Your Home Site Preparation Checklist

We know you’re excited for your new home, and we are excited, too! But are you really ready? What can you do to be prepared for your new home? What happens with your home site after you order your home?

Do you want to know what happens when your home site is prepared for your Clayton Built® home? Learn more with our site prep checklist!

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. While you wait for your home to go through the home building process, there are a few things that will need to be taken care of on your end 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 any necessary land improvement options and learn what needs to be done to your home site in order to prepare it for your new home. Site prep and land improvement options will be completed by qualified local contractors your home center can help you find. Check out these different land improvement options 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 your home. Although site preparation can vary, typical site preparation for your Clayton Built® home includes the following:

  1. Determine the soil conditions to ensure it is suitable for the home
  2. For homes in colder climates, determine the soil bearing capacity to make sure it will support the weight of the home and the frost line to decide how deep frost will penetrate the ground under or around the home
  3. Plan site access to ensure there are no obstacles in the way of the home’s delivery
  4. Determine the location of the home on the site and the site layout
  5. Clear the area of foliage and grade the home site for proper drainage
  6. Choose the holding capacity of ground anchors

Concrete being poured to create footers for a Clayton Built® home.

Land improvement options for manufactured homes:

No matter where your dream home will be located, there are several different land improvement options you may need to think about for your new home:

  • Installation of heating and air systems
  • Have wells drilled if necessary
  • Construction of the garage, if there is one
  • Construction of the driveway
  • Installation of electrical services
  • Installation of septic systems
  • Addition of any decks or porches

Septic tank being placed in new home site.

Site preparation for septic systems or municipal sewer connection:

Your home site will need to be properly prepared for your new home's septic or sewer system. If your home site has access to a public sewer system, and connection to that system is permitted by the municipality in which your home is sited, you may connect your home’s plumbing to the public sewer system instead. Some local governments may not allow a septic system if a public sewer system is available. Talk to your home consultant if you think your home site has access to a public sewer system.

How does terrain affect what will need to be done for site prep?

The type of land you choose for your home site can also affect some of the necessary site prep tasks. 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 may be required to be a certain distance off the ground and could require a specific type of manufactured home foundation as well as any tie-down requirements.

A professional contractor will need to make sure your site is properly crowned, meaning it is built up and properly compacted to ensure drainage goes away from your home. It is important to make sure your land is crowned to prevent flooding or water from building up inside or underneath your home.

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 help 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.

Your local home center and contractors will make sure you know about everything you need to prepare your site for your new, beautiful home.

So how is your home built? Take a look at our prefabricated home building process to see the development of our Clayton Built® homes from raw materials to a finished house.

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