Month: July 2020

Safety Checks for Potential Buyers of Modular Homes

Getting into homeownership is always tricky. There are lots of nuances for buyers of modular homes to look into, from pricing to land, to permits. Before buying a home, it is important to look into what it means to go modular. Safety checks help you decide if buying a mod home is right for you. Don’t just jump into buying a home before you read these important steps.


Modular home permits and safety inspections are different than brick and mortar homes. You will have to submit blueprints of the small prefab homes for approval before construction. Be sure the place you buy from has proper permits and do your own inspections to make sure mechanical, plumbing, and electrical all work wells before signing on the dotted line.

Inspection Time

Most modular homes are not built on site. They are brought in and put on the site after being constructed in the factory. Often they look like regular homes but they are pre-made. Inspections typically happen before they are brought to the final destination. Inspections happen every step of the way to make sure they will withstand all conditions outside. Insulation, plumbing, roofing, and framing are subject to inspection in the factory before ever leaving the premises. Make sure you look into the provider you chose to ask how they do inspections and talk to them about permits. Look over their track record and make sure they have everything done before you finalize the move.

Foundation Approval

You might have to do soil engineering tests and submit them for inspection. You can dream your modular home into existence but you still have to pass inspection. The local building inspector and authorities may inspect the foundation of the home to make sure it meets certain codes. Talk to the homebuilder about grading and get a clear idea of how much money you have to spend.

On-Site Inspection

Today is the day you move your home on-site. Make sure you check all hookups to sewer, power, and water. This inspection makes sure your mod home is structurally sound and meets all the codes. There may be a few more inspections but this is the final space where you get to check things out and make sure all is well. The local authorities are the final arbiter when it comes to making sure everything passes inspection.

Check with the builder prior to going through the motions and make sure you have extra money set aside in case additional changes have to be made. If the home does not pass inspection, you don’t want to be caught in the rain, so to speak. Have some extra money set aside for any ‘extras’ and make sure you talk to the builder all the way through the process. Open communication can avoid many headaches down the line.

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Why Mod Home Landscaping is Easier Than Ever

Creativity is not limited to artists or musicians. Landscaping is also an art, especially when you’re dealing with a mod home. With spring on the way and summer coming, now is a good time to fix up your home and give it a unique look all your own. Many homeowners are able to transform the look of their house with just a few little landscape changes. Try some of these trendy (and not so trendy) mod home landscaping ideas to spruce things up this season.

Plant Up, Not Out

Every modular homeowner has a unique plot of land. Maybe it is not the greatest for planting lots of things or perhaps it is on the smaller side. Whatever your lawn looks like, planting up is a good alternative to planting out. Vertical gardening is having a renaissance moment in landscaping circles. Hang some potted plants for a different esthetic. Vertical gardens can grow up on a trellis to capture a creative vibe.

Changing Heights

When you get bored with what you’re doing, why not try some variety. Change heights, going vertical in some places and out in others (if possible). Look for flower beds closer to the home for a good border. Openings and doorways are a good place to go higher. Hastas and thyme work well in the pathway up to your home because they are shorter, yet add something to the aesthetic.

Pergolas add a bit of pop with climbing vines or ivy to entryways. With a deck, a trellis may also add some shade to enjoy the outdoors. The more intention you put into your mod home landscaping, the more you will begin to see the fruit of that as the flowers bloom and neighbors and friends comment on how nicely you’ve landscaped your space.

Step it Up

It may not seem like a big deal, but rocks and stone can really add some style to your mod home. Even if it is just some pavers up to the steps or a little rock garden. They are a common trend to line flower beds and bases of trees. A popular trend is also to install a fire pit. This makes the yard feel welcoming and homey. If this is permitted, look into it, even if you have to buy a little gas-lit fire pit, pave around it and make it as nice as you want to invite friends over for a little weenie roast or some s’mores.

No matter what you decide to do, it will add some variety and intrigue to your place. If you live close to others or have lots of lands, it is nice to do some yard work, gets you outside, and gives you a chance to flex some creative muscle while building something nice to enjoy all season long.

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