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Top 10 Tips for Manufactured Homes

In our modern world, housing options are quite varied. From condos to apartments and permanent homes to manufactured homes, it is important to choose what is right for you and your family. This week we looked to our housing experts to learn more about the option of manufactured homes.

We’ve generated a list of the top advice our experts have on manufactured homes.

1. Many of the things you would consider when buying a regular home are applicable to purchasing a manufactured home:

“Is the lot in a flood plain, near a river or in a high fire danger hillside? I would build a very sound foundation based on the pre-fab engineering and I’d probably hire a structural engineer for a site visit and any additional work necessary to meet my local codes.”

–Nancy Dalton of Baywolf Dalton, Inc.

2. It’s important to choose a location where a manufactured home will look appropriate. Look into community restrictions, and make sure it’s allowed.

3. Research the company who will be supplying the manufactured home.

“A good number of mobile home companies also do modular and the quality is not up to par”

–Christopher A. Rose of Christopher Rose Architects

4. To prevent costly repairs, put manufactured homes on a block foundation with gravel or a slab below.

“I would have 36″ high crawl space if I did one.”

–Greg Chick of Ramona’s Plumber

5. Use universal appliances, tubs, and showers. This will help prevent problems and help ensure that your manufactured home is up to code.

6. Richard Koller Criterium-Tauscher Cronacher Professional Engineers points out, “Manufactured homes have to follow the same standards as any other home with regard to storm, wind and insulation.”

“Manufactured homes have to follow the same standards as any other home with regard to storm, wind and insulation.”

–Richard Koller of Criterium-Tauscher Cronacher Professional Engineers

7. Once a manufactured home is permanently placed, any further changes to the home are subject to local building codes.

8. Remember to account for insurance, utilities, taxes, maintenance and repairs in monthly costs.

9. It is also important to calculate the cost of the land where the home will be placed along with the cost of the manufactured home.

10. Finally, communication can sometimes be difficult between the home buyer and the home manufacturer, so hiring an attorney can help bridge communication during this process. Along with an attorney, it’s smart to hire a third-party inspector to go over the home before you move in. If the inspection yields problems, your inspector can work with your attorney to resolve such problems before you move in.

Our experts shared some wonderful tips on manufactured home ownership this week. We think that the most important takeaway is to account for all costs, and to be certain that a manufactured home will fulfill your housing needs. The overall message this week from our experts is home is where the heart is, and we couldn’t agree more.