Transportable Homes, Concrete Slabs, Cranes and Your Land

Transportable Homes and Your Block of Land – Tip #7


Your block of land must be perfectly prepared and ready for your new transportable home.


Concrete Slabs

If you have a concrete slab, it needs to be absolutely perfect. With modules that are potentially up to 14 meters in length, uneven concrete is going to cause problems as it is very unforgiving. Modules of this length have been made in a jig and are perfectly square; they are designed to sit on nothing less than a dead flat, even surface. Uneven concrete slabs can be navigated around when building in the traditional way; but not with relocatable homes.

Note: Check, double-check and triple-check that the module home is the same measured area and shape as the slab. Concrete slabs have been poured that don’t match the modular home when it arrives on-site! Don’t let this happen to you.


Crane Working Area

Oversized modules require oversized cranes to lift them into place and assemble the home. You need a vast area for the crane to work in. You need –

  • Easy access from the road to the building site
  • High clearance for unobstructed lifting into the air
  • Open space for the crane to swing from truck to foundation

Note: On occasion large branches, or in fact entire trees, have to be removed at the last minute to accommodate large cranes. So be prepared and don’t be surprised if this happens.


Location, Location, Location!

As with all homes, regardless of how they are built, the location is what is going to hold the value and increase your investment over time.


Transportable Homes – Other Gems of Information

Ask your crane driver how long the boom is on the crane that will be used to move your modules, add half the length of the longest module you will be moving. Imagine a huge arc that length, where the crane will need to be free to move. Stand where your crane will be positioned when unloading your pre-manufactured home modules and assembling them. Look up! What do you see? Power wires? A 200 year old oak tree that you will tie yourself to save it? What ever is in the way, you will need to move it or let contractors know well in advance what they are going to be dealing with.