Picture this: you’ve placed your home order with your home center, your order has been confirmed with the home building facility, your home is being constructed and you’re anxiously awaiting the day you can move in to your own slice of the world called home. While you wait for your home to complete the home building process, there are a few things that will need to be taken care of on your home site in preparation for your new home to be delivered.
Each home site is unique, so land improvement options and site prep tasks will vary for every new homeowner. During your home buying process, you will work with your home consultant to choose land improvement options and learn what all needs to be done to your home site to get it ready for your new home. Site prep and land improvement options will be completed by local contractors that your home center will help you find. Check out these different land improvement options that you should think about before your home arrives!
How is a manufactured home site prepared?
A properly prepared home site is vital to the quality and durability of a manufactured home. Although site preparation can vary, typical site preparation for a manufactured home includes the following:
- Plan site access to ensure there are no obstacles in the way of delivery
- Determine the location of the home on the site and the site layout
- Clear the area of foliage and grade the home site for proper drainage
- Determine the soil conditions to ensure it is suitable
- Determine the soil bearing capacity to make sure it will support the weight of the home and frost line to decide how deep frost will penetrate the ground under or around the home
- Choose the holding capacity of ground anchors
Land improvement options for manufactured homes
No matter where your dream home is going to be, there are a couple of different land improvement options you may want to think about for your new home.
- Installation of heating and air systems
- Have wells dug
- Construct garages
- Construct driveways
- Installation of electrical services
- Installation of septic systems
- Addition of decks or porches
Site preparation for septic systems or municipal sewer connection
Your home site will need to be properly prepared for the septic system of your new home. A professional contractor will need to make sure your site is properly crowned meaning it is built up and properly compacted to ensure that drainage goes away from your home. It is important to make sure your land is crowned to prevent flooding or water to build up inside or underneath your home.
If your home site has access to a city sewage system and connection to that system is permitted by the municipality in which your home is sited, you may also connect your home’s plumbing to the city sewage system. Talk to your home consultant if you think your home site has access toa city sewage system.
How does terrain affect what will need to be done for site prep?
The type of land you choose for your home site will also affect some of the site prep tasks that will need to occur. Parts of your site prep can vary depending on whether you live in a mountainous, swampy, plain, desert or farmland area. The type of terrain you live on can affect things like:
- The type of footers your home needs – your terrain will affect the density of the soil, which determines the depth and dimensions of the footing design.
- Seismic zone – the seismic zone your home site is located in can also affect the design of your footers to ensure your home is stabilized for your seismic zone.
- Flood zone – Depending on your flood zone, your home will be required to be a certain distance off the ground and could require a specific type of manufactured home foundation as well as tie-down requirements.
Curious about home foundations and home anchoring systems? Check out the Clayton Blog for more information!
Other things you may need to hire contractors for
To make sure your on-site construction is completed as smoothly as possible, you may need to work with your home center to hire contractors to handle the following tasks:
- Securing a route for your home to be moved to your home site. This might mean having your city or county block off a transportation route for the date and time your home will be moved.
- Securing transportation of your home. Your home consultant can guide you on how the home will be moved to your site.
- Checking your transportation route for anything that may block the way as you get closer to the delivery date such as tree limbs that could be in the way or anything else that could be a problem.
Your local home center and contractors will make sure you have everything you need to prepare your site for your new, beautiful manufactured or modular home. You can learn more about the prefabricated home building process on Learn!