Jacobsen Homes Blog: Your Source for Manufactured and Modular Homes Information

Want to discover more information about manufactured, modular, and mobile homes? Check out our blog posts to learn about company news, home buying tips, trending design ideas, our top floor plans, and much more!

Difference Between a Manufactured Home and a Traditional Home

October 28, 2020

Today’s manufactured homes are similar to traditional homes, inside and out. However, there are a few key differences that set the two apart which you should consider before you buy your next home.

Tips for Selling Your Home in the Winter

October 28, 2020

Selling a home in the winter has some great advantages and can get you a better asking price with the right strategy. Learn some ideas for attracting potential buyers during the chilly months.

What Makes a Manufactured Home Real Property?

October 02, 2020

Manufactured homes are a great option for homebuyers, as they offer all of the features of a site-built home at a lower cost. However, there are a lot of misconceptions about manufactured home ownership regarding things like financing and long-term home value. Knowing the difference between real property and personal property is important for understanding what type of financing you’ll be able to receive on your new home.

Meeting New People in Your Manufactured Home Community

September 28, 2020

There’s nothing like the feeling of moving into a beautiful new home. When you buy your perfect manufactured home in Florida, you may feel ready for an exciting fresh start, but you may also be leaving close friends and neighbors behind. Depending on how far you’re moving, you could find yourself and your family looking for a whole new network. Fortunately, living ...

3 Advantages of Downsizing to a Manufactured Home

August 31, 2020

With time, and as you advance to new stages in life, you may find that your family is smaller, your life is simpler, and your house is bigger and more work than you need. If you’re looking to simplify your home life and save space, see why a manufactured home is perfect for downsizing.

Guide to Appliances in Manufactured Homes

August 19, 2020
If you are in the process of purchasing a manufactured home, one detail you might wonder about is appliances. From cooking meals to washing clothes, you want to ensure you have all the major appliances you need to make your new manufactured or modular home function and feel like a true home.

5 Tips for Selling Your Home in The Summer

July 22, 2020
So you’ve found the perfect manufactured home and are excited to move in, but one thing stands in your way - selling your old home. Because manufactured homes are built quickly, we understand your urgency to put your home on the market as soon as possible.The good news is you’ve picked a great time to sell.

What Part of Florida is Right For Me? Where to Live in Your New Manufactured Home

July 13, 2020

The Sunshine State has much to offer beyond just palm trees, sun and salt water. It's no surprise that Florida was the top destination state for people who relocated in 2019. Whether you are considering a move from another state, or you're a born-and-bred Floridian who's looking for the perfect place to call home, a manufactured home is a great option for getting settled in Florida.

4 Reasons Manufactured Homes are Perfect for Military Families

June 03, 2020

Military members and veterans are vital to our society, and it is only right that they are able to own homes that they love. Manufactured homes offer a variety of amenities and benefits for active duty military members, veterans, and their families. Manufactured and modular homes are built quickly and efficiently with quality in mind.

How to Set Up a Home Office in Your Manufactured Home

May 21, 2020
Until a few years ago, the work-from-home (WFH) model was an unknown concept for many individuals. Today, it’s a reality, getting a major boost from the COVID-19 pandemic. Having a space in your home where you can work is not only convenient but, in extreme situations, necessary.

5 Ways Snowbirds Can Protect Their Homes While Away

May 07, 2020
Florida draws an estimated 900,000 to one million seasonal residents, or “snowbirds,” every year. While there are many options for seasonal housing in Florida, Jacobsen Homes manufactured and modular homes are popular and affordable options for many residents.

How Energy Efficient Are Manufactured Homes?

April 23, 2020

Building or renovating a site-built home can be costly—both to your wallet and to the environment. That’s why more Florida homeowners are turning to modular and manufactured homes, saving them lots of money while protecting Florida’s valuable natural resources. Here you will learn how energy efficient manufactured homes can be.

Can Manufactured Homes Withstand Hurricanes?

April 16, 2020
Each year from June to November is hurricane season in Florida, when residents pay closer attention to the weather and put their storm preparedness plans in place in hopes of never having to use them. When considering a manufactured home in Florida, you may wonder about safety in the case of a major storm.

The Advantages of Buying a Manufactured Home vs. Renting

April 08, 2020
According to the real estate company Zillow, housing costs are rising much faster than incomes for many people. As a result, they could face financial struggles while juggling childcare costs, job opportunities and concerns about schools and safety.” The same report shows that many people are missing out on a key consideration: manufactured homes.

Nine Design Ideas to Make Your Manufactured House a Home

April 07, 2020

One of the most common myths about manufactured homes is that they’re all the same. In fact, there are many ways to customize them. If you’re thinking of moving to a manufactured or modular home, you will undoubtedly want to express your family’s unique identity and design choices. Here are some of the ways that you can customize a manufactured home to make it truly yours.

Our Hottest Floor Plans of 2019

February 06, 2020

Jacobsen Homes offers floor plans ranging from small but comfortable two- and three-bedroom options, to luxury manufactured homes with five bedrooms and more than 2,000 square feet of living space. Take a look at the hottest floor plans to start discovering the perfect home for you and your family.

What is a Manufactured Home?

January 23, 2020
A manufactured home is a home that is built in a factory and then delivered to the buyer’s chosen site. A typical manufacturer produces many homes at a time, gaining economies of scale and keeping overall costs down.

Find Both Safety and Value in a Manufactured Home

December 30, 2019
Many homeowners choose a manufactured home over a site-built home based on the excellent value, but may have lingering concerns about safety.

Manufactured Homes Give You More Choices You Can Afford

December 19, 2019

Most Americans dream of owning a home, and many of those specifically dream of owning a home in Florida. Whether you wish to buy your first home, a vacation refuge, or a retirement haven, your dream may feel out of reach.

The Perfect Floor Plan for Life as Grandparents

December 19, 2019
We knew we wanted to retire to Florida, but our one hesitation was leaving our grandchildren behind. We were used to living in the same city as two of them, with the third one just a few hours drive away.

The Perfect 2-Bedroom Manufactured Home

November 18, 2019
A 2-bedroom manufactured house can be a spacious place to call your home. Learn how we maximize space in our small floor plans and what features you can enjoy.

Why Happy Futures Start with Jacobsen Homes

November 07, 2019
At Jacobsen Homes, we build affordable, quality homes with families in mind. Since 1959, we’ve made it our mission to make the best manufactured homes that Florida has to offer.

Where to Affordably Retire in Florida (Part 1)

October 24, 2019
Looking to start your retirement in Florida? Learn about some of our 55+ manufactured home communities throughout the state and what fun activities are available in the area!

How a Jacobsen Manufactured Home is Built

October 07, 2019
At Jacobsen Homes, our manufactured homes in Florida offer quality and customization at an affordable price. See how we make the magic happen.

Fall Home Decoration Ideas

September 24, 2019
While Florida tends to stay hot and sticky, you can still enjoy the autumn months with some simple DIY décor! Get inspired by these fall decoration ideas for manufactured homes in Florida.

Labor Day Party Ideas That Won't Break the Bank

August 28, 2019
Labor Day is right around the corner. Hosts friends and family at your manufactured home this holiday using these fun and creative party ideas!

How to Ace the Mobile Homebuying Process

August 20, 2019
Ready to buy your dream manufactured home? Use this list to help you ace the buying process and get the necessary documentation you need for success!

Manufactured Housing Through the Decades

July 26, 2019

What is a manufactured home exactly, and how have they evolved over time? Here, we share information about manufactured homes through the decades.

3 Myths About Mobile Homes

July 17, 2019
There are a lot of misconceptions about the quality and value of mobile homes in Florida. Here are 3 common myths about manufactured homes we want to put to rest.

Top Things to Do in Florida in Summer

June 29, 2019
Florida weather is ideal year-round but what are some of the top things to get you out of your manufactured home and into a local adventure. There is no shortage of places for fun in the sun (don’t forget the sunscreen!) from theme parks to endless white sand beaches to natural springs. Check out the top spots we recommend visiting in Florida this summer:

Hurricane Home Prep: Top Things to Prepare Today

June 18, 2019
By planning an emergency strategy ahead of time and sharing this with your family you can avoid last-minute panic that can come with the unpredictability of a hurricane or severe storm. The following items are recommendations to help better prepare your mobile home in the case of a hurricane or storm.

Manufactured and Mobile Homes: How to Make the Most of Your Closet

May 30, 2019
Looking to utilize your mobile or manufactured home’s closet space? We provide tips and tricks to make the most of your closet space.

Easy Ways to Reduce Water Use in Your Florida Garden

April 25, 2019

You’ve been thinking about “going green,” and you’re wondering where to start. Did you know only a half percent of the planet’s freshwater is available for human use? Water conservation is an easy way to help our environment. Although Florida is one of the rainiest states in the U.S., droughts do happen. And some locations are experiencing water shortages, as withdrawals from surface and underground sources exceed the rate of recharge.

Top Manufactured Home Floor Plans: Which is Right for Me?

April 24, 2019
Thinking about going the manufactured home route? Take a look at some of Jacobsen Home’s most popular floor plans before picking your Florida dream home.

Top Beaches Found in Florida

March 18, 2019
The top beaches in the United States could be right in your backyard by living in one of Jacobsen Home’s luxury manufactured home communities in Florida. Learn more!

Which Manufactured Home Right for You? 4 Questions to Answer When Moving

January 07, 2019
Buying a home or moving to a new area is an exciting step, so it’s important to know that the manufactured home you pick meets your needs and lifestyle. Learn what key points to consider when deciding which manufactured home is right for you.  

Does Your Neighborhood Feel Like a Community?

December 18, 2018
Neighborhood potlucks and block parties seem to be relics of an older era. As people become more connected to technology, neighbors may no longer feel as connected these days. The sense of community might be fading in some neighborhoods, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be revived. Below are some ways a Jacobsen Homes community makes your neighborhood feel more like a community of friends and family.
 

Tips to Have A Stunning Garden on A Budget

November 02, 2018

Gardening in the Sunshine State can be natural given the sheer amount of favorable conditions available. Not only will homeowners find plenty of gorgeous plants to incorporate into a garden but beauty will abound with the tropical varieties that are also well suited for the area. Many homeowners may assume that show-stopping gardens take a big budget, but there are plenty of ways to make your garden beautiful without much expense.

Top Ways to Boost Curb Appeal

November 01, 2018
By giving this boost to your curb appeal, you can maximize the value of your sale while also creating an inviting appearance for potential buyers. Don’t know how to get started? Our team has a few ways to help give your curb appeal the boost it needs when you are considering moving into a Jacobsen Home.

 

Who Made the 100 Best Places to Retire in the USA?

October 01, 2018

Florida is named as one of the top places to retire in 2018! Visit Jacobsen Homes today to begin your dream retirement lifestyle. 

Steps to Getting Your Manufactured Home Back-to-School Ready

July 30, 2018
Back-to-school can be chaos for even the most organized households. New schedules, routes, classes, sports, wardrobes and school supplies are enough to make anyone feel overwhelmed. Listed below are some top tips to get your home ready for the new school year and tackle clutter before it begins.
 

Florida Hurricane Preparation: The Items You Should Prepare

June 25, 2018
Prepare for hurricane season with an essential list of items that you can pack before a storm hits.

5 Things to Consider When Buying a Manufactured Home

March 26, 2018
You’ve decided to purchase a manufactured home — now you have a lot of important, but exciting choices to make. There are many manufactured home retail centers in Florida, with many locations and communities to choose from. Manufactured homes also offer an array of floor plans and customizations. With so many decisions to consider, focus on these five things to look for when buying yours.

How Many Bedrooms Does Your Manufactured Home Need?

February 22, 2018
One of the first questions people tend to ask themselves when searching for the perfect new manufactured home is, “how many bedrooms do we need?” Take time to think about it before answering, though. This seemingly simple question requires consideration both for your present situation and your future happiness. Learn about the size and floorplan options, and consider the following seven steps when you decide how many bedrooms you need for your manufactured or modular home.

Top Places to Retire in Florida

January 24, 2018
Florida has long been a destination for retirement and relaxation. With its ideal climate, coastal breezes and many beaches, you would be hard pressed to find someone who doesn’t dream of a little sunshine and relaxation in Florida in January.
 

Top DIY Thanksgiving Centerpieces for your Jacobsen Home

November 14, 2017
Thanksgiving Centerpieces That Will Have Your Guests Talking!
Can’t decide what to bring the host of Thanksgiving this year?  Or, are you hosting Thanksgiving in your Jacobsen Home? Whether family, friends, neighbors or a combination are invited, we have our top DIY Thanksgiving Centerpieces that will get everyone in the holiday spirit!
 

How to Help After a Hurricane

September 18, 2017
Hurricanes can have a devastating effect on the areas hit hardest and this is no less true for recent hurricanes Harvey in Houston and Irma in Florida. Below are a few ways that you can help hurricane relief efforts after the storm passes.
 

Understanding Florida’s Retirement Taxes

August 24, 2017
Florida has no income tax, which means all forms of retirement income are tax free at the state level. Florida also boasts sales tax and property tax rates that are close to the national average. Below is a list of frequently asked questions regarding retirement in Florida.

A History of Manufactured Homes

February 13, 2017

From humble beginnings to the modern designs of today, manufactured homes have undergone a transformation in style and efficiency. While remaining affordable, manufactured homes have come a long way, transforming into a luxury living option that rivals a standard home on a foundation.

HUD Certification for Manufactured Homes: What You Need to Know

January 31, 2017
When you consider buying a manufactured home, you will want the assurance that it’s well-built, and will provide a safe living place for you and your family. The most important certification for manufactured homes comes from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, also known as HUD. As you shop for your ideal manufactured home in Florida or elsewhere, you will want to understand what HUD certification means.

Ways to Upgrade Your Manufactured Home Exterior

January 19, 2017

While manufactured homes may feel completely custom on the inside, thanks to features like unique floor plans, kitchen cabinets, and window treatments, it can be harder to see the customization from the outside. This especially rings true in manufactured home communities, where ...

What to Know when Financing a Manufactured Home

January 04, 2017
A home purchase is a big decision. Do a little homework and follow some simple steps to ensure there are no surprises when the time comes for final signatures. A home is a long-term investment. A little advance research on your options will help you secure a manufactured home finance plan allows for a comfortable monthly expense you can live with. 

Ten Best Reasons to Retire in Florida

December 27, 2016
If you’d like to enjoy January weather that averages in the low 60’s, retire in Florida. The summer and fall temperatures are consistently high for heat and humidity but you adjust after a season or two. An added perk is that you get to wear sandals year-round!

Easy Landscaping tips for Manufactured Homes or Modular Homes

December 13, 2016
Landscaping is an essential step for enhancing the curb appeal of your manufactured home. With some simple planning, you can design a low-maintenance yard that you and your family will enjoy for years to come.

Retirement Life: Tips for Downsizing the Holidays

December 05, 2016
Getting closer to retirement means simplifying life, any way you can. It feels great to reduce clutter and re-organize, even find things that you haven’t seen in a long time because they were buried under boxes of things that have lost their usefulness. The old decorations that stay at the bottom of the Christmas box, dishes and appliances that never come out of the cabinets, even clothing that seemed like a “must-have” at the time, but you never really wear it —these are easy targets for removal. How do you simplify life and downsize the holidays?

High-end Finishes in a Manufactured Home? Yes!

November 10, 2016
As the leading innovator in Florida manufactured housing, Jacobsen Homes feature the latest advances in computer-aided design and 'green builder' construction.  Each floor plan is assembled with precision.  Walls, floors, ceilings, and fixtures are installed to specification, often including the buyer’s own choices for manufactured home custom finishes.

Communities for the 55+ Florida Lifestyle

November 03, 2016

Some of the most popular planned communities in Florida feature homes engineered and constructed by Jacobsen Homes. Over the years, we have received many testimonials and kind letters from customers. They tell us about how they are enjoying life in their chosen community and in their manufactured home built by the professionals at Jacobsen Homes. See photos and resident postings of just a few examples