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searly

07:17AM | 07/06/06
Member Since: 07/04/06
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My husband and I have an on-frame modular home with about 1600 sq ft of downstairs living space. The home is currently on some type of pillar foundation with a brick perimeter foundation (only for looks). Due to the fact that the home is on-frame, the banks consider it a manufactured (mobile) home, but if we set it on a solid foundation it will be considered a regular home. What kind of cost are we looking at to set the home on a permanent foundation vs. adding a basement? We have about a 3ft crawl space right now and it seems it would be relatively easy to jack the house due to the metal underneath. Any help would be much appreciated! Thanks

bopeep

10:53AM | 01/19/07
Member Since: 01/18/07
4 lifetime posts
the basement is the least expensive part of a house. digging is cheap though messy and block is still reasonable. prices may increase if you chose poured walls but time and appearance are advantages. you may consider getting house moving contractors to bid on lifting the house part. they do that for a living and i have found them very reasonable.

KingVolcano

03:20AM | 01/23/07
Member Since: 03/03/05
273 lifetime posts
Lifting a house and pouring a foundation is a HUGE project. It's not so easy as BoPeep may make it seem. You may have to move the house, not just lift it to pour a foundation and floor.

You should consult with the manufacturer of the house to see what they recommend. It is a very big project and depending on where you live, it may cost you more than it is worth. Your house was engineered to rest in it's current state.

You may also want to look into insurance costs of such a project. Your insurance company may not want to cover such a bold move.

Also, it is very common for stress fractures to appear in the drywall during and after a move when the house setttles again.

Some of the other associated costs include:

* Insurance

* Electrical - Disconnect and Reconnect

* Telephone & Cable - reconnection

* Plumbing - Supply Line and drains

* Alternative Houseing
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