Modular Homes

"The Eagle County real estate market continued to exhibit strong momentum at the close of the second quarter of 2017", according to the 2017 Six Month Slifer Report.  Because of a continued strong market and rising costs, some home buyers have looked to modular homes for a faster and more affordable option.

Modular homes are very similar to traditionally built new construction homes in many ways. In general, they offer similar quality and the options as a traditional on-site constructed home. The big difference is that modular homes are partially constructed indoors in a factory, while traditionally built houses are built entirely at the build site. 

Q: What exactly is a modular home? 
A:
 A modular home is not a mobile home; it is simply a home that is built off-site, as opposed to on-site. These homes are often called factory-built, system-built or prefab (short for prefabricated) homes. Modular and manufactured homes are not the same. Manufactured homes are not placed on permanent foundations.

Q: What is the difference between modular and manufactured homes?
A: The difference between modular and manufactured homes is often in the permanence. For instance, modular homes are placed on a permanent foundation; whereas trailers, or manufactured homes are built on a steel chassis with wheels attached. This is so the trailer can be moved or towed.

Q: Which brand of modular home is the best?
A:
 This office can not recommend one manufacturer over another.  Buying a manufactured home is much like buying an automobile. You can buy compact, midsize or full size, and you can purchase lesser quality, medium quality or expensive.  A lot depends on your taste and the amount of money you are willing to spend

FACT: Modular homes appreciate and gain value the same way traditional buildings do. Once a modular building is fully assembled, it is near impossible to tell the difference between it and a stick built home. That is why modular homes appreciate in value.

Modular Homes in Gypsum

Modular homes and accessory buildings shall be located on a property in accordance with applicable codes and ordinances of this jurisdiction.

Modular homes are built to Colorado state building codes as opposed to manufactured homes (sometimes still erroneously referred to as mobile homes) which are also built in a factory but are governed by a federal building code. They conform to a Federal building code, called the HUD code. 

Q: Who can legally install/setup my home?
A:
 The state of Colorado requires the home to be set up by a Colorado certified installer. 

You cannot set up your home, but you are allowed to pour the concrete foundation.  If you pour the foundation, it must be inspected by the Town of Gypsum building official before the retailer can legally install your home.

Gypsum Building Inspections 

The Town of Gypsum Building Department can assist by completing on-site inspections as required per the 2003 International Residential Code, the Town Building Official is required to inspect all on-site builds and utility connections.  

Modular inspections completed by Town of Gypsum Build Official: 

  • Footings
  • Foundation
  • Underground plumbing, electrical, and gas line connections
  • Final Inspection -final inspection can include property clean outs, doors & frames, egress windows, stairs and hand rail safety, decks or patios, on-site builds such as garage
    (FYI: On-site builds and foundations may have fees applied) If you have questions, contact the Buildings Department at 970.524.7688

To further review local inspection requirements/process visit the below codes:
(Click on purple side links on this page) 

  • 2003 International Residential Code for Structural inspections for the modular home installation, Building service equipment inspections, and Final Inspection requirements 
  • Title 15 – Buildings and Construction  

If it is built or connected on the property site, we will inspect it.  If we cannot see it, the Town does not inspect it.

Modular & Manufactured Homes Owners

Q: What is the most important part of modular home buying?
A:
 Get everything that you and the retailer have agreed upon in writing.  For example, they cannot help you get an air conditioner that you have been promised unless you have it in your sales agreement.

Once a modular is factory built, the finished products are covered and transported to their new locations, where they are assembled by a builder. In the process of transportation to the property site, a modular will endure regional and environment impacts (better known as mountain roads and Colorado weather) which may require modular on-site attention.

Q: If I have a problem with my home during the first year who do I call?
A:
 First call the retailer or the manufacturer of the home.

In most cases, your retailer or manufacturer can assist you with your concerns.  If the concern is not addressed, the home owner may contact the Colorado Department of Local Affairs Division of Housing for assistance. 

The Town of Gypsum is not responsible for issues or damages to modular homes covered by State regulations.  (I.e. Plumbing, electrical or gas lines hidden by drywall, heating or A/C issues or appliance damage or malfunctions.)  In these cases please locate Certification Plate for contact information.  Modular Manufacture plate is normally located in your utility room or kitchen cabinets.  

Modular Homes: 
Colorado Department of Local Affairs – Division of Housing
CO Housing Regulations

Manufactured (Mobile) Homes
HUD Office of Manufactured Housing Programs