The preparation of the site for a new manufactured home must be completed according to the manufacturer’s specifications by a competent contractor.
When you choose the location, a building permit must be obtained before any site work can begin. Subsequent inspections will make certain that the site is properly graded and that there are no areas where water can collect and be prevented from being properly diverted. Once the site is properly graded, the ground will need to be checked for support.
Soil conditions and the bearing capacity of the ground are critical to the proper installation of the foundation system. A site that does not have proper ground support can lead to many construction defects in the future, such as:
- Bowed floors & walls
- Cracked walls & ceilings
- Defective doors & windows
Check with your local code official and ask about the frost depth in your area. The frost depth is important to the support of your home because the installer must place pier footings or a crawlspace/full foundation to support your home. To protect the pier or foundation footings from frost, they must be installed below the maximum frost penetration level.
Once grading is inspected and the foundation system is placed, it’s time for your home to be delivered to the property.