Yes and No. This really is a common question, and one that can be difficult to answer. The manufacturing process is often not an exact science. Several factors can come into play:
The scheduling process – any manufacturing plant will schedule their production to their best advantage. This often entails scheduling similar types of homes together, or trying to schedule around other areas of similarity to reduce the amount of time spent changing construction jigs, tooling, etc.
Delays due to suppliers and other factors – Sometimes materials do not arrive when scheduled. If a component is delivered that is not within the manufacturer’s specifications, the manufacturer will delay production of the home rather than use material not intended for use in that home.
Quality concerns – as a home is moving through the production process, it is examined for quality at each stage of the process to ensure that you get the highest quality home possible. If a specific item needs repair or re-work, this can delay the production process.
All these items can contribute to changes in the manufacturer’s production schedule. All the manufacturers we deal with would rather get their homes right than keep a rigid schedule. We think that is the best way, as well. Therefore, most factories will not guarantee that you will get to see your exact home on the line.
However, most factories will offer you a tour of their facility. You will need to schedule this with your housing consultant. There are several things to keep in mind when thinking about a factory tour: The factory environment is typically noisy, crowded, and very busy. There may be areas that are off-limits to the public due to safety concerns. Speaking of safety, all manufacturers will require that you wear some level of protective equipment like safety glasses, hearing protection, etc. A representative of the manufacturer will accompany you at all times, both for your safety and to insure a minimum of disruption to the production process.
To sum up, a factory tour is interesting, but may not allow you to view the construction of your specific home. Below is a great link to learn more about the construction process.
View on youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rIW5bkzWvXk.
As always, our housing consultants are available to answer any questions you have, and to guide you through the process of buying a new home.