An Overview of the Prefab Home Construction and Delivery Process

Prefab homes have evolved considerably over the decades. They are more than just trainers now. Today, there are so many different types of homes available. Prefab home construction is mostly done in a factory, after which the completed frame and rooms are delivered to the buyer’s land.

The construction process is quite impressive – especially when it comes to two-story homes. The length of time that the building process takes depends on a number of factors, such as the type of material being used and whether or not the buyer wants custom features.

The homes are built from the inside out. The very first step is usually the floors. They are put together with a frame (wood or metal) under the floor. This is used as an attachment of the wall panels. Bolts and nails attach the wall panels in place. The panels are then insulated and the windows are cut out. Some companies allow buyers to decide where they want all of the windows located.

Other custom features such as shelves and cabinets are added to the structure. Once the structure is complete, the electrical wiring, drywall, plumbing, etc… are installed.

The roof is usually constructed separately. After it’s completed, it’s placed on top of the walls. Some companies wait until the structure arrives at the buyer’s property before attaching the roof.

Before the home can be shipped out, builders have to go ahead to scout out the transportation route. They need to keep an eye out for power lines, bridges, road limitations, and so forth. When the house finally arrives, it must be placed on the foundation. This could be concrete blocks, poured concrete, a basement, crawl space, etc.  Heavy duty cables are used to move the units. Everything comes together at points referred to as “marriage walls”. It usually doesn’t take more than a few days for the entire delivery and placement of the home to be completed.

There are variables, of course, such as customization and factory schedules. Overall, the duration of the construction and delivery process is only a fraction of what it would take to build a home the traditional way.

When ordering your prefab home, talk to the company about customization options. Let them know which style you prefer and ask for a time estimate. It’s a given that larger homes will take longer to construct that smaller homes – that is, unless the smaller home is to be made out of exotic woods. Also, it might take longer to deliver a prefab home to somewhere out in the wilderness than it would to developed land.

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