Buying a New Manufactured Home vs. a Pre-Owned Home

Posted: February 26, 2021 by Jacobsen Homes

When it comes to buying a manufactured home, the options are endless — so much so that it can be overwhelming. While there are many things to consider when buying a manufactured home, the first thing to think about is whether you want a new or pre-owned home, and the pros and cons of each.

Continue reading as we discuss the differences between buying a new manufactured home versus a pre-owned home, and which could be best for you. 

5 Differences Between New vs. Pre-Owned Homes 

With their customizable features and great value, the type of manufactured home you choose will heavily depend on your lifestyle, preferences, and needs. 

1. Customizable Capabilities

One of the greatest advantages of purchasing a new manufactured home are the endless ways you can customize it. 

  • Choose between standard appliances and finishes or upgrade to luxury features.
  • Customize the floor plan with an open configuration or traditional layout.

  • Select the number of bedrooms and square footage you need — manufactured homes can typically be built from 500 to over 2,000 square feet and include 1-5 bedrooms.

  • Personalize your home’s exterior with a wrap around porch, custom skirting, decks, railings, and more.

  • Choose where it’s built — whether on pre-owned land or land within a manufactured home community. 

  • Personalize your landscaping with your favorite plants, or grow a fruit and vegetable garden. 

A big drawback of buying a pre-owned home is that it doesn’t offer the level of flexibility you’d get if you purchased a new manufactured home. You can eventually upgrade to luxury features and further personalize your home to your liking, however, if you want a say in the design from the ground up, buying a new manufactured home may be the way to go.

2.  Warranty Qualifications

In Florida, manufacturers are required by law to offer a 12-month minimum warranty on their new homes. Some manufacturers also offer a 2-10 year Home Buyer’s Warranty to further protect you from any structural defects. While the one year manufacturer warranty is not transferable, the 2-10 year Home Buyer’s Warranty is. 

When you purchase a pre-owned home, the warranty may be expired or you may not qualify for the warranty — which can be a risk down the road if you run into structural defects since these aren’t usually covered by homeowner’s insurance. 

3. Cost and Value

Depending on the home you choose, it may be less expensive to buy a pre-owned home rather than purchase a new one. However, if you prefer to choose what manufacturer builds your home, where it’s located, and what features it has, purchasing a new manufactured home may be the way to go.

Building your dream home from the ground up is a great accomplishment — and purchasing a new manufactured home is a cost-effective way to achieve this goal. In fact, building a traditional, site-built home costs more than two times the amount per square foot to build compared to a manufactured home. Overall, both new and pre-owned manufactured homes qualify for certain tax exemptions, appreciate in value, and offer great quality and value — making them a worthwhile investment.

4. Quality

All manufactured homes must meet the HUD (Housing and Urban Development) code, federal standards for safe construction. While these standards are required, the quality of materials and workmanship varies between manufacturers.

When you choose a pre-owned manufactured home, you run the risk of purchasing a home that was built by a lower quality manufacturer — which can lead to structural integrity and safety issues down the road. With a new manufactured home, you can hand select the manufacturer, enabling you to ensure the quality and care with which it’s built.

5. Time

Since pre-owned homes are already constructed, they could be a good option if you’re looking to move quickly. With a pre-owned home, you’ll also save the time it would take to search for a manufactured home community or land that’s zoned for a manufactured home.

While building your new manufactured home can take more time compared to moving into a pre-owned home, manufactured homes are very quickly and efficiently built — in a climate controlled factory, which lowers the risk of delays due to inclement weather. Getting a manufactured home that’s made according to your specific preferences and in a location you choose is worth the wait.

Choosing the Right Manufactured Home Builder

When selecting a manufacturer, ensure they’re licensed, insured, and accredited. Along with these requirements, choose a manufacturer that’s reputable, trustworthy, and stands behind their work with a warranty. 

Choosing a green builder can save you money in the long run. Sustainable building practices reduce waste and energy consumption, lowering their environmental impact. What’s more, green builders construct their homes with materials and appliances designed to lower energy costs overall — helping you save long term and reduce your carbon footprint.

When looking for the right manufactured home builder, do your research. Look for customer testimonials and tour a model center to see if the company is the right fit for you. Your home is an investment, and choosing the right builder can set you up for success long term. 

Make Your Manufactured Home a Jacobsen Home

At Jacobsen Homes, our manufactured homes are built to last with high-quality, durable materials. We use sustainable building practices and offer an insurance-backed warranty to provide 10 years of coverage from structural defects. 

We’ve proudly helped families throughout Florida create the manufactured homes of their dreams since 1959. We have multiple manufactured home model centers and communities so that you can choose your location with convenience. Contact us today to get started.