Manufactured homes are attractive investments, in part because they are a lot cheaper than site-built homes. Before moving manufactured homes on site, there are a number of tasks that must be completed. And you might be the one on the hook.
Before Placing New Manufactured Homes on Site: Who Gets the Area Ready?
The builders of manufactured homes ensure that the structures are up to code. The transporting company warrants that moving manufactured homes will not result in any problems. Yet unless the soon-to-be homeowner contracts with a service provider to get the home’s target destination prepared, moving day may bring some unwelcome surprises.
Tip: Consumers should ask the makers of manufactured homes if they provide crews to ready the building site. In some cases this service is available – for a charge – or the manufacturer may have a list of trusted contractors. The same might also hold true for the transporting company.
Ensure Site Accessibility
This task cannot be outsourced and it is up to the consumer to ensure that the trucks moving manufactured homes pieces have ready access to the building site. For most residential areas and even manufactured homes communities, this is not a problem. For the consumer who enjoys living on a secluded mountain property, this could translate into additional labor, such as road widening, boulder removal and tree felling.
Basic Tasks That Must Be Completed Before Moving the Homes on Site
An easy DIY task: site clearance
Unless the target site is beset with old tree stumps and huge boulders, future homeowners can easily do this clearance. Remove rocks; clean up debris and dig up bushes and other vegetation that will be in the way of moving manufactured homes pieces into position.
Leveling, grading and sloping
Manufactured homes require soil that is sufficiently sloped to allow rainwater to run off. Skimp here, and the odds are good that the foundation will suffer copious water damage. This is generally a job for a contractor.
New manufactured homes that are moved on site for the first time require a well-compacted surface. Do not rely on personal equipment and skills for this task but hire a contractor with heavy machinery. Could you do it cheaper? Sure, but there is no telling how the soil will shift when the home gets moved; in addition, gradual settling may result in unsightly cracks. Do it right the first time.
Remember the Building Inspector!
After moving manufactured homes and installing them on site, the area has to be inspected by the building inspector. Consumers must remember not to allow contractors to go ahead with backfilling until the inspector gives the green light.