Some things to consider before modular setup or mobile home installation
Just like buying new and second hand cars the prices and conditions of a mobile home can vary greatly between the two. If you are buying your first mobile home, there are several things that need to be considered beyond just the condition.
There are quite a few costs involved in Modular Setup & Mobile Home Installation and some of these are dependent on whether you purchase new or pre-owned. If the home is new, you need to ask if the purchase price includes transporting to the site; the site commission – a premium usually added by the site for them handling the purchase; site fees for the lot; and connection to the electric and gas.
If it is a second hand mobile home, the above costs may already be included in the purchase price especially if you are buying one through a park and it does not need to be moved to another lot.
Ask your park owners how long you are allowed to keep a home on their site before you need to replace it. For some there is no age limit on the home, for others it is a maximum of 15 years. Obviously, whilst this seems like a long time, are you happy to spend another substantial amount of money replacing it in a few years time. If there is a limit on the age of a home, a pre-owned home will only have the balance of years left on the lease, for example, if you purchase a 3 year old home, you may only be allowed to keep it on site for another 12 years.
When you have made your decision on a home, and found a place to install it….this is when you should give Certistruct Construction Co a call. We install mobile and modular homes, and offer park packages to go along with your new home. A park package includes a concrete slab for a driveway, attached carport, and utility shed / storage.
What Are The Steps Involved In Setting Up Your New Home
1. Site & Utility Preparations
This is a step that is often overlooked by many new home owners. A lot of things must be taken into consideration when grading the land and bringing access to utilities. There are many state guidelines that must be followed, and there are often guidelines the park or landowners expect your installation to satisfy. Of major concern in this step is also the drainage of the land in the event of flooding. You do not want your home to become a boat if it rains too hard.
When preparing your land, the initial step is to assure it is level and compacted. Your contractor will also make sure your land is crowned for proper drainage, meaning that the ground slopes away from the home on all sides to prevent any water from accumulating under the home.
At this time your home will likely undergo a couple test:
- Check the soil type
- Determine the frost line
- Determine whether ground anchors will be used
After everything is verified, the foundation can then be constructed!
A common foundation used for manufactured homes is the pier and beam system. In this system, footers are dug and filled with cement to create support for the piers to provide structural stability.
A reinforced vapor barrier is placed on top of the footers for added protection from pest and allergens. The solid steel frame on your home provides the beams that complete the pier and beam system.
You will also need to arrange for a separate contractor to dig for and install your septic system as well as complete the utility prep work. Once all of this is complete, it will be time for your home to be delivered!
2. Modular & Mobile Home Delivery
Moving your home is often one of the most challenging parts. This stage requires cooperation with the site of pickup, the DOT, and the destination site. When moving your new home, a route must be plotted. This requires studying the available routes and finding the best route that will accommodate the size and weight of the home. Certistruct Construction Co would be glad to discuss with you the finer details.
3. Modular & Mobile Home Installation
Once your home has arrived at the home site, the on-site completion of construction crew will place it on the foundation with a jack and rolling system or by craning it onto the foundation. The home is then evaluated to make sure that weight is distributed evenly across the pier and beam or other foundation system. The home is then anchored with tie downs, and securely joined together if the home in multi-section. The tie downs and anchor system will help stabilize your home against wind.
To complete the on-site installation construction process, our crew will:
- Connect utilities
- Test hookups
- Install appliances and home equipment not already installed
- Complete interior touch-ups
- Install exterior skirting if you choose to add skirting.