Modular Building Process and How to Get Started
Modular building has been in practice since the early 1900s. This building method provides a number of advantages over the “traditional” site-built homes including a faster building schedule and a higher quality end product. With your home built in a climate-controlled environment, you will benefit from simultaneous building in the factory and at the site of your home.
Work with your financing source to plan for the construction of your modular home. Plan to assemble all financial documents for your lender.
Work with your realtor to find the perfect site/lot for your future modular home!
Planning Details & Foundation Prep
You can view a few different modular home styles in our gallery. Once you find a type of home that will best suit the needs of you and your family, use MHBA’s Find a Builder tool to locate a modular home builder near you. Once you have chosen your builder, they will discuss home plans with you.
Once you have finalized your home plans with the builder, they will complete the plans necessary for the building permits.
After permits are obtained, your builder’s subcontractors will begin prepping the foundation of your lot, unless this has already been done. During the foundation prep, your home is put into production with the manufacturer.
Transport of Modules & Home Set
The modules that make up your new home are carefully delivered to your site in preparation of the actual set of the home.
Your builder’s set crew carefully lifts each module into place and secures it to the foundation. At the end of the day your home is set, secured and weather tight on the foundation ready for completion by the builder.
Exterior & Interior Finishing
Now that your home is set, the builder can get started on the completion process. Electrical, plumbing and heating connections are completed. Exterior siding is completed along with porches, decks, patios, walkways and garages. Some minor interior carpentry and drywall button up is completed prior to the installation of floor coverings and kitchen appliances. Outside, the builder is completing sewer and water connections along with final grade and seeding the lawn.
Wrap Up & Clean Up
To ensure your new home is ready for you to move in, a clean up crew will get rid of any construction materials left behind. Since most of the construction is done in a factory there is much less waste on-site. Waste is eliminated by recycling materials, controlling inventory and protecting building materials.
On–site completion of the home often ranges from 90 to 120 days, contingent upon the size of the home and the options and house design selected.
Now that your home is completed it is ready for a final inspection of the local building department who will ensure the home was completed to all the State and local Building Codes and Practices.
Once the inspections are completed a Certificate of Occupancy is issued and you are now able to move into your new modular home.
Article credit to Modular Home Builders Association