New Manufactured Homes Albuquerque NM
Re/Max Premiere Realtors
3701 San Mateo Blvd NE
9577 Osuna NE Suite B
5101 Coors Blvd NW Ste C
12028 North Highway 14
Cedar Crest, NM
Sun Star Assoc
1915 San Mateo Blvd NE
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6705 Academy NESte A
3322 Coors BlvdSte 8
8300 Carmel Ave NESte 201
Assurance Home Warranty Corporation
Local: 2917 Carlisle Blvd. Ste. #108
Imperial Group Realtors
2325 San Pedro Dr NE Ste 2I
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Advice on Buying a New Manufactured Home
| Advice on Buying a New Manufactured Home|
Sat 02/17/07 08:33:21 am
By Len Bonifield
If you are contemplating the purchase of a new home, whether it is a manufactured home, a modular home, site built or panel built, you want to take steps to assure that you are making wise and not emotional decisions.
I am going to list just a few of the items you should consider. I am sure going through these steps will cause you to think of even more items to consider.
You will want to know and understand each type of construction; know the differences:site built modular, panel and manufactured homes. I own and live in a manufactured home, so naturally, I favor them. A manufactured home can be ready to move in to sooner than a site built home and usually faster than a modular. A manufactured home is built entirely inside the factory under controlled and well inspected conditions.
Check out a number of manufacturers; in other words, shop around. Today's manufactured homes can range from 900 to more than 3,000 square feet. Manufactured homes cost 20 percent to 30 percent less per square foot than site built homes. Check out the various floor plans. Ask how much you can customize and what options are available for your home, and most importantly, learn all the construction features of each manufacturer.
If you are going to finance your home, make sure you check with enough lenders to assure you are getting the best deal. Lenders today have many options available and you will want to understand them all. Check to see if you are eligible for FHA or VA loans. Ask retailers for referrals of finance companies.
Florida installation laws are the best and most strict in the U.S. However, installation is no better than the installer. Installers must be licensed in Florida. A proper installation, depending on which section of the state, will withstand winds ranging from 90 to 110 miles per hour. Make sure your county or local inspector does a thorough inspection of the installation.
Shop the various manufacturers for the best warranty available. Make sure you understand what is covered and what is not. Make your retailer/seller put in writing any promises of warranty coverage. Most manufacturers offer a warranty that covers performance of the structure, factory installed plumbing, heating and electrical systems.
Manufactured homes are built to federal standards, what is known as HUD Code. They regulate design and construction, strength and durability, transportability, fire resistance, energy efficiency and quality control. Each section of your manufactured home must have a HUD Code label affixed.
Where to place your home? You have the option of placing it on land you own, in a land-lease (rental) community, or in a community owned by the residents (ROC). Land-leased and ROC communities are specifically planned and consist solely of manufactured homes. If you plan on buying land, you must first check on zoning laws to assure that manufactured hous...
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