putting triple wide on solid foundati...

putting triple wide on solid foundation..price?

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Athens, WV

#1 Mar 23, 2010
i am looking at buying a triple wide moblie home and i want to have it put on solid foundation. would any one know around about how much it would cost if i went with center blocks? the home is a 44X76 which averages to be a little over 3000 Sqft. and i'd say it is at least 3 to 4 ft off the ground
Princeton Man

Princeton, WV

#2 Mar 23, 2010
Trailers lose their mystic when you take the wheels off.

Beckley, WV

#3 Mar 23, 2010
its not a trailer, a trailer is simply that a single wide trailer. a double wide and bigger is considered a house when its on foundation. i not trying to be hateful buy 3300 sqft is a lot bigger than most homes in this area. 44x76 is considered a modular home.
cool cat

Beckley, WV

#4 Mar 23, 2010
call fredeking/stafford construction co. In princeton
bald cooter

Bluefield, WV

#5 Mar 23, 2010
call american block bill calfee will give you best price
WV Hillbilly

Bluefield, WV

#6 Mar 24, 2010
OK... heres the deal. You can probably figure about 5-7 thousand for the block and to have it layed. Chris Reynolds is a good one to lay the block.

If your footer is below ground, MAKE SURE they dont backfill dirt against the block without putting in a french type drain which is #57 stone to keep the dirt from pushing the wall in..which it will if your not careful as your walls will not be load bearing because your home has to be set up before the blocks can be laid.

Next...make sure you understand the difference with Insurance on a Modular versus a stick built home.
We have ERIE as they are good for this type of home.
Sales folk will tell you that this is a HOME, however, even though you go to the courthouse and have this listed as REAL PROPERTY...Insurance companies will tell you that as long as this has a metal frame...its still a doublewide..or trailer and your insurance will not be as it would on a home.

And you might want to stay away from the vented gas log fireplace, they are pretty, but absolutely worthless when it comes to providing heat. All your heat goes up the chimney.

I bought an on frame modular to save about 15 grand in costs to have it built off frame. If I had it to do over again, I would go back to Silverpointe and by an off frame modular. I have a Norris Home..and it is nice...but would go to Silverpointe if I had it to do over.

Beckley, WV

#7 Mar 24, 2010
thank you so much for the information
WV Hillbilly

Roanoke, VA

#8 Mar 24, 2010
Welcome, holler if I can help you further.

Murfreesboro, TN

#9 Mar 25, 2010
Silverpointe homes is about 20,000 more for the same home. Off frame modulars require to be crane set. We are going that route, won't lose its value and the bank will see it as stick built and we will only need 3% down payment instead of20% for a double wide. Atleast that's what it is from bbt
robert g 3

Lorena, TX

#10 Feb 11, 2014
That's very smart of you in a sense I see your point of view many other should
too in less there slow
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La Crosse, VA

#13 Feb 15, 2014
@ 44x76, the footers will take about a lil over 10 yrs of concrete.
Last I checked (last fall) it was running about $130 a yd., plus a mileage fee for delivery and tax.
It will take 180 blocks per course
at 4 ft . off the ground it will take 6 courses of block,
so 6 x 180 equals about 1080 block.
Block range in price from 1.25 to 1.50 depending on how far they are delivered and quanity bought.
So a $1.50 per x1080 that's about $1620 plus tax .
You now need Sand and Mortor to lay the block.
Im figuring about 5 tons of sand and about 25 bags of mortor.
Sand is about $45 a ton, mortor is about $10-$12 a bag.
You will also need to have the footers dug, staked and rebar installed, so there's a cost there as well.
Most contractors charge extra for laying under a home on a frame because of the cutting of the block that is necessary on the top course due to the metal cross members that exist in most homes.
You will also need foundation vents, I suggest the automatic vents.
Code call for a vent for every 150 sq. ft. of living space.
With 3300 sq ft.(as you stated) it would take 22 such vents.
Plastic would need to be placed on the ground as well , under the home (code as well)
Im thinking 3 rolls would do that @ I think $50 per.
Material at this point for a rough number $2900-$3300, with the upper amount possible covering the rebar needed in the footers.
Laying the block runs in the neighborhood of $2-$3 depending on difficulty.
At $2.50 per block , and 1060 blocks , cost is about $2650.
So Just as a rough guess, material and labor for the block, concrete and laying of the block is about $6000.
Tax on the block , concrete and other materials will affect this number, and the footers will still need to be dug, if its possible to dig them Prior to setting the home, you can probably count on a cost of $300 to $500 .
If the footers are dug after the home is set, and done by hand the cost will be more, as doing it then, it of course becomes more labor intensive.
Use a licensed contractor to do your work.
Licensed contractors are licensed for your protection, not theirs.
You have the right to see a contractors license, contractors insurance and so forth, PRIOR to signing a contract.
If an individual will not show you his paperwork, he probably doesn't have it.
Work cant begin within 48 hrs. of a contract being signed, its the law.
You as a consumer have the right to a 48 hour waiting period prior to work beginning, you can back out of the agreement within the 48 hours with no penalty, and the 2 days are to be 2 work days (Mon-Fri.) weekends do not count in the 48 hr. wait period.
Most contractors work on a 50% deposit, often called a material deposit, with the balance being paid when the job is completed.
Hope this helps you

Ocean City, MD

#14 Apr 24, 2016
hello wrote:
its not a trailer, a trailer is simply that a single wide trailer. a double wide and bigger is considered a house when its on foundation. i not trying to be hateful buy 3300 sqft is a lot bigger than most homes in this area. 44x76 is considered a modular home.

It is still a mobile home even on paper. The diff. is that it is real property verses personal property is all once blocked on property that goes with it. A MODULAR is a tiny bit stronger in most cases verses a normal mobile home. They often cost about 10% more. ALMOST any mobile home can have it's specs changed to modular if you ask the factory. Normally slightly larger floor joist and direct connect to pre-laid foundation sill, stronger truss design among a few others. Most triple wide's are modular, though there are still some that are mobile homes. There are even Cape Cods in mobile home form. Though again most now are modular. Mobile homes almost Always depreciate even on block verses Modulars, where some appreciate. Modular holds up better over the years in most situations due to the few structural improvements. I currently live in a mobile home. Illness kept us from moving into something more. It has treated me well for the most part. Fire Fighters even praised the fire stopping mine was built with and the VERY hard to get in front door. Normally they joke about mobile homes as being match sticks. I know. I use to be a firefighter lol. THE OLD designs gave them a bad rep. They are much more now.

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