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Local Finishing Work for Modular Homes
When people think of a factory built modular home they may think that the home will arrive completely constructed. This is not the case. The factory can prefabricate over 90% of the home but there will still be a good list of finishing work that will be needed. This finishing work will make the difference between having a dream home and a nightmare house that you wish lightning would strike so you can collect the insurance and walk away from it. Here is a run down of some common finishing tasks for modular homes.
Repair Drywall Cracks
No one likes discussing this but it is the truth there will may be some cracks in the drywall of a modular home after it has been transported to your building site. A traditional stick built home will develop drywall cracks as the home settles. Since a modular home is transported over roads those drywall cracks are simply exposed sooner. The good news is that since they are exposed sooner they are also able to be addressed and fixed sooner. Your local builder will take care of any possible drywall cracks before you even move in.
Since your home will be arriving in several pieces, your local builder will need to finish sealing it on-site. The factory will have sealed the modules with housewrap making it energy efficient and protecting the wood framing from water exposure that may get under the siding. There is still alot of little gaps that need to be caulked and sealed. We are talking about caulking around the vents for your roof and laundry room. Also special attention should be made to where your plumbing connections are made for your water and sewer lines. By sealing these little spaces your modular home will gain significant energy efficiency benefits.
Some of your exterior walls will not have siding or will arrive with large gaps of siding. These gaps are where they modules with meet also known as the marriage wall. To avoid have a visible vertical line on the side of your home, the manufacturer intentionally does not completely finish the siding on your home. Instead the modular manufacturer will send some of the siding material from the factory to the building site so your local builder can put in place over the seam of the marriage wall. By doing this your marriage wall seam will forever be hidden from view and your siding will match around the house since it will all come from the same source.
Installing Exterior Trim & Attic Vents
To safely transport your home and also maximize the interior space, the modular factory will often not install the exterior trim and other finish material. By doing this they can make your modules are a few feet wider which makes your open spaces alot more open which is what makes everyone happy. The crane will set the modules in place and lift the roof (which is transported hinged & flat) into place. At this point your local builder will install the exterior trim which is provided by the modular factory. Since the roof is transported flat & hinged the local builder will add the final shingles to it to hide the hinge seam. The local builder will also add gable end soffits at this point.
Installing Interior Trim & Carpeting
Modular home factories will install most of the interior trim but they will be unable to able to interior trim at the marriage wall. This trim can only be installed once the modules are placed together on the permanent foundation. The factory will include extra trim inside the module so your local builder can match the baseboard and crown molding that was used in your other rooms. Also the local builder will finish any carpeting at this point to finish making the interior of the house seamless.
HVAC is the fancy way of saying your heating, ventilation and air conditioning. The local builder will take care of making the connection between your new home and the local neighborhood pipes for your water and sewage needs. If you do not have nearby municipal services your local builder will connect you to your won water well and septic system. They will also make sure that the connections between each module to ensure that the heat from your furnace will flow to all rooms and that the upstairs bathtub will flow through the pipes to the outside. Needless to say it is not fun when an inexperienced person forgets to make these connections and you have no heat or worse yet your bathtub drains into your dining room ceiling.
This was just a list of common tasks. Each modular home manufacturer will ship their home in different phases of completion. In general the more upscale your modular home is, the more finishing work will be handled at your building site. This allows for more customization and more fancy appearances. Don't worry about the finishing work. If you pick a good local builder they will make sure your modular home turns into your dream home. If you pick an unproven or inexperienced local builder, please do not blame us for the headaches you will likely face.
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