More People Going Modular In Hancock County

Modular home manufacturers bill their products as a quicker way for Katrina victims to get back into a home. And it seems more and more people in Hancock County are making the move to modular.

At last count, more than 75 Bay St. Louis and Waveland families are in modular homes. William McClain's family moved into one just four months ago.

"I wanted to come back as quickly as I could and this was fast, it was easy, relatively inexpensive, and it met all the codes I had to have in order to get insurance," McClain said.

And McClain says he and his family love their new home.

"Very glad. This will probably be where I'll spend the rest of my life."

Though getting into a home quickly is probably the number one modular selling point these days, dealers say there are many others.

"They're seeing them and getting a lot more confidence in them, where as before, you didn't know them, you didn't know anything about them," said Michael Williams with Newmark Construction.

The shortage of builders has also helped boost modular sales, and dealers say they're selling strong structures that are built in a climate controlled environment.

"They are built in gigs and it's all computerized, so there's no room for error. Everything is even, everything is perfectly square. They are glued, nailed and stapled, instead of just a nailed wall. A normal wall you can take a crow bar and rip it off. You can't do that with one of these," said Susan Daigre with De Novo Homes.

And Daigre says consumers are finally understanding what they're getting with a modular home.

"They are very common in the rest of the country. They've never really been done here, so people are still expecting mobile homes or manufactured homes."

Modular home builders say buyers know up front what the home will cost them.