5 Things to Consider When Buying a Manufactured Home

Posted: March 26, 2018 by Jacobsen Homes

*Updated 8/10/2020

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.

1. Zoning Rules and Regulations

It’s important to consider zoning requirements when choosing a location for your new manufactured home. For example, the City of Tampa has an entire website dedicated to zoning regulations that are important to consider. Each city or county has its own zoning requirements, helping to ensure the home can safely rest on the land and be hooked up to reliable water and sewer systems, so make sure to learn which areas are zoned for manufactured homes.

One of the benefits of buying a newly built home is knowing it’s up to all of the latest building codes and safety standards, including HUD certification.

2. Reputation of the Manufactured Home Builder

Choose a trustworthy manufactured home company when making this life-changing purchase. Research the history and reputation of the manufacturers in Florida and look for one that can deliver everything you need.

Founded in 1959, Jacobsen Homes is a family owned company committed to quality, flexibility, and customer service. We pride ourselves on our ability to accommodate customer ideas and we bring a personal touch to each home and customer experience. With more than 60 years in the industry, we have the experience and dedication to give you great quality at an affordable price. 

3. Living in the Right Community

Whether you’re moving to a new town or building your dream home on a gorgeous property outside the city, it marks a big transition for your family, especially the kids. First, decide which part of Florida is right for you. Then, consider whether you want to live in a community exclusively for manufactured homes, and find the community that fits your lifestyle. You may want a community designed especially for seniors or just for military veterans.

4. Enrolling in the Right School District

Since you undoubtedly want your children to receive a good education in a positive environment, research the school districts near the manufactured home community where you want to live. Note that in Florida, school choice lets families choose a public or charter school outside of their district through controlled open enrollment, but this process starts well in advance of the school year, so allow plenty of time. Once you narrow it down to a school or district, visit the school(s), talk to other families in the area, and ask any questions you might have.

5. Manufactured Home Size and Features

As you shop for your new manufactured home, you may find you can afford more for your money than you would with a site-built house. Start by figuring out how many bedrooms you need. You want a floor plan that reflects your family’s needs and is convenient for your lifestyle, as well as your budget. If you need inspiration, explore Jacobsen Homes’ most popular floor plans.

In case you’re not familiar with how manufactured homes are built, explore that process to better understand what you’re buying. Check with the manufacturer as well to make sure you can get all of the features and customizations you want to make your home your own. Look at the available options for things like flooring, tile, kitchen cabinets and porches.

It is important to view and tour manufactured homes in person before making a final division. Schedule a tour to see our quality homes in person!