidity are a simple thing and overlooked by most people. The additional cost is fairly small, but well worth it!

  • Nine foot ceiling heights. The feeling of expansiveness is great and the additional cost is value based.

  • Comfort height commodes. Size does matter and a few inches in height contributes to your comfort greatly, hence the term comfort height.

  • Upgraded door hardware and solid core doors. Again hollow core doors work just as well, but can't compare in imparting a feeling of quality.

  • Using a quiet floor system and gluing the wood flooring in place wherever possible.

  • Staggered 42-in. kitchen cabinetry.

  • Utilize 18-in. floor tile if the space allows. Again it is a small thing, and more difficult to install, but it's something you see up close each and every day. So prioritize quality here.

  • Upgrade the windows as nothing cheapens a house as skimping with cheap windows.

  • 2-in. x 6-in. exterior framing. The energy savings created by the increased insulation cavity will pay for itself in no time.

  • Ample high hat recessed lighting. Again the showcase type effect is great and additional cost is minimal at construction.

  • Energy Star, Green or LEEDS Certification... the energy savings are truly amazing.

These are just a few tips on where to prioritize your new home budget. We will spend hours together with you on these and other subject when the time comes for your to build your dream home with us at Tidewater Custom Modular Homes.

Tidewater Virginia's Award Winning Modular Home Builder Advises There's Never Been A Better Time To Build

Building and buying a new modular home is exciting and there has never been a better time to build! Interest rates are at rock bottom and there is some talk that interest rates may start to climb.  There are many details to consider as you begin this process. Whether you’ve built several homes or this is your first, we’ll strive the make the experience a pleasant one. With so many different floor plans to choose from you'll be able to have the perfect dream home in no time. If you like one of our floor plans but want to add your personal touch, we say GREAT....the word "Custom" is core to our business name and model.  Of course this is a great feature of modular homes, you can custom build from the bottom up and we are here to help every step of the way.

Our website contains a vast array of information which you can easily navigate through. Our blog is constantly being updated with the new and exciting facts about modular homes and our design gallery helps customers visualize their custom modular home. We like to go above and beyond with our gallery; while most sites offer blueprints of what the floor plan is, we like to show what the home looks like. Not only that but we go into detail about the kitchen arrangement, bathroom looks, and even more great ideas such as oak stairs or a classic rock surrounding fireplace. All this and more to educate new customers on the modular experience and to keep our existing modular owners updated.

It's an exciting time of your life when you've arrived the decision to build your custom dream home.  Start with these four basic questions then give us a call:

  • What budget you are trying to stay within?
  • Your time frame for building your new home.
  • The style of home you are looking to build.
  • The area or area(s) you have interest in.

Building you new home is one of the greatest and biggest investments you'll make. The depth of our commitment to you, our industry knowledge, and tireless energy have all combined to make us the most trusted custom modular home builder in Tidewater, Virginia.  We'd be proud to go to work for you. 

Buying A Home Is Big Investment -- Here Are Some Budget Planning Tips

The development of a household budget is a "must-do" activity both before you build a home as well as during your ownership of that home. Long before TC Modular Homes goes to work for you, you have some important preparatory work to do.  By preparing a budget you can better focus on mortgage payment goals and how the new house will affect your total expenses. Maintaining a budget during the time you own the home can help to prevent potential financial disasters as well as point you in a money saving direction so you have more funds available for those things that you need or want.

You will need a little time to develop your budget but it should not take longer than a few hours if you gather the necessary information first. Get everyone who will be involved in spending involved in developing the budget.

Some of the items and information you will need to develop your budget are:

•   All current monthly loan payments.
•   All other monthly expenses (such as child care, dues, etc.).
•   Records of variable expenses (for example, utilities, food and car repair) from the last 12 months. This will give you an estimate of your monthly expenditures.
•   Records of annual or semi-annual expenses (such as insurance and taxes).
•   An estimate of what your new mortgage payment will be.
•   Records of other non-fixed expenses (for example, medical expenditures) for the last year. This will give you an estimate of average expenses of this type.
•   Records or an estimate of personal expenses (entertainment, travel, etc.)
•   Having a current copy of your credit report can be very helpful. Not only will it reveal any inaccuracies in your credit history, it will also give you a clear picture your monthly obligations. You can get a free copy of your Credit Report.

Be realistic in your budget assessment. Make provisions for possible increases in some items (for example, school tuitions, insurance and taxes). Then, look for ways to get (and maintain) control over your budget.

Most People Spend 10% More Than They Make! You probably know how much money you made last month, but do you know how much money you spent? Or do you know how much money you have left to spend this month? If you don't you're not alone, most people have no idea. The fact is most of us spend 10% more per month than we make. If at all possible, involve your financial advisor (or other independent financial expert) in the budgetary planning process.  

Some Active Duty Military Still Has Access to the $8000 Tax Credit

Very few are aware that $8,000 tax credit for first-time home buyers (and the $6,500 tax credit for repeat home buyers), although expired for most, is still available to some active duty military personnel.  Military service members who were on official extended duty outside of the United States for at least 90 days between Jan.1, 2009 and May 1, 2010, may qualify for a one-year extension.

Congress has acknowledged the unique circumstances affecting members of the military, the foreign service and the intelligence community by making the following exceptions that apply to both the $8,000 tax credit for first-time home buyers and the $6,500 tax credit for repeat home buyers.“Qualified service member” means a member of the uniformed services of the U.S military, a member of the Foreign Service of the U.S., or an employee of the intelligence community. “Official extended duty” means any period of extended duty outside of the United States for at least 90 days during the period beginning after December 31, 2008 and ending before May 1, 2010.

So the bottom line, qualified service members have until April 20, 2011 to take advantage of the tax credit.  Our deep respect for our military family compels us to publicize this little known fact and to ask all of you to pass the word to your military family and friends wherever they may be....whether shopping for modular homes in Tidewater Virginia or in Timbuktu Alaska (if such a place exists).    Call us for more details.  If this message results in a single military family getting educated and ultimately saving money on their new home purchase, then we will be most grateful and humbly celebrate. 

Tidewater Modular Homes Are Only of Superior Quality

The Custom Modular Home construction process is a proven superior manufacturing process as compared to traditional stick-built construction. There are many reasons. This blog post will focus on two specific reasons: 1) Quality Control process and 2) Craftsman specialization.

Regarding our quality control process, it begins before we step foot on the lot. There are endless quality control gates that govern the prefabrication process back at the factory. The quality control checks span every possible angle from quality of cut of wood, every supporting piece of hardware, to the quality interior and exterior paint. Every single element of building material must meet strictly defined quality codes.

One very important (but often overlooked) benefit of modular construction is the fact that modular home materials are built in a climate controlled factory and protected from weather. This means that the framing members remain dry before and most often throughout the entire construction process. Keeping lumber dry in the construction process is a major means of insuring against future defects in walls and ceilings.

Regarding Craftsman specialization within the modular home industry, modular home builders develop truly focused specialists in every process. The skilled workers assembling the home each perform limited, specific tasks. Because a certain worker will only perform one (or few) specific functions, he/she is essentially a focused specialist in their profession. The multitasking nature of the stick builder undoubtedly means they conduct tasks with less than complete subject matter expertise.

Excellence is no accident. The exacting nature of Tidewater Custom Modular Home's product provides a superior alternative to stick built homes.

Tidewater Modular Homes Are The Safest Constructed Homes

Modular homes are the way of the future; they are state-of-the-art homes at a low price but high quality. But because these homes are built at such a faster rate that modern stick-built homes, people are concerned if they are safe or not. Well here at Tidewater Custom Modular Homes, we ensure that our homes are built to the highest standards of the HUD code, with the strongest of materials. Our construction resists natural forces better because of precision cuts, which are fit and fastened in the factory. The construction technology calls for glue-nailed sheathing and decking plus additional framing members which makes modular homes most likely to endure nature's onslaughts. The motion and forces that the structure is put under during these processes exceeds that of healthy earthquakes. The structure also has to withstand being hoisted by crane and hauled on carriers over roads.

Custom Modular homes

are built with high safety standards in accordance with federal laws requiring smoke detectors, escape windows and incombustible materials around furnaces and kitchen ranges. Our modular homes assure the buyer that all electrical, plumbing, mechanical and structures are built to a HUD national code, which exceeds any local standards. Also, according to recent studies stick- built homes are often constructed in areas where local building codes may be lax or not enforced, and the safety of the homeowner and family may be compromised. Customer satisfaction is our mission and quality custom homes are our specialty. Contact Tidewater Customer Modular Homes today for more information on our custom made homes.

Tidewater Custom Modular Homes Explains How Modular Homes Are Built

How are modular homes constructed? Most people know how standard stick-built homes are built; slowly and costly. And people know about modular homes, but how are they built? What are the tools needed?  Well modular components are typically constructed within a large indoor facility on assembly lines much like Henry Ford originally began with his automobile company. Facilities such as these use an assembly line track to move the module components from one workstation to the next. This is a quick and cost effective way to get many module components together. However it’s not just modules by themselves, there are independent building inspectors on site to supervise the construction and ensure that all building codes are taken care of during assembly. The modules that will combine to form the house are assembled on site with your supervision.

The construction of these modules can take one to three months to be completed but only take as little as 10 days actually to construct when they are first started. Afterward, the modules are transported to the building site where a crane is brought in to assemble the modules together. The placement of the modules generally takes several hours or days to do so. A great thing about modular homes, once assembled, are that they are essentially indistinguishable from typical stick-built homes. While mobile manufactured buildings often decrease in value over time, our modular built homes have the same longevity as its stick-built counterpart, increasing in value over time.

Want to see more about how our Virginia Modular Homes?  Check out this video from our manufacturer, HandCrafted Homes:

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