From making sure the land is cleared to building options like a garage or driveway, we’re taking a look at what you may need to consider to get your home site ready for when your home is delivered.
Once you’ve chosen your manufactured home floor plan and finalized your purchase with your local home center, including getting financing, the Clayton facility that’s building your home will receive the order for it. And while you’re waiting for your home to be built, you’ll want to make sure your land is ready for delivery and final installation.
Each home site is unique, so your exact preparation steps will vary. While you’re buying your home, you will work with your home consultant on what needs to be done to prepare your home site, so you can feel confident about both the costs and time estimates involved with each step. Home site prep and land improvement options can be completed by local contractors your home center can help you find.
A properly prepared home site is vital to the quality and durability of your home. Your local home center can help you figure out what will need to be done in your specific situation, but typical site preparation for a new manufactured home includes:
The type of land can also affect some of the site prep tasks that will need to be taken care of. For example, the preparation can vary if your land receives a lot of rain, is in a hilly area or is in a cold climate. The terrain type can affect details like:
A professional contractor will also need to make sure your site is properly crowned, which means that the soil is built up and properly compacted to ensure any drainage goes away from your home. It is important to make sure your land is crowned to help prevent flooding or water from building up inside or underneath your home.
While your home site is being prepared, it’s also time to think about any land improvement options you may want or need. These may vary based on your location, budget or home setup. Some common ones include:
Your home site also will need to be properly prepared for your new home's sewer or septic system. If your home site has access to a public sewer system, and connection to that system is permitted by the municipality your home will be located in, you can connect your home’s plumbing to the public sewer system. Some local governments may not allow a septic system if a public sewer system is available. Your home consultant can help you figure out which option best fits your specific situation.
Once your home has been built and the site is ready for it, the home can be delivered. To make sure the final on-site installation process is completed as smoothly as possible, you may need to work with your home center to hire contractors for tasks like:
Then, the final setup and inspections can take place, and it will be time for move-in day! At Clayton, we know the process of purchasing a new home can seem complicated and overwhelming. That’s why our experienced home center consultants will be there to help support you through every step, from choosing the right floor plan for you to welcoming you home. Looking for more information about homeownership? You can check out our Studio blog for all kinds of helpful tips.