All American Homes Modular Housing Firm Offers a Disaster Rebuilding Program for Storm Victims

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National modular housing builder All American Homes is offering a disaster rebuilding program for people affected by the spring storms and tornadoes over the past couple months, including priority rebuild time and price discounts.

Citizens of areas that felt the brunt of the recent spate of tornadoes and storms should ask their local builders and construction firms about special disaster rebuilding programs that can help residents rebuild more quickly and less expensively.

Thus advises All American Homes, a national modular housing builder that is offering its disaster rebuilding program to affected residents of southwestern Ohio, northern Kentucky, Indiana and elsewhere. The program gives residents a new house at a reduced price and a rapid build time. Homes in the disaster program receive priority scheduling, further reducing the rebuilding time. A new house under the program can be constructed in as little as two months, depending on footage, with a per square-foot discount of up to $4. Some buyers may also qualify for no down payment.

The program is particularly noteworthy for Moscow residents because an All American house owned by resident Ken Chambers was the only one left mostly intact in an area that saw extensive damage in the March 3rd storms. Chambers believes his home’s modular construction is a big reason for this and says, “a couple of neighbors have told me they’re interested in modular. From the one side the place doesn’t look like it had any damage at all.”

Modularly constructed homes are superior to site-built homes due to engineered structural reinforcements inherent to the method of construction. A FEMA report on a Category Four hurricane in Florida with 131 to 155 mph winds concluded that modular homes, “provided an inherently rigid system that performed much better than conventional residential housing.”

Modular housing is factory-built in multiple sections (or modules) of many different sizes for quick, on-site assembly. Modular residences include multi-story houses and even apartment buildings with the same range of contemporary and traditional architectural styles found in the newest site-built construction. However, modular construction offers extra rigid features (such as 2 x 6 vs. 2 x 4 exterior studs) with a factory-precise, environmentally controlled production process.

“We began this program several years ago as our contribution to disaster recovery,” said Stacey Miller, director of marketing for All American Homes. “It’s clearly not a money maker for us. But it’s our way of reaching out with the ability of our process to quickly produce quality housing so people can get on with rebuilding the rest of their lives as well.”

“Other home builders may offer similar discounts or financial assistance. We think that disaster victims should be aware of what’s available, particularly in areas like Moscow that have not been declared federal disaster areas and rebuilding assistance is more limited. Clearly they need all the help they can get from any quarter.”

Two of All American Homes’ regional site builders, White Pine Construction of Aurora, Ind., near Cincinnati, and Quality Homes of Madison (Indiana), are presently involved in disaster rebuilding projects in Ohio and Indiana. These builders are the direct homeowner contact and facilitate insurance and other needed paperwork while providing the on-site finishing work needed for the new home.

Representatives from both firms noted that, along with getting people back more quickly into a solidly built home, one of things disaster victims appreciate about a modular-built replacement is that it can be priced out more accurately to ensure that total costs will not exceed the replacement costs covered by insurance.

All American Homes has manufacturing facilities in Decatur, Ind., Milliken, Colo., Dyersville, Iowa, and Rocky Mount, Va. Headquarters are in Elkhart, Ind. It has been building modular housing since 1970.

For more information about the All American Homes disaster rebuilding program and modular housing, visit http://www.allamericanhomes.com.

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