How much do your homes cost?

Pricing is set by our local builders, dealers, and varies significantly by location. There are a number of factors that influence pricing: engineering requirements (snow loads, seismic zone, climate zone, etc.), shipping distance, local contractor costs, options selection and site location.

In general, the home will cost about the same or slightly lower than onsite construction. For a similar or slightly lower cost, you can get a precision-built home built faster and hassle free.

As an example, in a low-cost area where the average construction cost is around $130 per square foot, our kit homes may cost about the same. In a high cost area where average construction cost is closer to $300 per square foot, our cost should be slightly lower. The reason for this, is that much of the home is still assembled onsite using local subcontractors that charge much higher rates in some areas.

Where are you located?

5547 South 5th Ave, Pocatello ID 83204. It’s about a 2-hour drive north of Salt Lake City UT.

Do you have more floor plans or larger homes?

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Can we make modifications to the plans?

The overall dimensions and size of the home cannot be modified. There is some flexibility with the interior walls, windows, and door locations in the home. We will try our best to adapt our floor plans to meet your specific building lot and needs. However, it does cost extra to make modifications to the plans. The fee to make modifications to plans are $5,000 minimum.

Following are examples of changes we can make:

  1. Make a room smaller or bigger.
  2. Add or delete closets.
  3. Change the overall look of the home by using different siding, roofing, door styles, etc.

Do you sell direct or through dealers?

We sell through local contractors that purchase our kit homes or modular homes and assemble them onsite. They take care of all the additional onsite work and manage the construction process in your local area. Please contact us to find out if we have a local builder in your area. If you are a contractor and interested in working with us in your local area, we’d love to hear from you! Send us an email.

What about financing?

What about financing?

Financing is no different than any other site-built home. Wedo not offer direct financing through our company but dohave different banks we work with depending on yourlocation. You can contact your local bank and ask if they doconstruction loans and long-term home loans. Don’t tell themit’s a prefab or modular home. It only confuses them. As faras banks, lenders and appraisers are concerned, your homewill be no different than any other site built home (only fasterand better built).

Are Zip Kit Homes considered manufactured homes?

NO. Manufactured homes are built to a less stringent building code (HUD Code). Zip KitHomes are built to the same building code as any other site-built home. As far as banks, lenders and appraisers are concerned, the home is NO DIFFERENT than any site-built home.

We build your home to the International Residential Code (IRC) or the International Building Code (IBC). These are the same building code as most site-built homes in the United States and are the highest standard. This allows you to qualify for FHA and USDA financing at low interest rates. This also ensures a higher resale value of your home.

What building code are your homes built to?

What about inspections?

Inspections for Zip Kit Homes are no different than site-built homes. For the kit homes, the home is assembled onsite and the local building official does the inspections onsite, after the structure is assembled. For our modular homes, all inspections are completedin our factory by certified, 3rd-party inspectors. We work directly with your local building department to simplify the inspection and permitting process.

Can you ship the home anywhere?

Our modular homes can be shipped up to 500 miles of our factory in Pocatello ID 83204. The kit homes can be shipped up to 750 miles because the shipping cost of a kithome is much less than the cost of shipping a modular home. Modular home shipping requires special oversized permits and pilot cars. Keep in mind that the further you are from our factory, the more expensive it will be.

Are Zip Kit Homes considered sustainable and green?

Yes. Our homes generate about 80% less waste than standard site-built homes. In addition, because we focus on energy efficiency, your home will require less energy and natural resources to maintain and enjoy.

Can you build LEED certified homes?

Yes. However, there are some additional costs associated with LEED certified homes because of additional inspections, testing and planning. In general, a LEED certified homes cost about 10% more.

How much does it cost to ship?

That depends on the home. Please refer to the specific home you are interested in for shipping costs.

Do your homes go on standard foundation or stay on a trailer?

Our homes go on permanent foundations just like any standard home. We do not build tiny homes, manufactured homes or homes that permanently stay on the trailer.

Can I save money by buying just the shell?

Yes, A shell is defined as bare stud walls with no wiring, plumbing, insulation with the roof and exterior done.

Do you sell the homes as a kit?

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Yes we do offer that option.

How long does it take to get my home from when I place the order?

From 1 to 4 months depending on our workload at the time you order.

Do you have model units we can come see?

Most of the time. We are usually rotating different model units at our factory in Pocatello ID. Contact us to find out if we do at the time.

How long have you been in business?

Over 20 years as a general contractor. We’ve built over 500 homes. We’ve been building prefab modular units since 2009.

How can I get a discount or save money?

We offer discounts to investors or resellers buying multiple homes.

When do I need to pay for the home?

We require a $3,500 deposit to begin the design and engineering of your home. The next payment is a 30% deposit when we begin construction of your home in the factory. The final payment is due when the home is completed and shipped to your building lot.

Do you set the homes on the foundation and connect all the utilities?

We do not act as the general contractor, only as the kit home provider. We work thorough local contractors who act as the general contractor. We ship the prefab kit home or modular units and provide all the plans, documents and engineering needed for the onsite construction. However, assembling the kit home or setting the modular home and all the onsite work is done through a local contractor or dealer. Please contact us to see if we have a dealer in your area.

Do you offer a warranty?

We offer a full warranty against manufactures defects.

Can I become a dealer?

Quite possibly. Please send us an email explaining your location and plan for selling and we’ll talk.

How much do the modular homes weigh?

Between 15,000 and 40,000 LBS per module, depending on the model and options.

Do you offer off-grid options?

We can pre-wire the home for future solar power, but the final installation is done onsite by the local contractor.

Are your modular units legal where I live?

Absolutely. Our homes are no different than any site built home. They are built to the same building code and bankers and appraisers see them no differently then a standard site-built home. You should check with your local planning department and HOA to verify that the size and style is accepted in your area.

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Will there be any damage to the structure during transport?

Sometimes there can be small drywall cracks above windows or large doors but it is easily fixed after the home is set.

How long will my homes last?

As long as any other site-built home with proper maintenance – 50 years +.

Do the homes come 100% completed?

The modular homes come finished as much as possible on both the exterior and interior. However, there are structural connections that need to be made connecting the home to the foundation and connecting the modular units together. After the connections are made, final finishes such as trim boards, siding trim, etc. need to be completed onsite.

The kit homes are delivered as a kit of parts – wall panels, pre-cut roof joists, siding, windows, etc. The entire home is assembled onsite.

How long before I need to re stain or paint the exterior siding?

That depends on the exterior finish you choose. Wood last about 5 years before you have to refinish. Other materials can last up to 30 years.

Do you build custom floor plans?

Only for a project with 10+ homes so that we can allocate the additional cost of associated with a new floor plan between many homes. We do not build one-off custom homes. The reason is that it cost much more to build a custom home than to build from one of our pre-engineered floor plans. Here is why:

ADDITIONAL COSTS OF CUSTOM PREFAB HOMES

DESIGN: Our plans usually have already been designed and engineered and are submit-ready, meaning they are ready to submit to a building department for approvals. This costs a lot: between $2,500 and as much as $10,000+ for some states like California. If we make changes to those plans, we need to update all the design, engineering, HVAC calcs, mechanical, plumbing, heat loss calcs, etc. Small changes have a ripple effect on the rest of the plans and construction documents. This all adds to the cost of the home.

SHOP DRAWINGS: Our designers and engineers often have to redo everything. We draw every stud, every floor joist, every shelf, every cabinet, etc. It cost up to $5,000 in additional labor to do this.

PURCHASING: The purchasing employee spends A LOT of time working on quantity takeoffsfor custom plans - every stud, cabinet, door knob, floor trim, etc. This cost as much as $5,000. In addition, on our stock plans, we can order exact materials because we’ve refined what we need for that particular plan. With a custom home, we need to order extra on everything, as we try to figure out exact quantities on a home we’ve never built before - This has cost us from $3,000 to $10,000 depending on the home.

BIDS AND LABOR: Sub-contractors and our piece-rate employees have set rates for our stock plans. We get them to lower their prices because they know exactly what they are doing, how long it will take, etc. On new custom plans, they always figure a little higher because of the unknown involved in a new, custom home.

PRODUCTION TIME: A custom home takes about 2x as long to move through the factory as a stock floor plan. We allocate our overhead expenses to each job. If a custom job takes 2x as long to build, it is allocated 2x as much overhead expense.

All of these factors add to our overall production cost of a custom modular home. Based on our financials over the past year, a custom home of the same size cost us between $10,000 and $40,000 more than a stock floor plan.