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Monday, April 16, 2018

It's Your Turn to Improve the Modular Housing Industry


14 comments:

Anonymous said...

Improve the quality of homes

Anonymous said...

I would like to see a system installed at the factory to allow me to track activities from quote through production. I'm tired of surprise calls from my rep telling me about another delay and its something he knew about for a week.

Anonymous said...

1. Eliminate the HUD mentality from the modular production: "On the floor and out the door."

2. Eliminate the "We've always done it that way" excuse for lack of innovation and technology.

3. Eliminate the lack of promotion. Get out of your chair and out in the field. Make the phone ring instead of waiting for a sales call to come in.

4. Eliminate the "It's a mobile home" mentality. Talk to your local municipalities and introduce them to the modular world that is great for vacant lots, in-fill projects and multi-family housing. If need be, invite them for a plant tour, including the Council, development services, inspectors, and zoning personnel.

Yes, I work for a municipality. Yes, I came from the modular world. Yes, I have promoted and permitted 3 modular in 9 months, while previous administrations permitted none in 10 years.

Anonymous said...

Adding to Anonymous 8:20.
1. Factories need to join the BSC
2. Builders need to stop expecting the factories to be the source of leads and marketing for them
3. Factories need to improve their service departments right now

I know I'm only allowed one thing but Hell's Bells the list could go on and on for both sides.

Anonymous said...

reduce backlogs

Anonymous said...

Coach,

I have been involved in almost every aspect of this business -- finance, running factories, wholesale sales, retail sales and as a builder. The greatest need is for proper coordination and alignment between factory and builder, including:

1. Clear and unambiguous delineation of scope.
2. Rapid (or automatic) estimating, even if a fee is required.
3. Rapid drawings and engineering, even if a fee is required. (3D drawings are becoming the new standard.)
4. Factory assistance to the level desired, and paid for, by the builder.

The factory which gets this right -- TRULY right -- will dominate.

Anonymous said...

Since no one builders a "starter" modular home (see article from a few days ago), there will never be rapid engineering. There is way too much customization to get the drawings done any faster.

Anonymous said...

I think the industry needs significantly better support by state or region based trade association.

Anonymous said...

I'm a multiFamily guy in Modular. I can think of a couple of things that would help us out.
AIA contracts specifically designed to include, not exclude, modular construction.
Developer adoption of Design-Build, not Design - Bid - Build. It just makes sense and realizes savings for everyone. Do your "do-diligence" and pick your team before you hire an Architect.
Project Management - Project Management - Project Management. It's not just overhead.

Anonymous said...

There is so much happening in construction methods, products and procedures and factories are not keeping up with them. They are reactive instead of proactive.

Anonymous said...

Order Entry Software that is as customized as our product is. Software that is modular friendly, instead of software created for a similar industry that really can't be tweaked properly for our industry. Software that is NOT an ERP software.

josh margulies said...

I would like to see more organized effort from bsc and mhba that could to marketing media that serves us industry wide. The pitch should also include the benefits of working with association members.

Anonymous said...

Coach,

The transportation running gear, they have been using the same running gear for 40 years.
( Broken axles, blowouts,damage to buildings,accidents) you’re building a house not a trailer.

Anonymous said...

I would like to see factories offer more training about their products, and sales training for their builders
Be more picky about who the builders are that sell there product