top things to inspect on a used modular building or classroom
Inspect any used modular building before you buy.
Have you ever heard the term "Buyer Beware"? If you are shopping for a used modular building, portable office, or portable classroom, there are several items I'd like you to look out for, inspect, and otherwise do your homework on before you spend a dime on renting or buying any type of modular or prefabricated building.

Think about a used modular building or portable classroom much like a house and consider all the amenities that will make the occupants productive....or unproductive if you end up with a nightmare. Use this list as you speak with your local modular building companies and ABSOLUTELY have a look at the modular building before you agree to have it delivered and installed.

TOP 6 Things To Inspect Before Buying a Used Modular Building

1. Heating and Air conditioning (often referred to as HVAC). Does the modular building have a working HVAC system, and if so, is it under warranty. Also, what type of maintenance is required on the HVAC if you buy the used modular? Have the seller power the modular and turn the HVAC system on, if possible.

2. Does that roof leak? Always ask this question and have a look inside the modular. Conduct a visual inspection of the ceiling tiles or paint and ask about any stains, bubbles, or freshly replaced materials. If the roof has been adequately maintained, you should be in good shape. If not, and depending upon the severity of the problem, modular buildings typically have roofing systems that are easily repaired and maintained.

3. Has the floor been maintained? Modular buildings and portable classrooms typically have either carpet or tile floor finishes with wood decking and insulation underneath. When you walk into the modular, take a good look at the areas around the entry and exit doors and bathrooms. Check for softness, discoloration, or newly installed materials. It's also a good idea to have a look under the modular building from the outside. Keep an eye out for missing insulation, animal nests, holes, or any severe damage.

4. What about the electrical system? Always be sure that the electrical requirements for the modular building will work with the power specifications at your site. In some cases, modular buildings have been modified to meet special power requirements, and this may present a costly problem for you. Talk to your electrician and confirm that the modular is adaptable.

5. How is the plumbing? If you are shopping for a modular building that has bathrooms, showers, or a kitchen, be sure to ask about the plumbing connection requirements on your site. In most cases, a good plumbing contractor can have a quick look at the modular building and give you a price to connect water and sewer to the modular after it has been installed on-site. Oversights can be costly, so get the complete cost before buying - including any replacement of old, broken, or incorrect plumbing parts on the modular building.

6. Ask for the original title and registration. During your search for a used modular building, be sure to ask the seller for the original sales contract, title, registration, and any other information about the structure. In some cases, you can track a modular back to its original manufacturer and request more details direct from the builder. Always be sure that the modular building has an up to date registration and that it is legally licensed for the state you will be using it in. 

Used modular buildings are readily available throughout the United States, and if you know what to look for, or if you have a contractor help you during your search, you can find some great deals. If you live in a large metropolitan area with a good mix of business and industry, you can usually find used modulars available for sale through local school systems, large scale industrial facilities, utility companies, and around ports where logistics and transportation companies always have temporary and permanent trailer installations.

Once you have narrowed your search and have a few good prospects, be sure to drive a good bargain with the seller of your choice. Especially if the modular building needs some interior and exterior repair work or if you know the seller is in a hurry to move the structure from the current site. When you negotiate the price for purchase, be sure to agree on who will be handling the knockdown and removal costs and always calculate the license fees and taxes as part of your overall expense.

If you are ready to buy and you've found the ideal modular building for your space needs, it is also a good idea to be very clear on the sales agreement. In most cases, this is an easy step; however, you may want to consult with an attorney just to be sure the purchase will be free and clear of any problems.

Hopefully, the timing of this post is perfect for you and your hunt for the best deal on whatever type of used modular building you need for your business or school. Remember, you can always request my help by using any of the contact information found on our Contact us page.

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