How a Home Center Can Answer Your Questions

Check out the answers to these commonly asked questions about finding and buying a specific home, and find out why visiting a home center is so important!

Each Clayton home center has knowledgeable, friendly home consultants that are eager to help you throughout your home buying journey, so you should expect to get the same amount of personal attention at each one. However, that does not necessarily mean that you should go to just any home center to buy your home. It very common for customers to ask questions like:

  • Does it matter where I buy my home at?
  • Why is the home on the website not at the home center?
  • Why is this home not available in my area?
  • Why do I have to go to a home center? Can't I buy directly from the builder?

All of these are great questions and have fairly simple answers, but sometimes those answers can be misinterpreted or misunderstood causing some frustration, which is the last thing we want our customers to experience. In this article, we'll answer each of these questions!

Does it matter where I buy my home?

In short, the answer is yes, it does matter! Home centers are typically able to service up to 150 miles from their store location, meaning they can typically have a home delivered to a home site within 150 miles of the home center's location. This may seem like a large area in some areas of the country, but in other areas that may not be the case. If your home site falls into the more than 150 miles category, some home centers can work with you to deliver your dream home to your home site.

Why is the home on the website not at the home center, and why is a certain home not available in my area?

If you've browsed for homes on our website, you've probably noticed that there are photos of homes on the website that may not be on the home center lot. Often home centers will not have every home available in that area on display. However, you can ask your home consultant to show you homes available that may not be on the lot, but are available from a local building facility. Because home models vary from building facility to building facility, some manufactured and modular floor plans are only available in certain areas of the country. So, a model you see on the website could only be available in certain regions.

Depending on which home building facilities service certain areas and certain building codes, you may not be able to get the same home in California as you can in North Carolina, but your local home center will be able to show you comparable floor plans with the features you want most so that you can still find the perfect home for you and your family!

Why do I have to go to a home center? Can't I buy directly from the builder?

A dad, mom, little girl and little boy looking at flooring with a home consultant.

At Clayton, we want you to have the best home buying experience, and our trusted home consultants are the experts that can help you as you go through your home buying journey. When you visit a home center, you'll be able to walk through fully furnished home models so that you can get a true idea of what your future home will look like. Your home consultant can also walk you through the options available to you such as exterior siding, energy efficient appliances, flooring and other home options. You can also learn about any promotions that may be available, if any furnishing packages are available and the benefits of buying a Clayton Built® home.

At Clayton, it is our goal to provide each and every person with the best home buying experience.

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