How Long Does It Take to Install a Modular Building?

How long does modular construction take?

It can take as little as a few days to install a modular building – or a few months for the turnkey modular construction process depending upon the size and scope of work. Either way, modular construction is fast.

Modular building delivery and installation is fast

One of the most common questions we get in the modular building industry is about the time it takes to deliver and install a used modular building or portable classroom. Understandably so – when most people looking for temporary space usually need it in a hurry. But how to plan for a modular building is super important.

Depending upon the size and scope of work and assuming that a supplier has the floor plan available for sale or rent, modular building construction can take one day, one week, one month or longer. For example, a standard 24′ x 60′ modular classroom can be delivered and installed in one day if the resources are available and the site is ready and close to the supplier. A much larger 60′ x 60′ prefab structure consists of more pieces (or “sections” as we call them in the business) – this amounts to more transportation time, more labor and more materials for close up. All of which can command a week long installation schedule.

Using a modular building is far quicker and more convenient than finding real estate or building more space on your property…just keep the following tips in mind if you choose any type of modular building or classroom:

1. Be sure you have permits first. Visit your local building and safety department for details.
2. More space requires more time for the supplier to prepare, deliver and install.
3. Weather can delay installation for hours or days.
4. A level site with easy access is ideal for quick installation.
5. Utilities need to be ready for connection by licensed contractors.
6. Setting up a handicap ramp and stairs for access will require additional labor and time on site.
7. The set up contractor will need to close up the building at the roof, end walls and floor. This involves connecting electrical, mechanical ducting, hanging ceiling tiles, seeming carpet and wall finish materials and clean up.
8. Furnishings – always add time to the schedule for furniture delivery and set up. This is often overlooked.

For more information or assistance planning your modular project feel free to email or use our free pricing and assistance form online.

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Matt Banes

Since 1988 I have helped countless businesses, schools, and churches buy, rent, and sell all types of modular buildings, mobile offices, and portable classrooms for a wide variety of business and educational uses.

One of my success secrets is being available by phone to quickly answer questions and help you find what you need cost-effectively. So, why wait? Call me directly at the Modular Building Help Line (800) 806-7485.

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