Frequently asked questions:
What is the cost of utilities?
The homes all have natural gas heating with Alliant Energy. The homes are ordered with the highest insulation available at the time, thus the heating bills are reasonable, depending on the winter and how warm you choose to keep the home.
The electric is from We energy, the cost depends on your lifestyle.
Sewer and water is billed quarterly thru the Village of Theresa according to the gallons of water usage. Each home has its own meter. The current water base rate is $13.63, and sewer base rate is $26.52. The current garbage rate is $31.62 a quarter and the fire protection is $23.18 a quarter.
Charter communications and Frontier are available for television or a dish can be installed on the outside, in the utility area of the home. Internet service is available from Charter, Frontier, or Bertram wireless. Phone is available thru Charter, and Frontier. Prices vary depending on your needs.
What is included with the lot rent?
The lot rent is for the use of the lot and access to the utilities.
How much are the taxes?
The homes have personal property taxes which are billed thru the tax accessor according to the cost of the home. The taxes are collected monthly by park management and turned over to the Village of Theresa monthly. The tax on the land is paid by the park.
What is the difference between a modular home and a manufactured home?
Manufactured and Modular homes look like any other conventionally built home in appearance. Both are built to codes which ensure a safe and sound investment. They are built utilizing economical construction techniques combined with a minimum of on-site work making both products an attractive housing alternative.
Single-section manufactured homes are built to the same federal standard (HUD code) as multi-section homes. Single-section homes enjoy the same benefits of efficiency and quality through factory assembly as multi-section homes. Single-section manufactured homes provide highly affordable housing when compared to conventional construction. Many single-section homes are considerably less per square foot than site-built product. While single-section homes can be located on private property, many times they are located in manufactured housing developments which boast an array of amenities to enhance your lifestyle
Manufactured (i.e. HUD code) homes are built to a federal building standard, the Federal Manufactured Home Construction Safety Standards. (Factory built homes manufactured prior to the HUD code are referred to as "mobile homes" or "trailer homes.") The HUD code regulates the design, construction, structural durability, transportability, fire resistance and energy efficiency of a home. It also prescribes performance standards for the mechanical, plumbing and electrical systems. Manufactured homes are built and shipped on a permanent chassis. Modular homes are constructed to the same code as site-built homes with requirements set forth by state and local government for the specific locality. Various model building codes serve as the basis for most state code requirements. Examples include the International Residential Code (IRC), Uniform Building Code (UBC) and the National Electrical Code (NEC). Modular homes may be built on a permanent chassis or a returnable carrier system.
Efficiency starts with factory assembly line techniques. Both Manufactured and Modular homes are assembled in the controlled environment of a manufacturing facility. In this process, your home travels to workstations where the various components are assembled. Work is never delayed by weather, contractor no shows or missing material.
Consistent quality begins with care for detail. Both Manufactured and Modular homes are inspected frequently at the assembly plant during each phase of construction. In-plant inspectors as well as independent agencies inspect your home on behalf of federal, state and local governments for code compliance. Evidence of this inspection is normally the application of a federal, state or inspection agency label of approval.
One of the advantages of Manufactured and Modular Housing is the reduced start to finish time of the project. While your home is being constructed in a climate controlled environment, foundation and utility work can take place on site. When the manufacturing process is complete the interior finish from the walls, counter tops and cabinetry right down to the carpet are typically installed. Both Manufactured and Modular Housing are transported to the site and quickly assembled, insuring minimal weather exposure. Once the sections of your house are assembled, the connection of utilities and a short list of interior finish work complete your new house.