Initial Considerations

budget

Budget

Figuring out how much money you are willing to put towards the project is the first step to take. Normally when starting a large endeavor like building a house one hesitates about whether it is the right choice to invest a large amount of money into a single project. This hesitation often causes one to either step back or drop out amidst the process. That’s why it is so important to set a goal from the beginning and know beforehand how much money you are ready to spend and how far extra you can cover in order to add all the options you want in your home.

Keep in mind that depending on the model of house that you choose and how you modify the different options available to you the price will change. It is always good to determine the number of bedrooms and bathrooms you want in your new house. The final price will be agreed upon once the floor plan is submitted for review and before the purchase occurs.

In case you require financial assistance we advice you to meet with your preferred lending institution to find out what you qualify for within your current financial status. And we highly recommend that you get pre-approved, that way when the time comes it will make it a lot smoother for you.


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Time-frame

Now that you have your money separated and your budget outlined it is time to consider when do you want your new home. Once again, set a goal. The process of choosing a home and deciding on the options is a lengthy one, and the time it takes is largely dependent on the buyer’s ability to make final choices regarding the design of their ideal home.

When considering your time-frame remember the following:

  • Choosing a design & modifying options: (1 month) although it depends on your decisions, we aim to complete the design phase within a month of starting the process. That way you can sit back and relax knowing that you did your part. Don’t worry, we will keep you updated every step of the way, and present to you the different options to fit your budget.
  • Submitting floor plan for review: (1 to 2 weeks) add at least two extra weeks, depending on the builder, for the final floor plan to be reviewed and the information on the total price to arrive.
  • House construction and delivery: (2 to 2 1/2 months) once the contract is signed, the time it takes from the moment the construction begins to the moment the house sections are delivered to the site is approximately from 2 months to 2 1/2 months.
  • Setup after delivery: (1 day) upon arrival, the sections are assembled onto the foundation. Depending on the number of sections that make the house this process can normally be completed within a day.
  • On-site options finishing: (2 months) after setup, the finishing work begins and, depending on the options, and if there are no delays the final work can take at least 2 months.

Keeping in mind the time it takes for the whole process to happen (roughly 5 to 6 months), now it is time to decide when do you want to have your home built. Make a realistic estimate before that time and then visit us to get you started. Consider all these time-frames to be estimates rather than an actual timetable. It is important that you don’t put yourself in a position where you have to vacate your current residence while the project is still ongoing. Do not make moving arrangements until you have been cleared to take ownership of the new home. Also, do not base your short-term plans on the construction schedule. The project pace could always be affected by unforeseen delays that may throw your plans off. We can always help you with any doubts or questions you have regarding the process.


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Land

These are some of the questions to consider regarding the location of your future home.

  • Do you have a place to put a house?
  • Is it a lot in town?
  • Do you own farmland?
  • Are you near a lake?
  • Is it accessible?
  • Is there a water supply serving the property?
  • Is there an already built sewer connection or septic system?
  • Are there utilities available to the property?

Surface and underground:
Each land requires a different approach to ensure best results during and after construction. Depending on the type of soil and general ground conditions, costs for excavation may increase. Variables such as whether or not the lot is flat, the presence of boulders, underground rock, clay, and other geographical factors can add up to the costs.

Accessibility:
The size of the land, along with your budget, will determine how big of a house you can build. The accessibility and location will be important factors to discuss before the time comes to deliver the home. Remember, modular homes are not built on site, they are constructed in a factory and then shipped in sections to the final destination where they are set up on their permanent foundation. At some point during the process we will visit the location to make sure delivery and setup can be performed smoothly.

Water supply:
As a very important part of our lives, water is perhaps one of the first things to separate a budget for. Connecting your house to an existing public water system will bring variable costs depending on the distance to the main water line. In the case of a water well, the cost will depend mainly on the depth of the water table and the type of soil being drilled on.

Sewage:
Certain considerations have to be taken when dealing with the sewage for your new property. As with the water lines, connecting your house to an existing city sewer system will bring variable costs depending on the distance to the sewer line. On the other hand, a septic system requires excavation for the underground septic tank. Different sizes of septic tank will determine how often you have to call to drain it. Both options must comply with local regulations and environmental safety precautions.

Utilities:
Although for a long time the norm has been to have cables from a pole to deliver electricity to your house, now a days electricity lines are normally underground. You might want to weigh the pros and cons of either underground or suspended electrical lines. Each option will have its benefits and limitations and carry their own installation costs. Another utility to remember are gas lines. Even if you are not planning on using gas in your house, the fact of having the gas lines built-in will improve the value of your home.

With all basic services, if they are already available for the site then hooking up the house to the services in most cases is a much simpler expense. We are unable to suggest a base budget for these expenses due to their variability. We will evaluate every project on an individual basis, but you can be sure that we will be more than happy to help you understand the costs involved in your particular case.


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Foundation

Whether it is poured concrete, insulated concrete form, permanent wood foundation or a simple crawl space, the foundation is an integral part of the construction process. It is also the very first thing to be built on-site before the arrival of the home.

Choose a foundation that meets your needs and your budget. Your modular home will be permanently set, unlike other types of constructions like manufactured homes. It is not a requirement to have a basement under your home, but it certainly increases your living space and adds value to the property once completed.

The minimum requirement for our modular homes is a 4′ deep crawl space. The extra space is required since the heating, electrical and plumbing, all run below the structure. And the supports for the home must go below the frost line to hold the base of the building in place.


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