Below is an installation guide to help assist you in preparation for your modular home. Please note this is only a general guide as each project varies. Research and site preparation can be completed prior to arrival of your home to speed up the process. To learn more about the installation process, simply click on the orange headers below on the left and the relevant information will appear to the right.
1. Due Diligence
2. Site Preparation
4. Connection of Services
5. Internal Finishing
6. External Finishing
7. Installation Video
Contact your local council or authorities to find out the regulations regarding prebuilt homes.
Contact a local builder or competent tradesman to discuss the installation process and connecting of services (plumbing and electricity).
Seek advice with a sea freight company to receive cost effective information on logistics.
Plan Preparation. Depending upon the extent of associated works (e.g. separate roof, decking), a detailed plan may be required.
Site Access. The modular home will be delivered by truck so appropriate access will need to be provided. This includes both roadways and possible power line safety. A site inspection by a crane operator may be necessary at this stage.
Preparing the Pad. If a flat pad is proposed, the site may need to be excavated. Note that Nova Deko modular homes are ideal for sloping sites.
Installing Foundations. A soil test may be needed and an engineer engaged to design the footings. Footings can be as simple as concrete pads to accommodate the fold-down legs (if this option is selected).
Contact a local crane company for advice on the best method of lifting the pod from the truck to the site.
If the crane can be positioned right next to the foundations, a smaller crane may be sufficient.
If a single crane cannot reach far enough, you can use a 2 crane lift with 1 crane on either end.
Note the crane location may block roads or walkways where traffic control may be needed.
Nova Deko’s new residential range comes complete with underslung drainage pipes.
The owner/builder will need to engage a qualified plumber to connect the Water, Sewer plus Storm Water Connections
All work must be in accordance with your local building standards.
An electrical plan will be supplied as part of the documentation upon purchase.
The owner/builder will need to engage a qualified electrician for connection.
Each home comes with an internal switchboard as standard.
If the home is installed independently (not connected to an existing property) the electrician will need to provide and install a meter box.
If installed as a secondary dwelling the electrician will need to provide mains power from the existing meter box to the internal switchboard.
The qualified electrician will need to supply and install a meter box that suits the phase of electricity required.
The owner is responsible for organising the phone connections. As part of the electrical lead-in works, the electrician should also install in ground conduit for the phone line. The conduit should run from the communications pit to a point adjacent to the meter box location.
To protect the home during transit all cupboards and drawers are taped shut to prevent them from opening and closing.
Holes for dishwasher, washing/dryer machine pipes need to be drilled.
Silicone around vanities, basins and showers to be completed by installer.
Touch up paint and gap fillers may be needed in the unlikely event minor cracks appear in the walls from transit.
Once the modular home has been secured and fixed to the foundations external work such as decking or roofing can commence by a qualified tradesmen.
The external structure should be designed by a structural engineer in collaboration with the draftsman in the planning stages mentioned previously.
It might be necessary to repaint all external surfaces to cover up any minor damage that may have occurred during shipping and transportation.