Our Process

We're doing everything we can to build better pathways to homeownership, and a big part of that is being transparent about the process. This page gives you a pretty good idea of the steps we go through to build you a Foothold.

Someday we'll get to the point where buying a Foothold is like buying a new cell phone, but for now there are still a number of details to tackle. Just like how every rose has its thorns, every plot of land is unique, and every city has its own zoning codes. Don't worry though, Foothold has your back the whole way through.

The Key Players

Foothold

We provide a turnkey living space for a lump sum price. We tackle everything above ground, including:

  • Building your home in our factory
  • Transportation and craning the modules onto your foundation
  • All of the "buttoning up" to get your Foothold move in ready.

You

You provide Foothold with some important information about your property. This includes HOA regulations or covenants, along with a copy of your title report.

Oh, and the land and the money.

General Contractor

A good General Contractor (GC) is the third leg of our mighty triangle. Your GC will manage building permits, and coordinate all the onsite work (excavation, utilities, and foundation pouring).

If you've got a GC you like, great! If not, we've got a recommendation for you.

Step by step

Step 1. Intro Call

If you think you want a Foothold, and you've got a good idea of where you want to put it, we'd love to talk to you about your project. This is an opportunity for us to get to know one another, and to make sure that a Foothold is right for you.

We can help you decide which model fits your needs, take a virtual look at your property, talk about pricing and timelines, and answer any other questions you might have.

Schedule it now

Step 2. Deposit

When you're ready to move ahead, we charge a $1,500 deposit to hold your spot in line. This deposit will be applied towards your first payment, and it lets us know you're serious about moving forward. At this point, we also want to make sure you get in touch with a General Contractor.

Step 3. Due Diligence

The real homework happens when we go to make sure we can build what we want, where we want. Local building codes require different things, but for a typical project we need to address things like zoning, setbacks, surveys, access, excavation, utilities (water, wastewater, power), and delivery considerations. Special projects can require a few extra details like determining snow loads, geotechnical engineering, or wetlands. Depending on your financing, you might need an appraisal.

Due Diligence is the responsibility of you, the homeowner, or your General Contractor. We're happy to help point you in the right direction as you tackle these things, so don't hesitate to reach out if you have questions.

Step 4. Purchase Agreement

When everything is ready to go, we all sit down to sign your purchase agreement. 40% of the cost of your new home is due at contract signing, which locks you in to your options, so that we can order materials right away. This is a big part of protecting you from increases in building materials prices throughout the build process.

Step 5. Production

Once all of your materials arrive at the factory we start assembling your new home. Our production team moves each house through a series of "bays" inside the factory. While our production is underway, your GC will be tackling the site work to prepare for delivery. When your home gets its final seal of approval from the State of Montana Inspector, we charge the second 40% of your cost.

Step 6. Delivery

Eight weeks after we start production, your modules will leave the factory fully wrapped on a flatbed trailer. The modules arrive on site, and along with the help of a big crane, we set them on your foundation. Our crew will spend a few days buttoning everything up, and before long you get to move in!

Ready to dive in?

Let's get started