In the last post, we discussed some of the basic ‘rules’ of modular construction that all individuals interested in portable buildings should be aware of before they invest. However, there are several more rules to be aware of that can help you make the best decision for your modular construction project needs. Here’s part two of our guide to understanding the rules of modular design and construction.
Building site preparation is critical
Even though permanent modular construction “PMC” is 60% to 90% completed in a factory-controlled environment, it’s then transported and assembled at the final building site, which means the site needs to be fully prepared with a foundation, since the modules need to rest on perfectly straight lines. You also need a high clearance around the building site, since some modular buildings are oversized and can take down branches, trees, and power lines with improper handling. The crane is also an important element that needs clearance, since it tends to swing around the entire building site while lifting and placing modules for assembly.
Leave it to the professionals
Some companies offer a ‘DIY’ type of service in which the portable building is built and then transported to the building site. After that, it’s up to the consumer to assemble it and get it up and running. While these types of services can sound tempting for financially conscious consumers looking to avoid having to pay contractor fees, it’s critical to realize the significant amount of work involved with assembling any modular building. Unless you have substantial experience as a contractor, it’s always best to leave the construction to those who get paid to do it for a living and have accumulated years of experience. Modular construction contractors have undergone specialized training programs designed to help them deal with a number of common issues that arise during the modular building process. In fact, there are many mortgage companies that forbid homeowners to attempt this method.
With a controlled manufacturing environment, modular construction has fewer weather delays or damage than traditional construction, allowing projects to be completed 40% faster. That being said, it’s important to be aware of these rules before investing in any type of modular building. For more information about modular buildings for sale, contact ABS.