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/Sales Centre to purchase a home or look for a Member Land Lease Community to identify a community for 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
Members Manufacturers in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba have their own warranty program and may offer warranty in excess of the minimum legislated requirements. Always check with the Show Home/Sales 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 as required by the Alberta’s New Home Buyer Protection Act.
New homes (single detached family homes / duplexes / multiplexes / condominiums / modular homes) 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/Sales Centre.
Manufacturers’ 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 required by legislation.
Under a mandatory warranty program, the warranty provider (in the case of Alberta) will pick up those items, if any, that are outside of Manufacturers’ warranty and are required by legislation.
The National Building Code – 2019 Alberta Edition
The National Building Code – 2019 Alberta Edition applies the same requirements to site-built and factory-built homes. Factory-built homes offer the same energy efficiency or better than onsite construction 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.