What A General Contractor Does
The general contractor in charge of constructing a traditional, or “stick,” home, is responsible for the proper completion of all from digging and pouring the foundation to positioning and erecting the frame and walls, to installing the floors, ceilings and roof. The general contractor must also take care of the electrical wiring, plumbing, and climate-control systems. The carpeting, cabinetry, and wall finishes as well as the closest are also the responsibility of the general contractor.
What A Modular Home Builder Does (And Doesn’t) Do
What does a modular home builder do? The modular home builder, like the general contractor, sees that the home;’ foundation is dig and poured in time to be ready when the sections of your modular home arrive at your building site. While he is awaiting their arrival, he spends time digging and pouring the foundations for the other modular homes he is building.
The modular home builder can do this because modular homes are constructed of modules which have factory-installed walls, ceilings, and floors, all together the sanitary conditions of a climate-controlled facility. Every detail of every module has been designed by a computer so that all the modules of the finished home will be joined with pinpoint precision. How does that sound compared to the eyeballing and chalk lines which pass for precision measurements at “stick” home construction sites?
A modular home builder won’t have to worry about hiring subcontractors to the insulation, electrical wiring, and plumbing because they are all included at the factory. He also won’t have to wait around for the building material suppliers to ship what he needs to keep going on your project. Nor will a modular home builder ever have a backlog of building materials lying around at your building site, at the mercy of the elements, thieves, or vandals.
A modular home builder doesn’t have to bother with individual materials suppliers, because all the materials used in your home are already present in its finished modules. All he has to do is oversee the crew who fits those modules together on your foundation, making sure that a crane is present to lift the modules into place when they arrive. It takes between two and three weeks for a two-section modular home to be completed from the day it is placed on the foundation.
The modular home builder will also arrange for a single plumber and a single electrician to connect your home’s pipes and wiring to your water and power lines. And your modular home builder may, for an extra fee, arrange for a landscaper.