What are the differences between RTM, Modular and Mobile homes??
It amazes me that there is still such confusion between these items. Even more shocking is where people think they are no Differences between Modular, Manufactured/Mobile, and RTM homes. So let’s go through it one at a time.
A Manufactured/Mobile Home is what you see in the mobile home parks of the world. Long trailers sitting on metal frames with wheels mounted below either single or double wide. They evolved from the travel and vacation trailers and have more akin to them then a modular or RTM home. They are usually set on wood blocking if semi-permanent is skirted in to hide the “trailer” parts of the construction. These trailers or Mobile homes are built to the CSA z240 MH building code standard. Some jurisdictions, such as Alberta, require CSA a277 factory certification regardless. (Check the electrical panel door for a compliance sticker.) BC and Saskatchewan have different requirements. Many of these trailers are built in the US and shipped here, check your labels! This isn’t considered real estate.
Example of a double wide trailer
An RTM HOME is another way to say a ready to move home. It is a home, not a trailer. It is a home that is almost identical to a site built or a traditional home built with Three exceptions. First, it is limited in size and hight (restrictions based on the requirement to move it down the road to it’s foundations) and it is built stronger than a standard home. It has to be built stronger as it does require the strength to be picked up via Crane and moved down the road to it’s property. RTM homes can be completely custom designed too.
So, given the size requirements, we can custom design and build your dream home, just like a local builder would, the difference is that it is built in a CSA approved factory, by reliable trades, with the lack of waste, and higher quality than indoor factory builds provide. That’s right your entire home is built indoors.
Another HUGE benefit is that your basement, foundation, or Screw Piles and site preparation can all be done concurrently with the build of the home. A traditional home builder will have to first develop the foundation long before they can build, they are hampered by weather conditions and delays, and local trade problems and shortages. By building your new home concurrently we find a much faster move-in date/possession date by almost 50%!!
Because your home is being moved from our controlled building location to be set permanently on your foundation, or basement, it is built extra strong. You even will have plywood behind the drywall, no more torn or broken drywall in your future! When we move your custom designed RTM Home it will be placed on a special flatbed semi specifically designed for house moving and delivered to your site. Craned into place, minimizing the site disturbance and waste associated with a custom home builder working in the old way of building.
Long Story Short: An RTM constructed home is a normal home, cottage/cabin, or tiny house, that is built in one piece then moved onto permanent foundation or basement. It is real estate and appraises identically to what a home built by a local builder in BC, Sask, or AB would be.
MODULAR HOME AND CONSTRUCTION.
A modular section showing temporary shipping walls, being craned into placea simple example of a modular section being built in our home building facilityA modular construction is basically the removing of the size restrictions from the RTM Home and allowing the building of large homes, cabins, or commercial buildings like hotels. Modular constructed buildings are manufactured in sections or modules in our indoor controlled, environmentally protected building center. The modules are then transported to the site with minimal disturbance, and permanently brought together and affixed permanently to the foundation. Then minor interior exterior work is completed to hide the modular nature. Once finally assembled, modular homes are essentially indistinguishable from typical site-built homes or cottages. They are Real Property and have been used to build homes, cottages, and commercial buildings like Hotels all across BC, Alberta and Saskatchewan.