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  • Temporary Electric Service - Temporary electric service should be connected for electric power tools and job site lighting. Contact the local electric utility to install service. After your home is delivered you will need to have the meter base installed and the panel box wired in your modular home. Having temporary wiring to your modular home lot is not necessary, but will expedite the construction of the house.
  • Modular Home Staging Area - The staging area is the delivery location for the modules. Often this will be the job site itself, however if the site does offer the room for the modules an off site location will need to be arranged to hold the units for a day. Church or fire department parking lots work fine with a small donation.
  • Modular Home Delivery - When the modules are delivered to the site, payment is expected from the factory. Most modular home factories expect a certified check at the time of delivery of the modular home or an assignment of funds letter from the builder, customer and the lending institution warranting payment of the home within a specified time.
  • Module Inspection - After the modules are delivered they need to inspected for damage and to complete an inventory of ship loose items. This inspection protects the builder from missing pieces or short items. If any items are missing the factory will deliver them or they will need to be purchased locally.
  • Lally Columns for Modular Homes - Lally columns are the support columns used to support the prefab home at the marriage wall or mate wall. Lally columns are structural steel columns filled with cement. In addition to the columns you will need plates that will spread the weight of the home on the column. If you have decided to have clear spans in the basement of your modular, you will need to have structural steel installed with a top plate.
  • Bull Dozer or Toter for Modules- The day the modules are being set, it is wise to have a bull dozer on site to move the modules close to the home's foundation. Factories often will provide a toter for a nominal fee. If the job site is hazardous or steep a bull dozer is the best solution to move the modules into position to be set.
  • Modular Home Crane - The crane will show up the morning of the set. It is recommended to order a 100 ton crane to lift the modules and place them on the foundation. Often people will ask how much does a modular home weigh? Modular homes weigh around 35 pounds per square foot. Some of the modules will weigh less depending on the components inside the home, cabinetry, bath fixtures, windows and etc.
  • Modular Home Set - The set crew is a specialized subcontractor who sets modular homes on the foundations. The day of the modular home being set, the crew prepares the modules by removing the plastic wrapping on the modules and drilling holes in the perimeter beams for the cranes cables. The modules will then be picked off the carriers and placed on the foundation one at a time. The tilt up roof will be lifted into place and the entire roof will be put into place. Gable end panels will be installed and the roof will be shingled out when the modular home is set.

Steps to Building a New Modular Home

  1. Land and Building Lot
  2. Design, Paper Work and Financing
  3. Site and Foundation Work
  4. Delivery and Set
  5. Exterior Site Work
  6. Electrical Site Work
  7. Plumbing Site Work
  8. Heating and Air Conditioning
  9. Fireplaces
  10. Interior Site Work
  11. Punch List
  12. Occupancy

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