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Mobile Home Set Up

This section will deal with the placement or setting of the home where it is to be appropriately tied down. The land is ready, the driveway is in place and the home site is staked off for placement of the unit or units to be joined together.

 Set up contractor ~ Steps ~ Trim-out crew ~ Electrical hookup ~ Plumbing hookup ~ Air Conditioning or Heat pump ~ Skirting or Brick Foundation ~ Adding the estimates ~ Final Inspections ~ Moving Day

Step # 1.....In most cases you would want to employ a “setup contractor”. This is the workforce that situates your home to its final resting spot.

They physically jack the home up, level it and build the piers the frame will rest on. The piers will set on the footers, provided you chose that option in setting up the land. The contractor then ties the home to anchors that have been bored into the ground. Many states and counties allow the home owner to do this work themselves.

Personally speaking, I have set up homes before and I find this work very physically taxing especially during the summer months. Off-frame modulars are handled a little differently, the foundation needs to in place and the home is set by the use of a crane.  PS Get a written estimate.

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Step # 2..... Now to begin work inside the home we will need “steps” in place for easy access into the home. Most counties will require hand rails attached to the steps.

Remember to account for the cost of two sets of steps, three if applicable.

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Step # 3.....Unless you’re a skilled carpenter then you’re going to need a “Trim-out crew”. Their job description or punch list can be long and involved starting with adjusting the screen door plunger on your front door. In double wide setup the crew  joins the two halves of the home together.

 They put up molding on the inside, finish dry walled portions of the home and repair the cracks that transportation may have caused, sew the carpets together, put the middle row of shingles on the home and put the vinyl siding on the ends of the home. They check the doors to make sure they close properly. They check plumbing lines for tightness to prevent leaks.

 The difference between a good trim job and a bad trim job can be noticed the minute you walk into a home!

 So, I would suggest referrals in this line of work. PS Get a written estimate.

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Step # 4..... “Electrical Hookup”  Your only decisions are between underground service or overhead service, provided your local electric company provides you with that option.

You will have to call to schedule the electric company to make this connection. The electrician you hire is to connect from your house and place your service box.

Some electricians either connect the service box on a pole or on your house.  If you have a well you will need electricity run to the pump also. Use some planning if you intend on building a deck in the near future!

 PS get a written estimate!

Step # 5..... “Plumbing Hookup” You have to have water coming into the home and water flushing and draining out. Your plumber will be responsible for the water hookups coming from your home,  to your septic tank and your well or water tap-in.

Start your water tap-in progress as soon as possible to avoid delays when you’re ready to move in.  PS Get written estimates!

Step # 6..... “Air Conditioning or Heat Pump”.  Most power companies recommend heat pumps over A/C’s. They usually suggest 12 seer heat pumps with the appropriate tonnage for the space being cooled.

    Some will still argue that a gas pack is even more energy efficient and I believe them to be right, but with a gas pack you have a greater up front cost.

Depending on the location you live in, you will probably have to determine what is best for your climate. Whatever your choice, get a written estimate!

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Step # 7..... “Skirting or Brick Foundation”. Unless your financing requires a brick foundation, you can save a couple of thousand dollars on skirting your home with vinyl skirting.

Although there is no replacement for the appearance of a brick foundation, it may be something you can sacrifice for a couple of years. PS What are you supposed to get?

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Step #8......... Adding the estimates. Add all your estimates into one total then multiply the total by 15%. Add the total plus your 15% and that will cover any overage you may encounter during the set up.

If any moneys are left over after the set up, spend it on yourself, you deserve it for the hard work you have accomplished!

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Step # 9..... “Final Inspections”. This is the process by which the local government inspects your home to insure that it meets certain minimal requirements.

When the home has passed final inspections the local inspection office notifies the electric company to turn on the power and the water company to turn on your water, provided you don’t have a well.

 PS Don’t forget to call in advance for inspections. If the inspections fail call your contractor back to make the next inspection successful.

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Step # 10..... “Moving Day”, Enough said here folks! I have tried to give a basic layout of a Land/Home Deal. Although I will assure you something not mentioned in this layout will come your way due to the difference in the way local governments handle land development.

Good Luck in your Land/Home Development!

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