FAQ

What is an off-site built modular home?

Modular homes from Shipshewana Homes are constructed in a climate-controlled environment using state of the art engineering and assembly line techniques. Shipshewana Homes uses the same brand name building materials and builds to the same building code requirements as any local “on-site builder”. State or independent third party inspectors carefully inspect each home we build. Modular homes are shipped to the building site, erected on the foundation by a qualified set crew and completed by our staff & subcontractors. Once completed, modular homes are indistinguishable from “on-site built” homes.

How are modular homes built?

Today's modular homes are models of efficiency and quality assurance. The process of building your new home starts with the design phase. Your new home is drawn up using state of the art computers, which aids in the customizing of your new home and in producing drawings and materials lists. Once designed, the building process begins. This process involves modern factory assembly line techniques. Your home travels from station to station where all of the building trades are represented. Work is never delayed due to weather, sub-contractor no shows, or missing materials. The quality control process assures you that your home has been inspected for code compliance and workmanship. In-plant inspectors as well as independent third party inspection agencies inspect each home to make sure that your new home meets all the state and local codes.

Are modular homes energy efficient?

Yes. Shipshewana Homes is committed to using energy efficient building methods and materials. Our homes are built standard with 2” x 6” exterior walls and R-19 insulation, R-30 blown-in ceiling insulation, warm edge thermopane low-e glass windows, and insulated exterior doors. Shipshewana Homes also offers geothermal heating & cooling, and an optional florescent lighting package that meets the requirements of ENERGY STAR®.

I hear a lot about Green Building. Are modular homes "green"?

Green building is a practice of using sustainable materials and designs in new construction. Yes, modular homes are by their very nature green. Assembly in an enclosed indoor environment minimizes waste material at the factory and at the job site, lessens the environmental impact on the land and the community where the house is being delivered, and allows for a tightly built structure to maximize energy efficiency - all of which are key components to green building standards. For more information, visit www.nahb.org/greenbuilding.

Do I have to hire my own contractors?

No. Shipshewana Homes specializes in complete turnkey construction.  We are happy to handle all aspects of the construction process, including excavation, foundation, well/septic, garage, porch, etc.  We'll even secure your building permits for you!

Can I do some of the work myself?

It is possible to act as your own general contractor in order to reduce some of the labor costs associated with your new home. However, it is important to have the general knowledge and experience necessary in order for this to really save you any substantial amount of money. If you do have the expertise to do some of the work yourself, Shipshewana Homes can design a package that fits your individual needs.

How do I finance a modular home?

Mortgage lenders treat modular homes the same as site-built homes and offer the same mortgage options. Modular homes are also treated the same as site-built homes when it comes to appraisals and insurance. In addition, modular homes appreciate in value at the same rate as comparable site built homes in your area.

You are welcome to obtain your own financing - Shipshewana Homes will be happy to work with your financial institution. Also, we can refer you to any number of local lenders that we have worked with in the past.

Will my home be covered by a warranty?

Yes. Every home from Shipshewana Homes comes with a full one year limited warranty and a 10-year structural warranty. In addition, many of the brand name components (such as appliances, major mechanicals, shingles, siding, etc) used in your home are covered by separate manufacturer warranties.