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Modular Home Sweat Equity Package Benefits
Until the late nineteenth century, most structures were built on site. As the population of United States began to grow so did the need for affordable housing. Industrialized factory built homes became popular because they could be constructed 40% faster than stick built homes. Practicality and price also became a factor; the ability to mass-produce housing materials lessened the manufacturing costs, passing the savings onto the modern consumer. Factory built homes presented precut and fitted materials shipped by railroads and trucks.
The production line technique incorporated skilled workers to construct all of the components of the single-family home with precision and speed. From 1908 until 1940, Sears, Roebuck and Company took advantage of this new housing market and sold more than 100,000 homes through their mail-order Modern Homes catalogs. The Sears Modern Homes catalogs advertised three lines of homes, meant to satisfy all of their customers’ financial means: Honor Bilt, Standard Built, and Simplex Sectional. The majority of these factory built homes are still lived in today.
Nearly all house construction today uses some kind of mass-produced, factory built components, such as: drywall, pre-hung windows and doors, roof trusses, floor joists, baseboard trim, and kitchen and bath cabinets. Factory assembly lines provide consistency in product quality as specialists in all fields of construction fabricate the building's components.
Today factory homes are called modular homes; they are built by hand as well as by machine. The use of modern technology and factory production systems have enhanced the factory built home construction process, but the main components have stayed the same: experienced carpenters, electricians, roofers, and plumbers all contributing their part for the greater whole.
Advantages of Sweat Equity and Modular Home Packages
You can find savings on your new modular home to be around 10% to 30% by choosing a sweat equity package. Sweat equity packages are offered Some of the attractive features of a sweat equity package are as follows:
The first time is when we go over your prints, to make sure they are exactly the way you want them. The second visit is to make sure the foundation is in and there are no obstructions in the way of the crane or where the home will be. The third visit is while the home is being set. I personally supervise ALL of our sets, no matter where they are. You are not just dealing with someone who works in a company, you are dealing with the OWNER.
Also, not only are we never as far away as the phone, but we are also always able to meet with you face to face to make sure your dream home is just the way you want it! After you compare us with the other guys. I think you will find our quality, attention to detail, availability (via our office phone, cell phone and email), friendly working relationship, pricing, and on site face to face visits, will separate us from the rest. Give us a call today: 866-557-1984!
Benefits of Sweat Equity Modular Construction
1.) Volume purchasing. We have four factories buying literally thousands of toilets sinks and tubs. We get a better price and pass that along to you! All options on your home are factory direct cost.
2.) No material goes to waste! With everything built to your plans and our specifications that optimizes our ability to avoid waste.
3.) Lower labor cost. Certain things cost less is other parts of the US. (example: a cheeseburger cost less in central PA than it does in New York City, Chicago or Miami).
4.) Quality control. Our homes are inspected by a 3rd independent party to make sure you home is built exactly the way you want it! And, our factories inspect the homes at each station during the manufacturing process. You will see this when you visit the factory.
NOTE: If applicable, some of the following items are supplied, and need to be installed by the Owner:
∑ Local building permits, site inspections and impact fees.
∑ Trash container & removal & portable toilet facility.
∑ Appliances (if not included in Modular Home Place’s specifications proposal)
∑ HVAC equipment and duct installation.
∑ Exterior decks, porches and steps installation.
∑ Installation of shipped loose chandeliers & light globes.
∑ Installation of shipped loose siding.
∑ Installation of Interior shipped loose trim finish & door installation (if applicable).
∑ Repair of interior sheetrock finish stress cracks and mate-line areas (if applicable).
∑ On site electrical, telephone, alarm devices & connections.
∑ On site plumbing connections under home, connecting waste & water.
∑ Concrete foundations, perimeter stem wall, termite treatment and soil erosion.
∑ Sidewalks, canopies, parking areas, fencing, site restoration and landscaping.
∑ Excavation, soil compaction test, level and accessible site.
All proposals are based upon the home being installed on a level foundation, concrete mate-line footings, piers, pylon type or similar and accessibility for delivery by truck and crane installation.
Keep in mind, if you need help locating a local contractor or subcontractor, to complete/finish the work above, please contact us!
We will help you with every aspect of your home if needed, free of charge!
Thank you for visiting Modular Home Place, our toll free number is 1-866-557-1984. We have manufacturing facilities located in various states, to easily provide service to any and all of our areas. CLICK HERE FOR OUR COVERAGE AREA.. Our manufacturing facilities are in the following states: Pennsylvania, Georgia, Wisconsin, and Utah. If you would like to email us please use the following: email@example.com
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Step 1 - Land and Building Lot
1. Purchase Building Lot
2. Clear Title (if not already owned)
3. Accessible to Modular Transporter (conduct site accessibility study)
4. conduct prior to purchase if not already owned
5. Perk / Probe Test (or public sewer if available)
6. conduct prior to purchase if not already owned
7. Land Surveyed (if not already owned)
1. Step 2 - Forms/Procedures/Permits
3. Select Modular Model, Options
4. Develop and Finalize Prints, Plans, Options, Finishes and Specs
5. Contracts Signed
6. Sign-Off on Plans and Specs
7. Secure Financing
8. Set Target Occupancy Date
9. Issue Deposit
10. Establish Construction Activities/Schedule
11. Obtain and Post Permits
17. Application for Gas/Electrical Service
18. Site Survey (stake out)
1. Step 3 - Foundation and Site Work
2. Order Steel Beams and Columns
3. Deliver Dumpster and Port-a-potty
4. Site Preparation, Remove Obstacles
5. Layout and Excavation
6. Form Footings
7. Pour Footings
8. Footing Inspection
9. Install Footing Drains and Basement Stone
10. Install Under-Slab Utilities
11. Block Delivery/Foundation Systems
12. Construct/Install Foundation Walls
13. Inspect Foundation Drains
14. Apply Foundation Damp-Proofing and Vapor Barrier
15. Install Anchor Clips/Bolts, Sill Plate and Sealer
16. Install Sump Pump Crock and Rough Plumbing
17. Install Basement Windows
18. Install Foundation Drain Tile and Cover
19. Prep Opening in Floor for Posts/Support Columns
20. Pour Basement Floor
21. Backfill Foundation for Set Day
1. Step 4 - Site Preparation
2. Foundations and Footings are Completed
3. Foundation is Square and Level
4. Foundation and Footings have passed Inspection
5. Obstacles for Crane and Transporters have been Removed
6. Access Route for Crane and Transporters is planned
7. Crane Pad is Ready and Firm
8. Set Crew and Crane Schedules are Confirmed
9. Bulldozer and Operator Scheduled and Confirmed
10. Utility Crews have been Scheduled for Turn-off / Turn-on (if applicable)
11. Weather Forecast for Set Day looks Adequate
12. Payment for Delivery Day Confirmed and Available
1. Step 5 - Set Day
2. Modules Delivered/Received
3. Unwrap Modules
4. Check Inventory of Ship-Loose Materials
5. Mark Mating Lines on the Foundation
6. Locate Pick-Points on the Modules, Prepare for Lifting
7. Module Set
8. Fasten and Check Modules
9. Prepare Mating Surfaces
10. Prepare Wires, Pipes, Ducts and Stairs
11. Posts/Support Columns Set/Installed
12. Stairs to Basement Set/Installed
13. Lift Jointed Roof Sections with Crane
14. Lift Dormers and Other Roof Elements
15. Make the Home Weather-Tight and Secure
16. Sign Set-Release
1. Step 6 - Interior Electrical
2. Install Circuit Breaker Box
3. Install Meter Box, Conduit Master, Service Entrance Cable & Basement Cable
4. Connect Wiring of Modular Units and Tie-In to Junction Box
5. Connect Service in Garage and Outbuildings if Applicable
6. Install Sump Pump
7. Install 220v Service for Range/Dryer
8. Electrical Inspection
1. Step 7 - Plumbing
2. Drill/Install Well & Pump or Hook-Up to Public System
3. Install/Inspect Septic and Drainage Systems of Hook-Up to Public Systems
4. Install Shower Doors
5. Install Supply and Drain Lines/Connect to Stubbing
6. Install Gas Pipes to Range/Dryer/Water Heater if Applicable
7. Check and Tighten Shut-Off Valves
8. Plumbing Inspection
1. Step 8 - Heating and Air Conditioning
2. Install/Connect AC System
3. Install Oil Tank and Line to Furnace if Applicable
4. Install Electric Water Heater and Connect to Breaker Box
5. Connect Chimney Flue Into Furnace
6. For Baseboard Electrical Heat, Connect Circuits at Junction Box Vent Dryer
7. Install Security System
8. Connect Central Vac System
9. Mechanical Inspection
1. Step 9 - Interior Finishing
2. Finish/Patch Drywall
3. Paint Interior Walls
4. Finish Interior Trim and Doors/Adjust
5. Install or Seam Vinyl, Hardwood, Laminate or Carpeting at Mate Wall(note: install hard surfaces (ceramic, hardwood, laminate, etc) before soft flooring (carpeting)
1. Step 10 - Exterior Finish and Button Up
2. Siding Completed
3. Masonry Work Completed
4. Prime, Paint or Stain Exterior Surfaces
5. Install Shutters
6. Install Chimney Stack
7. Install Gutters and Downspouts
8. Optional Garages Completed
9. Optional Porches, Decks and Patios Completed
10. Complete Garage Floors, Steps, Service Walks, etc
1. Step 11 - Exterior Completion
2. Install Exterior Lights and Bulbs
3. Finish Grading
5. Exterior Clean-Up
1. Step 12 – Closing
2. Punch List
3. Final Clean-up - Remove Dumpsters & Port-a-potty
4. Walk Through with Customer
5. Final Building Inspection
6. Occupancy Permit
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