On your job right now you have the excavator guy outside with his machinery building all sorts of things. And, one of those tasks is to dig a trench for the underground power so that the electrician can have the power company energize the house. While the excavator and the electrician are busy, down in the basement the plumber is busily connecting all kinds of pipes so that the mechanicals of the house all work.
Yesterday we walked through the tasks that the excavator needs to accomplish and today let’s do the same for The Electrician. All modular homes come completely wired with the individual wires all in the basement. Your electrician will spend the vast majority of his time working on your house in the basement.
The driveway is being built and your mailbox is already installed. You are now officially a part of your new community! How exciting is that??!! As you wander around and beam with pride, have any of your neighbors stopped in to say hi and wish you well? Don’t be shy, if you see them in their yard doing something stop in and introduce yourselves. The fun and exciting part is all unfolding and Vermont Modular Homes will help you throughout!
So far we have talked about Buyers’ and Sellers’ markets, high cost of Real Estate in general and specifically land, how baby boomers and millennials are driving up costs, and then yesterday we recommended you go see the bank for a pre-qualification conversation.
One last thought about The Bank. We suggest you talk with one or two banks but, not many banks, it simply makes your process that more complicated. Choose wisely and then talk with two banks or other lending institutions.
For a couple days now, we have been talking about how difficult it is to buy and build a new home. The Supply (people looking to sell) is much smaller than The Demand (people looking to buy) So, what is the best way to move forward? As all Renters in Vermont know it is silly to continue renting! Since there is such a big demand it is very easy for Landlords to constantly raise their rent. Monthly rents are often more than a monthly mortgage payment would be for a comparable home.
Yesterday we started our series of the process of building a new modular home and that story continues today.
As we all know the past month or two has seen a record breaking number of huge natural disasters. Several hurricanes have hammered US Territories in The Caribbean along with Florida and Texas. The scope and magnitude of these disasters have shocked all of us. Most recently it seems as though Puerto Rico is reeling from storm damage and now wild fires in California are destroying thousands of homes and killing dozens of Americans.
In our recent discussions about insulation we mentioned that in vertical applications (exterior walls) we prefer to use Roxul “rock wool” insulation and in horizontal applications (the attic) we prefer sprayed in Cellulose. And on several occasions, we have walked away from sprayed in Foam.
Insulation is probably the most talked about part of preventing Heat Loss. And as we all know insulation comes in a wide variety of products such as:
As everyone knows we have been talking a lot about Heat Loss, the process where heat escapes from your home out into the cold. There are many ways that a well-built home loses heat but one of them is seldom thought about.
Lumber, the material that every home is built with, is an excellent conductor of heat. Look at your kitchen pots and pans, I’ll bet 90% of them are aluminum. The really good pots and pans also have a copper bottom.