Where to Put a Manufactured Home

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What comes first? The location, or the home? Manufactured homes are becoming a more and more popular housing option for many people all over the country because of the benefits they offer as a low-cost alternative to the more traditional site-built homes. If you are a first-time manufactured home owner or if you are in the market for a new manufactured home in a different area, when you’re building a new manufactured home, the location where you choose to place it counts for a lot. Whether you are more concerned about convenience, the luxury of having a scenic view, or a combination of both, here are some suggestions for where to put your manufactured home so you can live on the landscape you desire.

Do You Prefer an Individual Lot or a Manufactured Home Community?

To begin, when first thinking about where to put your manufactured home, you will have to choose whether you would like to place your manufactured home on an individual lot or on a lot in an already existing community with other manufactured homes. It may be your preference to place your manufactured home on an individual lot if you are looking for more privacy than a existing manufactured home community will be able to provide you with. However, keep in mind that choosing private, vacant land will make you responsible for the permits, zoning documents, and other necessary rules and regulations that are involved with owning land. This  can be a time-consuming and also difficult process if you have never had to go through the procedure for a previous home before. If you do decide to to put your manufactured home on vacant land, also try your best not to choose too remote of a location that could be considered inaccessible for delivery trucks to get to, or difficult to find in general in case you ever have the need for emergency or fire services. If you are certain that you would like to place your manufactured on a vacant and private area, you can always choose to hire professionals to take care of all of the official documents and zoning regulations to make sure that everything is up to code and in line with the expected standards. Another aspect of living in an individual lot versus a manufactured home community that you might want to keep in mind is that living in a manufactured home community might require you to pay additional monthly fees to cover the costs of security and other amenities that living in an established community provides. If you don’t mind having neighbors, there are some benefits to choosing to live in a manufactured home community that you might find to be appealing and more in line with what you’re looking for. Some benefits that manufactured home communities may provide you with might be that the foundation for the home will already be installed for you, the park will have staff with the knowledge to help you resolve any possible minor issues with your home and also handle your building inspection, all of the utilities are already set to be integrated with your home, and there are usually recreational facilities and other opportunities for social interaction located on-site as a part of living in the community. Visit the community and do your research in order to be fully aware of all of the amenities offered in the manufactured home community you are considering placing your manufactured home in in order to decide if they are worth the additional monthly fees you will have to pay to live there.

Decide If You Will Be Renting or Purchasing the Land

When making the decision of where to put your manufactured home, you must also decide if you will be renting or purchasing the land or lot that you will be placing your manufactured home on. If you decide to make a direct purchase of the land, check to make sure that the lot has all of the necessary qualifications that it needs to be zoned for the placement of manufactured homes, and that there are no restrictive covenants placed on the land. If you decide to take the alternative route and rent the land that the manufactured home will be placed on, check that you will not end up having to make additional payments for specific areas like water, sewage or trash removal in the area that your home is located. Do a thorough examination of the lease to make sure that there are not any specific prohibitions or restrictions placed on the land to ensure that you will be able to live comfortably in your home and enjoy the land you live on without any surprise issues.

Check and Double Check for Safety

Make sure that a professional comes to inspect the land that you are planning to put your manufactured home on to make sure that it is an area where a manufactured home is able to be properly and safely installed. One of the most important features to keep in mind when thinking about and deciding where to put your manufactured home is that your manufactured home must be built in an area that allows it to sit on completely level ground. If the land is crooked or if there is the potential for it to sink, you will have to find an alternative spot to place your home.

Manufactured homes can come in a variety of sizes and designs and are able to be built and installed in a wide variety of places. While there can be some restrictions placed on where you are able to put your manufactured home based on local building and zoning laws and requirements, it is absolutely possible to have a great home in a great location if you research and do your due diligence. The most important thing above all is to make sure that your home is placed on a safe and durable foundation to ensure that you can live comfortably and worry-free in your new manufactured home.


Steven Baker