You should learn what needs to be done before the kit home is delivered in order to make the process go as smooth as possible. There are some basic site preparations that need to be completed. Also the kit home includes everything except some of the finish materials, so you need to be ready to provide these things as the job progresses.
The kit home package does not include the following.
* Footings or slab foundations (if desired)
* License fees
* Water supply connections
* Sewerage connection
* Hot water service
* Finish plumbing
* Finish electrical
* Floor coverings
When you own the land you will be setting the kit home on, the first thing you must do before building is get D.A. and C.C. Council approval. The kit home manufacturer will not deliver your new home until building approval has been received. If you do not want to manoeuvre the Council approval process, you can get assistance through the manufacturer or seller.
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If your home is going to be set on a block, or in a subdivision, there is probably no issue concerning access to the lot. But if your home is to be set-up in a more remote or rural area, and there is no road running through the property, you will have to create an access road to the house.
You will also have to decide if you want your kit home set on a foundation or on piers. If it is to be set on a foundation, the slab will have to be poured before the kit home is delivered.
Because the kit home does not include utilities, you will need to prepare your site for the final hook-up to the main lines. This includes deciding how you will be situating your home on the lot so you know where the sewer and water lines from the main hook-up to the house will be run. The kit home installer will hook up your home connectors to the main lines after installation.
In addition, you will need to determine your electrical power source by contacting the local provider.
Before and during the installation of your kit home, you should also be selecting those items for your home that are not included. These include the paint, appliances and floor coverings. It’s good to know what appliances you will be placing in the kitchen, because they come in different sizes. You want to make sure your kitchen floor plan is designed to accommodate your needs.
One of the joys of buying a kit home is that most of the difficult issues connected with actual construction are handled by the manufacturer and installer. Other than the main sewer and water lines to the house, the road or driveway and the electrical access, the kit home installation is handled by the installer if you choose to use a professional.
In other words, after the initial site preparation you can just sit back and wait to enjoy the easy living in a kit home.