Look For The MHAPP Member Logo When Purchasing a New Home
The key to success of your new home buying decision will be your ability to select a MHAPP Member Show Home Centre to purchase a home and, if you are looking for a Land Lease Community, to locate a community to locate your new home.
These decisions might be inter-related as the new home you select is influenced by the size of the lot and location of your home’s placement. Some Municipalities and Communities might have limitations on the lot size and architectural guidelines regarding the factory-built home you can locate there.
New Home Warranty
In all Provinces, each Manufacturer has their own warranty program and may offer warranty in excess of the minimum legislated requirements, so always check with the Show Home Centre to confirm warranty coverage for the new home you have chosen.
As of February 1, 2014, every new home built in Alberta is protected under warranty, thanks to Alberta’s New Home Buyer Protection Act.
New homes (single detached family homes/duplexes/multi-family homes/condominiums/manufactured homes/recreational properties) include, at minimum, a warranty for:
- One year labour and materials
- Two years for defects in labour and materials related to delivery and distribution systems
- Five years building envelope protection, with a requirement for the warranty provider to offer the consumer the option to purchase additional years of coverage
- 10 years coverage for major structural components
For warranty other than in Alberta; each manufacturer has a warranty that meets or exceeds government legislative requirements. Generally this is administered by and through the Show Home Centre. This warranty is apart from what a mandatory home warranty provides in that manufacturers warrant the homes they build to their distribution company/customer at a level that is acceptable to the mandatory warranty provider and that warranty provider (in the case of Alberta currently and soon to be Manitoba) will pick up those items, if any, that are outside of Manufacturers’ warranty and are required by either the government or the customer.
Early in 2018, the Manitoba Government will be enacting the Manitoba New How Warranty Act (homes/duplexes/multi-family homes/condominiums/manufactured homes), this will cover:
- any defects in labour, materials and design in houses and condominium units for one year, and condominium common elements for 15 months
- major systems such as electrical and plumbing, and building code violations resulting in unreasonable health or safety risks or material damage to the home for 24 months
- defects in the building envelope, including water penetration, for two years and structural defects for seven years
The Alberta Building Code
The Alberta Building Code applies the same requirements to site-built and factory-built homes. Factory-built homes offer the same energy efficiency or better than onsite constructed due to the precise construction method. Since factory-built homes are constructed in a controlled environment, there is less likeliness of mold or allergens which make for a more comfortable healthy home. Read the Code of Standards