Don Greve started as a new Service Technician for Hames Homes, and worked his way up to Service Manager. We asked him about his 23 years with Hames, and how customers and homes have changed.
How have manufactured homes (also called “mobile homes”) changed since the 1990’s?
They got a lot bigger and wider. They’re also better built now. Before, mobile homes had 2x4 construction, and now they have 2x6 construction. Plus, they have vinyl siding, shingle roofs, and dual pane windows, just like site-built homes.
Rebuilding pre-owned manufactured homes is a big part of your job. How does that work?
When Hames purchases a used mobile home, my service department goes through all aspects of the home – floors, walls, doors, everything. It takes two full-time service techs between 4 days and 3 weeks to refurbish a mobile home, depending on the condition.
We have a 96 point checklist that covers the home itself, and that’s just the start. We also make sure the deck, steps, garage and utility building are ready for the next owner. If anything doesn’t meet our standards, we go back and re-do it!
How is the Hames service department different from other mobile home dealers?
Hames Homes is one of the few mobile home dealerships in Iowa that has its own service department. Other retailers just sell used mobile homes “as is” or hire subcontractors.
What would you tell a customer looking to purchase a manufactured home?
Used, remodeled mobile homes are a good value. We sell remodeled 1200 square foot manufactured homes for $25 to $30 per square foot. That’s less than a third of the cost of a site built home. And, our rebuilt mobile homes are ready to move in. Just unlock the door, walk-in, and you’re home.
Let us show you the great work that Don Greve and his staff have done!
View our large selection of used mobile homes for sale in Marion, Cedar Rapids, Iowa City and West Branch. We have 2, 3 and 4 bedroom manufactured homes for sale, from 900 to 2400 square feet. We can talk about financing[i] your manufactured home, too.
Contact us today online, call us at (319) 377-4863, or visit us at our Grand View open house at 5410 Wabash Street SW, Cedar Rapids.
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