There are many steps involved in the placement and set up of your new home. We handle everything from start to finish, including the permits, to make the process easy and efficient.
Site Preparation – what and who is involved
Just how complex can site preparation be? Let’s consider an increasingly common occurrence; putting a modest double-wide home on a poured foundation in an acre of semi-rural land, together with a well and a septic system. Here is a list, not in precise chronological order, of the providers involved (and the likely number of employees for each in parentheses.
Well Driller (1-2) – Drills the water well and perform the required purification tests.
Septic Engineer (1) – Performs percolation tests on land to confirm the suitability for septic system use and designs the septic system.
Bulldozer Operator (1) – Excavates and levels the foundation site.
Work crew (2) – Prepare forms for concrete foundation. They then pour, lay and tie the rebar.
Concrete pump truck Operators (1) – They pump concrete into the foundation form (which is often, but not always used).
Work crew (4) – Spreads concrete & finishes foundation surfaces.
Backhoe Operator (1) – Digs trenches for water, utilities, phone, TV, and propane.
Work Crew/Backhoe (2) – Installs 10 cu. yard dry well, fills with rock aggregate, which is connected to rainwater downspouts from the home and they then backfill.
Set-up Installer (2) – Blocks and levels the house, seals and paints exterior of home at roof joints and end seams. Connects to water, the septic system and electricity. Flushes interior trim at seams of the ceiling, marriage line and end walls and repairs stress cracks. Tests appliances.
Set-up/tape & texture (1) – Prepares the interior marriage line joints for painting, taping, and texturing. Seals any cracks in the drywall which is followed by touch-up painting the interior.
Carpet Installer (1) – Installs (or completes installation of) carpet pads and carpeting.
Rain gutters/downspouts Contractor (1) – Install gutters and downspouts.
Skirting Contractor (2) – Constructs the skirting around the house perimeter, with an access opening (to underside).
Well pump Contractor (2) – Installs the well pump, water pipes, pressure tank and electrical switches.
Work Crew (3) – Excavates for septic holding tank and leech field, then installs. They then connect to the houses septic outflow and backfills.
Local power utility district (2) – Prepares the power connection from pole or transformer at property’s edge.
Electrical Contractor (2) – Lays wire from power pole at edge of property. Installs the junction box on the exterior. Connects the wires to inside power panel and installs the meter.
Finishing work (1) – Hangs doors and adds any trim work. Checks cabinets and sets up appliances.
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Cleaning (1) – Carpets and flooring is swept and cleaned if needed. All surfaces are dusted and all stickers and plastic is removed to leave the home move-in ready.
Air Conditioning Contractor (1) – Installs the inside AC unit (or heat pump or swamp cooler) and connects the home’s inside central ventilation unit.
Telephone service (1) – Connects and buries the phone line from the terminal next to property to the exterior of the home. On the second visit, they will hook up the phone junction box to the home. They then install the inside jacks and test the phone.
TV cable (1) – If cable service is ordered (as opposed to satellite dish). They will connect the buried cable wire from the terminal at the properties corner to the cable splitter at the exterior. They then install the inside TV jacks.
Propane service (1) – Places the propane tank 30 feet from home, laying underground gas lines from tank to home and plumbs the gas connection to house.
Backfill and compaction (2) – Fills in all trenches, backfills around the foundation perimeter and compacts the moved soil.
Driveway (2) – If crushed rock or gravel is used, they haul in, spread and compact several truckloads of rock/gravel for driveway. If concrete or asphalt is used, they use construct machinery as required. The work crew may be three or more.
State Inspectors (2-3) – Visits the job site as needed to inspect and sign off on all work.
Walk through (1) – Walks through the home with the buyer to point out all appliances and their functions. Gives buyer all paperwork on appliances and home warranty information.