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Is your day care in search of a quality modular solution for your growing space challenges? Our Childcare Resource Center is designed to answer your questions.

Benefits of Modular Buildings

From floor plan flexibility to great savings, the modern modular building can offer your childcare facility many advantages when it comes time for enrollments or opening a new childcare location.

Why should your daycare or childcare business consider using modular buildings?ExpandCollapse
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Ease of construction. New, permanent building projects are time consuming, expensive, and require the services of hired architects and engineers to successfully complete. Modular buildings, on the other hand, are prefabricated at our facility and delivered to your site, ready to install.

Speed of installation. Once your permits are in place and you are ready to receive your building, delivery and installation of your new Mobile Modular building will be complete in a matter of weeks.

Durability and maintenance. A modular building is designed and built using materials that require little maintenance beyond surface cleaning. Engineered for long life and effective reuse, our modular buildings are constructed to be highly durable and damage resistant. More significant maintenance and repair needs are performed by Mobile Modular.

Adaptability. Depending on your location and where you need to place your building, your options for locating your new building are wider than that of fixed construction. Modular buildings can be moved, modified and expanded to meet your facility's changing space needs.

Cost. Compared to the expense of building a new permanent structure, the costs of selecting modular construction for your childcare center are very attractive. You only pay for the building until you no longer need it, and then it is redelivered back to our factory. Greater control over the expenses involved in space acquisition and use directly translates to a better ability to make good decisions that affect the success of your business.

But isn’t a “modular building” just another name for a portable trailer?ExpandCollapse
No, it's not. While we do have a strong fleet of quality, trailer-type modular buildings (most often 24'x36' doublewide units), modern modular construction is an engineering discipline rather than a single one-size-fits-all product. Many of our clients have specific, unique building needs that require custom designs. Permit requirements may also specify custom layouts and features.

Mobile Modular buildings are attractive, engineered to order, and fabricated to offer your childcare facility a flexible and cost effective alternative to fixed construction. If a trailer is what you need, we have the best. If you need more, however, we can provide the best space solution for your business.

Getting Ready

Are You Ready? Five Questions To Ask First.
Is your daycare or childcare business ready to rent or lease a modular building? Answer these questions before making arrangements to rent, lease or purchase a building.
 
Have we acquired the proper permits? ExpandCollapse
Child CareFrom start to finish, up to a year may pass before your modular building is fully ready to occupy. Most of that time is spent in the permit process, the requirements of which will vary widely from one city or municipality to the next. If you have not yet begun the permit process, contact your city's zoning division for local building requirements.
 
Are we prepared to cover the up-front costs?ExpandCollapse
While your modular building may only cost a few hundred dollars per month in rent, often the total costs involved in preparing for, delivering, installing and energizing the building can exceed $10,000. Depending on the applicant's credit history, a rental deposit (up to six months rent) may be required.
 
Do we have adequate land available to locate the building?ExpandCollapse
Before we can deliver and install a portable building, you will need to have suitable land available to locate it. Your available land needs to be locally zoned for daycare use, must provide adequate water runoff, and must be compacted and relatively level.
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Mobile Modular buildings are established on a foundation, using dirt or asphalt to compensate for minor grading issues. If your land is significantly out of tolerances for your new building design, you will need to hire an architect and/or general contractor to professionally prepare the site for building establishment.
 
Have we arranged for power and water?ExpandCollapse
Modular buildings, while designed to be relocatable, are not self-contained. To complete installation, you will need to have additional capital available to hire a general contractor to connect the building to public water and power utilities.
 
Will we have capital available to return the building?ExpandCollapse
If you are renting or leasing your modular building, eventually it will need to be returned to our warehouse unless you decide to purchase it. If returning, the electrical and plumbing must be detached, and the building itself must be prepared for return. We strongly recommend setting capital aside to cover the general contracting costs necessary to uninstall and return your building at the end of your lease or rental agreement term.

Permits and Zoning

Complying with local zoning and building permit requirements can be a time consuming, frustrating and often expensive process that must be completed before acquiring your modular building. Permit requirements will vary dramatically from one municipality to the next, and may also involve regulatory compliance at county and state levels.
 
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In most cities, your land will need to be zoned for daycare use. In addition, your land may not be zoned for modular buildings, or local requirements may demand improvements to modular construction before it can be occupied.

Before contacting a modular building vendor, consult with your local zoning board to ensure that your available location site is compliant with zoning rules governing modular construction and day care centers.
 
Expect permits to take time.ExpandCollapse
Once your permits have been obtained, the process of building, delivering and installing your daycare's modular building is a pretty fast one - typically anywhere from two weeks to two months, depending on building complexity. The permit process, however, can take as long as a year and must be completed before we deliver your buildings. For this reason, we strongly recommend not approaching a modular building vendor until all the proper permits are in hand.
 
Expect permits to result in costs.ExpandCollapse
Many, many factors can influence the building permit process, complications that often can result in unplanned expenses. Child CareSome cities may require expensive sprinkler systems or fire rated exterior walls.
Day care centers and other businesses involving children tend to be particularly scrutinized. Still other municipalities will actively discourage modular building use, policy choices that will be reflected in their local permit process. Expect unforeseen permit complications and the compliance costs that accompany them.
 
Be prepared to build. ExpandCollapse
In order to meet permit requirements, often additional construction will be required. Entryways may need to be covered. Additional fire barriers and sprinklers may have to be installed. Your land may need added preparations. Contact a licensed general contractor who is familiar with local permit requirements to perform needed building and land upgrades.

Location

Not all land is created equal. Is your daycare's land adequate and prepared for a modular building installation?
Your new daycare workspace must be located on level, stable land that provides adequate space and support for a heavy modular building and its occupants. Mobile Modular buildings are typically sited on concrete foundations, anchored in place to accommodate wind loads, and cannot be delivered and installed until an appropriate location has been evaluated and selected.
 
Requirements for your landExpandCollapse
Should be stable. Land can be composed of a variety of elements, including top soil, clay, sand and stone, each bringing with it different structural and stability dynamics. In some regions, high water tables and thin land can result in sinkholes. Have your land professionally evaluated to ensure that it is stable enough to support a modular building.

Should be level and compacted. If your land's grade exceeds the tolerance level of your modular building, it will have to be regraded to accommodate a foundation. Your land your already be relatively level and compact. If not, you will need to hire a general contractor to level it.

Should offer good water runoff. Does your land allow the easy runoff of storm water? If not, additional work will be required to prepare the land for a modular building.

Should be accessible. Is your location in an easily accessible area that accommodates the delivery and installation of a large modular building? Will a crane be required to locate and install it? Do trees, structures, billboards or other obstructions make the location difficult to reach? Installing your new daycare building in a hard-to-reach area will result in a more difficult delivery and higher costs.

Should offer adequate space. Many states and municipalities regulate space allocation for daycare centers, stipulating a certain amount of available square footage per child. In addition, your site should have adequate space outside to allow for play areas and other external features.

Before your modular classroom can be delivered and installed, your available land must be able to support a modular building installation. Often improvements are necessary to meet installation specifications and the stringent demands of the permit process. Owners of unimproved land should be prepared to make the following efforts before a Mobile Modular building can be installed.

Note: Specific requirements for land improvement vary widely from one municipality to the next, and can only be determined by consulting with your local zoning permit office. Your installation site must conform to local zoning and permit regulations before we will deliver your building.

Leveling. To properly allow installation of your building, your land will need to be relatively level and compact. If the grade or firmness of the land is an issue, you may have to hire a general contractor to prepare it properly.

Clearing Trees and Debris. Your land will need to be clear of trees and other debris, offering adequate space for the building and occupants. Many states and municipalities also require a certain amount of available square footage per child before a day care building can be installed.

Soil Stabilization. If your land is sandy, unstable or in an area subject to erosion, you may have to make improvements to stabilize the land sufficiently to support a modular building.

Water Drainage. Depending on climate, elevation and other environmental factors, your land may require drainage improvements to avoid excessive water accumulation.

Power and Water Service. A modular building is not a standalone structure, requiring water and power connections served from the local utilities. If your land does not have those service lines already installed, utility improvements will be necessary before a building can be installed.

Environmental Cleanup.All land has history, and your land may have a history of environmental damage and abuse. Carefully research the history of your site. Your land may require environmental cleanup efforts before it can support a day care center building.
 

Financing

What options are available for financing?ExpandCollapse
Depending on your region, your Mobile Modular building may be available for rent, lease or purchase. New and custom construction is available for purchase only. A deposit may be required, subject to a credit qualification by Mobile Modular's finance department.
Child CareWhen planning for modular construction at your day care center, we strongly recommend factoring all costs into a comprehensive business plan that includes land improvements, building customizations, permit requirements and deposits.
These up front costs can be significant. Planning appropriately for the financial demands of your modular building is the best way to ensure a smooth, well managed building process and efficient, on-time occupancy.

For more information about Mobile Modular's financing requirements, contact us toll free at 800-944-3442 or via email at info@mobilemodularrents.com.
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