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Jones Town & Country Realty
(413) 256-1312
79 S Pleasant St
Amherst, MA

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Realty World
(413) 323-8100
3 Stadler St
Belchertown, MA

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Software Galaxy Systems, LLC
(508) 272-7700
101 Federal Street
Belchertown, MA
Real Estate Connection
(413) 582-0011
141 N Main St
Florence, MA

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Massachusetts 4 Sale By Owner
(413) 539-7950
13 Knight Ave.
Easthampton, MA
Coldwell Banker
(413) 323-0815
20 George Hannum Rd
Belchertown, MA

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Evans Real Estate
(413) 665-5505
94 State Rd
South Deerfield, MA

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Goggins Real Estate Agency Inc
(413) 586-7000
8 Main St
Florence, MA

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Re/Max Hill & Valley
(413) 529-7125
78 Cottage St
Easthampton, MA

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Winsor Realty, Inc
(413) 589-7895
119 Winsor St
Ludldow, MA
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9:00 - 5:00

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Manufactured Housing News

This Place Is A Site
Wed 08/24/05 09:18:07 am
by George Porter

For the first twenty years of so in this business, I thought site preparation meant removing things on the ground that would cause the tires to go flat as you backed the home on the lot. Few things are more frustrating than having to put on some new tires so the home can go another five feet to its final destination.

How many times have you put a home on a lot and before you were through, you wished you had done a few things to the site that would have made the job a little easier. If we could turn our hindsight into foresight, we would all be a darn sight better off.

In the last year or so, I have come to believe that site preparation is one of the absolutely most important and most overlooked steps in the installation of a home. Improper site preparation can adversely affect (and this is only a partial list):

  • The ability of the anchors to hold;
  • The depth of the frost penetration;
  • The amount of frost heave in the area of the home;
  • The stability of the footings;
  • The ability to skirt the home;
  • The ability for the home to resist moisture and the subsequent rotting and mildew;
  • The resale value of the home five to ten years down the road;
  • The ability of the home to remain structurally sound and livable on that location;
  • The health of the people inside the home;
  • The amount of energy needed to heat and cool the home;
  • The ability to ever put additions on the home;
  • And, possibly in the future, the ability to finance or insure the home.
  • What do you have to do to avoid all these problems? It's simple. The home should be located in an area that's higher than its immediate surroundings and free of vegetation. How much higher is determined by the topography of the ground in the area it's located. In an area that has large amounts of rain, it should be able to flow around and away from your home by at least ten feet. If you are in an area that doesn't get much rain, and you are on fairly well drained land, your site can be as little as four to six inches above its surroundings. On very flat land that is not well-drained, you may want the site to be a foot or higher above the surrounding area.

    The idea is to keep the area under the home as dry as possible. Water is the enemy here and we have to do our best to be sure that it does not get under the home and stay there. Moisture drastically affects the load-bearing capacity of soil. It acts as a lubricant, and the grains of sand, silt and other particles in the dirt will part more easily. In other words, if the ground beneath your footings turns to mud, the mud will part and the footings will sink. If the ground around your anchors turns to mud, the anchors will easily pull out. Consider what could happen when a hurricane visits a site like this. You have strong winds and lots of water. Improper site preparation will cause the anchors not to hold, the footings to sink and away goes the house.


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