Wether you’re a first-time homebuyer, purchasing another property, or looking to downsize, manufactured homes are a great housing option for people in all stages of homeownership. While the manufactured home buying process seems daunting and there are many things to consider when purchasing a manufactured home, the process doesn’t have to be complicated.
Learn what to expect as we walk through how to buy a manufactured home.
1. Choose a Reputable Manufactured Home Builder
The first step in buying a manufactured home is finding a qualified, reputable, and trustworthy manufacturer. Your home is one of, if not the biggest investment you’ll make. Conduct extensive research to find a seasoned, experienced builder that can guarantee a high-quality end result.
Here are some things to look for when searching for the right manufactured home builder:
Quality Workmanship: Read customer reviews and testimonials. Tour their model centers and manufactured home communities to see their work firsthand.
Eco-Friendly Building Practices: Lower your carbon footprint and save money throughout the construction process and long term by going with a green builder.
Innovative Capabilities: Find out more about your manufacturer’s home building process, the technology they use, and the extent to which they’re able to customize their constructions.
Team Expertise: From the design team to the engineers to the customer service team, the manufacturer you choose should have a dedicated team that can help you throughout every stage of the home buying process.
Worthwhile Warranties: Choose a builder that stands behind their work with a warranty. While manufactured home builders are legally required to offer a 12-month warranty on their constructions, some builders offer additional warranties.
After you’ve found your manufacturer, they will work with you throughout the process.
2. Find Land for Your Manufactured Home
After you’ve chosen a manufactured home builder, you will need to decide where you’d like to place your manufactured home. There are manufactured home communities where you can place your home or you can buy your own land.
If you choose to lease or purchase land in a manufactured home community, you can benefit from the community amenities such as pools, fitness centers, parks, clubhouses, and more. If you plan to place your home on land outside of a manufactured home community, verify that it’s zoned for manufactured homes, get the proper permits, and review any size restrictions.
3. Design Your Manufactured Home
One of the biggest benefits of choosing a manufactured home is that they’re highly customizable and can be built according to your wants, needs, and budget. Work with your manufacturer’s design team to create your dream home.
Customize your home’s square footage and choose the floor plan you like. Choose a double- or triple-wide manufactured home for more space. Adjust the number of bedrooms to accommodate your family’s needs. Personalize your home further by customizing every room and its features — from the flooring to the lighting, and everything in between. Upgrade to luxury features to boost your home’s value and aesthetic appeal.
In addition to customizing your home’s interior, you can also personalize the outside of your manufactured home. Upgrade your manufactured home’s exterior with a custom porch or deck, window awnings, and skirting — these additions can also be tailored according to your specifications. You can even add custom landscaping and gardening to your yard, complete with your favorite plants, fruits, or vegetables.
4. Have Your Manufactured Home Constructed
After you’ve finalized the design, an engineer will draft and design your home according to your specifications. Then, a team of builders will work to construct your manufactured home.
Manufactured homes are efficiently built in a climate-controlled factory using an assembly line process. This ensures production can continue despite poor weather or other situations that may delay on-site construction. All manufactured homes must meet Federal Housing and Urban Development Building Standards to guarantee they’re built safely and securely.
Once your home is constructed, it will be delivered to the land you’ve chosen. After it’s delivered, your dealer will make sure it’s properly installed and that any necessary finishing touches are added.
5. Enjoy Your Manufactured Home
Once your manufactured home installation is complete, it should be move-in ready. Before you settle into your new home, however, there are a few things you should keep in mind:
Know how to maintain your home. Proper maintenance is the key to maximizing your home’s lifespan. Maintain your home with regular inspections, routine maintenance, and timely repairs to avoid costly damage and keep it in top-notch condition.
Get covered with the right insurance. While insurance isn’t legally required for manufactured homes, your mortgage lender or manufactured home community may require it. Look into different types of insurance you may need or want to get such as general homeowner’s insurance or protection from water damage and natural disasters. For example, if you live in a flood-prone area, consider purchasing flood insurance.
- Be prepared for natural disasters. Florida, for instance, ranks at number one in the U.S. for being hit by the most hurricanes. While manufactured homes are built durably and safely, stay aware of all state and federal safety recommendations and know how to properly prepare your home for a hurricane.
Make Your Home a Jacobsen Home
While the homebuying process can be overwhelming, at Jacobsen Homes we’re here to help you every step of the way. Our team of highly trained, in-house engineers build our homes to last using AutoCAD technology. Our design experts will work with you to create your dream home with ease. Browse our manufactured home floor plans and design capabilities for inspiration.
Schedule a tour at one of our model centers and manufactured home communities throughout Florida to see our work in person.