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What is a Manufactured Home?


Manufactured Homes NowDefinition: 
A manufactured home is one that is constructed almost entirely in a factory. The house is placed on a steel chassis and transported to the building site. The wheels can be removed but the chassis stays in place.

A manufactured home can come in many different sizes and shapes. It may be a simple one-story “mobile home,” or it can be so large and complex that you might not guess that it was constructed off site.

Local building codes do not apply to manufactured homes; instead, these houses are built according to specialized guidelines (Federal HUD regulations in the United States) for manufactured housing. Manufactured homes are not permitted in some communities.

Also Known As: 
factory-built, factory-made, mobile

A manufactured home is one type of factory-built housing. Other types of homes that use factory-made building parts include modular homes, panelized homes, mobile homes, pre-cut homes, and other varieties of prefab homes. Factory-built houses usually cost much less than homes that are site-built.


Facebook Throwback Thursday


Here is a mobile home ad from the 1950′s.  It is amazing how manufactured housing has changed over the years.  The manufactured homes from this era look nothing like you would expect a home to appear, and now you can’t tell the difference from a manufactured home and one build on site.

Manufactured Homes Then

Throwback Thursday - Vintage Manufactured home


Manufactured Homes Now

Manufactured Homes Now

Here is an example of one of our modern manufactured home.  It looks very “residential”, don’t you agree?

it is worth mentioning that this modern manufactured home boasts over 2000 square feet and our normal single wide homes provide “livability in 70 and 80 feet.”  Size alone sets new homes far ahead of their “mobile” cousins.


A Family Modular Home Business With A Heart


When you think of manufactured housing what comes to mind?  Do you think of tiny tin boxes and trailer parks?  If you do, you are not alone.  Manufactured housing has gone through a variety of changes over the years and Centennial Homes has been here since 1969 to weather those changes and to effect some positive change within the industry.  From humble beginnings in Aberdeen, South Dakota, Centennial Homes has grown to 9 locations across three states.  This family-owned company with corporate resources provides quality manufactured homes for clients in North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana and the surrounding region.

With the expansion of oil exploration in the Bakken region, we have been able to provide affordable modular homes in Williston, ND.  “It is our belief that putting the needs of our customers first is the key to growth and even in the face of the 2008 housing market collapse Centennial Homes has been able to grow while others faltered.  We owe our success and our growth to every one of our customers and to our commitment to their satisfaction,” said Jason Collins, Director of Business Development for Centennial Homes.

Having 9 model home centers means that this company can provide manufactured housing to the Aberdeen, SD area without any problems.  The corporate management center is strategically located at the heart of their coverage area and houses a professional staff of trained service personnel as well as a department devoted to assisting each manufactured home customer clear any financial hurdles they might face when purchasing a home.  Most dealerships leave financial problems and the stress of finding the right piece of land to place the home up to the customer.  We makes sure that you have someone on your team at every turn.  We believe this is what separates us from other companies.

If you are searching for manufactured homes in Aberdeen, SD, or anywhere in our area, we invite you to visit your local model home center and tour our inventory of homes.  You will find that our years of experience have honed our skills to a razor sharp edge and that your satisfaction is our main objective.  We have a wide variety of affordable manufactured homes to fit almost any budget.  We also have a library of hundreds of floor plans so finding one that will fit your lifestyle will be easy.  If you cannot find the time to visit us, please connect with us online on Facebook, or call us at 605-225-8301.


Moving and Packing Guide


Although moving can be a stressful step for a family, it can be less of a hassle when you get a head start. Preparation is the key to a smoother move – whether you do it yourself or hire a moving company. Look over this moving and packing guide to find out how to time your move, choose a mover, rent a truck, get organized, pack your possessions and get settled in your new home.

Do-It-Yourself Moving

The most economical way to move is to do-it-yourself. Sounds simple enough, just rent a truck, load up your stuff and go. This can be a good choice if you’re not going far, don’t have a lot of things to haul and have a strong back.

But think twice about a long distance do-it-yourself move. When you factor in all the costs, gasoline, motels, meals, insurance, packing materials, truck and equipment rental, you may not save as much as you planned.

Consider a few questions before you decide to handle your own move. Do I have time to pack, load, unload and drive? How many heavy items, like furniture and appliances, do I have to move? Am I physically capable to do this hard work? Do I have friends and family that can help me through relocation? Can I handle a big truck over a long distance?

Shop around for truck rates, and don’t rent more truck than you need. Rental companies have charts that help you calculate what’s needed to haul your belongings. Companies like U-Haul and Ryder make it easier with step-by-step moving and packing guidance.

Moving With Kids

Almost all children resist the idea of moving. The older the child, the more difficulty he or she will have with the family’s move. The thought of leaving friends, facing new kids in a new school and adjusting to a new community can be overwhelming. But there are ways to help your kids feel more comfortable before, during and after the move.

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Manufactured Home Heating Maintenance Tips


It’s very important to make sure your manufactured home furnace operates safely and efficiently during winter weather. You can perform many routine furnace maintenance jobs, while other procedures are best handled by a qualified repair person. Most furnace manufacturers recommend a professional inspection of fuel lines, safety controls, burner and flue pipe every year. Your utility company may provide a free inspection.

winterizeyourhome Manufactured Home Heating Maintenance Tips

You should replace disposable furnace filters regularly. Remove and wash, brush or vacuum permanent filters. Remove the cover of the thermostat and vacuum away dust and dirt. Check the exhaust vent from furnace. Clear obstructions like leaves or animal nests from the vent pipe. Keep roof exhaust vents clear of excess snow build-up.

Inspect blower motor. Vacuum any accumulated dirt. Inspect V-belt and pulleys for wear. If the belt moves more than an inch when you push it, tighten it. Check air intake. Most manufactured home furnaces draw combustion air from beneath the home, so keep four to six vents in the skirting to allow free air passage.

Check flue assembly for alignment and rigidity. It should run in a straight line from the top of furnace through the ceiling. Be sure the flue is attached to the furnace collar. Check to make sure there is no loose wiring near the flue. If there is wiring in the flue area, move and secure it well away from the flue pipe.

Carpeting in furnace compartment should be removed and replaced with fireproof material. Some manufactured home furnaces have wire mesh in front of the stack to prevent storage on top of the furnace. If this mesh is missing, replace it.

Clean out debris in furnace area, and don’t allow even small amounts to accumulate. Never use your furnace closet for storage or drying clothes. This is a fire hazard.

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Ceilings – Manufactured Homes


Ceilings – Repairing or Rebuilding

repair and rebuild ceilingsHomes that don’t have sheetrock ceilings probably have tile or ceiling board. The ceiling tiles are generally 16" or 4′ wide and run the width of the home. Some types of ceiling tiles are held up with screws and rosettes. Other types are screwed up at the seams and then the seams are covered with a plastic spline. 


repariing ceilingsIf the tile has become wet due to a ceiling leak and has sagged (left picture), the sag will generally not come out. Very slight sags may be corrected by wetting the tile with a spray bottle, pushing up and holding for several days. No guarantee that it will work. Below is another way to fix the sagging seam that’s pictured to the left.

repair ceilingA more forceful option is to push the panels up at the seams using boards. At the seams of each panel is a truss. The boards can be pulled into place using long screws. Either the ceiling panels will pull up into place or break (depending upon how deep the sag was). Of course to make everything look symmetrical, you could add these boards to every seam in the room. Paint and stain before screwing them up. The picture to the left shows the sagging seam (pictured above) pulled and secured together with the board. 


replacing ceilingsWhen a ceiling tile becomes damaged, replacing it can be a real headache. The first headache is finding ceiling tile to match. Many types of tile are unavailable, and if it were available installation is a real challenge due to the length. In fact, just getting a ceiling tile into a room may be challenging. So if you can’t replace the tile(s), your only option is to build a new ceiling. Three types of ceilings are commonly installed in manufactured homes – suspended, sheetrock and paneled. 

Suspended Ceilings

replace ceilingSuspended ceilings are tile set in a grid work. Tile sizes are either 2′x2′ or 2′x4′. All kinds of textures are available. The suspended ceiling can be installed just below the existing ceiling. However, any of the old ceiling that is loose or hanging should be removed to prevent it from falling or pushing on the new suspended ceiling. To install, first hang your grids with wire fastened to the old ceiling then drop in the tile. There is no special instructions to installing a false ceiling. Most likely the store you buy the grid and tiles from will have details. 

Sheetrock Ceilings


All Centennial Homes Have PEX Waterlines


Waterlines – Understand and Install

Plumbing in a manufactured home can be quite different than plumbing in a site-built home. In fact different enough that plumbers in many areas will not work on mobile homes. Why? Some plumbers don’t like to work on the new plastic waterlines. Others don’t like the fact that things such as tub faucets and drains aren’t standard. Another reason is just plain laziness — too much work to crawl under a home to get at a waterline. There is also, “You just never know what kind of plumbing mess I’ll find, so why mess with it at all?”

Today’s plumbing in manufactured homes can be described as ‘on the cutting-edge of technology.’ Because codes for site-built houses are strict and hard to change, mobile-home manufacturers are often the first to test new technology. Thanks to mobile home manufacturers, this country is now seeing a shift towards plastic waterlines — more specifically, a shift to cross-linked polyethylene (pex).

water - understand and installWorking with plastic waterlines is very simple, easy and fast. So why would plumbers scoff at that? One reason is that in many areas, codes for site-built homes have changed very little over the years. This has given many plumbers a good reason for not wanting to learn anything new. In fact, those same plumbers probably despise the new technology; therefore, they refuse to work on mobile homes.

If your having trouble finding someone to work on your plumbing and you don’t want to attempt it yourself, try contacting a manufactured home repair company instead of a plumber.




Mobile Home Insurance: An Overview


Storm damage to a mobile homeThere is no question that you have to have homeowners insurance if you own your own home, but did you know that you need it even if you live in a mobile or manufactured home, just as you do if you live in a more conventional dwelling? It’s true! It’s also true that there are special insurance policies for manufactured and mobile homes (which are technically the same thing, and the designation merely refers to such a home that was built after June 15, 1976).

Why Buy Mobile Home Insurance?

You probably worked hard to save the money to buy your home, and the things within it, but even in the safest parts of the country, there can still be unexpected events – fires, storms, and the like – that can cause major damage, which can lead to financial setbacks. This is why you should buy mobile home insurance policy.


Adding an Air Conditioner to Your Home


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Nothing beats the comfort of a central air conditioner in your home. Central air conditioners (also called split-system air conditioners) work with your furnace to blow cool air throughout the home. Achieving the same results using window air conditioner would require using 2-3 units.

We wrote this article to help you understand some of the processes involved in adding an air conditioner to your home. If you decide to add air conditioning, it should only be installed by a licensed competent technician. This article will give you the basic understanding of what to ask when talking to your technician.

Typical a/c components

Understanding Split System Air Conditioners

As mentioned above, the split-system air conditioner works with your furnace to distribute the cool air. It’s referred to as a split-system because the condenser unit sits outside of the home, and the a-coil sits inside the home in the furnace. When running, the compressor, located inside the condenser, pumps freon to and from the home. This, along with the aid of the a-coil, removes heat from the home. During the process the a-coil becomes very cold. The furnace’s blower then distrubutes the coolness from the a-coil throughout the home.

A-CoilWhen choosing an air conditioner, choosing one that’s the same brand as your furnace may help simplify the installation process. Then you’ll need to know how big of an a/c to get. The size of an a/c is measured in ‘tons.’ Talk to your technician about which size is best for your home. 2-4 tons is the range for most homes. If you get too small of an a/c, it’ll run all the time. If you get too large of an a/c, it may not run long enough; therefore, leaving excess humidity in the home.

If you want an a/c that runs efficiently, then you need one with the most ‘seers’. Today most air conditioners are 12 seer. Older ones tend to be 10 seer or less. However, our government has now mandated that all air conditioners sold will have a minimum seer of 13. Like anything, the more efficient the air conditioner, the more it will cost to buy.

Then you need to take a look at your furnace. Is your furnace a/c ready, or do you may need to get it ready?

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Can retrofitting an older manufactured home benefit you?

Insulating an older manufactured home can save money on energy costs.

Updating manufactured home insulation could be the first step.

Throughout the years homes built in factories have gone by many names, ” mobile homes” or ” manufactured homes” or ” modular homes” or ” trailer houses,” they all have one very important thing in common: many of the older units tend to be gas and electricity consuming monsters. Correcting this problem isn’t easy.

Before you embark on a project to make your factory-built home more energy efficient you must make sure that this is the right step for you.

Wear and tear is something to be expected with any home. It doesn’t matter if your home is 4 years old or 40 years old, there is a good chance that you could benefit from some low-cost changes that will improve energy efficiency. Sunlight, seasonal temperature changes, win and vibration can compromise the seals in a home, increasing air infiltration; windows may no longer seal a properly, and duct work can begin to leak, allowing large amounts of heating and cooling energy to be blown into the air under the house instead of into the house. Heating systems, air conditioners, and hot water heaters gradually lose efficiency after years of service. This is especially true if a regular maintenance and cleaning have been neglected. Each of these energy draining problems soon add up to significant increases in heating and cooling costs.

Technology has changed over the years. Manufactured homes that were built to the energy standards of the time can be seen as extremely inefficient by today’s standards. Over the past 10 to 20 years dramatic progress has been made with high efficiency heating and cooling equipment, improvements in insulation, window design, and many other things. Another great change that has emerged in recent years is our understanding of how to retrofit old or manufactured homes making the m nearly as energy efficient as a new manufactured home.

It’s no secret that in today’s economy energy costs are skyrocketing. It doesn’t matter if you’re using propane, natural gas, heating oil, or electricity, experts agree that prices will continue to escalate. Making energy efficient changes to your home now will guard against future price increases, and reduce some of the costs that are currently paying today.

Retrofitting your home with newer materials and modern mechanical systems will help you too lower or your energy costs which will reduce your overall home ownership expense. Making these changes will also protect you against future energy cost increases, raise your comfort level by reducing drafts, and providing a more consistent room-to-room temperature, reduce the chances of moisture infiltration, increased the resale value of your home, and help to protect the environment by using less energy.