What is an RTM?
RTM stands for Ready To Move. This refers to houses that are constructed at our site and moved to your site when completed. This term should not be confused with mobile or modular homes. Typically, our RTM’s are fully finished and delivered in one piece, and once on the foundation, the home requires very little to complete.
Do you build cottages as an RTM?
We certainly do. More and more people are finding great value in having their summer cottage built as an RTM. Finding qualified and reputable contractors or builders who have the time to take on your project is becoming more and more difficult especially when your site is in cottage country. The only important thing to identify is whether your site is suitable for moving a house in.
Can I bring in a custom plan, or do I need to choose from your plans?
We have standard plans that you can choose from, but we can also design a custom-tailored plan that will suit your needs.
Will the walls crack during the move?
Every RTM will experience some minor cracks in the drywall during the move. These cracks are cosmetic and do not affect the structural integrity of your new home. Once your home is on the foundation we will schedule a time to come out and fix the wall cracks.
Who builds my foundation?
We leave the choice of foundation contractors up to you, but provide a foundation drawing that can be used by your contractor. Many types of foundations are acceptable such as Wood, Concrete or ICF (insulated concrete form).
What do I need to do once my RTM is on the foundation?
Install basement stairs
Install the electrical service
Install the heating system
Finish the plumbing system (below joist level)
Install septic and water services
What type of warranty do you offer?
We are members of the Progressive Home Warranty program. This provides you with 1-year workmanship & material warranty and a 10-year structural warranty. Also, most of the products used in your new home will come with additional manufacturers’ warranties.
Are houses inspected as they are built?
We are a CSA approved RTM builder. CSA has a strict quality control program that we must adhere to. On-site construction inspections are conducted on a daily basis.
Can I finish the interior of the house myself, is this possible?
We have an option to build your home to the drywall stage and this will then allow you to do all your interior finishing.
What happens if the RTM is seriously damaged during the move?
The movers we use are the best in the business and are fully insured. The customer is not liable for the home until it is placed on the foundation.
Is it expensive to move an RTM?
Moving costs will depend on the location and the size of the home that is being moved.
What are the advantages of buying an RTM, as opposed to building on-site?
Quality Control – We have a dedicated supervisor that oversees the construction process. He does not spend his time driving from site to site. He spends his days in the yard, ensuring that the quality goes into your RTM. The tradespeople we use are extremely proud of the quality work they produce, and it shows just like our slogan “Where Quality Is Not A Compromise”.
Time-Saving – Building an RTM saves you time. Your foundation contractor can start your foundation while your home is being constructed. Typical on-site builds can take up to 12 months to complete. If all of your post-move work is well-coordinated, you should be in your new RTM home in 6 months (from the time you sign your contract).
No Surprises – The controlled environment in which we build your RTM allows us to accurately control the project costs. Therefore no overruns or surprise extra charges. What we quote you is what you pay unless you add extra items.
Cost Control – because we build your RTM in a controlled environment, we minimize theft, material delays, and travel time costs. This helps keep the cost of your RTM down.
Convenience – let us take care of the day to day details rather than dealing with the scheduling of several contractors on your own.
How much does an RTM cost per square foot?
The cost per square foot will vary depending on the options that you choose. Our standard specification price per square foot includes many items that other builders consider upgrades. Additional options may be added at your request.
Can my RTM be built and moved with an attached garage?
Unfortunately no. Due to the size of our homes, moving with an attached garage would exceed the maximum size requirements for travel and would be at risk for major damage. However, we can prepare the house for the garage to be built on-site.