Setting up a manufactured or modular home

This page will help you understand what is involved in the setup of a doublewide manufactured home or modular home, after the site has been prepared. There are so many important points involved that we have given them two separate pages, this page and the one called "Installation of the home."

Unless you have experience in setting up a home, it is very highly recommended that you contract a setup crew to do this. It is hard and dangerous work. Usually, the dealership that you have purchased the home from has a crew that can do all facets of setup. HOWEVER, the details of the setup need to be explicitly spelled out before you sign any contract. Be sure you understand who is responsible for every facet of the installation and setup. As always,

  • The first and heaviest section is pulled or lifted into place.

  • The second half is carefully pulled or lifted into place and squared with the first section after it has been blocked and leveled.

  • The second section is jacked up and the two halves are aligned and pulled together and secured tightly.

  • The wheels and axles are removed along with the hitch or tongue on a manufactured home.

  • Trimwork is now ready to be started.

  • Then the home is tied down with anchors or otherwise affixed to the foundation.

  • The home is connected to the water supply.

  • Septic lines or connection to county or city sewer system is done.

  • Connection of electrical box and utility lines are then done.

  • The skirting is done on a manufactured home.

  • Steps, usually with handrails are placed.

  • Driveways and walkways are begun and completed.

  • Any landscaping can now be accomplished.

If the dealership provides a setup/trimout crew they will put up molding on the inside, finish the dry walling needed, and repair any cracks that transportation may have caused. They will finish the roof by installing and shingling over the ridgecap, put the vinyl siding on the ends of the home and join the carpets together. They check all of the doors to make sure they open and close properly and they hook up the plumbing, check and tighten plumbing lines to prevent leaks and hookup the electricity.

Progress inspections may be done periodically throughout the setup. Usually, final inspections must be completed before the the setup crew completes the job.


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