Congratulations! You have made the decision to become a homeowner. Possibly you are taking the mobile or manufactured home route because it is more affordable. This is a wise decision, new mobile or manufactured homes are beautiful, built well, and can be had for a fraction of the price, of a new stick built home.
It is also a much quicker process without all the headaches and decisions of a stick built home. When building a new home, it takes a while. Along the way, people change their minds a lot. This can’t happen with a modular. You pick the floor plan and amenities, and boom, you are in your new home generally within two months.
When buying a manufactured home, you need to have a place to put it. Not all homes are in parks, most are on private lands. The property has to be set up properly for your new home. This means having electric to the property, as well as water and sewer. You must also get all the proper permits as well. Your land has to have a cleared spot that is perfectly level for the home.
Some people choose to take on the whole excavating, leveling, and even transport of the home themselves. They also will do their own water and sewer hookup, and digging as well. This can save thousands of dollars. However, it can be a very stressful thing to take on. There is more to just towing the home and placing it just anywhere. It can be simpler with a single wide, but a double-wide entails quite a bit more.
If you choose to be a do-it-yourselfer, then you may void the home warranty. This is because they are relying on you to do a good job with leveling. The home must sit perfectly level or it could prove to be disastrous later on. One point of the improper installation could cause weakness throughout the whole home. It will settle and warping and bowing. The home will start to develop leaks, and it will just continue from there with plaguing problems.
In most cases, manufacturers will include transport and installation. This is to ensure proper installation. Digging the sewer and plumbing falls on the homeowner, but the sales company usually has recommendations for the proper companies that do this work all the time. It is highly recommended to take this route. It costs more, but the peace of mind is well worth it. People can do most of the land clearing and excavate, before the actual home set up crew get there, to limit the extra costs that may escalate.
Every state has a home set up companies for you to choose from. If you live in Florida, look up information online for local companies, if in Michigan, type in manufactured home sets Michigan, to find a good reputable company with lots of feedback, and information on their website. The same can be done for every state. M Being such a large state that it is, there are many to choose from for manufactured home sets in Michigan. Just check their reviews and references. Do remember to keep an open mind. Not every review is as it seems.
Before going in to purchase your new home, remember to make a list of all the things you must have, and those that are not as important, listed at the bottom. Remember this will be your home, not a rental, You want to be happy, and note, they also offer options, of taking some amenities out and adding others, as it is made specifically for you. Enjoy your new home!