Is Your Modular Home Up-to-Date with CSA Standards?
The Flatlands Real Estate Team is a team of professional REALTORS® proudly serving the Saskatchewan real estate market. They are based out of Regina, Saskatchewan in the CENTURY 21 Dome Realty Inc brokerage office and specialize in residential homes & condos, commercial sales & leasing, cottage and recreational properties, as well as farm & acreage real estate.
Some Modular Homes are not Up-to-Date with CSA Standards
According to information provided by the Saskatchewan Real Estate Commission (SREC), modular homes built between 2002 and 2010 may not be up to CSA standards. The SREC has recently learned that some modular homes who display the CSA certification label (which signifies that standards have been met), actually fail to meet the necessary standards opr codes even though the CSA label is present.
This issue has become troublesome in regards to the re-sale of modular homes. By failure to possess such certification, owners may find themselves facing several difficulties when trying to sell their home. A couple of these difficulties include having to pay for repairs out of their own pocket to bring them up to code, or in extreme cases being asked to remove units from the boundaries of a municipality. These setbacks ultimately have an effect on the overall value of a modular home.
The responsibility that newly constructed buildings meet the National Building Code within a given area falls upon individual municipalities.In the past municipalities assumed that when the CSA label certification label was present that the building conformed to the standards and the building codes. Which is now known not to be true for some manufactured / modular homes built between 2002 and 2010.
How To Find Your CSA Label
The CSA certification label can be found near the front door of the modular home’s exterior. This label must be present on the home to be sold to a new owner. If the label cannot be located, the home must be re-certified.
What To Do If You Are Buying or Selling Modular Homes In Sask
Make sure to hire a REALTOR® who has experience with modular homes. This experience has several benefits that could help the transaction run smoothly. A REALTOR® with experience will be able to guide you on how to go about re-certifying your home (if it is needed), which bylaws you have to consider and obey when entering a transaction. As well as, recommend important inspections and contract terms that could prevent obstacles down the road for both the buyer and seller.
If you are interested in buying or selling your modular home, or have any further questions in regards to CSA Standards, please feel free to contact us for some professional help.