Perhaps one of the most important steps of site preparation before your home arrives is connecting the utilities correctly. First, know whether or not you need utility taps on that property. If you need these taps on the property, contact your local municipality and speak with the person in charge of installing new taps.
Next, you will need to discuss the septic system your new home will need to be attached. The following questions need to be answered:
- Is the property connected to the municipal sewage system?
- Does the property need a septic tank?
- Is there already a septic tank on the property?
- Do we have the space to install the septic tank?
If a septic tank needs installed, or if there is already a septic tank on the property, your general contractor will need to test the ground to see if the septic can be installed or if the current one is in good condition and can remain where it is. Keep in mind, the price for installing a septic system is not included in excavating costs.
You will need to answer the same questions about the water hookups. Unlike your septic system, however; if there is already a well on the property, the ground will not need to be tested again.
Heating, air conditioning, gas hookups and electricity are all installed once the home arrives on the property and is assembled. The heat and air conditioning will often be handled by the general contractor. It’s important, though, to discuss the installation of an attic ventilation fan or a full home ventilation system because new modular homes are built airtight so heating during cold weather can cause condensation inside the home. The gas and electric are typically left to you to manage. Contact your local utilities, open an account, and schedule a time and day for service to be installed before you move in.