Modular homes are built in factories, and they are usually pre-wired for electrical. As such, they require little electrical work to finish when compared to site-built homes. However, you will need the service of an electrician to connect the panel box, and for any additional wiring.
To ensure your safety and security, you should contract a professional to finish all the electrical connections in your modular home. Listed below are a few points to note when completing the electrical work in your modular home.
Meter Box, Mast, and Service Entrance Connections
A licensed electrician should install the permanent electrical connections to the modular home. The local utility company will install the electric meter. It’s best to complete the electrical connection as early as possible. This allows subcontractors finishing work on the modular home to use power tools without the need for a generator.
Install electrical wires in the crawl space or basement of the home as per the state and local building codes. Most building codes consider basements and foundations of modular homes wet spaces. They will need ground fault interrupts (GFIs) to be installed.
If you plan to install a refrigerator or sump pump in your mobile home, it’s essential to have a non-GFI circuit to offer power. In addition, it is very important to follow local and state codes while finishing the electrical work of modular homes.
Heating and Air Conditioning Wires
Install any wires that supply power to the heating and cooling systems of the modular home with their own circuit breaker. An HVAC contractor or electrician should finish this work. However, if your modular home has an electric baseboard heater, you just have to connect the wires to the panel box.
Exterior Lighting Wires
If you need exterior lighting for your modular home, an electrician should install it for you. If you plan to have spotlights, lampposts, or garden lighting, have your builder wire for these connections. Making them after the delivery of the home can be difficult and expensive.
Of course, having the manufacturer perform all the wiring at the factory will save you money on later electrical work.