5 Factors that Will Make Your Site Visit a Success

image of land plots and mapsWe understand that buying a manufactured home is a big step. That’s why we put so much care into every part of the process, starting with the site visit. During our site visit, our experienced team will check where your new home will go. They will examine the land, determine where utilities like water and power will connect, and ensure nothing is in the way. This step is critical because it helps avoid surprises later on.

Land preparation costs can vary considerably, influenced by factors like the geographical location, land condition, and local regulations. These elements all play a key role in determining the total cost of preparing your manufactured home site.

The following are five important factors for your site visit because these are key factors that will influence your land preparation costs.

1. Location And Local Regulations

The expenses associated with preparing land for a manufactured home are greatly impacted by its geographical location and the building codes enforced in that area. The overall costs can vary depending on the specific requirements set by different counties for the installation of your manufactured home. In areas prone to natural disasters such as flooding, there may be a need for extra safety precautions, leading to increased expenses. Moreover, the cost can also be influenced by local zoning and land use regulations, which determine the permitted type of work and the necessary permits. Remember: Our permit desk will coordinate everything happening on your behalf. Our team would help expedite the permitting process and shrink the time-frame by tracking the process and keeping it moving so it doesn’t stall out due to additional paperwork or red tape.

2. Land Condition And Size

The size and condition of the land are essential factors in calculating the costs of preparation. Larger plots may demand additional clearing and leveling, leading to higher expenses. The type of terrain is also significant; rough or uneven land will require more effort and equipment, like excavation and grading, to establish a solid base for your manufactured home. Conversely, smaller, level plots could result in lower preparation costs due to reduced labor and equipment requirements.

3. Preparing for Delivery

The Approach to Your Property: When transporting your house to your property, it is crucial to consider potential hazards that may arise along the road. One such hazard is the presence of overhanging trees along the road, which could potentially cause damage to your house during the delivery process. Even existing trees can have an impact of your new home’s location. Trees can affect your home’s placement due to their root systems and potential growth. Additionally, there might be a power line obstructing the way, posing a risk to the safe delivery of your home. It is important to be aware of these obstructions and take appropriate measures to mitigate any potential damage to your new home and property

Soil Condition: One major factor is the soil condition, which affects the stability and foundation of your home. Different soil types can impact drainage and the home’s stability, requiring specific foundation types. While a slab foundation with concrete skirting is the most common foundation for ECM Homes, your land may require a pier, slab, crawl space, or basement.

Elevation: Elevation is also important. It can influence water runoff and accessibility during poor weather conditions—rain, sleet, snow, high winds, etc. Ensuring your home is placed at the correct elevation can prevent future water damage and ensure easy access year-round.

4. Utility Connections And Infrastructure

Setting up utility connections is a crucial aspect of land preparation expenses. The costs associated with arranging water, electricity, sewage, and internet facilities can differ greatly depending on what county your property is located in. Variables like the distance of utility lines from the location and the necessity for new setups or enhancements can have a substantial impact on the overall cost. In rural areas, for example, the installation of a septic system or a well may be necessary, further increasing the budget.

Water-Source Evaluation: Choosing between municipal water and well water is a big decision. Municipal water comes from a local utility provider. This means you don’t have to worry about maintaining it. On the other hand, well water is drawn from your land, giving you control over your supply.

During the site visit, we’ll assess the availability of municipal water or the feasibility of drilling a well. We consider factors like water quality, flow rate, and the potential need for treatment systems to ensure your home has a reliable water source.

Sewer and Septic Systems: The choice between municipal sewer and septic systems depends on your property’s location. An on-site septic system is likely the best option if your chosen lot is in a more rural area. However, if your lot is in a more populated and developed area, plans may already exist for connection to the municipal sewer.
If you require septic, we focus on soil type and percolation rates, which are critical. Proper placement is a non-negotiable to avoid future issues with your home’s foundation and ensure compliance with health regulations.

Power Connection: Making sure your home has the power it needs starts with assessing your electrical service requirements. We look at the distance from the nearest utility connections and the layout of your property to determine the best approach for electrical service installation. The further your home is from these utilities, the more complex and potentially costly the installation can be.

We’ll guide you through options for efficient power delivery. We’ll consider your immediate needs and future expansions.

5. Additional Considerations

When planning for land preparation expenses, it is essential to take into account any possible hidden costs or unforeseen expenditures. These could involve environmental impact evaluations, extra landscaping needs, or unexpected construction obstacles. It is recommended to set aside a contingency budget to address these unknowns. A budget usually ranging from 10-20% of the overall projected cost.

Helpful Tip: Assemble any relevant documents you have such as land deeds, surveys, or permits. Or any site plan that someone might have drawn up. These documents will help us understand the specifics of your property. And so we can see any property line setback requirements.

Let’s Get Ready!

Preparing for your site visit with ECM Homes is an exciting step towards placing your new manufactured home. So be sure to ask questions, lots of questions and be open with any concerns. We are here to help you turn your dream home into a reality. You can download a pdf of our 5 factor list to use as a guideline.