Responsibility for hiring the modular home set crew and crane should always be left to the modular dealer or manufacturer. A customer should refuse to hire the modular home set crew and crane, even if a dealer promises it will save substantial money.
Why You Should Never Hire the Modular Home Set Crew or Crane
The set procedures require a great deal of specialized knowledge, skill, and teamwork that a modular set crew acquires only through training, supervision, and experience.
Because of the size and cost of the modular units, as well as the risks associated with the modular home set procedure, whoever sets a home has substantial liability.
If a modular home set is done poorly, the general contractor’s job will be made substantially more difficult and the quality of the finished home may suffer as a result.
If someone on the modular home set crew is injured, the person or company that hired the crew could be held liable.
Why Would a Dealer Want You to Hire the Modular Home Set Crew and Crane
The goal of a dealer who asks the customer to hire the crane and the modular home set crew is to hold the customer responsible for any problems with how the house goes together. Since he neither built nor set the home, the dealer can disclaim responsibility for any problems. It is best to avoid dealers who operate this way.
For more information about hiring a modular home set crew, see Selecting a Modular Home Dealer and The General Contractor’s Responsibilities for Building a Modular Home in my book The Modular Home