Frequently Asked Questions

What is an off-site built modular home?

Modular homes from First Galena are constructed in a climate-controlled facility using state-of-the-art engineering and assembly line techniques. First Galena uses the same name brand materials and builds to the same code requirements as any local “on-site builder.” State or independent third party inspectors carefully inspect each home we build. The modular home is then shipped to the building site, erected on the foundation by a qualified set crew and completed by First Galena staff & subcontractors. Once completed, modular homes are indistinguishable from “on-site built” homes.

Why should I build my home with First Galena?

Protection from the Elements
Have you ever driven past a partially constructed, site-built home on a rainy day? Think about warping, separation, saturation, mold and mildew as the water covers the exposed materials.  These are just a few of the risks that one might incur while building a home in a “traditional” manner.  In contrast, our lumber and all other materials are stored in the protective environment of a world-class manufacturing facility throughout the entire construction processes.

Design
A team of highly qualified design engineers and computer aided drafting technicians generate all floor plan designs for First Galena. Regardless of style - ranch, Cape Cod or two-story - we assure you that every aspect of your home will be meticulously reviewed from every engineering perspective. First Galena offers its customers a tremendous amount of flexibility in both design and scope. Hundreds of options are available throughout every room of your house. Even if you have a custom plan in mind, we will work with you to turn your dream into reality!

Timeframe
In most cases, a First Galena modular home can be built in about half the time, as compared to an equally equipped site-built home. Streamlined production processes and protection from weather hindrances help to facilitate a quick production cycle. Furthermore, on-site electrical and mechanical preparations can be made while the home is being constructed at the production facility.

One Stop Shopping
First Galena offers hundreds of name brand products to furnish your home.  You'll be amazed when you see the selection of color choices (floorings, cabinetry, countertops, etc.) coordinated and ready to review.

How are modular homes built?

Today's modular homes are models of efficiency and quality assurance. The first step of the building process starts with the design phase. Your new home is drawn using state-of-the-art computers.  This is particularly useful in the customization of your new home and in the production of drawings and materials. Once designed, the construction begins. This process involves modern factory assembly line techniques. Your home travels from station-to-station, where expert craftsmen build the home. Production is never delayed due to weather, absent sub-contractors or missing materials. The quality control process assures you that your home has been inspected for code compliance and quality. In-plant inspectors as well as independent third party inspection agencies inspect each home to ensure your new home meets or exceeds all the state and local codes.

Are First Galena modular homes energy efficient?

Yes. First Galena (through our parent company - Ritz-Craft Corp.) is an ENERGY STAR® partner and committed to using energy efficient building methods and materials. Our homes are built standard with 2”x6” exterior walls and R-21 insulation, R-38 blown-in ceiling insulation, warm edge thermopane low-e glass windows and insulated exterior doors. In addition, optional florescent lighting packages also meet the requirements of ENERGY STAR®.

I hear a lot about Green Building. Are modular homes "green?"

Yes, modular homes by their nature are “green.” Assembly in an enclosed indoor environment minimizes waste material.  Less waste means minimal environmental impact on the land and the community where the house is being delivered.  Plus, it allows for a tightly built structure to maximize energy efficiency - all of which are key components to green building standards. For more information, visit NAHB's green building page.

Can I design my own floor plan?

Absolutely! First Galena has hundreds of customizable floor plans available, or you may design your own custom floor plan.

Do I have to hire my own contractors?

As an optional service, First Galena will assist you with a complete turn-key construction project.  We are happy to handle all aspects of the construction process by providing the following services: excavation, foundation, well/septic, garage, porch, etc.  We'll even secure your building permits for you!  Please contact us for more information on our complete turn-key construction projects.

Can I do some of the work myself?

It is possible to act as your own general contractor in order to reduce some of the labor costs associated, however, it is important to have the general knowledge and experience in order for you to save a substantial amount of money. If you do have the expertise to do some of the work yourself, First Galena can design a package that fits your individual needs.

How do I finance a modular home?

Mortgage lenders treat modular homes the same as site-built homes and offer the same mortgage options. Modular homes are also treated the same as site-built homes when it comes to appraisals and insurance. In addition, modular homes appreciate in value at the same rate compared site built homes.

First Galena is happy to work with your financial institution or you may obtain your own financing. If you do require assistance, First Galena can refer you to a number of local lenders that we have worked with in the past.  In addition, we have provided a free mortgage calculator to help with your research.

Are First Galena modular homes covered by a warranty?

Yes. Every home from First Galena comes with a full, one-year limited warranty and a 10-year structural warranty. In addition, many of the name brand components (such as appliances, major mechanicals, shingles, siding, etc.) used in your home are covered by separate manufacturer warranties.