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An Overview of Modular Homes: An Interview with Roland Vukic of Hallmark Homes

By Roland Vukic

Tell us a little bit about your company and its foundation.

Hallmark was established in 1975 as the Modular Home arm of a general construction company. It subsequently became a separate corporation in 1989. It has been under the same management since 1975. Initially Hallmark operated in a smaller geographic area, mostly RI and nearby MA & CT and provided a broader range of "site services". As the modular demand increased and Hallmark became well known and trusted, our sphere of service increased geographically but we restricted our services to the modular product only. Hallmark worked with numerous manufacturers but because of our need to have a dependable source of a quality product, Hallmark investigated actual ownership of the manufacturing facility. In 2008 Hallmark finally became an owner and general partner in its own manufacturing facility located in PA and developed reciprocal arrangements with manufacturers in the south. Hallmark can now work with clients in most States East of the Mississippi in the design, production, delivery and set service for their modular homes.

What are some of the services your company provides?

As mentioned above, we work with clients to design their homes; obtain plan certifications for submittals locally as part of the building permit process; deliver the home and coordinate delivery logistics; work with the client's general contractor to properly coordinate the modular and on site activities; arrange and coordinate the heavy equipment and set crew necessary to set the house on to the foundation; assist the client with financing questions, permitting questions, local code requirements, etc.

What is a modular home?

It is a "stick built" home, constructed in a factory under "ideal" conditions, structurally engineered to be built in sections (or modules) which can be transported to your site. The modular concept is to factory produce a product in order to minimize on-site work. Since the modular cannot replace all of the on site work 100%, we combine the best of both methods to achieve the best possible product structurally and aesthetically, for the lowest cost and in the least amount of time.

What is the process of buying a modular home?

Very simple, once we know what you want, we take it from there. We design the home and make all of the arrangements as well as work with the client and/or General Contractor to coordinate all of the phases involving the modular home and the necessary logistical arrangements.

How do you suggest clients prepare for a this process?

We provide a consultation period to find out if a modular is a good solution for their construction program. Each is different and unique and so a personal time with the client is needed. Because of our broad geographic influence many of these consultations take place on the phone, email, etc. We usually ask for an "idea" of a plan, pick one as close to what you want from our 500 plus plans; send us all of the information you have like a site plan, septic information, accurate address so that we can Google the site, a realistic construction schedule.

What are some common issues you face when it comes to getting a modular home?

Logistics, making sure we can get to the site and have adequate space on site for the home delivery and the necessary equipment to set the house and have qualified people capable of understanding the finishing work to the home, we are here to assist. Depending on what we face locally, we adjust to the circumstances.

What's the best way for people to get in contact with you?

If reasonably local they may visit us; contact us by phone or email. We actually answer our phone in person most of the time. If not, we get back quickly.

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