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Frequently Asked Questions

What is a manufactured home?

All manufactured homes are built to the Manufactured Home Construction and Safety Standards (HUD Code). This code is written and enforced by HUD (Housing and Urban Development). HUD inspectors are responsible for approving all home designs and to inspect the manufacturing facilities for building code compliance. Manufactured homes are built in the controlled environment of a manufacturing facility and are transported in one or more sections on a permanent chassis.

What is a modular home?

Modular homes, like manufactured homes, are built in sections at a factory. Modular homes are built to conform to a state building code. That is why they are called a State Coded Modular. Unlike manufactured homes that are built on a frame, sections of the modular home are built and transported to the building site on removable carriers.

Are manufactured homes safe?

Yes, manufactured homes are safe. For example, the HUD building code requires that smoke detectors, escape windows, and non-combustible materials surround the furnace and kitchen range. HUD also has strict requirements concerning how much wind a manufactured home can withstand. At a minimum, homes must be built to withstand 80 mph winds. In coastal areas, a manufactured home must withstand 110 mph winds.

Does Riverview Homes offer modular homes?

Yes, we have over 25+ modular homes on display between our sales centers. Two-story, cape, and ranch models are all available to view.

Does Riverview Homes offer gable entry homes?

Yes, we offer gable entry homes in both modular and sectional homes. Gable entry homes are ideal for narrow land sites and provide the availability of unique exterior designs. Gable entry homes have the front door on the width of the home rather than the length of the home. Most gable entries come with a covered front porch as well.

Does Riverview Homes offer handicap accessible homes?

Yes, we can add special options to your new home to make it handicap accessible. Some of these options include wider doors, higher toilets, grab bars in bathrooms, and lower countertops. Be sure to mention your need for handicap accessibility when talking with a sales consultant.

Do I need an appointment to view your model homes?

No, unlike many of our competitors, our display homes are furnished, decorated, unlocked, priced, and ready for your viewing. Stop in any day during business hours and have a look around. Even though we do not require an appointment, we always encourage them.

Is Riverview Homes' pricing competitive?

Yes, we are very proud of our pricing. We post the selling price in every home, and we also offer price matching.

What is included in Riverview Homes' listed price?

All the prices listed in every home and any advertisements include the home as shown on display with all options, delivery to your prepared site, set on your prepared foundation or piers, leveling, interior finish, and the 1 year manufacturer's warranty. Also included are all site inspections, transportation permits, and basement or pier prints. Furniture is not included, but typically a refrigerator and stove are included. As always, at Riverview Homes, all prices are clearly posted in each home. There are never any taxes, fees, or set-up charges added after the fact.

Can Riverview Homes help me find property for my new home?

Yes, Riverview Homes has a land finder program in place for customers. We work with licensed realtors that can help you find property. You are required to sign a land finder agreement and give a deposit before we will begin to help you find property. The deposit is refundable if we cannot find what you are looking for.

What is Riverview Homes' delivery radius?

Our standard pricing includes delivery and set up within 75 miles of either the Vandergrift or New Alexandria Service Crew staging locations within the state of PA. We can deliver single wide, sectional, and modular homes in PA and to WV. We can deliver modular homes to OH. Any delivery outside of PA will incur an additional “out of state” delivery charge which is not included in our published pricing. Deliveries outside of the 75 mile radius may be available for an additional charge. We cannot deliver to MD or NY.

Does Riverview Homes' have a service department?

Riverview Homes' factory authorized service department is larger than most of our competitors combined. We have factory authorized set-up crews, drivers, and service repair people to handle all of your service needs. At Riverview Homes, we are very proud of our successful service department.

Do Riverview homes come with a warranty?

Every new home comes with a one year manufacturer's warranty. If anything goes wrong in the first year, let your sales consultant know, and we will send someone from service to fix it. Most appliances, furnace, etc. have their own warranty books that come with the home.

Will my home meet installation code?

Riverview Homes understands the importance of proper installation. Each Riverview installation foreman is a state certified manufactured home installer. Additionally, each Riverview set is inspected by a 3rd party certified manufactured home installer to make sure your new home meets all the requirements of the State of PA and the manufacturer.

What are cement piers?

Piers are specified number of holes excavated with a power auger and filled with cement where you want to place your home. Once the cement is cured, a foundation system will be installed directly to some piers to provide the required wind protection. Once the pier system has been inspected and approved, your new home is professionally set and anchored to the piers. Pier packages are only available for single wide and sectional homes. Modular homes cannot be set on cement piers.

Can manufactured or modular homes be set on a cement slab?

No, the installation laws do not allow for manufactured or modular homes to be set on a cement slab. Manufactured homes can be set on piers, crawlspace or basement. Modular homes can be set on a crawlspace or basement.

Does Riverview Homes use subcontractors or is the work performed by paid employees?

Most jobs are done by our factory trained and certified crews, but Riverview Homes does use subcontractors for some jobs. Riverview will use trained experts for jobs like drywall finishing, pier installation, utility hook-ups, and skirting installation, but 90% of all Riverview Homes contracted work done on your home will be done by a Riverview Homes employee. Additionally, all work is 3rd party inspected to make sure your new home is properly and professionally installed.

How do I start the process of buying a home from Riverview?

Once you have chosen a home, we require a deposit to get the process started. With the deposit, we will send our driver to your property to do a site inspection, get the foundation or pier prints for your specific home, and get you in touch with our finance department.

Do manufactured or modular homes come in different floor plans?

Yes, there are virtually hundreds of different sizes and floor plans available to the home buyer. Each manufacturer has its own floor plan list, offering a huge variety of home types to fit your lifestyle.

Can we order a manufactured or modular home with the options we want?

Yes, all homes on display can be ordered from the factory. Each factory has many options and upgrades to choose from as well. These items can be added, as the factory allows, into any home they build. Along with adding options, the colors of the carpet, linoleum, countertops, cabinets, shingles, shutters, and exterior can also be changed when ordering a home.

Can I finance my new home even if it is not on a permanent foundaton (basement/crawl space)?

Yes, single wide and double wide homes that are placed on piers or on a permanent foundation, such as a basement or crawlspace, can be financed. This allows the buyer to place their new home on rental land, in parks, on leased property, or on family land.

How long will my home loan approval take?

This varies depending on the lender. Get a time frame estimate on the approval, especially if you are on a deadline.

What will my closing costs be on my home loan?

Closing costs vary depending on the buyer's credit score and the rate you are able to obtain. Also, different loan types have different closing costs. Ask your lender for an upfront general summation of the fees and commissions that will be required of you at closing.

Is homeowners insurance required and how much?

Yes, homeowners insurance is required. While the home is hooked to an RHI truck, it is covered under RHI's insurance. Once the home is set on the buyer's property, it needs to be covered under the buyer's homeowners insurance. The buyer is financing the home, the buyer must provide proof of one year full coverage at the time of closing your loan. If needed, RHI offers competitive insurance rates through our in-house insurance agency (Aegis Insurance).

Will I need to have a survey done?

Yes, a current survey will be needed to show boundary lines, setbacks, etc. The survey also shows the proposed placement of your new home.

What is a subdivision and do I need to subdivide?

A subdivision is a tract of land divided by the owner into blocks or building lots. Many times a subdivision is needed if you would like to place your new home on property where there is a pre-existing home. The property would need to be sub-divided so that each structure was on it's own piece of land.

Will my manufactured home depreciate?

With all the improvements that have taken place in the manufactured home industry, the simple truth to this question is that the value of a manufactured home will appreciate or depreciate with all the other surrounding housing in your local area. Economic conditions and the overall condition of the home have more to do with the value of the property than if the home is site built or factory built.

How long has Riverview Homes been in business?

Riverview Homes was founded in 1970 by Jack Rehak and Sam Fanelli. The company is still being run by the Fanelli families.