RTM Frequently Asked Questions
What is an RTM?
RTM stands for Ready to Move. The home, cottage, cabin, office, or commercial building is constructed at our site and then moved as one unit to your site upon completion.
What are the advantages of building an RTM rather than building on site?
Several advantages include:
- A shorter time frame, improved project management, cost efficiency, and worry free environment
- We can start building the RTM while your foundation is constructed, allowing for a more time-efficient build
- We have a Project Manager that oversees all RTM construction to ensure the highest level of quality goes into your RTM. The Project Manager also lines up our trades so there is no downtime
- We strive to make the RTM building process as worry free as possible for you by letting us do the work
- Minimal disruption and displacement when upgrading your home. If you are looking to replace the home you’re currently in, an RTM is your solution. We can build and fully finish your new home at our location. Then when it nears completion, your current home can be demolished, foundation upgraded, and then we’ll ship your new home to its new foundation. This can be accomplished inside of 6 weeks, meaning you’re out of the old house and into the new house very quickly vs. traditional builds which could take up to a year with you having to live somewhere else.
Will the walls crack during the move?
Each RTM may have some minor cracks in the drywall from moving. These cracks will not affect the structure of the home/cottage; they are strictly cosmetic. As soon as reasonably possible, the service department will repair and repaint as necessary once the RTM has been delivered.
What is the maximum size that an RTM can be built?
All dimensions and layouts are unique to each RTM and should be reviewed with our sales team. For shipping, the RTM cannot be wider than 38 feet to the eaves. Any other modification can be accommodated.
What is the maximum distance you can ship an RTM?
We can ship an RTM anywhere within Alberta and Saskatchewan with appropriate roadway & clearance between the build site & final location.
About Construction and Transport
Do I need to choose from your plans or can I bring in a custom plan?
We can build from our plans or one you provide! We encourage our customers to bring their own ideas when meeting with the RTM sales staff. We have plans on file but you are not limited to those. We are a custom builder – from start to finish!
What are my basement/foundation options?
There are two options with concrete pile or screw pile foundations:
- Full basement
Preserved Treated Wood, Concrete, or ICF block can be used on each type.
Can we contract out the foundation ourselves and what would be required if we choose to do so?
Yes, you can contract out the foundation yourselves. However, we are unable to offer any recommendations for foundation-work trades or companies if a turnkey option is not selected or not possible. In such a case, all we can provide are a set of blueprints and the target ship day for when the foundation will need to be ready.
Can Beaver Homes & Cottages take care of the foundation build, plumbing, and heating?
Yes we can!
Can an attached garage be added?
A garage can be added at any stage of construction. Depending on the plan and build schedule, the most common options are building it attached to the home or on-site after the move.
Where is the mechanical room located?
The location of the mechanical room depends on the floor plan and foundation. Mechanical equipment typically goes in the basement or crawlspace except the electrical panel which will always be located on the main floor and will be fully wired & tested.
Where is the washer/dryer located?
The location of a washer & dryer depends on preference and floor layout.
What is the warranty?
A 10-year Alberta New Home Warranty is offered on every build. More information can be found here.
When will my RTM arrive? What can cause the arrival date to change?
We do our best to give you an approximate move date; however, several factors such as road bans, weather, and site conditions/readiness may contribute to scheduling changes. Nearing the end of the build, your salesperson will contact you regarding the move date and any changes.
About Pricing and Finances
What does the price include for an RTM?
A standard RTM package will be fully finished on the interior/exterior from main floor up. Pricing does not include foundation, shipping, mechanical, or utility services connections.
If the price doesn’t include foundation or shipping, how much is a foundation and shipping?
Shipping will vary based on distance, height, and square feet of the RTM. It is best quoted at the time of purchase. Foundation or Basement options vary widely based on building materials and method selected.
What taxes will apply to my purchase?
Just like all goods and services, GST (General Sales Tax) will apply. In addition, PST (Provincial Sales Tax) will apply at the rate based on the delivery destination of the RTM. For example, Saskatchewan has a PST rate of 6%. An RTM being delivered into Saskatchewan will be assessed 6% PST.
How much of a down-payment is required and what does it get me?
After the initial pricing, drafting, and financial review, we require 20% of the contract price in order to begin construction.
For a completed RTM, how much of a deposit is required and what does it get me?
For any RTM that’s available for sale, we require a signed contract and 20% of the asking price to secure the build. All RTMs are subject to prior sale and therefore we are unable to place any on a hold.
Do you have a preferred lender?
While you may select a lender of your choice, we’ve collaborated with a preferred lender to develop a streamlined financing program that simplifies many steps and reduces common delays. Ask us about it!
Do you offer appliance packages?
Yes we do! Appliances can be included as an allowance in the purchase agreement.
Are the furnace and hot water tank included in the price?
No, the furnace and hot water tank need to be sized appropriately to the completed build. We can install a furnace and hot water tank for you after the completed build has been reviewed with our sales team, but the units themselves are not included in the package price.
RTMS – What’s Included
Ready to move (RTM) homes refer to homes, cabins, cottages, offices, and commercial buildings that are constructed at our production site and moved fully completed to your site on a truck. A standalone RTM does not include a foundation, so a completed foundation is required on-site prior to the ship date.
The complete solution! We build the home, cabin, cottage, office, or commercial building RTM at our production site while we build the foundation at your site within the same time period, taking the stress out of the entire build. The base pricing displayed in our RTM Catalog starts with at 4-foot PWF crawlspace complete with all mechanical and connections. We handle the full project from start to finish.
|4 ft. PWF Crawlspace
|Garage (Attached or Not)
|Exterior Doors & Windows
|Decks & Steps
|Cabinets & Vanities
|Excavation & Site Work
|Landscaping (Rough Grade)
|New Home Warranty
|Prestige Customer Gift Package
At our initial consultation, we will discuss the different types of building services we offer and help you decide which makes the most sense for your new home. We will explain everything from the design and building process to the delivery of your home and what services need to be arranged at your property. Not sure exactly what you want? Check out our current library for inspiration. Have a plan of your own or that you acquired from somewhere else? We can build it for you!
Once we have the details, we’ll review a build schedule as well as put your ideas and plans into a budgetary outline to make sure the project stays affordable. We can provide you with an estimate based on the plan that best suits you and the features that are important to you.
Plan & Deposit
One of the most exciting parts: Bringing your vision to life! We ask for a small deposit once you’ve settled on your floor plan so that we can move forward with the official blueprints and additional planning. This way, we can work towards narrowing down your costs as well as scheduling for a start date of construction and possession date for you.
Firm Quote & Contract
Based on your design choices and a finalized blueprint, we provide you with a final quote and our contract so that there are no surprises. This will be the stage we finalize finances and take a down-payment to initiate the build.
Now for the fun! Selecting all the products and finishes that make your house a home. The choices are endless when it comes to siding, shingles, flooring, kitchen cabinets, countertops and paint colours but our team can help guide you and make your dreams become reality.
Throughout the construction process, you are more than welcome to come and see the progress of your home. Just call in to schedule a time and we’ll make sure things are in order to safely tour your home and see the exciting changes.
We will coordinate all the necessary documents, insurance and transportation required for moving your home to your property. Watching each home move to its forever destination is always exciting.
Some of the finishing details are dealt with at the home’s permanent location. These details vary from home to home and are determined at the contract stage as well as in some instances at the final location of your home. After the home has settled on to its foundation, we have a service team come out to do a comprehensive walkthrough. Any deficiencies are noted and repaired. Rest assured; most instances of required repairs are mainly cosmetic.
Your Responsibilities in the Building Process
- Financing (If you do not have a preferred lender, ask us about ours!)
- Property Purchase
- Property Survey or Plot Plan
Additional duties depending on build style may include:
- Lot preparation & Excavation
- Construction of Foundation
- Installation of HVAC (ie. Furnace, HRV, Air Conditioning & All Ductwork)
- Plumbing & Electrical in Foundation
- Stairs & Windows for Basement
- Hot Water Tank
- On-site Hookups (ie. town sewer/water, hydro etc.)
- Installation of Appliances