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Important Facts About RTM Homes
Buying an RTM home will get you into your new home faster.
- Average RTM build times can be less than 6 months compared to up to twice that for onsite construction.
- Weather won’t delay the building of your house – saving you valuable time.
- Project won’t be held up because trades are busy elsewhere.
- Your house can be built while your lot is being prepared.
- Your completed RTM will be delivered and set up on your site.
- Our walls come pre-studded and with holes for wiring and plumbing.
- Your home is more than 80% complete before it leaves the factory.
RTMs are built from the floor up in controlled environment.
- Better quality control when everything is assembled in one yard or under one roof.
- The staff working on your home are dedicated craftspeople.
- Buying an RTM lets you control construction costs.
- You won’t find hidden fees or be surprised by added expenses.
- The convenience of having your home built in a factory will reduce the stress of building a new home.
RTMs and modular homes have been around for decades.
- The quality and appreciation of RTMs are now as good as site-built homes.
- RTMs are typically moved in one piece, while modular homes are moved in multiple pieces.
- There are several prairie builders who proudly specialize in RTMs.
- The building costs of an RTM are lower than those of onsite-constructed homes.
- You can often walk through model RTMs to find which one feels most like home to you.
- You can customize your own home or choose from a selection of models and designs.
Studies show that factory built modular structures and masonry homes are more stable in hurricanes than other construction styles.
Thinking About Building a Ready-To-Move (RTM) Home?
Not sure what’s involved? Prepare yourself before talking to an RTM builder. Download the questions you need to ask an RTM builder before buying.
What You Need To Know Before Building An RTM
You may be responsible for coordinating the transportation and permits of your new home.
- Some builders will take care of moving your RTM.
- If you have to look after moving your RTM, your builder will recommend moving companies they have good working relationships with.
- You may be responsible for securing moving permits from Manitoba Infrastructure and Transportation.
- RTMs must meet the same building standards as on-site constructed homes.
- Some builders have their own building inspectors on site making sure their products are up to code.
- If your RTM passes code in the jurisdiction it was built in, it will have to pass code again if it is moved to a different jurisdiction (at your expense).
You will want to work closely with your builder to make sure all your permits are in order.
Your financing options and taxes may be affected.
- Easier financing for building if you already own your land.
- Some builders partner with lending institutions to help you get the money you need for building your RTM.
- You may qualify for a reduced Retail Sales Tax (RST) rate of 4.5% when your RTM is used as a domestic residence.
It’s important to find a builder you feel confident with and a banker who is familiar with RTMs.
You will be responsible for foundations and finishes.
- You will be responsible for prepping the building site.
- You can either build your own basement or crawlspace or hire professionals.
- Depending where your land is, you may have to put in a septic system and access a water source.
- You may have to arrange to install your garage, flooring, carpets, countertops, HVAC, central vac, driveway, fencing, landscaping, plumbing and electrical, etc.
- Make sure you get in writing what aspects of the build you will have to cover separately from the factory delivered home.
Build Your RTM With A Clean, Green Conscience
- Because your home is built in a factory, there is almost no construction waste left on your site.
- Chemicals and waste used in and created by the building process won’t be left behind to pollute your soil.
- Leftover materials in the factory get recycled.
- Less waste ends up in landfills.
- RTM walls are pre-insulated in a climate-controlled factory and provide you with a more energy efficient home.
Building homes in a factory is energy efficient, encourages recycling, and reduces waste.
Even though most of the building details are taken care of, you can still customize your RTM in your choice of finishing touches.