Retire in a Custom-Built Modular Home

When retirement is right around the corner most people decide it is time to downsize. Having a large home means a large amount of upkeep and care that can be too much for some seniors. Besides, who wants to spend their retirement taking care of their home or yard? There’s no better time to start fresh. That’s where River Valley Builders comes in! Modular homes are the perfect answer to retirees looking to start fresh with a home that fits their lifestyle. Although some believe they differ greatly from traditional stick-built homes, the truth is they offer the same benefits with customizable modular home floor plans.

With modular homes you don’t have to worry about any renovations or DIY projects. Save your time for hobbies and traveling like a real retiree, not re-tiling an existing bathroom. Modular homes are brand new and customized to be exactly how you want it and still allow you to be homeowners.

With these customized manufactured homes in mind, you’re also able to adapt to a senior lifestyle during retirement. Leave the stairs behind and choose a single floor modular home design, wider doors and entryways, and any other adaptive items and amenities you might need such as shower handrails. You decide the number of rooms, floor plan, and square footage too, so there’s no more needing to move through a maze of a house when you choose a manufactured home. Plus, when you’re looking to sell the property will be great real estate for the next retiring couple to move in.

Not only will downsizing save your back, but it will save you on energy costs! By only needing to heat or cool a smaller space you’ll cut your utility bill down. Modular homes can reduce this bill even more because they are specially built to be as efficient as possible and are airtight sealed.

The money savings sound convincing, but we know you are probably concerned about how long you’ll have to wait for a Modular home to be built. This is one of the biggest benefits to choosing Modular because they have a much shorter construction time than traditional homes. If you were thinking “fixer-upper” preowned homes were going to be quicker, you may be wrong. The time it will take you or a hired professional to finish your renovations might equal or be longer than the time it takes to build a custom Modular home. Still not convinced? Give River Valley Builders, your trusted modular home manufacturer, a call today at 570.374.RVB3 (7823) to talk about what we can do for you and your future plans for retirement. We want to get to know you and your needs, so the process and end result is everything you want. Building your retirement destination is important, so don’t settle for anything less than perfect!

What to Look for When Finding Land to Place Your Modular Home?

Before you can have your new custom Modular Home, you’ll need a piece of land to place it on! We’ll be here to give you advice on everything from potential hazards, draining issues, and zoning restrictions when it comes to choosing, but ultimately the decision is up to you. Here are the five things we’ll do after you pick out your perfect piece of land:

  1. Survey: It is worth it to have your land surveyed so you don’t run into property issues down the road. Prepping the land will help decide what pieces go where and give you peace of mind in knowing what land is yours and what land isn’t.
  2. Excavation: Plots of land come in all different shapes and sizes. Depending on where you want to place your home could mean some excavation or tree removal. It’s important to remove any trees that are within falling distance to your home because it will cost you later if one comes down during a storm. We’ll also take note of the soil and how it will hold up against the construction of your home.
  3. Water and Sewer: We’ll help you when it comes to your new home’s water and septic needs as well. Depending on the lot, you’ll either be connecting to a public sewer or install a septic system.
  4. Bring on the Foundation: The beginning of something great, pouring the foundation! Once the measurements are made, a hole will be excavated and poured with concrete or superior walls. This will become the foundation of your brand-new home.
  5. Prepare for Your Home: Before we bring your home to the site, we’ll assess any dangers or hazards before loading it up. Trees, low-hanging powerlines, and road weight constrictions are most common. However, after these are addressed it’s time to bring your home in!

Now that you know how we get started, it’s time to call River Valley Builders to plan out your dream home.  Our goal is to provide the best service to our clients by getting to know and understand their needs when it comes to their home. We’ll be here every step of the way! Call us at 570.374.RVB3 (7823) to get started.

How to pick the best flooring options for your Modular Home

When you choose to build a modular home, you’re choosing the ability to fully customize it. This applies to more than just floor plans and location, you get to decide on every detail: including your floors!
When considering what flooring you’d like in your new home it’s important to consider the functionality of the room, the appearance of the floor, and the cost of installing said floor. There is a large variety of options, but the most popular options are hardwood, carpet, tile, laminate, and vinyl.
Hardwood flooring is an excellent choice that comes in many different shades and types. Although they can be expensive, hardwood floors are durable and easy-to-clean if you have pet hair or small children living in your home.

Carpet is a cost-effective flooring that can last a long time if you take care of it. Letting your carpet go without proper upkeep can lead to trapped dirt and allergens, but a good vacuum and a carpet scrubber will keep it looking brand new.

Tile is most popular for areas where water is around such as laundry rooms, kitchens, and bathrooms. You can get tile wet without having to worry about damaging the floor, and it comes in a variety of looks so you can find exactly what you’re looking for. Some tile can be hard to clean depending on the surface finish and some options don’t keep in warmth.

Laminate flooring looks like wood or tile but can be less expensive. It’s easy to install but can’t get too wet or be refinished. However, with some care and consideration this alternative is great for family homes.
Vinyl is similar to laminate, but instead of being nailed down, the flooring is glued. Investing in a higher quality vinyl option assures it won’t look “tacky” and will resist moisture, so you don’t have to worry about damaging the floor.
Now that we’ve covered some of your options, how do you decide what flooring is best for you? It’s important to consider who is living in your home (pets, children, wheelchair accessible), what rooms will receive the most traffic, how often you want to clean, and what your interior design style is, and what your budget for flooring will be.
Need more help? Give us, River Valley Builders, a call! We strive to give each client our utmost attention. We want to get to know you and your needs, so we understand what is best for your custom home – from everything down to the perfect flooring. We’ll listen to your vision and make it a reality. Call us today at 570.374.RVB3 (7823) or check out our Facebook page for other design tips and suggestions at

Modular homes are the key to owning your first home

The thought of owning your first home doesn’t have to be stressful. Forget the DIY renovations and unpredictable costs of buying an already existing home, it’s time to think Modular! It’s possible to customize your own turn-key home at an affordable price when you work with the team at River Valley Builders.
Modular homes, prefabricated homes built in factories and then moved to a location, are 10% to 20% cheaper than traditional site-built homes. River Valley Builder’s prefabricated homes hold the same quality and durability as traditional builds, but give you the opportunity to customize a floorplan and save overall on labor and material costs.
These savings can not only be seen in initial building/plan costs over the long run. Their efficiency will save you in utility costs that could otherwise be expensive in an already built older style home. Modular homes also provide a great return on investment. Their popularity increases every year, so if you’re ever looking to move out, you’ll profit from someone looking to maybe start their homeowning journey, too.
If you’re looking to become a homeowner, customize your own floorplan, and have a turn-key home as result, give the team a call at 570.374.7823. We’ll provide you all the facts about our Modular Home construction process and schedule a consultation.

Manufactured vs Modular Homes

When it comes to homes—many believe the terms modular and manufactured can be used interchangeably, and while both are affordable prefabricated routes to homeownership, there are major differentiating features and benefits of choosing modular. When investing in your future, a clear understanding of these terms is very important, that’s where River Valley Builders comes in. Let’s take a closer look at each of these homes and what sets modular home building apart from its competitors.

Contrary to popular belief, modular homes come in all shapes and sizes and can be customized! At River Valley Builders, we create tailor-made floorplans to meet the needs and desires of our customers’ vision. Our goal is to get to know our homeowners, understand their lifestyles, and translate those into a dream home for life. Manufactured homes, however, can come in three general floorplans: single-wide, double-wide, or triple-wide. A single-wide is a home build in one long section; a double-wide is two sections joined to make a larger home; and a triple-wide is a less common model with three sections joined together for a larger, more spacious home.

Similar to a modular home, a manufactured home is built off-site in a weather-controlled factory setting or warehouse. However, while modular homes are made-up of multiple factory-made pieces and assembled at the home site, manufactured homes are a single factory-made unit that’s delivered to the home site on a steel chassis and installed on either a temporary or permanent foundation. For those of you not familiar, a steel chassis is a permanent fixture attached to the home with wheels that are utilized to transport the home from one site to another. In other words, while modular homes utilize a traditional permanent foundation once set, manufactured homes offer mobility.

In many cases, it’s hard to tell the difference between a modular home and a traditional stick-built home. This is why similar to standard on site-built homes, modular homes fluctuate in value with the traditional housing market, whereas manufactured homes tend to depreciate over time. At River Valley Builders, our modular homes are built to last with quality and consistency from the factory to your lot. You can rest assured that our building materials meet the highest standards, and our quality assurance process is the best in the business.

As you plan for your new home, there are countless details and building alternatives to take into consideration. At River Valley Builders, our team will take the time to establish exactly the plan that is best for you! If you want to learn more about Susquehanna Valley’s Premier Modular Homebuilder, schedule a consultation with our team! Our designers are more than happy to assist you and help you #FALLINLOVEWITHMODULAR. Call us today at 570.374.7823.

2022 Open House Dates

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At River Valley Builders, we strive to give each client our utmost attention, which is why we’re hosting not one, but TWO full open house weekends in 2022! Visit our model home located at 70 Paramount Road in Selinsgrove to experience the true beauty of our most popular modular floorplan, The Charles, and discuss your questions in-person with our team! Modular home building is the future of residential construction, and we invite you to see it to believe it!

The open house weekends are scheduled as follows:

Saturday, March 19 – 9am-2pm

Sunday March 20 – 11am-4pm

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Saturday, September 17 – 9am-2pm

Sunday, September 18 – 11am-4pm

Can’t make those open houses dates? No worries—We’ll gladly schedule an evening or weekend appointment anytime! Are you ready to get started on your new custom home? Contact us for more information at 570.374.7823 today!  

Green Building and Modular Sustainability

Green building, when combined with modular construction, allows for a better-built environment. At River Valley Builders, we strive to maintain this green-friendly approach which involves improving the way homes and homebuilding sites use energy, water, and materials to reduce impacts on human health and the planet. While all modular homes are more green than traditional site-built homes due to the nature of the factory construction process, green building is taking it a step further by not only minimizing the environmental impact of the home while it is being built, but over the lifetime it will be lived in.  

At River Valley Builders, we understand the importance of utilizing the highest-quality materials in each modular home but strategize to take the most environmentally friendly approach possible. Sustainable modular builders, like ourselves, excel in contribution to conservation, efficiency, human health, and comfort! Beginning with our specific floorplan measurements, we know exactly what materials are needed and prepare accordingly to meet those requirements. This decreases the amount of wasted materials from jobsite to jobsite. From there, River Valley Builders professionally utilize insulation and precise, tightly sealed framing throughout all modular homes to regulate temperatures throughout every room and therefore provide energy efficiency, and lower operating costs for the homeowner. In addition, our technology efficiency plays a big role in our green building initiative, because modular building and site work occur simultaneously. Our building process is fast and efficient—therefore reducing the CO2 emissions and overall environmental impact per building overall!

As you plan for your new home, there are countless details to take into consideration, why not make the Earth one of them! At River Valley Builders, we ship, place, and finish your brand-new, move-in ready customized dream home without compromising the future of our planet. If you want to learn all the facts and more about modular green building with us, schedule a consultation with our team! Our designers are more than happy to assist you and teach you more about Susquehanna Valley’s Premiere Modular Home Builders. Call us today at 570.374.7823.

Turn-key Modular Construction

At River Valley Builders, from floorplans to finishing touches our team has the expertise to deliver the home of your dreams, along with the stress-free, hassle-free turn-key modular construction experience. As you plan for your new home, there are countless details to take into consideration. Whether it’s a custom design or standard modular floorplan that you have your heart set on, River Valley Builders will be with you from concept to creation to design and delivery. Here’s the breakdown:

First, we meet with you, review our customizable modular floorplan designs, and conceptualize your vision. Our goal is to understand the lifestyles and needs of our clients and translate those into a dream home for life. Whether you desire a two-story home or a classic one-story ranch, River Valley Builders has a variety of modular floorplan ideas to suit your needs with no limits to customization. Once we meet, our in-house design team gets to work on developing a 2D rendering of your new modular home. After we receive approval on your design, our master craftsman begin construction with the highest quality building materials in our climate-controlled factory-setting. Once construction is completed, we ship, place, and finish your brand-new, move-in ready home provided to you with the ease of turn-key modular construction.

If you want to learn all the facts and more about our turn-key modular construction process, schedule a consultation with our team! Our designers are more than happy to assist you and teach you more about River Valley Builders – Susquehanna Valley’s Premiere Modular Home Builders. Call us today at 570.374.7823.

River Valley Builders Joins Short Track Super Series as North Region Title Partner

SELINSGROVE, Pa. – River Valley Builders LLC (RVB) is partnering with The Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled by Sunoco for the series’ 2022 Modified North Region.  RVB will assume naming rights for the 10-race North Region schedule, which gets underway on Saturday, April 2 at Orange County Fair Speedway in Middletown, NY and also includes a race in Bloomsburg, Pa., on June 7.

RVB is a modular home construction company offering custom designed homes to fit your family needs and your budget. It is growing its brand throughout much of the northeast, serving Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Vermont.  Customers can visit one of two model home centers located in Selinsgrove, Pa., or Whately, Mass., to custom design and build anything from a smaller ranch home to a larger two-story home, as well as townhome construction.

RVB has no limits to customization, utilizing the highest-quality building materials and maintains an in-house design-team, giving each client the utmost attention either in-person or through Zoom consultations.

“River Valley Builders offers our clients personalized tours of our manufacturing facilities to show how you can build your dream home for life,” says owner and president Dan Stimely.  “We strive to give our customers the utmost attention to all phases of the design and construction process as well as offering a unique virtual model home tour.”

To learn more about River Valley Builders, browse floorplans and gallery or get started on your new home, visit, call 570.374.7823 or e-mail and like them on Facebook and Instagram.  Experience the River Valley Builders difference and you’ll fall in love with modular too!

Can Modular Homes Be Built During Winter?

Historically throughout construction, winter weather has hindered the home building process, but thanks to modern modular technology advancements throughout the years this is no longer the case. At River Valley Builders, our team has the expertise to deliver the home of your dreams, along with a stress-free, hassle-free building experience no matter what time of the year. Here’s why the change in seasons doesn’t affect our convenient, cost-effective building process:

  1. Off-Site Construction—As Susquehanna Valley’s most trusted modular homebuilder, River Valley Builders understands the importance of taking special care with each home we build. Our modular homes are built with quality and consistency from a climate-controlled, factory-setting by our master craftsmen all year long. Rather than being built on site, each section or “module” of your home is built separately in our weather-proof environment to protect materials from undesirable winter weather conditions before being shipped to your lot. We believe a qualified modular construction company accommodates throughout all seasons, which is why we are devoted to serving all our customers on their desired schedule.
  • Speedy Assembly—Since modular homes are built within the walls of a factory, assembly of the home occurs while the site’s excavation and foundation are being constructed. Combining these two steps greatly speeds up the assembly process. Whether you’re looking for a custom modular builder or would prefer one of our standard floor plan designs, River Valley Builders will work with you to design and deliver the modular home you’ve always wanted on a timeline you can trust. First, we work with you to determine your vision. Next, we develop a 2D rendering of your new modular home. Finally, our master craftsmen begin construction, and when construction is completed, we drop-ship, place, and finish your brand-new, turn-key home. It’s that easy!
  • Lower Building Cost—The benefits of modular homes don’t stop at efficiency. Modular construction provides a convenient, cost-effective option as well! The process of assembling in a factory results in stable, predictable pricing due to the preservation of materials and use of efficient technology. At River Valley Builders, sustainability matters and because waste control is one of the greatest benefits of modular construction, we know exactly what materials are needed and prepare accordingly to meet those requirements! This saves you money and the planet its natural resources!

Modular home building is the future of residential construction. If you want to learn all the facts and more about our modular homes, schedule a consultation with our team! Our designers are more than happy to assist you throughout the process and teach you more about River Valley Builders – Susquehanna Valley’s Premiere Modular Home Builders. Call us today at 570.374.7823.