Everything You Should Know About Temporary Modular Buildings
There are several benefits to choosing a temporary modular building, whether it is for an office, school classroom, or other specialty use. Temporary buildings are no longer just “trailers” but can essentially perform just like any other type of structure. One great option that makes these buildings affordable for customers is the flexibility of leasing. Temporary buildings go by several names, like portable or relocatable. But regardless of the name, they are all manufactured for the same purpose: quick temporary space on your property with easy teardown and relocation at the end of a term.
In most cases, leasing a modular building will require the least amount of cash because monthly rates typically end up being lower than financing. If you are unsure about investing in a building, leasing can provide immediate space, without the requirement to purchase. Meaning, that when you no longer need the building it can be returned to the dealer and either replaced with a larger building, or even permanent modular construction.
Sometimes the word “temporary” can confuse customers, because they question the quality or durabilty of the building. It is important to note however that the relocatable aspect of the building has more to do with the foundation, and not the design or structure itself. If maintained properly, a temporary modular building can have a lifetime similar to that of conventional structure. Relocatable modular buildings are designed to be reused or repurposed multiple times and transported to different building sites throughout their life. The real benefit of leasing modular buildings is that they provide a flexible option when you need space but are not quite sure how long you will need it. Modular building leases can be renewed easily and there is flexibility to return the building at the end of any leasing period.
About the Process
At Vanguard Modular, we offer a fleet of pre-used, temporary buildings to choose from. If however you desire a new building, then your structure will be assembled in a factory-setting after design approval. The next stage, would be the transportation of the module to your site location. The last stage includes delivery, as well as other components like foundation installation, utility connections, and plumbing hookups.
All temporary modular buildings are designed to meet applicable federal and state building codes. Building permits and inspections are also a regular part of the process. When applying for permits, our team can help direct you in making sure you have all of the necessary documentation.
Temporary modular buildings are predominantly wood frame, and secured to a concrete foundation system. The floor plans come in a variety of sizes, interior walls are typically finished with vinyl covered gypsum, floors are finished with VCT or carpet, and exteriors are finished with low-rib steel or smart-panel. They can however, be custom designed to match existing structures or to blend with the environment. Your temporary building may not be directly connected to an existing structure, but may have canopies or other roof coverings to fill the space between. Decks, ramps, steps, skirting materials, and other features can be added to your temporary building as well.
One thing to keep in mind when leasing a temporary modular building, is whether or not there are restrictions or requirements within your local municipality. While some may allow temporary modular buildings, others may not. It is important to learn about these details before you begin the process. You can find more information on building codes specific to your state here.
When deciding whether or not you want to purchase or lease a building, it is important to consider the list of benefits and how important they are to you. For example, if you are hesitant about large up-front costs, then perhaps leasing makes sense. If you want peace of mind , such as not having to worry about major building repairs, then again, leasing may be ideal for you. Check out a few of the other benefits that leasing has to offer:
- No Ownership Hassles
- No Financing Headaches
- No Line of Credit Necessary
- No Credit Score Impact
- No Borrowing Capacity Effect
- No-Hassle Major Repairs
- Return when Done with Space
- Low Payments
- Tax Deductible
- Less Initial Expense
There are many positive aspects to leasing a temporary building, but it is vital to understand that leasing a modular building does not build equity or establish ownership in the building. Instead, you are paying for the convenience of space use without ownership.