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Find Out Everything You Need to Know About Ready to Move Homes

If you're in the market for a new home, you may have heard the term "ready to move" thrown around. But what does it actually mean? In this article, we'll answer some of the most common questions about ready to move homes. We'll also cover some tips on how to make the most out of a move-in ready home and ensure that it's the perfect fit for you and your family. So, whether you're a first-time homebuyer or a seasoned real estate investor, read on to discover everything you need to know about ready to move homes.

What is a Ready To Move Home?

Ready to Move is a shorthand for RTM. The house or cottage is constructed on our property, after which it is transported as a single unit to your location, and once on the foundation require very little to complete. 

What are the benefits of building an RTM as opposed to on-site construction?

  1. A shorter timeline, better project management, more cost-effective methods, and a stress-free environment
  2. As your foundation is being built, companies can begin construction on the RTM, resulting in a quicker build.
  3. To guarantee the greatest degree of quality is used in the construction of your RTM, companies have a Project Manager that supervises the entire process. Also, the project manager schedules trades so that there is no downtime.
  4. By letting the professionals handle the task, they try to make the RTM building process as stress-free as possible for you.
  5. Minimizes disturbances and inconveniences when remodeling your house. An RTM is your best option if you want to replace the house you already live in. Businesses can construct and finish your new house completely. When it's almost finished, your old house can be torn down, the foundation can be renovated, and then companies ship your new house to its new foundation. When compared to traditional builds, which could take up to a year and require you to move somewhere, this can be completed in only six weeks, allowing you to move out of the old home and into the new one very quickly.

Will the walls break when we move?

Each Panel can have a few tiny drywall cracks from movement. These aesthetic cracks won't have any impact on the home's or cottage's structural integrity. Once the RTM is delivered, the service department will make any necessary repairs and repaints as quickly as possible.

What is the largest RTM that can be constructed?

Each RTM has certain dimensions and layouts that should be discussed with the companies. The RTM cannot be broader for shipment than 38 feet to the eaves. Any other changes can be made.

How far can an RTM be shipped at its most?

If there is an adequate roadway and clearance between the construction site and the ultimate placement, companies can ship an RTM in most states.

Can You Customize Floor Plans?

Companies can construct using either your plan or theirs! 

What basement/foundation alternatives do I have?

With concrete pile or screw pile foundations, there are two choices:

Full basement


For each type, you can utilize preserved treated wood, concrete, or ICF blocks.

Can you do the foundation yourselves?

You can hire a foundation contractor yourself, of course.

Can the RTM only be completed up to the lock-up stage and then relocated to the site?

An RTM at the lock-up stage must be built with drywall boarded and full external coverings installed prior to shipping to qualify for the New House Warranty.

Can companies handle the plumbing, heating, and foundation construction?

Sure, they can!

Can a garage be added that is attached?

Any time during the building process, a garage can be installed. The most typical options include erecting it attached to the home or on-site following the move, depending on the plan and build timetable.

What does the cost of an RTM include?

From the main level up, a conventional RTM package will be finished inside and out. Foundation, shipping, mechanical, and utility services connections are not included in the price.

How much would a foundation and delivery cost if the pricing didn't include them?

Depending on the RTM's square feet, height, and distance, shipping costs will change. The optimum moment to estimate is while making the purchase. Depending on the building method and materials chosen, there are several different foundation or basement alternatives.

To what taxes will my purchase be subject?

GST (General Sales Tax) will be applied, just like it does to other products and services. Furthermore, PST (Provincial Sales Tax) will be charged at the rate determined by the location where the RTM will be delivered. Saskatchewan, for instance, charges 6% PST. A 6% PST fee will be added to any RTM being delivered to Saskatchewan.

How much down payment is necessary, and what do You get for it?

For RTM, a down payment of 20% for the house and 10% for the foundation is needed if the project is finished. This will lay the groundwork and get the RTM ready to go.

20% of the total contract amount must be paid in advance for pre-sold contracts to start construction. The remaining amount will be paid in progress drawings, while companies also provide other flexible payment options.

How much of a deposit is needed for a finished RTM, and what does it get you?

A $5,000 down payment is necessary to halt the sale of any built RTM while the necessary paperwork is finished and approved, OR $5,000 is needed to begin construction on a custom new home