There is a time for everything in life. Possibly at one point, you had a large family and needed a big, site-built house with a room for every family member, a living room for you to enjoy movies with the little ones, and maybe a patio to host get-togethers. But 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.
1. Customizable Floor Plans and Features
Downsizing doesn’t mean you have to move to a small, cramped space. Manufactured homes can be large and come in a wide range of sizes, from two to five bedrooms! With a Jacobsen Homes manufactured home, you can also customize your living space with your own personal style and needs in mind.
Just because it’s time to downsize doesn’t mean you still can’t get all the features you want. A manufactured home offers plenty of amenities, such as:
If you want, you can almost recreate all the elements you loved about your previous home but while you also “rightsize” your living space for your current needs.
2. Outdoor Living Spaces
Downsizing means you get to part with your unneeded belongings that have been collecting dust for years — donate them, sell them, or ask your kids to come claim their things. While you may give up a basement or attic by leaving your old traditional home, you might gain outdoor space that you will actually use every day in your new manufactured home, especially if you’re moving to Florida. Wrap-around or screened porches and beautiful gardens provide year-round space to enjoy time outdoors.
Many Jacobsen Homes buyers also choose to live in manufactured home communities. These often provide even more ways to relax and get some sun, such as swimming pools, golf courses, and tennis courts.
3. Saving Money with an Energy Efficient Manufactured Home
Whether you’re an empty nester or a recent retiree, saving money is an important way to make sure your life is comfortable. When you choose to downsize to a manufactured home, you get the chance to make energy efficient home buying choices. Almost 40% of landfills are made up of renovation and construction waste. However, because manufactured homes are built in a factory, they produce less waste and save money on construction.
You can also save money while living in a manufactured home by choosing energy efficient appliances and features. Look for options like:
- ENERGY STARⓇ-rated shingles to reduce heat absorption from the roof
- Insulated floors to reduce heating and cooling loss
- Low-flow toilets to reduce water use
- ENERGY STARⓇ appliances to reduce electricity and water use
- A ventilation system that reduces indoor humidity and cooling costs.
When you move to a smaller home, especially if you go from multiple stories to one, you may be pleasantly surprised at how much less it costs to provide electricity to its air conditioning, lights, and other features.
Downsize with Jacobsen Homes
If you’ve decided to downsize your home, purchasing a manufactured home is a great option that will save you money on construction and energy costs. With an array of floor plan options available, you can still have plenty of space to entertain, watch the grandkids, and feel at home without feeling cramped.
Jacobsen Homes offers an array of small, large, and luxury 2-5 bedroom floor plans ideal for those who still want space for guests, but don’t need the hassle of managing a large space. We suggest taking a virtual tour of our models, and then scheduling a tour, so you get a feel for your new home. When it’s time to downsize, find a model center near you to speak with a Jacobsen Homes sales rep and get on the path to your dream home for the next stage of your life.