Frequently Asked Questions
Our Frequently Asked Questions page answers the most common questions about our modular homes. Do you want to build a modular home in California? Most of your questions will be answered here. If your question is not on the list, please contact us.
Are you a general contractor? Do I need a general contractor for my modular home project?
Cutting Edge Homes does not act as a General Contractor on your project. We can focus on helping you find the perfect home for your family without concern for how much we would make off of the construction of a particular floor plan. Other competitors have a vested interest in your using a particular factory because it will mean more profits for their construction business. We do a large volume of homes and want you to pick the perfect home for you without pushing you into a factory that isn’t right for you. We plug you into the process and know-how so that you can get the best prices from factories, lenders, contractors, and real estate agents so you navigate the building permit process as quickly as is possible.
You are not legally required to use a general contractor, but most people find it smart to use one because of the complexities of the building industry in California. Imagine the amount of technical details, state laws, and local codes in any high-tech industry. Would it make sense to try to build your own computer from raw materials yourself, or to hire a company to manage the process of getting all of the components and assembling them in a professional way? Building a long-lasting home is much more complicated than building a computer from scratch. If you have a typical full-time job, it will be very difficult to find the time to manage your project as an owner-builder. There are very few cost efficiencies in contracting a job yourself because it will go slower and you will pay higher subcontractor bid prices than if you were a regular general contractor. You will also make more costly mistakes than a good general contractor. If you are a contractor or developer with experience, it could make sense for you to contract the job yourself and have Cutting Edge provide the modular home delivered. We can introduce you to a certified modular home set-up contractor that will work directly with you to provide the installation of the home.
Who is responsible for which portion of the project, and who do I pay?
The Cutting Edge Homes proposal for your home includes the home, options, and features that you select, delivery to your site, and applicable state sales taxes on the base price. All on-site construction costs will be bid and contracted directly with you by a licensed California contractor outside of the scope of our contract. Those costs include grading, utilities, foundation, garage, driveway, decking, landscaping, set-up, and any other jobs that are required based on your needs or your site requirements. You will sign agreements with an architect and/or engineer for site improvement and foundation plans; with a geotechnical engineer for your soils report, and any other required consultants. Permits and fees are paid to your local municipality and the state of California.
Is a warranty included with my purchase?
All of our homes come with a 10 year structural coverage and a one year system’s coverage from the Residential Warranty Company or a comparable warranty company, depending on the collection you choose from.
Can Cutting Edge Homes help me find land to build my house on?
We would like to help our clients find land, but our experience has been that most folks who buy homes already have land in place when they come to us. We are looking for real estate brokers and agents who specialize in finding land anywhere in California and want to be part of our referral network. If you are able to help our clients, or know someone who can please fill out our contact form and we will get in touch regarding working with our company and clients.
Realtor contact for specific geographical areas:Monterey County & Surrounding Areas: Noreen Towers (831) 320-9916 firstname.lastname@example.org San Diego County Greater Area: Enrique d’Oleire (619) 719-8786 email@example.com
If you’re a realtor who would like to help our clients find land, please contact us and we’d be happy to introduce you to our clients at their request.
How is size of a plan calculated?
Preliminary calculations are of the exterior of the building area as per industry standard. The approved construction documents will show the final dimensions.