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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.