Modular Home Project Management
What Does a Project Manager Do?
You don't need to swing a hammer, but you do need to work the phone. If you want to save serious money and don't mind organizing, planning schedules, and making phone calls to follow up, then this is a job for you. Being your own GC is not for everyone. If you work full-time and/or do not live in the immediate vicinity of the project you may need to hire a professional project manager to oversee on-site completion of their new home.
Steps in the Building Process
Obtain Quotes from Subcontractors
Obtain written quotes from your subcontractors. Banks require written quotes from subcontractors even if you are doing the work yourself. Here's a partial list of "subs" you'll need to obtain quotes from: Excavator, Concrete Contractor, Well Company, Plumber, Electrician, Carpenter, Landscaper, etc.
Obtain building permit from your city or town. Your modular home dealer will provide plans and specifications required by your town. Some localities require third-party "stamped" plans which cost several hundred dollars. Ask your building inspector if "stamped" plans are required. Note that stamped plans may take a month or more to acquire. Do not begin your project until the building permit has been issued.
Contact a septic system designer. The designer will dig test pits, design the septic plan, and submit the plans to the property authority for review and approval. If city/town sewer is available you will not need a septic system. Check with your building inspector regarding hook-up fees and procedures.
Contact an excavator to excavate foundation and create driveway; install septic system, grade disturbed areas, and spread loam.
Pour Foundation and Basement Floor
Concrete contractor will set form, pour footings and walls, and pour basement floor.
Contact foundation coating company to coat basement walls to seal before backfilling foundation. Do try to save money here by doing the job yourself. Spend the extra money and have a waterproof coating applied by a pro.
Contact well company to drill well, install pump and pressure tank, bring water line into basement. If city/town water is available you will not need a well. Check with your building inspector regarding hook-up fees and procedures.
Contact plumber to hookup gas oil fired boiler (provided by plumber), hookup all plumbing and heating lines.
Contact electrician to install 200-amp panel (shipped with house), hookup electrical system to service.
Carpenter (or homeowner) to install interior doors on "marriage wall", build basement stairs, touch-up drywall and complete other work as needed.
Build decks and/or porches (material provided by homeowner). Install walks, plant grass and shrubbery.
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