Why Manufactured Homes are a Great Option for Retirement

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Manufactured homes are a reliable and increasingly popular housing option. When retirement comes knocking, many people are looking to downsize from their traditional site-built homes into new homes. Manufactured homes are a great option for retirement for many reasons.

Manufactured Homes are an Affordable Option

Many retirees consider housing costs as the main factor in their retirement decisions. For retirees not interested in living in an apartment and looking to downsize, renting or purchasing a manufactured home is a viable option. Profits made from selling a traditional site-built home can be used to buy a comfortable and affordable manufactured home, with money left over for travel and savings. It should be noted that manufactured homes are an affordable option for downsizing, not downgrading. Manufactured homes offer the same benefits and comforts of traditional site-built homes at a fraction of the cost.

Manufactured Homes, Convenience and Maintenance

As you age, it becomes more difficult to keep up with housework. Is it worth it to spend time and effort cleaning rooms that nobody uses? Downsizing relieves a lot of the burdens associated with bigger homes without losing the benefits. Cleaning and maintaining a manufactured home is a better option than trying to keep up with a bigger traditional home. Additionally, most manufactured homes are single-story homes. This is a great choice for retirees who have difficulties with stairs and other mobility issues. Manufactured homes can also be built with specific standards and conditions. For example, wheel-chair bound retirees can create homes with wider doorways and hallways and lower counters and cabinets.

Move In Quickly

One of the top reasons why manufactured homes are a great option for retirement is the ability to move into a brand new home quickly. Manufactured homes are built much quicker than traditional site-built homes. In fact, most people can move into their new home within four to six weeks of production start. These homes are built in a factory, so outside factors such as weather don’t affect when the home is completed. Retirees can arrive in their new home and enjoy the benefits and joys of retirement without delays in the time it takes to move.

Living in a Manufactured Home Community

Needs, interests, and priorities shift and change as you get older. It’s become more and more popular for retired individuals to move into manufactured home communities. The ability to live surrounded by other people in your age range is one reason why manufactured homes are a great option for retirement. Manufactured homes in 55 and up active adult communities are created as environments that encourage social interaction and community involvement. Additionally, a lot of these communities contain amenities many retirees are interested in such as swimming pools, tennis and shuffleboard courts, walking and biking paths, fitness centers and other opportunities for social events. For those interested, many 55-plus manufactured home communities also allow pets. Commonalities shared between residents in this area help to foster communities of people who look out for each other and enjoy spending time with each other in this unique period of their lives.

Retirement is something many people look forward to. As more and more people reach retirement age, manufactured home and manufactured home retirement communities continue to grow in popularity. The benefits and bonuses offered in these communities are why manufactured homes are a great option for retirement. Visit Hayman Residential Engineering for more information on how living in a manufactured home can be great for you.

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What are Energy Efficient Manufactured Homes?

A lot of people are actively conscious of the amount of energy that they use on a daily basis. Your home can be a great place to start to reduce your carbon footprint. Manufactured homes can be designed for the same level of energy efficiency as traditional site-built homes. There are many things that can be done to increase the energy efficiency of a manufactured home that go beyond just using energy-efficiency lighting and appliances.

Making Your Manufactured Home Energy-Efficient with Renewable Energy

Renewable energy can be used to provide electricity, heating, and air conditioning for your manufactured home. Using renewable energy systems can lower the energy costs of your home while also reducing the amount of pollution you are contributing to the earth through burning fossil fuels. Here are some examples of energy-efficient ways to use renewable energy in your manufactured home.

  • Install a geothermal heat pump (GHP). Geothermal heat pumps can be used to provide the heating and cooling in your home. If you are looking to install a geothermal heat pump, the most cost-effective time to do this is to install it at the same time you are first installing your manufactured home. Something to keep in mind is that geothermal heat pumps are unable to be moved so they are the most convenient for manufactured homes sited in a permanent spot.
  • Install a wind electric system to generate electricity to your manufactured home. This is most convenient if your manufactured home is located in a rural area or on its own plot of land.
  • Install a microhydropower system to generate electricity to your manufactured home. This is best utilized if your manufactured home is located where you will have access to flowing water.

ENERGY STAR Certified Homes

When building or buying a new manufactured home, you can choose an ENERGY STAR manufactured home which is custom-built to lower energy costs and maximize the energy-efficiency of your home. There are many benefits to having an ENERGY STAR certified manufactured home. One benefit is that you will have lower utility costs because you will not have to pay as much in monthly bills for heating, cooling, and water costs. Another benefit is you can live in a quieter home. ENERGY STAR certified manufactured homes are equipped with certain features that not only keep out excessive heat and cold but also excessive noise.  You will be more comfortable with consistent temperatures across the rooms of your manufactured home. Because they have to pass strict codes and standards, ENERGY STAR certified homes are also backed by the government. This can further solidify that your energy efficient manufactured home is of the highest quality.

Updating an Older Manufactured Home

If you aren’t in the market to buy a completely new manufactured home there are still easy changes and updates you can make to your current home to make it more energy efficient.

  • Caulk your home. Caulking is taking the time to seal up any cracks outside of your home to help prevent air from leaking out. This will save you money on having to keep turning your thermostat up or down during the weather changes.
  • Update your windows. Window technology is constantly getting better and there have been great developments in window making that enhance the efficiency of home heating and cooling.
  • Update your appliances. There are a wide range of energy-efficient home appliances that you can buy including refrigerators, stoves, and microwaves. If you are in the market for a new appliance, consider purchasing one with an ENERGY STAR rating.
  • Increase your insulation. You can add thicker insulation to the walls of your manufactured home to further add to the efficiency of your heating and air conditioning.

Energy-efficient manufactured homes are the future of manufactured housing and sustainability is more relevant to homebuyers than ever before. Manufactured homes focused on being energy efficient are becoming more and more popular as the technology, special features, and upgrades are becoming more accessible to the average homeowner. Having an energy-efficient is a win-win situation for both you and the earth. Talk to your manufactured home builder about the best ways to make your manufactured home more energy-efficient and save yourself money while contributing positively to the environment.

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Tips for Selling a Manufactured Home

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Moving soon? Like any place of residence, selling a manufactured home takes planning. Here are some steps and tips for selling a manufactured home to ensure you get the best price.

Deep Cleaning

Before listing your home or signing up for showings, make sure it’s thoroughly cleaned. Remove or place in storage anything that might make your home harder to sell like clutter and old, dirty furniture. Clean homes will sell faster and for a higher price than those that appear worn down and dirty. Put yourself in a potential buyer’s shoes. What would you want to see? Everything from the kitchen and bathroom to the windows should be virtually spotless to sell your home for the highest price. The outside of your home is just as important as the inside. Clean up the yard and make repairs to any damage on the outside of your home. Present your manufactured home as the best version of itself.

Home Improvements

If you’re selling a manufactured home, make any necessary repairs or renovations in advance. If there are simple upgrades and fixes to be made, take care of them yourself. However, if there are more complicated or dangerous repairs to be made, enlist the services of a professional. Common manufactured home issues to be aware of include leveling problems, water damage and plumbing issues. These problems factor in to a potential buyer’s final decision or how much they’re willing to pay. Putting money into a home you’re no longer going to be living in is part of the selling process. Investing in improving your home will help you make more money off of it later.

Staging the Home

Staging a home is different than decorating. When staging a home, set it up in a way that creates an attractive environment that people would want to live in. Keep in mind that your home should be staged in a way that appeals to a wide variety of buyers. Some features that do well in home staging include:

  • Keeping the furniture and decorations to a minimum
  • Investing in good lighting-this makes the rooms appear larger and more open
  • Painting walls a neutral color-This helps potential buyers envision what they would want the room to look like themselves

Determining Value

Selling a home requires finding the right price. You want to avoid being on the market for a long time and you want to make a profit. Before you sell your home, get an estimate of how much it’s worth. Take a look at the market to find out how much other manufactured homes in your area are selling for. This will help you determine your asking price before it’s listed. Factors to consider are how much you still owe on the loan or the property if applicable. For a rough idea of your property value, speak to a real estate agent. For a more accurate quote, hire an appraiser. Many potential buyers take their own precautions and get homes inspected so it’s important you know anything that might decrease the value of your home.

Notify Management

If you live in a manufactured home community, let management know you’re selling your home. Manufactured home communities have rules in place for selling with some wanting to be involved in the process. For example, “For Sale” signs are usually only allowed to be placed inside of windows because yard signs are prohibited. Additionally. many manufactured home communities require buyers to submit a written application to be approved to keep a home in the park. Make sure to communicate that detail to any potential buyers.

Listing the Property

After you take care of the first steps that go into selling a manufactured home your home will be ready to be listed. Now there are additional steps to take:

  • Take pictures: The first impression is the most important. Take many high-quality pictures from different angles and perspectives that portray your home in an attractive desirable light.
  • Advertise your home online: The best way to attract attention to your home is to list it online where potential buyers can find it. There are sites that allow listings for free and others that require payment based on how many pictures you want to post with your listing. The more places you list it, the more people who will see it and the faster it will sell.
  • Prepare for inspections and showings: If you’ve walked through the steps and your home is ready to sell, you’ll be busy scheduling walk throughs and answering questions from potential buyers. Try to set aside specific days and times throughout the week to show your home. You can also host open houses where anyone can show up to look at the home.

Completing the Sale

Once you’ve received offers, you must decide who to sell to. Be firm but flexible and consider negotiating the price if necessary. Come to an agreement about an acceptable move-in date and make sure you have the information needed to turn ownership over to the buyers. Ending a sale with the best offer is better than dragging out the selling process.

If you’re having issues selling a manufactured home, consider hiring a real estate agent who specializes in selling manufactured homes. Selling a home takes a lot of time and work. If you’re busy with kids, a job and other responsibilities it might be easier to turn the work over to a professional who can get it done quickly and efficiently.

 

 

How To Finance a Manufactured Home

Financing a manufactured home can be just as simple as financing a traditional site-built home. The main difference is the steps it takes to get there. Here are some steps to walk you through the process.

Researching Potential Financing Sources

Do your research on different potential financing sources and find out if they have the resources that you require for financing a manufactured home in your area. Take time to do this because there are some financing sources that don’t allow for manufactured home financing in certain locations. Also, keep in mind that some manufactured home companies are connected to lending sources that are only able to finance homes that have been built by that specific manufacturer.

Make Sure You Receive the Loan You Need

After you find the financial source that you need, make sure that the amount that they are willing to loan you covers the expenses that you planned for. If it doesn’t automatically meet your qualifications, don’t stop there. Lenders are usually willing to work for your business and will work with you to make sure that you are happy and able to work with their company.

Take Action to Obtain the Best Loan

Take a look at your finances and evaluate if the lot that you own is acceptable to the lender. There are a few major factors to consider:

  1. The best loans are usually available to those who are able to provide a large down payment of at least 20%
    Your main goal is to show the lenders that you have enough disposable income beyond being able to afford basic monthly living expenses to demonstrate that you’ll be able to pay for the costs associated with owning a home. To make sure that you are in the best position possible to receive the maximum amount of funding, take steps to systematically save for your down payment.
  2. Make sure that the area you are looking to place or build your manufactured home is acceptable to the lender
    Most lenders follow a strict set of criteria for determining whether a location is a good investment for them to pursue. They may require documentation of certain features such as soil studies and the drainage history of an area. Try to stay away from areas close to highways or other busy areas. Plan for your home to be in a location with convenient access to water, sewer, and electrical services or present a plan stating how you plan to receive these services.
  3. Check on your credit history and credit score
    Make sure that all of your credit information is up to date so you don’t run into any unexpected problems or errors before applying for your loan. Under federal law, you are entitled to one free credit report per year. If you find any errors or mistakes on your report, follow the reporting agencies established guidelines for filing an error claim. Keep in mind that a credit bureau can take 30 days to investigate a claim and plan accordingly.

Work with your lender to figure out the monthly payment for the loan including the property insurance and taxes that you will be able to handle in your budget.

Survey Your Funds for the Down Payment

One of the most crucial steps is to confirm that you have enough money to complete the down payment required to obtain your manufactured home and make a plan to acquire the funds if you don’t have enough. The amount of money required for a down payment will be largely dependent on the lender and if the mortgage is an FHA insured mortgage. FHA insured loans are preferred by most lenders because they protect them in case the borrower defaults on the loan. FHA borrowers will likely put 3.5% down and the amount can reach up to 20% or more if you’re regarded as a credit risk.

Conventional loans may be available for borrowers with a good credit score. People with good credit are usually not expected to put more than 20% down as payment and sometimes even less. The amount of down payment required is curated by considering a person’s credit profile, the location of the area, and how many loans they have defaulted on resulting in their credit risk. These are factors that contribute to down payment requirements varying between lenders.

If you find that you do not have enough money to complete the down payment, work with the lender and request to use borrowed funds if you have a relative or friend willing to loan you the money to cover the difference. Keep in mind that all lenders do not accept borrowed funds so don’t count on them as a guarantee for financing a manufactured home.

Government Loan Programs Available

Government loan programs are a viable option for financing a manufactured home if you qualify. There are two FHA programs available: FHA Title I loans and FHA Title II loans. FHA Title I loans are personal property loans used for financing homes intended for rental sites and FHA Title II loans are real estate loans created for financing home being purchased in conjunction with the land it will be placed on.

According to FHA. com, for a manufactured home to qualify it must meet these standards:

  • Must be built after June 15, 1976
  • Must be permanently fixed to a foundation built to FHA standards
  • Must have a minimum size of 400 square feet
  • Must have a designated or approved lot
  • Each home section must have the HUD Label
  • Must meet the Model Manufactured Home Installation Standards
  • Must be the borrower’s primary residence

Make Sure Your Home Qualifies

Make sure that your manufactured home and where you intend to place it meet the local and lender requirements. The universal loan standards and requirements that must be met are:

  • The property cannot be in a flood zone
  • The home structure cannot have been previously moved
  • The structure must have been built after 1976
  • The home structure must be permanently set on a lot you own

Get Your Records in Order

Keep careful track of your records. Some of the documents that might be requested from you are six months of bank statements, two months of paycheck records, and payments from your utility companies. You will also be required to sign a release allowing the lender to request your income tax transcripts from the IRS.

The process for financing a manufactured home is not as difficult as you may think. Once you get started you might find yourself surprised with how much a lender is willing to help you succeed. Take careful steps to ensure that you are able to move forward quickly and easily with everything that you need to be successful.

How to Read Manufactured Home Plans

Floor plans are diagrams of a house created by the designer or architect. They tell you what you need to know about the layout of a home. If you’re in the market for a new home, you should know how to read them. Floor plans are designed to show you how big the home is and the dimensions of the rooms. Some even show which way the door opens for each room and where the appliances that come with the home are located. Knowing how to identify these features helps you pick the right manufactured home. If you’re looking for a new home, here is some key information about how to read manufactured home floor plans.

Understanding the Scale

One of the first steps in knowing how to read manufactured home floor plans is to understand the scale. Knowing the measurements of the home will tell you how big the home is and the size of the rooms. Most plans have a set scale located on the plan. For example, one might explain that every inch on paper works out to 8 feet in real life. Some plans directly state the exact measurements and dimensions. More in-depth plans include pictures of standard furniture such as tables and couches to help determine scale.

Walls

Walls are one of the most essential features of any home. They tell you how many rooms are in the home, how big they are and where they’re located. On many manufactured home floor plans, the walls are indicated by solid lines but sometimes they may be filled in with a pattern. Exterior walls appear with a thicker line than interior walls. Any breaks between the lines are to show doors, windows and any spaces between rooms.

Doors

Doors are another important feature located in a floor plan. Doors are displayed with different symbols to indicate the type such as single, double, sliding, bi-fold or pocket. The symbols should also show which way the doors open. Knowing which way the doors swing can help you know where to place furniture.

Windows

The symbols for windows often vary. This is to indicate different styles such as bay windows or casement style windows. Sometimes manufactured homes have notes around the edges explaining that you can add optional windows, where and what kind. Knowing how to read manufactured home floor plans will help you get the complete picture of your potential home.

Kitchen

Long regular boxes are used to indicate floor cabinets and dotted lines above the boxes show cabinets mounted on walls. These upper cabinets may be located above a refrigerator which will be displayed as a square or rectangle that sticks out a little farther than the cabinets. Rectangles or squares with circles inside demonstrate the presence of a stove or cooktop. Sinks are usually located in front of a window as an empty rectangle indicating a single basin sink or two side-by-side squares to show a double basin sink.

Bathrooms

Floor plans show the bathrooms located in the house and the features they contain. Showers are depicted as a rectangle with a large “x” inside. Toilets are circles with a rectangle inside. Sinks are shown as a rectangle shaped cabinet or a small rectangle with an oval or circle inside if it’s a stand-alone sink.  Bathtubs are displayed as a rounded corner rectangle inside of a slightly larger one and linen closets are marked as “linen,” “lc” or “lin.”

Bedrooms

Bedrooms aren’t very different from other living spaces. The most important aspects to note are how many bedrooms are present in the home and how big they are. Some floor plans may include bed symbols to show how big of a bed can fit comfortably in the space. If closets are present they are labeled as such or with “CL.”

Additional Features and Rooms

If the manufactured home has stairs they’ll be shown as narrow side-by-side rectangular boxes. A room marked “util” or “utility” contains the washer and dryer which will be labeled “W” and “D.” Parallel lines at the back or front of the house indicate a porch, deck or patio.

If you’re looking for a new manufactured home, take a look at as many floor plans as possible. Do an imaginary walk through and picture yourself living in the home. Every home has a unique layout and knowing how to read manufactured home plans will put you in the best position to pick the right one. If you don’t completely love what you see, most manufacturers will work with you to customize or make changes to the plan to create a home that matches your needs. Check out this article for more information on preparing to move into a new manufactured home.

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Choosing New or Pre-Owned Manufactured Homes

When in the process of looking for a new home there are some big questions that you need to consider. One of the biggest questions being, “Should I buy a new or pre-owned manufactured home?” Before making this major purchasing decision, here are some factors to consider.

Price

Take a look at your budget and savings to determine if a new or pre-owned manufactured home is the better fit for you and your family. The main benefit of considering a pre-owned manufactured home is the reduction in price. If you are looking to spend a little less upfront, a pre-owned manufactured home might be ideal but keep in mind that there could be additional costs that arise due to repairs that might need to be done on an older home. If you require a loan to finance the home, it might be easier to obtain one for a new manufactured home than a pre-owned home.

Condition

Is the pre-owned home that you are considering still in good enough condition to support a family? When booking appointments to walk through a pre-owned manufactured home that you’re considering buying, take a look around and inspect the place to find out answers to important questions. Test to make sure that the windows open and close properly and if the area underneath the home has been maintained. For larger concerns such as the condition of the roof, consider hiring a professional to conduct a more thorough inspection to catch any issues that you might have missed or might not know to look for. Make sure to check the conditions of the walls and insulation and all of the utilities. Check to make sure that everything is up to date and the home will be able to be heated and cooled properly and safely. A professional will be able to assess how much work you will have to put in to make repairs and if it would be worth it to stick with the pre-owned home or purchase a brand new manufactured home.

Landscaping and Customization

Think about your vision. Maybe you want to purchase a home with a previously maintained garden and a deck or with a sunroom that has already been built. Or maybe you want to start from scratch and make your yard look exactly how you would like. You should know that it is very expensive to move a manufactured home. A local move can cost upwards of $1000 and a move across state lines could reach more than $10,000. Are you happy with the placement and location of the pre-owned manufactured home that you are considering, or would you rather live on a property in front of a lake? If you already own property, you might already have a spot where you would like to place your home. If you want to live in a manufactured home community, do your research to find out the park policies as many parks won’t allow manufactured homes to be brought in that are of a certain age.

Purchasing a new manufactured home offers you the best chance to get the features that meet your needs. However, if you are just looking for a home to fulfill the basic standards for living and still meet your requirements, opt for a pre-owned home with features that the previous owners already chose.

The Buying Process for a Used Manufactured Home

The market for used manufactured homes is not as extensive as the number of credible websites available for prospective homeowners to look at when researching to purchase a traditional site-built home. Buyers looking to purchase a used manufactured home will have to use their resources and best judgment to look for used manufactured homes for sale and whether or not those homes are in good enough of a condition to even consider. Search through listings on Craigslist, newspaper classified ads, and eBay for used manufactured home listings. If you want to look for a real estate agent to help you through the buying process, make sure that they are knowledgeable about the manufactured housing industry and will actually be able to help you.

The Process of Building a New Manufactured Home

There are a lot more pieces involved if you decide to purchase a new manufactured home. If you are building a brand new manufactured home from scratch, you will need to choose a builder, dealer, model, floor plan, materials, financer, insurer, and installer in order for your new home to get built successfully. Going through this process can be fun and allows you to customize your home more to your liking. Adding in an extra closet or a fireplace will drive up the price for your home, but the ability to get exactly what you want is enticing for a family with a higher budget to spend.

Whether you purchase a new or pre-owned manufactured home, becoming a manufactured homeowner is a great personal and financial investment decision. Make sure that you do thorough research and consider all of your options so you can make the best decision that fits the needs of you and your family.

 

 

What is the Best Manufactured Home Plan?

The floor plan is one of the most important things for manufactured home buyers to consider. Across the United States, there are a multitude of manufactured home companies all offering hundreds of different models of floor plans to fit your needs. The information that each company provides on the different floor plans that they offer can help you find the best manufactured home floor plan that has everything that you want and need.

What is a Manufactured Home Floor Plan?

A manufactured home floor plan is the first insight into what a home will be like. It is essentially a map of the home that showcases the most important details and features of the potential home’s layout and design. A manufactured home floor plan will also provide important information such as placement, dimensions, features, and construction notes.

Three-Dimensional Manufactured Home Floor Plans and Virtual Tours

Modern technology now allows for potential buyers to experience what it would be like to walk through a home without having to actually be there. Many manufactured home companies are providing potential buyers with these experiences and giving them the opportunity to view three-dimensional floor plans and virtual tours in astonishing detail.

What Makes the Best Manufactured Home Floor Plan?

The best manufactured home floor plan basically consists of a well-designed home and space that will meet the needs of your family. Quality manufactured home floor plans maintain good flow between the rooms and the furniture that will be placed within those rooms. Some other features that make for a good manufactured home plan include proper proportions between the rooms and a sufficient amount of windows that allow for enough sunlight to fill the room as needed. You can think of a good manufactured home floor plan as being the exact same as a high-quality site-built home floor plan. They are different types of homes but the main goal of the floor plan is the same- to be exactly what a family needs to live in a space comfortably.

How to Read a Manufactured Home Floor Plan

Manufactured home floor plans can be thought of as a two-dimensional drawing or map of what the home is going to look like. Thorough manufactured home plans show the shape, dimensions, room sizes, built-in placements, and layout of the home. As with most maps, the manufactured home plan should also come with a legend with details and explanations of what is being shown. Some of the symbols that might need to be explained on the list of the legend include scale, walls, windows, doors, bathtubs, counters, and additional appliances.  Manufactured home floor plans may also show features that will be outside such as porches or decks if those features are built on the frame of the house.

Some of the Most Popular Floor Plans

Because the demand for manufactured homes has increased soo much over the years, architects, designers, and builders have started innovative and modern new trends in the manufactured home community in order to please the growing demographic and create even more demand for the homes.

An open floor plan, also known as a free plan, is one of the most popular manufactured home floor plans that buyers are interested in. Some of the reasons that open floor plans are among the best manufactured home floor plans are because they lead to reduced building costs and better home lighting.

Two other floor plans include master bedroom suites and mother-in-law suites. A master suite consists of a full bathroom and walk-in closet built in a master bedroom and a mother-in-law suite is a floor plan that separates the master bedroom from the other rooms in the home. This floor plan is popular among bigger families as it provides a greater amount of privacy to the occupants of the master bedroom.

The end kitchen floor plan first became popular in the 1950’s. This design involves putting the kitchen at the end of the manufactured home which allows for more windows and sunlight and makes the home feel more spacious.

Which Manufactured Home Plan is the Best Fit for You?

If you are in the market to purchase a new manufactured home there are some big questions that you have to consider. The best manufactured home floor plans are ones that allow to easily move from one room to another and maximize as much space as possible. The way that the floor plan is set up will have a large impact on your family’s ability to live comfortably.

When choosing your floor plan some questions to consider are:

  • Will your family want to spend more time in the kitchen or the living room?
  • Would you utilize a formal dining room?
  • Do you want a single living room or a living room and a separate family room area?
  • Do you need an extra bedroom? Would you benefit from having an office?
  • How much and what type of space do you need to comfortably carry on with your hobbies and interests?
  • Do you or anyone in your family have mobility or health issues that would require specific accommodations or modifications?
  • Do you value an outdoor living space or covered porch enough that you are willing to lose interior living space?
  • Will your current furniture fit in the new home? If not, are you willing to buy new furniture to meet the space that you have available?
  • You should also be considering the layout of the surrounding land area. Does the layout of your floor plan allow for enough sunlight to aid in heating your home in the winter months? Are there enough trees around to provide shade to help keep your home cool in the summer?

When choosing the best manufactured home you should also factor in planning for the future. If you’re a young family, you might consider choosing a floor plan that will allow you to add to your family while still having enough space to live comfortably. Or, if you have an elderly parent you might want them to move in with you one day which would require an extra bedroom. Take the time to plan out possible activities that might occur in the future because adding additional rooms to a manufactured home can get expensive.

Choosing the best manufactured home floor plan is the first step to building your dream home. When you understand more about manufactured home plans and their purpose, you can choose the right model that will fit the needs of you and your family for years to come.

 

 

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Consider a Luxury Manufactured Home

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When you are looking to move into a new home, there are many different options for you to consider. Price, size, location, and amenities are just some of the main features that new homeowners take into consideration when deciding where to move to next. When most people think of luxury housing, a manufactured home isn’t always the first thing that comes to mind. However, manufactured homes are being built and sold more and more as an alternative to traditional housing due to their newfound elegance and extravagance at a fraction of the cost of traditional homes. Here are a few reasons for why you should consider a luxury manufactured home over a traditional home for your next place to live.

Think About Size

One of the main stipulations for buying or renting a new home is that it needs to be a comfortable size to fit the needs of you and your family. When you are looking at a traditional home, you are often limited to the amount of square footage of the homes that you’re shown. This can leave you with fewer choices than you would like to have or need to make the right decision. If you consider a luxury manufactured home, your sizes become a little more flexible with how big or how small you would like your home to be. If during your search you don’t come across a model that has quite the size that you’re looking for, you can customize your own manufactured home to fit the size that you want and need.

Location, Location, Location

If you buy a traditional home, you’ll be stuck in one place. A luxury manufactured home is able to be built and then transported in a variety of different places. If you consider a luxury manufactured home, you are able to search for land for it to be built on, not just a neighborhood. This will open up your housing choices even more. You can choose a scenic location overlooking the water or an area with a spacious forested backyard to further add to the feeling of elegance that your home will hold.

Don’t Break the Bank

One of the most important things that goes into home purchases is how much it’s going to cost. A luxury manufactured home offers you an affordable and high-quality home that will fit well within your budget. Many luxury manufactured home models contain many of the exact same features that traditional homes with less of a cost per square foot. This will mean that you will receive the same payout of living in a nice home with a smaller mortgage payment, and you will still have extra money to spend to pursue the other things you want in life. Consider a luxury manufactured home if you want to get a lot more for your money.

You Can Get it How You Want It

Unlike a lot of traditional homes, luxury manufactured homes are extremely customizable. Many luxury manufactured homes offer custom extravagant features and extra touches such as fireplaces, entertainment centers, and vaulted ceilings for your enjoyment. You can live a lavish life and customize a home to your personal tastes.

Whether you’re buying your very first home or looking for a new place to retire, there are soo many reasons why you should consider a luxury manufactured home. These upscale homes are a great option for those who want to live a lavish lifestyle on a budget. Customize your home to your personal tastes and create the perfect luxury manufactured home to fit the needs of you and your family.

           

Should I Hire a Home Inspector or Structural Engineer?

Are you buying a new property or building a new home? You’re likely wondering if you should hire a home inspector or structural engineer. It’s important to work with the right professionals but many homeowners are unsure of who to hire to fit their needs. Get to know a little about structural engineers and home inspectors so you’ll know who to call.

Professional Home Inspectors

Generally, a professional home inspector is who you want to call first. Professional home inspectors take a look at the overall property to search for indicators that the services of an additional professional are necessary. They perform a visual inspection of the conditions of the home. They look at the foundation, the building structure, the interior, the exterior, the electrical system, the plumbing system and the mechanical heating and cooling system. Additionally, they survey the insulation and ventilation systems. If a home inspector finds something in your home that requires a more detailed and costly analysis of any system or structure, they’ll recommend the appropriate professional services. This could be a foundation or structural engineer.

When Should You Hire a Home Inspector?

Before setting a price for and selling your home you should hire a home inspector. In fact, most states require a thorough inspection before a house is even put on the market. A home inspector can detect problems, allowing you to fix them before running into problems with selling your home.

Generally when a house is on the market it’s already passed a home inspection. However, many potential homeowners feel more comfortable making a home purchase after having their own home inspection conducted. Not to mention a second inspector might detect problems the original inspector might have overlooked. That is to say, two inspections are better than one.

It’s also helpful to have your home inspected before starting any home renovations. It’s best to fix problems when other work is already being done on your home. Finding potential problems before investing in renovations can save you time and money in the future.

Structural Engineers

Structural engineers aren’t usually the first people needing a call. They are not the same as a contractor, inspector or architect. However, there may be overlap in the job descriptions. Structural engineers have the training best suited for looking for issues with load-bearing walls, foundation and other areas dealing with the structure of a building. The inspections structural engineers perform don’t typically cover areas such as drainage, wiring or faulty plumbing. It’s best to contact a structural engineer when the structural integrity of a home is called into question.

Structural engineers are trained to evaluate outside forces such as gravity, wind, temperature and air pressure that impact the structure of a home. They then determine whether or not the structure of the home is strong enough to withstand the forces. While contractors and inspectors determine that there may be a problem present, structural engineers determine the severity of the problem and how it could impact the home. Furthermore, once the problem is detected and analyzed, they come up with a solution to fix it.

When Should You Hire a Structural Engineer?

You should hire a structural engineer if you’re making additions to or altering your home. Structural engineers determine if the addition, whether it be an extra room or a garage, can be built without altering the structural integrity of the home. If you’re thinking about changing the layout of your home, be mindful that removing or making changes to a load-bearing wall can significantly damage the structure of your home. Hire a structural engineer to find out which of the walls in your home are load-bearing and how renovations could affect your home’s structural integrity.

If you’re looking to install solar panels or a wind turbine to your home or property, hire a structural engineer. A structural engineer can determine if the layout you’d prefer for your solar panels and the panels you want are a good choice for your roof. Many roof systems can’t support solar panels or the weight from those installing and maintaining them. The structural engineer will thoroughly analyze how much weight your roof can handle and suggest reinforcements if needed. For wind turbines, a structural engineer performs a wind feasibility study. They’ll let you know how much the equipment will cost and the best place to put it based on zoning restrictions.

If you’re selling your home or buying one, hire a structural engineer if a home inspector says there are structural issues with the home. An engineer will assess the damage to make sure you don’t overspend trying to fix the damage that might not be that bad. If you’re building a new custom home, you’ll need a structural engineer to make sure the plans for the foundation work. They’ll also make sure the area the home is built on is suitable, taking the environmental impact and other site features into consideration.

If you, a contractor or an inspector notice structural damage, hire a structural engineer to analyze the cause of the issue, how serious it is and how to fix it. Common signs of structural damage include cracks in foundation walls, bowing walls, uneven floors, cracks around windows, sticking doors or standing water in the basement after it rains.

Other threats to the structure of a home that require the services of a structural engineer include wind, fire, termite, water or flood damage. In these cases, a structural engineer will determine what the problem is and how to fix it. They’ll also be able to figure out when the issue came about so it can be told to a claims adjuster.

A professional home inspector is the first line of defense against problems with the structure of your home. If you or a home inspector notice any of the mentioned structural issues occurring in your home, contact a licensed, certified and insured structural engineer. Contact us at Hayman Engineering to make sure the structure of your home is strong enough to last for years to come.

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Preparing to Move Into A Manufactured Home

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Many families are choosing to make the transition to a manufactured home for their first housing option while many other senior citizens are choosing manufactured homes as their number one choice after retirement. If you are looking to move into a manufactured home for the very first time you might have some questions. Here are some tips and some information to consider when preparing to move into your manufactured home to ensure for a smoother transition.

Decide Where You Want Your Home to Be

One of the first things to consider when you buy a manufactured home is where you want to put it. There are three main location options to choose from that rely on whether you want to buy a lot or land, whether you want to rent a lot or land, or if you would rather move into a manufactured housing park or community. All of these different housing options come with their own set of advantages and challenges to think about and making this decision is the first step for moving into your new home.

Get the Right Documents

Make sure that you get the right insurance for your new manufactured home. Take the steps to invest in manufactured home insurance to ensure that your home is protected from possible unexpected dangers or disasters. There are three main categories of housing protection that you want to make sure that you are covered against and they are water, fire, and wind damage, liability for personal injury, and theft or break-ins. Some of this housing protection coverage can prove to be especially useful if you are moving into an area that often faces harsh weather conditions including hail storms, snow storms, tornadoes, and extreme thunderstorms.

You should also make sure that you have all of the correct permits. The permits that you need may vary based on location. Most locations that allow manufactured homes require that you have an up-to-date building permit, transport permit, and occupancy permit. Some locations might require additional utility connection permits. You should apply for all of your permits at least 6 weeks before you are planning to move into your new manufactured home to make sure that everything is ready and legal before you arrive.

Get Rid of Some Things

Sometimes you might not even realize how much stuff you really have until it’s time to pack it all up. When you are preparing to move into your manufactured home you might need to keep in mind that you might not have as much space as you did in your previous housing situation. This is an opportunity to get rid of all of the unnecessary clutter that has been building up in your home. Take as much of the old furniture and clothes that you have lying around as you can and donate the items to charities because the closet space in your new manufactured home will be a little more limited. Donating a few of the old items that you are no longer using will not only be a great way to clear out space and give you less things to pack up, move, unload, and then reorganize, but it will also give you a good feeling to know that you will be giving back to the community.

Figure Out Your Home and its Utilities

Begin to familiarize yourself with your manufactured home’s water heater, pipes, circuit breaker, and other important utilities. Make sure that all of the electrical and plumbing systems work correctly throughout the home because nothing would be worse than spending an entire day moving and unpacking only to discover that you are unable to take a shower at the end of a long and hard day. If it is possible, have your phone, cable, and other Internet services already transferred and set up before you move in so you don’t have to go very long without the convenience of being “plugged in.” The more you understand about the utilities in your home, the more prepared you will be to deal with any potential issues that may come up. Look for and document any obvious damages that might require repairs in the future.

Get to Know Your Neighbors and Neighborhood Staff

If the area that you will be moving into is in a manufactured home community, take some time to familiarize yourself with the people who you will be living around. This can be one of the best and most rewarding parts about moving into your new manufactured home. Get acquainted with your neighbors and take part in community events so your manufactured house truly begins to feel like a home. Getting to know your neighbors is also a good idea as they will be able to give you information on what it is like to own a manufactured home and can potentially help you out with any manufactured home questions you may have or issues you may run into.

You can take this a step further by setting up a meeting with the park management team. Make an effort to get to the know the staff that works in the park so you will know who to go to for help in case you run into any issues with your home. The park manager will also be able to let you know any of the specific rules and regulations that may come with being a member of the manufactured home community. Every manufactured home community has specific rules, and many have fees set in place that come with breaking those rules. That is why it is a good idea to figure out what is and is not allowed so you don’t end up in trouble with the park manager.

Moving can be hard but preparing to move into your manufactured home doesn’t have to be stressful. Take the initiative to be proactive and make important preparations in advance to think about everything that you might need before moving into your home. Get as much done as you can early on so your first night in your new home can be as relaxing as possible.