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    How to Replace Mobile Home Subfloor

    20 hours ago · · 0 comments

    How to Replace Mobile Home Subfloor

    Quality mobile home flooring is essential for having a decent lifestyle. Even a little damage can be hazardous, so it is important to know how and when to replace the subfloor in a mobile home. In general, it is important to know as much about mobile home repair as possible. Knowing how to replace flooring and fix a window or roofing issue can save you a lot of money and hassle in the long run.

    About the Subfloor in a Mobile Home

    The sub flooring in your mobile home is the floor underneath all the other flooring layers. This is the layer resting on the joist. Its most important role is to give support to the flooring layers above.

    About Particle Board

    As a structural part of your mobile home floor, the sub floor traditionally used to consist of particle board. This is mostly glue and sawdust mixed together, which does not really make for the best results. Particle boards are quite susceptible to dampness, moisture, soft spots, warping, and rot. Some might say that a particle board mimics a sponge when it comes into contact with any moisture. Even a little dampness in particle board will quickly result in warping, rot, soft spots, and bowing.

    Oriented Strand Board (OSB)

    Fortunately, particle boards are no longer part of the latest and newest mobile homes. For a modern mobile home floor, you will usually find a sub floor consisting of oriented strand board (OSB) or higher grade plywood. These options are much more suited to resisting dampness and have a moisture barrier, thus mostly preventing further issues. However, there might be tiny leaks of water exposure that might still damage the subflooring material.

    You can read up on the best tips for buying a manufactured home in order to avoid getting a low quality mobile home subflooring.

    Checking for Damage in Mobile Home Floors

    So, how do you know if there is a soft spot or any other damage in your sub flooring? There are some common signs of damaged subflooring material that are worth identifying. These might lead to the following:

    • A spongy, uneven sub flooring
    • Holes in flooring, for severe cases
    • A soft spot causing unlevelled areas

    Particle boards are extremely absorbent as compared to more modern materials. As a result, one may notice more soft spots and damage when buying a used, older mobile home. Learn how to find used mobile homes for sale here.

    What To Do in case of Mobile Home Subflooring Damage?

    If your mobile home subflooring has suffered water damage and is exhibiting the symptoms above, installing a new subfloor is the only way to go. Simply repairing the soft spots will not do, as it will cause further damage to the new flooring. Saving a bit of money now can lead to higher costs down the line, so it is best to take action now.

    The good news is that you probably do not need new flooring for the entire mobile home. You are most likely to have mobile home subflooring damage in moisture-susceptible areas, such as the bathroom, laundry room, around the kitchen sink, or wherever there is a leaking pipe. If that is the case, your mobile home floor replacement might only be necessary in those areas.

    The Cost of Replacing Mobile Home Subflooring

    Other than soft spots, you may also want to have a new subfloor in order to prevent future damage. If you are looking to customize a manufactured home, it makes sense to replace the old particle boards. This way, the entire floor will provide a more permanent foundation.

    Here is what you need to replace that manufactured home or mobile home subflooring:

    • Subflooring materials
    • Extra materials, such as vinyl tiles
    • Labor

    The exact costs of replacing your mobile home subflooring will depend on where you live. The size of the damaged area, the condition of the joists underneath, leaks that need fixing, and energy costs are a few more factors that contribute to the price.

    Can You Do It Yourself?

    If you are experienced in DIY projects and have the tools for handling mobile home subflooring replacement, it might be possible. However, novices and newbies who have not worked on manufactured homes and do not know all of the manufactured home maintenance tips should not be handling this job. You do not need specialty tools, but the difficulty scale is around a 7 out of 10.

    What Tools Do You Need?

    If you are not calling in a professional, here are the tools you need to collect before attempting a new flooring in manufactured homes:

    • Circular Saw
    • Pry Bar
    • Knife or some other kind of blade
    • Hammer
    • Scraper

    Here are some materials you also need to have on hand:

    • Liquid nail adhesive
    • 2×6 lumber (the exact amount will depend on the square feet of the damaged area and the perimeter of the room)
    • Suitable subflooring material
    • Galvanized screws

    How to Replace Mobile Home Subfloor

    flooring floor

    It is best to take this floor replacement as a stepbystep process. Here are the major steps you need to take when installing a new subfloor:

    1. Remove the Floor Coverings and Trims

    You first want to remove the topmost layer of the floor. This includes the floor covering, finished flooring, and the trim. The trim and floor covering might be of various types, so the details will differ accordingly. The following tips will help you in getting a new floor without risking much:

    • After you remove the floor covering, check for any leaks and repair them (this is also necessary when you are upgrading the entire floor)
    • Remember, mobile homes and manufactured homes consist of layers, with the walls coming in after the subfloor; this means that a new subfloor will require specific tools
    • Inspect the subfloor part that is under your wall; if there is no damage there, do not disturb it
    • Inspect the crawl space for any leakages or seepage

    Mobile homes have a somewhat different structure than traditional housing (see mobile home vs. stick-built). Before starting this job, you may put things into perspective by looking up how long it takes to build a manufactured home.

    Inspecting for Possible Leak Sources

    After removing the floor covering, it will be possible to trace leaks more accurately. You can see where the damage is now, so follow it to the source. More often than not, the sources will be some sort of roofing issue or window problem. Even minuscule cracks can cause water to come in and run down your mobile home wall.

    Other common leak sources can include damaged water supply lines or pipes. Bad toilet rings are also a risk factor here. The more you know about mobile home plumbing, the better you will be able to seek out these issues and start working on them.

    2. Cutting Out the Subfloor

    After the floor covering is gone, you have to remove the damaged or current subflooring. This is a challenging job; make sure not to disturb the floor joists as they are a structural component of mobile homes.

    If this is a DIY project, you will be responsible for measuring at every step. At this point, measure the subfloor thickness – this will usually be either five-eighths or three-fourths of an inch. This measurement will tell you the right setting for the circular saw. You may then cut the subfloor, starting at six inches away from the mobile home wall. If you want to make it a closer cut, use a Dremel tool or knife.

    Going Deeper

    After going through the perimeter, cut the subflooring up into smaller, more movable pieces. If the floor joists have no wires or pipes running between them, see between the subfloor pieces and remove. The saw setting should remain at the same thickness as the subfloor in order to prevent damage to the floor joists.

    If any of the under-wall subflooring has soft spots or other damage, cut it out around an inch to prevent further issues. This should enable you to put in the new floor afterwards.

    3. Check the Joists

    This is the part where you can see the joists underneath the subfloor very clearly. Use this opportunity and check them thoroughly. In case of damage, you might want to reinforce the joists with some lumber or outright replace them. It will be easier to simply reinforce any minor damage to avoid replacing it in the near future. While you are at it, check the other parts of the home, too. It might be helpful to look up how long a mobile home roof lasts and do any reinforcements now.

    4. Putting in Insulation

    You may be wondering how to add insulation to a mobile home. Without proper insulation, you lose up to 40% of your heat. In a mobile home, you can put insulation in your flooring while also doing away with those soft spots. Make sure to add insulation under pipes and wires in order to get all the heat to it.

    While it is not mandatory to add insulation at this point, this step is highly recommended. You may have to spend an extra bit of money, but it should be well under $100 for a decent-sized mobile home. With the insulation, you will be able to save on your energy costs. The installation and material will probably pay for itself within the year.

    5. Lay Out the New Subflooring

    Laying out the subflooring is actually two steps; it consists of laying it along the perimeter first, and then the room.

    The perimeter is the first step; you attach a 2×4 all around the room to make a new self for laying a subfloor. Where one unit of plywood ends and the other starts, make sure to reinforce the seams. You will also have to put in a 2×4 lumber between each original joist. This will give you a place to nail down the piece of plywood and glue it in place.

    Keep in mind that the new subflooring should be in the same direction as the previous one. These will usually be running perpendicular to your floor joists.

    6. Install the Floor Covering

    This is a fun part of the job; you can choose a new floor and install it now! There are a lot of options for mobile homes when it comes to flooring. Here are some of the best ones:

    • Ceramic tile
    • Luxury vinyl
    • Hardwood
    • Engineered wood
    • Laminate

    You will need to stock up on enough materials to put in the new floor. Get some extras as well; the lack of even one square foot can cause a lot of hassle. You may have to buy a lot of new materials if you live in a double-wide.

    Marine-Grade Plywood

    If you are planning to replace the floors of your kitchen or bathroom, you might want to look at marine-grade plywood. While it is one of the more expensive options, it has inbuilt waterproofing. This option will ensure that your floors are better able to withstand any seepage or leakages in the future.

    Nothing can absolutely guarantee that there will be no more damage in the years to come, but choosing a better kind of flooring can give you some peace of mind. If marine-grade plywood is too expensive for your budget, you may want to check out the thickest vinyl within an affordable price range.

    Sealing the Marriage Line

    The marriage line is what we call the connection for an additional section in a mobile home. When replacing or repairing the subfloor, seal this line properly. If you don’t, air and moisture is likely to leak through and cause frequent damage.

    The Most Difficult Parts of Subfloor Replacement

    Certain parts of the floor replacement process might be more difficult than others. Most professionals would say that removing the previous flooring and building the perimeter joists are the biggest challenges of this work. The various types of floors make it even harder; if you have tiles in already, someone has to rip them up before you even get to the subfloor. For a carpet, you may have to cut into strips and remove it permanently. Finally, it is quite a task to keep everything level. This is the floor we are talking about, so even a little unevenness can make your daily movements inside very troubling.

    More Ideas for Properly Replacing Your Mobile Home Subfloor

    Deciding to replace your mobile home subfloor can increase the quality of your daily life. You can walk about easily without worrying about tripping over a warped or bowed part of the floor. The replacement process will also mean a new floor, which means that the appearance of your mobile home goes up. It is just much more satisfactory to have a new floor when you also know that the foundations are safe and sturdy. This will also ensure that the new flooring does not face damage too quickly.

    Get a New Thickness

    If the previous thickness of your mobile home subfloor was three-fourths of an inch, make it five-eighths of an inch this time around. Plywood is one of the most recommended options, so ask your professional contacts if it is viable for your home. If you use an OSB, some sources recommend that the thickness should be at least 23/24 of an inch. This additional thickness is for holding both the fasteners and the plywood area.

    It is also possible to paint the subfloor of your mobile home. While the sub floor would not be visible, the paint might add an extra layer of protection. Again, you should consult a professional source for the best kind of paint to use along with the proper application.

    Putting New Subfloor Over Old

    Some mobile home owners might try to save money or make their task easier by putting a new subfloor material over the old one. This way, they attempt to go around the difficult project of cutting away and removing the pieces of the old subfloor. However, this is not the best way to go about it, especially if the old subflooring is particle wood.

    As mentioned before, particle wood will soak up all the dampness around it. If and when that happens, the new subflooring on top is also very likely to sustain damage. In some cases, however, plywood on top of the old subflooring might be a strong foundation for floor coverings, such as carpet, vinyl, laminate, or hardwood.

    The Takeaway

    Replacing the subfloor of your mobile home is not going to be an easy task. If you are a DIY expert, you can probably manage to accomplish this task and save a bit of money. Even in this case, however, we recommend that you watch videos, look at images, and get proper visual information for replacing that subfloor. This is a fairly complex project, so it really helps if you can watch someone do it before the first attempt.

    Even if you decide to work on your mobile home subflooring yourself, a professional should be at hand. If you can not get someone to supervise, at least have an experienced professional conduct the inspection and confirm what the flooring requires. A mobile home bathroom is the most susceptible to subfloor damage due to moisture, and its plumbing can be very complicated. So call in a professional today and start on your subfloor as soon as possible!

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    Manufactured Home Renters Insurance: Why You Should Have It

    1 week ago · · 0 comments

    Manufactured Home Renters Insurance: Why You Should Have It

    Protecting your belongings and having peace of mind in case of disaster can be highly beneficial.

    Mobile homes are not built in the same fashion as traditional houses, which requires a different kind of insurance that not all insurance providers offer.

    However, understanding the benefits of manufactured home renters’ insurance, what it can offer, and how to find the best possible coverage to protect your home and personal belongings can leave you much more prepared for the unexpected.

    This guide will cover all of the frequently asked questions and fully explain how manufactured home renters’ insurance works.

    We will detail why renters’ insurance for mobile homes is so beneficial and what will be covered under your policy.

    Let’s start by covering some of the basics.

    Manufactured Home Renters Insurance

    home insurance concept

    So, what is the life expectancy of a manufactured home? Manufactured homes are built to last. However, that does not mean that things don’t come up and the unexpected can’t happen.

    As mentioned previously, mobile homes are constructed differently than traditional homes (see: mobile home vs. stick-built).

    Manufactured homes are also more exposed to damage from weather, wind, or catastrophic events (learn about wind zones for manufactured homes here). Due to this, mobile home renters’ insurance requires an insurance company that offers this coverage.

    Later in this discussion, we will discuss what an average mobile home renter’s policy costs and what questions you should bring up with your insurance agent when purchasing your coverage.

    Let’s first cover what you can expect to be covered under a manufactured home renters insurance policy.

    What is Manufactured Home Renters Insurance and How Does it Work?

    Mobile home renters’ insurance works like any other renter’s policy you would commonly find renting an apartment. However, the primary difference is that not all insurance companies will offer coverage for mobile homes.

    While many do, the shopping process for coverage will be more limited. Once you find a company to offer coverage, mobile home renters’ insurance can give you some peace of mind by providing the following protection and coverage:

    Protection of Your Personal Property

    This can also be known as replacement cost coverage.

    This is important. Often overlooked is everything that goes inside your mobile home.

    In a renter’s policy, protection for your personal property will pay to repair and replace all your personal items.

    Typically, this occurs during catastrophic events such as fires, tornadoes, or even less devastating events, such as break-ins and robbery.

    Regardless, your manufactured home is not the only thing to consider valuable. Your personal belongings need protection, too.

    Liability Coverage

    Liability coverage is also included in a mobile home renters insurance policy.

    Liability coverage will cover expenses or damages when you are at fault or an incident occurs on your property, such as injury or the off chance that damage to property that belongs to someone else occurs at your fault.

    It is 100% worth having this extra layer of protection. You never know what may happen.

    Loss of Use Coverage

    Loss of use coverage refers to the expenses you take on due to having no home to live in as a result of the damages that have taken place. This often requires other living arrangements while the mobile is repaired or replaced.

    Loss of use coverage can also help you cover eating expenses and transportation while replacing or repairing damages.

    Medical Payments

    We can all agree that medical payments can add up quickly and even cause financial disaster for families with coverage.

    Medical care, in general, is extremely costly and only becoming more expensive. Not being prepared for the event medical payments arise could certainly devastate you and your family.

    buddies sipping coffee

    Medical payments coverage is another big positive that you can rest easy knowing is in place with a manufactured home renters’ policy.

    Medical payments will cover medically related expenses to others on the property.

    How Much Mobile Home Renters Insurance Should I Purchase?

    With most insurance companies that offer mobile home insurance policies, the standard amount of coverage is $100,000.00.

    However, if you require more coverage for your belongings or manufactured home, speak to your insurance agent. They can assist you and inform you if you have other options for coverage that better fits your needs. You can also ask if any potential discounts are available or if additional protection riders can be added to the policy, such as flood insurance.

    You can often get lower rates for things such as home security systems installed on your mobile home as well, so it is worth being thorough and asking all necessary questions while purchasing your policy.

    Discounts work in a very similar fashion for renters’ insurance as they do with car insurance/auto insurance and homeowners’ insurance.

    Now that we understand the basics of manufactured home renters’ insurance, we want to point out a few more reasons why renters’ insurance for a manufactured home can be beneficial.

    6 Reasons Manufactured Home Renters Insurance is Recommended and Ideal

    1.) Your Manufactured Home is Worth Protecting

    We have briefly touched on this previously in this discussion, but it is worth noting and emphasizing.

    Mobile homes are not cheap to replace or repair, and things happen. That is life. Finding a mobile home required time, effort, and you potentially have even added custom manufactured home options that cost you additional money.

    Having a layer of protection in place to protect this investment will save you from financial ruin if something happens in the future.

    We can not predict the weather or other unfortunate events. Prepare now, spend a little bit of money and rest easy knowing you are covered.

    2.) Having Extra Protection and Additional Coverage is Ideal

    Injuries and accidents are also typical causes of significant financial strain. They can cause financial disaster without proper coverage in place.

    A primary renter’s policy for your manufactured home is a great way to ensure you have coverage in place to cover yourself, your family, and others visiting on the property.

    Not to mention it is nice knowing you have coverage in place for other events, such as:

    • Falling Objects
    • Fire and Lightning
    • Smoke
    • Theft
    • Weight of Snow or Ice
    • Weather

    3.) Mobile Home Renters Insurance Won’t Break the Bank

    This is one of the benefits we should focus on the most. The cost of renters insurance for a mobile home will not break the bank for the safety and flexibility it can provide if something happens.

    On average, for 2022, a renters insurance policy will range between $15.00 and $40.00 per month.

    When you add up the protection it will provide and the potential payout it can give you if something happens, that seems like a no-brainer if you ask us.

    Compared to homeowners’ insurance or car insurance, renters’ insurance for a mobile home will be cheaper.

    While homeowners’ and auto insurance are typically required by law and renters’ insurance may not be, it still seems like a wise investment to have a policy in place.

    4.) The Personal Belongings in Your Mobile Home Costs Money

    We touched on this previously, but we did not cover or paint the complete picture of what can be replaced with a manufactured home renters’ policy.

    Lumping all your belongings into one category is one approach, but considering the value of items individually may help you realize how beneficial coverage could be.

    For instance, a renter’s policy for your mobile home can also offers personal property coverage, such as jewelry, collectible items, all furniture, and costly electronics.

    Things such as collectibles or jewelry may be worth a large amount of money.

    If you know the value, it would be best to inform your insurance agent when purchasing your renter’s policy to insure those specific items would be covered.

    Sometimes, the policy would cover all belongings, and sometimes an additional rider for specific high-value items may be necessary.

    5.) You May Not Have the Option to Decline Manufactured Home Renters Insurance

    The last thing we have not discussed is that you may not even have the option to decline a renter’s policy for a manufactured home.

    Typically, this will happen if your landlord mandates you to carry a renter’s policy. Some landlords or property owners may require renters’ insurance.

    This is typically to provide great flexibility for the entire mobile home community and ensure everyone is covered in case something happens.

    If you are against getting a renters insurance policy, it would be advised that you ensure that the mobile home community you are considering does not mandate this coverage.

    The Takeaway: Mobile Home Renters Insurance Protects Against the Unexpected

    As you can probably see, manufactured home renters’ insurance is not overly complicated.

    Mobile home insurance can be very beneficial and protect you against the unexpected.

    A mobile home insurance policy can help protect your belongings, protect you against injury or damage to others or their property.

    Not to mention, not all areas you can choose to live in are considered as safe as others. Break-ins and theft certainly happen and being prepared is the best approach.

    While it may be considered as optional coverage, it is worth considering. Significant investments and personal belongings are worth protecting in case a disaster arises.

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    The Top Florists in Fenton, MI

    2 weeks ago · · 0 comments

    The Top Florists in Fenton, MI

    Having a great florist to rely on for special occasions can make gift-giving simple. A great florist will also be able to help you make excellent arrangements for weddings, anniversaries, and other days that hold significant value to you.

    Maybe the last thing you need to make an upcoming beach wedding perfect is the flower arrangements.

    You have several excellent options for a quality florist in the Fenton, MI area.

    In the rest of this quick guide, we will cover five of the best florists in Fenton, Michigan. All of which have specific reasons for making our list.

    Let’s dive into them now.

    Florists in Fenton, MI

    flower shop led by young woman smiling

    Finding a great florist means relying on them for timely shipping, and you can also trust their opinion on potential flower combinations and offer suggestions that create beautiful floral arrangements or simple gift baskets.

    All the five potential florists you could work with detailed below in the Fenton, MI area are undoubtedly capable of doing just that.

    Let’s start with Fenton Flowers & Events at the #1 spot.

    1.) Fenton Flowers & Gifts

    Location: 17185 Silver Pkwy, Fenton, MI 48430

    Business Hours: 9AM CST 4PM CST

    Flower Delivery: Yes

    What We Like The Most

    Fenton Flowers is hands down the best florist in Fenton, MI. Fenton Flowers can serve your needs and cover you regardless of the occasion you are currently planning.

    Fenton Flowers & Gifts

    Fenton Flowers & Gifts offers delivery not only for Fenton, MI 48430, but also provides same-day delivery to all surrounding areas.

    Fenton Flowers & Gifts has been serving the local Fenton area for more than 30 years and has a wide variety of flowers and gift bundles to choose from.

    Fenton Flowers is currently recognized as a Certified Professional Florist by the Michigan Floral Association and offers flower arrangements for weddings, parties, and other kinds of events.

    If you want a florist that can serve your floral needs, regardless of size, Fenton Flowers & Events is one of the best options to consider in Fenton, MI.

    2.) Gerych’s Greenhouse, Flowers & Events

    Gerych’s Greenhouse, Flowers & Events

    Location: 713 W Silver Lake Rd, Fenton, MI 48430

    Business Hours: 10AM CST 6PM CST

    Flower Delivery: Yes

    What We Like The Most

    If you are looking for a florist that truly offers everything you can think of and can help you regardless of the upcoming occasion, Gerych’s Greenhouse deserves some consideration.

    Gerych’s Greenhouse has a ton to offer, literally. If you check out their website, you will see they have available packages for almost any event. This includes anything from get-well floral arrangements to birthdays, weddings, and anniversaries.

    Not to mention all these available packages:

    • Annuals
    • Body Floral
    • Congratulations
    • Corporate Packages
    • Father’s Day
    • Any Occasion
    • Prom
    • Sympathy

    Gerych’s even has seasonal arrangements.

    Maybe you are just looking for the perfect floral arrangement for the fall season.

    If you have some things to do in Fenton, MI upcoming that a floral arrangement would be needed for, we are certain Gerych’s Greenhouse could serve you well.

    Gerych’s also offers same-day local flower delivery and serves the entire local Fenton area.

    If you need a gift basket in a hurry, consider Gerych’s Greenhouse, Flowers & Events.

    3.) Yard ‘N Garden Center & Florist

    Location: 603 W Silver Lake Rd, Fenton, MI 48430

    Business Hours: 9AM CST 6PM CST

    Flower Delivery: Yes

    What We Like The Most

    Yard ‘N Garden is another of the best options in Fenton, MI for all your florist needs.

    Yard ‘N Garden focuses on the Fenton, MI area and is a family-owned and operated florist.

    Yard ‘N Garden prides itself on service that is not only prompt, but service that is provided by a friendly and knowledgeable staff.

    Yard ‘N Garden offers everything from special occasion floral arrangements to summer bouquets.

    Yard ‘N Garden is open six days per week. Yard ‘N Garden is closed on Sundays.

    Yard ‘N Garden also provides specialty services, including large orders requiring additional inventory, tropical plants, European dish gardens, and silk arrangements.

    Yard ‘N Garden has received several reviews from previous customers who are happy with the wide variety of floral arrangements available and the professional level of expertise they received when working with Yard ‘N Garden.

    If you need it, Yard ‘N Garden can provide it quickly and professionally. They are worth consideration for a top florist in Fenton, MI.

    4.) Linden Florist

    Location: 106 S Bridge St, Linden, MI 48451 

    Business Hours: 9AM CST 5PM CST

    Flower Delivery: Yes

    What We Like The Most

    Linden Florist is another excellent pick in the Fenton area. They are located off S Bridge Street and is one of the florists we chose just outside of Fenton, Michigan.

    Linden Florist

    Linden Florist does offer local flower delivery to the Fenton, MI, area.

    They have great reviews, boasting its beautiful flower arrangements and excellent service.

    5.) Sweet Thyme Floral

    Location: 3444 Breeze Point Ct, Linden, MI 48451

    Business Hours: 10AM CST 3PM CST

    Flower Delivery: Yes

    What We Like The Most

    Sweet Thyme Floral is the second florist shop we included in our list that is located just outside of Fenton, MI, in Linden, Michigan.

    With that said, Sweet Thyme Floral does provide florist services for the Fenton, MI area. It offers local flower delivery in addition to curbside pickup.

    Sweet Thyme Floral is open seven days a week and offers nearly all floral services.

    Reviews state that individuals are impressed with the flower variety and selection offered by Sweet Thyme Floral.

    Final Thoughts

    Fenton, Michigan is known for a lot of things.

    As you can see, Fenton, Michigan has several excellent options that can provide your floral arrangements and likely meet your current floral needs and desires.

    Quality florists never seem to get the credit they deserve. Great florists offer services that can help us quickly provide sentimental and meaningful gifts.

    Whether it is sending a perfect flower arrangement or gift basket for mother’s day or putting together a romantic package for Valentine’s Day; or, maybe you need someone for something a bit more significant, such as wedding flowers.

    Regardless of what special day you need assistance with for the perfect gift, we are confident all the florists listed here today will get the job done in Fenton, MI.

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    Lake Fenton Estates vs. Tyrone Woods Manufactured Community

    3 weeks ago · · 0 comments

    Lake Fenton Estates vs. Tyrone Woods Manufactured Community

    Living in the Fenton suburb of Michigan is not a bad idea. There are many reasons why this place is so popular among growing families, retirees, and young professionals. Between the alternative housing options and thriving community, potential residents can expect to lead a great lifestyle here.

    Are you in search of suburban surroundings, a somewhat conservative community, and convenient locations? If that is the case, the choice might boil down to either Lake Fenton Estates or Tyrone Woods Manufactured Home Community. There are many benefits of living in a manufactured home. So, considering these two options is a good idea.

    Lake Fenton Estates

    The Estate

    Housing prices are rising at rapid rates, but we do have alternative housing options to fall back upon. Traditional homes in and around Fenton, MI might be out of reach for many people. However, manufactured, mobile, and modular homes now offer an excellent quality of life without having to go into lifelong debt.

    There are quite a few options available when it comes to mobile home parks or manufactured home communities. Of all these, you might get confused between a Lake Fenton Estates home or a place in the Tyrone Woods Manufactured Home Community. Want to clear up this confusion? Look no further; we have got a detailed discussion of both communities below:

    About Lake Fenton Estates

    Located at 11429 Harbor Cove, Fenton, MI 48430, Lake Fenton Estates provides affordable living spaces in various floor plan options. It is a mobile home community where you find mobile homes for rent in Fenton, MI, buy them.

    Wondering why you should consider Lake Fenton Estates? Here are some perks of living here:

    1. Beautiful Surroundings

    At Lake Fenton Estates, waterfront views greet the community locals and anyone who comes to visit. There is a down to earth feel here, with everyone getting a warm welcome from the community as well as the professional on-site management.

    2. Pets are Allowed

    At present, there is a reasonable mobile home community pet policy here. A Lake Fenton Estates home can have a maximum of two pets. There is a 35-pound limit per pet, with a pet deposit and monthly fee as well.

    The neighborhood of Lake Fenton is also a pet-friendly one. Lake Fenton residents report that many people come here to walk their dogs and get them some much-needed exercise.

    3. A Convenient Location

    When your new address is in Lake Fenton Estates, you have easy access to highways like I-75 and US-23. These make it easy for residents of Lake Fenton to get to Detroit and Ann Arbor, respectively. With this convenience, work commutes, day trips, and shopping in Fenton, MI are quite easy. Even some Fenton, MI schools are within walking distance.

    3. A Caring School District

    The Lake Fenton School District gives all their students a caring atmosphere and useful programs. This practice ensures that the children get all sorts of benefits while they are pursuing a good education.

    4. A Friendly Neighborhood

    For the most part, Lake Fenton Estates residents are known to be a friendly group. The citizens here show concern and kindness to one another.

    Possible Downsides of Living in Lake Fenton Estates

    There are always some flaws in a place. So, let’s have a look at the downsides on living in Lake Fenton Estates:

    1. A Lot of Maintenance for Some Units

    According to reviews online, not every home in Lake Fenton Estates is perfect. If you are planning on buying a home, keep in mind that you will probably be responsible for all the manufactured home maintenance issues. Just a few of the reported problems included a bad furnace, the electricity shorting out, and leaking vents.

    2. A Lot of Rules

    While there are rules in every mobile home community, some residents of Lake Fenton Estates feel that the program here might be a bit too excessive. Residents have to work hard to keep up the appearance of their place, which might not be everyone’s cup of tea.

    3. A Car-Dependent Area

    The feedback online also indicates that the residents of Lake Fenton Estates will probably need to own a car to get around. While it is possible to get by on a bike within a certain tedious area, most shopping centers and parks in Fenton, MI are only easy to access if you have a car or take a cab.

    Overall, residing in Lake Fenton Estates might be easy on the pocket. You might even be able to lead a decent lifestyle. However, there will be some compromises. Before making any decisions, we should consider alternative options to Lake Fenton Estates, such as the Tyrone Woods Manufactured Home Community.

    About Tyrone Woods Manufactured Home Community

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    We will now come to Tyrone Woods Manufactured Home Community. This is also set in an attractive location and offers affordable manufactured homes for those who want to settle down.

    Can Tyrone Woods have your dream home? Let’s have a look at the main benefits of living here:

    1. A Range of Options

    In Tyrone Woods, you have a wide range of homes to choose from. They have some of the best new and used double-wide mobile homes for sale in Michigan.

    2. A Central Location

    Whether you are in a new manufactured home or a pre-owned one, Tyrone Woods offers the same convenient location to every resident. There are easy commutes to downtown Fenton, MI, commercial activities, community events, and cultural hubs. One will also find it easy to access shopping centers, recreation points, schools, and workplaces. In short, there will be something within convenient distance for every age range.

    3. Updated Units with A Lot of Space

    The mobile homes for sale in Fenton, MI at Tyrone Woods have renovated floor plans, modern amenities, and master suites. Just a few examples here include stone fireplaces, pitched roofs, and vinyl siding. These perks make sure that you get a spacious and comfortable space.

    All of the homes they offer are double-wide options, and they go up to 2,200 square feet. All floor plans contain at least 3-bedrooms and at least 2-bathrooms. If we compare places like Cider Mills Crossing to Tyrone Woods, there won’t be amenities like this in the former.

    4. Pet-Friendly

    The atmosphere at Tyrone Woods is especially friendly towards pets. For a reasonable deposit and a small monthly fee, pet owners can keep their furry friends and let them explore the vicinity without any worries.

    5. Amazing Amenities

    The amenities in Tyrone Woods’ manufactured homes include:

    • Central heating
    • Air conditioning
    • Manufactured home sheds
    • Personal parking
    • New water filtration system
    • Services from the management team

    6. Option to Customize

    Tyrone Woods prides itself on making its residents feel happy and comfortable in their own space. This is why they allow residents who own their unit to customize the place as they see fit. If you have been wondering whether you can customize a manufactured home within a community, contact Tyrone Woods Manufactured Home Community and their management team today.

    7. A Lot of Social Activities

    Social connections are important when it comes to making a place your own. At Tyrone Woods, you have a vibrant, friendly community and a lot of attractive social activities to participate in.

    8. Gorgeous Scenery

    Michigan is one of the most beautiful states to live in, and the Tyrone Woods Manufactured Home Community allows you to enjoy this natural beauty to the fullest. Some units offer lagoon views, while others give you a sight of the lovely rolling hills in the area. When you venture outside, there are several clean and open spaces for playing, walking, and having picnics.

    9. A Top-Notch School District

    Families with school going children place a lot of importance on the nearby schools when they are planning to move. If you are one of those, Tyrone Woods is one of the best choices you can make. This place is part of the Linden Community Schools District, which has won many awards. The schools here are sure to shape your child’s academic future in the best way possible.

    Possible Downsides of Living in Tyrone Woods

    There are no foreseeable or permanent downsides of Tyrone Woods that we can discuss at the moment. For some people who have to work in Lansing, the commute might be quite long. However, the main downside is that the units at Tyrone Woods may not be available for too long. Do not let others snap them all up; get a mobile home tour and reserve your unit as soon as possible!

    The Takeaway

    The community locals at Tyrone Woods Manufactured Home Community seem pretty satisfied and happy with their lot. There is no doubt that this option provides professional on-site management, a down to earth feel, and homes where lagoon views greet the occupants each day. While Lake Fenton Estates might be a nice compromise, Tyrone Woods seems to offer a much better deal overall. Do not forget that the schools in Tyrone ensure that all their students have the best and most well-rounded education possible.

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    All in all, we won’t recommend waiting any longer. Once you read up on what to look for when buying a manufactured home, call up the Tyrone Woods management and book a tour today!

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    The Top Lakes in Fenton, Michigan

    4 weeks ago · · Comments Off on The Top Lakes in Fenton, Michigan

    The Top Lakes in Fenton, Michigan

    The Midwest plays home to some of the best lakes in the country. Fenton, Michigan, has no shortage of great lakes, offering plenty of outdoor activities, scenery, and wildlife.

    Fenton not only has some gorgeous and scenic lakes, but has lakes that can be a perfect destination for water sports, fishing, kayaking, or maybe some camping and hiking.

    It is hard to find someone that does not enjoy a day on the Lake, but the reasons for choosing specific lakes can vary based on the individual.

    The good news is that we have done the homework for you. If you are looking for some of the best lakes in the Fenton, Michigan area, the lakes listed below definitely rank at the top and won’t disappoint.

    Lakes in Fenton, Michigan

    Depending on the reason you are looking to find one of the best lakes in the Fenton, Michigan area, the lakes we discuss below are ideal for various reasons.

    Whether they offer a wide variety of activities such as public beaches in Fenton or some of the best fishing in the area, one of these lakes will fit the criteria for anyone looking for a day on the water that is new to the area.

    1.)   Lake Fenton

    Lake Fenton, MI

    Lake Fenton, MI is the largest lake in the area with a rich history. Lake Fenton has public access to the Lake at 2244 Grove Park Road, Fenton, Michigan 48430.

    Lake Fenton is surrounded by unique communities and neighborhoods, and is over 845 acres.

    For those who are cruising on a boat and relaxing, you can enjoy seeing the different kinds of homes and communities with their own unique physical appearance and histories.

    Lake Fenton even attracts individuals that are scuba diving enthusiasts who specifically visit to take advantage of the 90-foot maximum depth areas.

    If you enjoy fishing, Lake Fenton will not disappoint. Lake Fenton is a popular spot for anglers who enjoy fishing for various species.

    Whether you are just visiting for the day or plan to move to Lake Fenton, it ranks as one of the best lakes in the area.

    Notable Lake Information

    • AllSports Lake: Yes
    • Maximum Depth: 90 Feet
    • Most Notable Fish Species: Largemouth Bass, Northern Pike, Sunfish, Walleye, Crappie, Bluegill

    2.)   Silver Lake

    Silver Lake has one of the largest parks in Fenton, Michigan. The park spans across 35.4 acres and was established in 1974. Silver Lake also offers one of the most robust sets of activities available, including volleyball, horseshoe pits, badminton courts, and a public beach area.

    Silver Lake

    Silver Lake is located roughly 20 minutes from Bennett Lake on Silver Lake Road, Fenton, MI 48430.

    Notable Lake Information

    • AllSports Lake: Yes
    • Maximum Depth: 64 Feet
    • Most Notable Fish Species: Largemouth Bass, Bluegill, Perch

    3.)   Squaw Lake

    Squaw Lake is in Genesee County, located North of Silver Lake Road and US-23. Genesee County is one of the best affordable places to live in Michigan.

    This lake is considered a natural kettle lake that covers 80 acres and is part of the Chain of Lakes that includes Lake Tupper and Lake Ponemah.

    Squaw Lake has no public beach, but does offer all other water-sport activities, with the only restrictions being certain no-wake zones.

    Squaw Lake

    One of the most notable activities to enjoy at Squaw Lake is simply cruising and enjoying the scenery down the numerous canals that connect you to the other lakes.

    Notable Lake Information

    • AllSports Lake: Yes
    • Maximum Depth: 48 Feet
    • Most Notable Fish Species: Bluegill, Largemouth Bass, Northern Pike, Smallmouth Bass, Yellow Perch

    4.)   Marl Lake

    Marl Lake is roughly eight minutes from Lake Ponemah, which is one of the more popular lakes in the Fenton, MI area.

    Marl Lake connects to Silver Lake under Owens Rod. It is 75 acres in size and allows all sports, but does not have a public beach.

    However, you could visit Silver Lake, which is connected to Marl Lake, if a public beach is a must-have for your excursion.

    This lake averages 11 feet of depth across the lake. For avid anglers, it is considered one of the better lakes in Fenton, Michigan.

    Marl Lake

    Notable Lake Information

    • AllSports Lake: Yes
    • Maximum Depth: 36 Feet
    • Most Notable Fish Species: Panfish, Largemouth Bass, Bluegill

    5.)   Crooked Lake

    Crooked Lake is in Fenton Township at 12060 Mantawauka Drive, Fenton, MI 48430.

    This is another lake that is not only desirable to spend the day enjoying various water activities, but is also a desirable place to live in the Fenton, MI area.

    This lake is not one of the best places to visit for those who like high-powered boats and water-skiing. These two activities are considered prohibited on the lake.

    Those who enjoy fishing and don’t need the high-power motors for boating will enjoy a day at this lake, which features plenty of fish species.

    Notable Lake Information

    • AllSports Lake: No
    • Maximum Depth: 42 Feet
    • Most Notable Fish Species: Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Rock Bass, Yellow Perch, White Suckers, Shiners, Chubs

    The Takeaway

    Fenton, Michigan is known for many things. One of them is having some of the best options for lakes to visit in the area.

    No matter what activities you prefer, one of the lakes we discussed above will create a fun day for the entire family.

    Most people know it is tough to find a lake in Fenton, Michigan that would disappoint, but these are the Lakes in Fenton, MI that we think would bring the most adventure and excitement.

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    Can You Customize a Manufactured Home?

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    Can You Customize a Manufactured Home?

    A manufactured home is a great form of alternative housing. If you get a ready-made one or even a used manufactured home, the price could be much lower than that of a traditional home.

    However, it is understandable that a homeowner wants to have their personal touch when it comes to a home’s interior and exterior. Fortunately, there are several customization options when it comes to manufactured or modular homes.

    Can You Customize a Manufactured Home?

    Customized Home

    While manufactured homes do have somewhat similar floor plans, Tyrone Woods Manufactured Home Community offers some variety in this regard. If you have your own mobile home, it is possible to try out customization options such as taller roof pitches, room dividers, modern faucets, decorative posts, and your preferred architectural themes.

    The changes can be major or minor, but the end goal is to have your dream home in place. You might even be able to tweak the floor plan with the right equipment and effort.

    How to Customize Your Own Manufactured Home

    Have you been wondering how to get a custom mobile home design? At the Tyrone Woods Manufactured Home Community, we understand how important it is to have your own custom home. Whether it is interior design or exterior design, every homeowner deserves to have a unique setting for their family life. Of course, it helps to have an idea of what to look for when buying a manufactured home.

    So, how do you set about planning the customization of your modular home or manufactured home? Without further ado, let’s have a look at the different aspects of making your dream home:

    Interior Design: Floor Plans

    The interior design options in modular homes or manufactured homes can be endless. While the floor plan is one of the first things a buyer checks out, you do not have to live with the same setup every single day. Here are just a few tweaks to consider for your custom mobile home:

    • Dividing up large living rooms to create different zones, such as an office space or crafting area
    • Relocating bedrooms
    • Adapting floor plans to fit the preferred exterior design

    Analyzing the Floor Plans

    When you are planning to buy a manufactured home or modular home, first make sure to look at every floor plan available. While there might be hundreds to choose from, you can narrow down your search by asking for the specific size you need. In case a larger floor plan has features you want in yours, ask the management if the same aspects are applicable in your required floor plan.

    Customizing the Living Room

    Living in manufactured homes or modular homes does not mean that you have to give up on having large gatherings. Anyone living in a manufactured home can easily host sleepovers for their children or a huge Super Bowl party every year.

    Check Out Living Room Space Options

    Whether you want to hang out with friends on a daily basis or need a quick change for a party, there are living room options for every occasion. Some manufactured homes in Tyrone Woods Manufactured Home Community might even have two living room spaces to accommodate large families. Just a few more customizations may include:

    Customizing the Kitchen

    We call the kitchen the heart of every home, and there is a lot of truth in this saying. This is where the necessary cooking takes place, even if it is just heating up meals or making smoothies. When you are in a mobile home, it is possible to make the kitchen more functional and, hence, more attractive for healthy, everyday home cooking. This is good for those who love to cook or those who want to get on a healthy track and start cooking at home more.

    Customization Options

    Here are just a few customization options to consider for your manufactured home kitchen:

    • Renovating the setup for more cabinet space and counter space
    • Changing the cabinet paint or finishes
    • Go for a larger sink or one in a different design
    • Changing the countertop materials for better appearance and function
    • Choose an attractive backsplash for behind the stove
    • Have a kitchen island for easier preparation or for serving and eating meals
    • Replace old models with new stainless steel appliances or any other theme

    Customization for Bathrooms

    Bathrooms are an essential feature in all manufactured homes. Customizing these will make your living experience better than before. Luckily, there is a lot of flexibility when it comes to customization options for bathrooms. Just a few examples include:

    • Tiled showers or glass-walled shower enclosures
    • Jetted tubs or Jacuzzis
    • Installing a vintage, claw-footed tub
    • Undermount or overmount sinks with vanities for more storage space
    • Modern faucets with materials like bronze for better aesthetic
    • Unique cabinet designs with various colors and textures
    • Upgraded ventilation systems, including vents and exhaust fans as well as windows

    Exterior Design: Architectural Themes

    Some mobile home owners might want to begin customizing the exterior first. After all, the exterior of any home is what you first see. Here are just a few aspects to consider while thinking about customizing the exterior of a mobile home.

    Customization Options

    • The exterior color, which could vary according to the environment and the owner’s personal taste; another influence might be what the manufactured home park allows
    • Changing the dormers and siding of a home can both upgrade it and make it stand out from neighboring homes
    • Changing the roof color or material for a better appearance or better function
    • A possible second story for more space to accommodate growing families
    • Changing the colors or design of the doors and windows (window treatments may also fall under this category)

    There is a lot to do when you consider the exterior of any home, whether it is an alternative or traditional choice. Let’s now discuss customization for certain exterior aspects in more detail:

    A Porch or Deck

    Porches are a popular addition to any American home. They add a nice, peaceful touch to any structure and can really tie a home together. You may want to go for a covered porch, a wraparound porch, or something that is open from almost every side in order to fully utilize the breeze. With a space like this, you will have a common place for socializing, hanging out with friends, or just enjoying some quality family time.

    Porch Accessories

    Some people might want to enjoy the porch as a place to relax and just watch the world go by. Some porch furniture is necessary in any case, but you can also consider getting a porch swing, a hammock, or a rocking chair for even more comfort.

    If you are more of a private person, you can consider getting a back porch instead of a front one.

    Exterior Colors

    There is a wide variety of exterior colors that can help homeowners customize the style of their homes. It always helps to have experts assist in selecting colors that will be both suitable, yet a bit different from the usual stuff. An expert consultation also helps when you want a color combination to break the monotony.

    What to Consider Before Customizing a Manufactured Home

    Even if you own a manufactured home, keep in mind that you can’t just make changes without consulting the local authorities. There are also several considerations before starting a customization project. Before you hire a contractor or start stripping rooms down, make sure you are aware of some points.

    Some Considerations

    • The local zoning government office or manufactured homes community personnel must review the selected design and approve it
    • A custom modular home or mobile home can be quite expensive, especially for certain products or features
    • You may not always find just the right features you envision for your dream modular home or mobile home
    • Selling a customized mobile home can be difficult, as the new features may lower the price; here’s a guide to selling a manufactured home in Michigan
    • It takes  a lot of effort and time to get the floor plans just right
    • If your modular home is in a park, the park management will have to approve your plans before anything else

    After all this, you also have to consider the life expectancy of a manufactured home or modular home.

    The Takeaway

    When you have your own manufactured home, your natural instinct is to start thinking about making it a dream home for the long run. You may envision various styles and features, making the most out of existing floor plans for designing new ones. With modular construction and manufactured homes becoming more common, it is time we learned how to customize floor plans, interiors, exteriors, and much more.

    Of course, it is not just about tweaking a floor plan and working on the immediate exterior of a manufactured home or modular home. The surrounding areas are part of what make up a dream home. Just to start with, think about whether you should get a shed for your manufactured home.

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    Can a Manufactured Home Be Considered a Single-Family Home?

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    Can a Manufactured Home Be Considered a Single-Family Home?

    Owning a home is something most Americans strive for and begin dreaming about after landing a job that realistically has the chance of providing the funds and financing to make such a purchase.

    In today’s fast-paced world, we have more options than ever when purchasing homes.

    Not only do you have choices about which kind of home to buy, but you can even get financing approved in 2022 simply by clicking a few buttons on your computer. Pretty crazy, right?

    Manufactured housing has become more appealing to homebuyers due to lower prices, and floor plan options have begun to open, intriguing the market more than ever.

    Not to mention, a long-standing negative view of manufactured homes and mobile home purchasing has already started to subside.

    The question we want to cover today is whether a manufactured home can be considered a single-family home?

    Can a Manufactured Home Be Considered a Single-Family Home?

    Single Family Home

    Manufactured housing has become much more attractive to the homebuying segment of the population.

    Especially those who are just beginning careers and have less money for a down payment than required to purchase a single-family home.

    Manufactured homes have also become much more appealing.

    Some individuals may be looking to downsize because kids have moved out of the house, or perhaps they are planning retirement in a more desirable state or location. Learn why downsizing to a mobile home may be the right choice for you here.

    The reasons manufactured homes have become more appealing vary depending on the buyer.

    To understand if and why a manufactured home can be considered a single-family home, it is essential to understand what precisely a manufactured home is.

    What is a Manufactured Home?

    So, is a manufactured home a mobile home? Manufactured homes often get lumped into the same group as mobile homes. While some qualities are very similar, and the resemblance may be relatively strong, that is not quite the case.

    Manufactured homes are prefabricated and assembled in factories and then shipped to the location where they will be used or where someone will reside. Often inside of communities that feature all manufactured homes.

    Manufactured homes are much improved compared to mobile homes of the past.

    Post-1976, (HUD) Department of Housing and Urban Development raised the standards for mobile homes, and mobile homes started being classified as manufactured homes. See HUD Code for manufactured homes.

    This is the same year that VIN (Vehicle Identification Number) became a requirement for mobile homes.

    It is also important to note that a manufactured home and a modular home do not follow the same codes or standards.

    Modular homes must follow local, city, and state guidelines, while manufactured homes are held to the Federal (HUD) guidelines.

    Simply put, before 1976, you would have considered purchasing a mobile home, but manufactured homes are the correct terminology in today’s world.

    Manufactured Homes: A Truly Great Option for Many

    While some basic options to consider such as double-wide or single-wide homes are still at play, things have certainly changed a lot with manufactured homes, and for the better.

    Manufactured housing in 2022 is beginning to look just as appealing. They have stylish designs, much like any typical single-family home (see mobile home vs. stick-built).

    Nowadays, you can purchase a manufactured home with many floor plan options available to you. You can even opt for a newer, more expensive interior.

    Why stop now? Choose your exterior designs, shop manufactured homes by size or square footage, and add other desirable characteristics to the house, such as metal roofing. Learn how long a roof lasts on a mobile home here.

    It is all possible with manufactured homes!

    Manufactured homes today also offer other desirable features that most single-family homes have.

    Examples include homes with master bathrooms, fullsize or walkin closets, and goodsized front and backyards. Yard space will depend on other factors we will discuss shortly, but the point here is simple…

    10-15 years ago, manufactured homes may not have carried the same unique traits you can find with single-family traditional homes. In today’s world, though, they do.

    Most would agree that in 2022, the differences can be hard to distinguish and that manufactured homes can offer nearly everything you can get with a traditional single-family house.

    While it is certainly true that a manufactured home can be considered a singlefamily home, it does not come without some considerations. Considerations we believe are essential to keep in mind during your home-shopping phase.

    Purchase Considerations with Manufactured Homes

    Want to know what to look for when buying a manufactured home? When making a purchase on your first home or maybe your retirement home, a lot should be looked at and factored into the decision.

    Some primary differences between manufactured homes and traditional houses should be considered. One of the biggest things to remember is that manufactured homes are not like mobile homes of the past. They aren’t mobile, so to speak. Yes, they can be moved, but they rarely are and are typically bought and placed to remain in one spot, permanently.

    Financing a Mobile Home May Be Difficult

    While it is not impossible, you may find that it is more difficult to find a mortgage lender for a mobile home because it is not considered “real property.” It is actually considered personal property.

    Banks love “real property” and something they can use as collateral against you in the case of default.

    This does not mean it can not be done, but the guidelines and requirements needed to do so may be much more stringent than purchasing a single-family home and own land.

    Finding a Permanent Destination for Your Home Needs Considered

    If you purchase a manufactured home, you will look for a permanent resting spot.

    Think of it more like a permanent foundation for your mobile home than having the freedom to up and leave whenever you choose.

    Most individuals who purchase a manufactured home will look at various manufactured home communities in their desired area.

    You will want to look at an area that not only features the manufactured housing community you are looking for, but also offers recreational activities you enjoy. Learn the benefits of a manufactured home land-lease community here.

    Maybe you and your family prefer an area with great dining and food, or perhaps you are looking for a place with some of the best golf. Of course, this will depend on your lifestyle, but it should not be overlooked.

    As we discussed before, you may also prefer a community that offers a yard. This is especially true for younger couples looking to purchase a manufactured home to save money, but still can offer some of the biggest benefits you gain when you purchase a traditional single-family home.

    Perfect Example of a Great Manufactured Home Community

    Take Tyrone Woods Manufactured Home Community in Fenton, Michigan, for example.

    In this community, you can enjoy all these perks and still save money purchasing mobile homes for sale in Fenton, MI.

    You also have the option in Tyrone Woods to lease or purchase, making it attractive to various buyers in different financial situations.

    A manufactured home community like Tyrone Woods Manufactured Home Community offers all the benefits we have discussed thus far.

    In a community like this, you can choose floor plans that offer 1,500 square feet or more than 2,000 square feet.

    Tyrone Woods also offers floor plans that include:

    • 3Bedrooms
    • 4Bedrooms

    These floor plans are not common with modular homes in Michigan and offer plenty of space for your personal property.

    The homes in Tyrone Woods also offer many amenities that may be desirable for a new homebuyer. This can include central air, heat, and enough yard space to include manufactured home sheds. These are things that you won’t even find with some traditional single-family homes.

    Clearly, manufactured homes in communities like Tyrone Woods offer tons of the same benefits you can find searching for a normal home, but will ultimately cost you less.

    Other Benefits and Downsides of Manufactured Homes

    Manufactured homes offer some unique benefits, but also come with a few downfalls compared to other housing options you can consider.

    It is essential to have a clear understanding of your options.

    Choose Features and Options Inside and Outside Your Home

    Choosing your finishes and options for a manufactured home is nice. The options are much more robust today than in the past with mobile homes.

    It can be built to your preferences, or you can look at current manufactured homes already for sale.

    While you can technically do this with a single-family home, the process is much more streamlined with a manufactured home. Learn more about how double-wide mobile homes are built here.

    Affordability and Pricing for Manufactured Homes Can Be Beneficial

    One of the most significant benefits of a manufactured home is, hands down, the pricing.

    Manufactured homes are much more affordable than traditional single-family homes. If you are shopping for a home on a budget, don’t need a ton of living space, and have fewer individuals living in the house, a manufactured home may be a great option.

    On the flip side, you need to think about the available leased-land and where you will live once you have decided on a manufactured home. Renting space will add extra costs to your home. You could always lean towards options such as finding a great manufactured home in an established community like the Tyrone Woods.

    Another downfall worth mentioning is that currently, a mobile or manufactured home does not rise in value as quickly as a traditional single-family home, on average. While this would not be a big deal for those intending on living in their home forever, it could be a factor to consider if you have a short time horizon for how long you plan to live in your manufactured home. Learn how to increase the value of a manufactured home here.

    Ultimately, Options are Limited with Manufactured Homes

    While manufactured homes are being produced faster and more efficiently than ever, at the end of the day, you still have limited options when it comes to your home purchase.

    Compared to a single-family traditional home, you will not have the same customization options.

    While options are still available and you can change out finishes with higher end materials, the overall customization options are not as robust and you may have community guidelines in your area to abide by.

    Final Thoughts: Manufactured Homes May Be the Perfect Purchase for You

    Manufactured homes have evolved and become much better in recent years. While they do not resemble the mobile homes of the past or equate to exactly what you get from a single-family home, they certainly make for a great option to save some money and still get a great living and community.

    Manufactured homes may have not had much social approval in prior years, but in today’s world the demand is high for manufactured homes and the options are becoming endless.

    If you are considering a move or need to shop available properties and manufactured homes, check out the homes available at Tyrone Woods Manufactured Home Community today.

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    How to Buy a Manufactured Home

    2 months ago · · Comments Off on How to Buy a Manufactured Home

    How to Buy a Manufactured Home

    Mobile homes, now more commonly referred to as manufactured homes, offer affordable housing in areas with otherwise expensive housing options.

    What is manufactured housing you ask? Manufactured homes refer to homes built off-site at a lower price than traditional houses. Manufactured homes offer mobile home floor plans, but they can also resemble traditional homes.

    Most people buy manufactured homes instead of renting, meaning the owner owns the property after they pay off the cost of the home. Buying a manufactured home resembles buying a traditional home in many ways; but there are some special considerations and challenges that come with the sale of a manufactured home. Learn more here in our guide on how to buy a manufactured home:

    Introduction

    A manufactured home is a home that is built in a factory and then transported to the designated location. It does not contain a permanent foundation. A permanent foundation must be installed on-site before the transport of the manufactured home, if it is to be used.

    Manufactured homes typically use lighter (and less expensive) building materials in the home construction process, making them easier to move. It is also cheaper for companies to mass produce them in a factory. For these reasons, most manufactured homes cost 10%-35% less per square foot than site-built homes.

    Manufactured homes must adhere to U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD Code) regulations regarding construction. The building codes for manufactured homes are slightly different than those for traditional homes or site-built homes.

    You can buy your manufactured home through a real estate agent, a manufactured home retailer, a manufactured home builder, a manufactured home community, or a private seller. Checkout the top mobile home dealers in Michigan here.

    It is important to note that the home does not come with the property. You will need to buy land yourself or rent land from a manufactured home park.

    Different Types of Manufactured Homes

    Manufactured homes cover most alternatives to site-built homes; but is a manufactured home a mobile home?

    While sometimes used interchangeably in error, a manufactured home is not necessarily a mobile home. The term “mobile home” refers to manufactured homes built before June 15, 1976. Mobile homes did not hold up as well back then as they do now, so mobile homes did not get the best reputation in the 60s and 70s. Hence, the introduction of the Manufactured Housing Institute, HUD Code, and the change in name from “mobile homes” to “manufactured homes.”

    A “modular home” is a home made off-site in different pieces than assembled on-site. Unlike mobile homes, modular homes are made to be installed on a permanent foundation, and modular homes adhere to traditional building codes instead of the HUD Code for manufactured homes.

    There are two main types of manufactured homes: a single-wide manufactured home or a double-wide manufactured home. As the names suggest, the single-wide is thinner (15 ft. wide on average) than the double-wide options (25 ft. wide on average). Double-wide manufactured homes offer significantly more space, however they are also more expensive and more difficult to move. Learn more about the pros and cons of a double-wide here.

    Pros and Cons of Manufactured Homes

    Manufactured homes come with a lot of advantages. Namely, they are cheaper than most traditional homes (see mobile home vs. stick-built). They also typically offer high energy-efficiency, keeping utility bills low. Owners also have the opportunity to move them more easily, although they typically stay in one place. Manufactured home construction is quick, and the homes take up little space, making them ideal in areas with high urban development.

    With that said, manufactured homes also deteriorate more quickly (see how long do manufactured homes last to learn more). The inexpensive materials can not hold up to the elements as well. Furthermore, if the manufactured home does not qualify for a traditional mortgage, owners may end up paying higher interest rates. Finally, some people think manufactured homes come with a negative stigma.

    Manufactured homes are a great option for families on a budget. While the home may not survive more than one or two generations, it is a cost-effective way to avoid paying rent in favor of home ownership.

    How to Buy a Manufactured Home

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    There are a couple of things you need to know before buying a manufactured home. We will take you through the process of buying a manufactured or modular home step-by-step:

    Step One: Get Manufactured Home Financing in Order

    The average single-wide manufactured home is $64,500. The average double-wide home is $120,300. However, you will also need to pay for the plot of land the manufactured home will sit on. In most cases, these are separate charges, so budget properly.

    Since most people can not afford the total cost of the manufactured home upfront, they take out one of the available manufactured home financing options, including manufactured home loans.

    There are two types of real property manufactured home loans that people can take out for a manufactured home that most closely resemble a traditional mortgage. These loans cover both the land and the manufactured home purchase (if applicable). They also cover modular homes, as would most traditional loans.

    MH Advantage Program

    AN MH Advantage Program manufactured home loan by Fannie Mae resembles a traditional mortgage. To qualify for the loan, the manufactured home in question must be installed on a permanent foundation and on a permanent chassis. Only manufactured homes and modular homes with the “MH Advantage” sticker qualify. The borrower only has to pay 3% down (i.e. $1,500 on a $50,000 home). The borrower will also need a minimum credit score of 620.

    CHOICEHome Program

    The CHOICEHome Program through Freddie Mac also offers a traditional mortgage for manufactured homes that are considered “real property.” While similar to the MH Advantage plan, this manufactured home loan covers more properties. However, the borrower will need to pay 5% down (i.e. $2,500 on a $50,000 home) instead of 3% down.

    There are also manufactured home loans available through the government:

    USDA Loans

    The United States Department of Agriculture offers loans to farmers who need modest shelter as they start their farming business. The home must be considered a “real property,” and it must be located in a designated “rural” location. Furthermore, it must be the owner’s primary residence.

    VA Loans

    VA loans help veterans secure financing for housing. These Veterans Affairs loans are designed specifically for Veterans as a thank you for their service. The qualifications tend to be more relaxed than most loans. Furthermore, the interest rates tend to be much more reasonable.

    FHA Loans

    The Federal Housing Administration offers homes on wheels that don’t qualify as “real property” known as FHA loans.In this case, the loan is for “personal property” as opposed to real estate. While it covers many manufactured homes not covered under other options, the interest rates tend to be higher than normal.

    Additional manufactured home loans available include:

    Chattel Loans and Personal Loans

    Chattel loans are similar to auto loans that use private property as collateral. Essentially, if the borrower defaults on the chattel loan, the lender can repossess the property. Since chattel loans are designed for mobile vehicles, it is one of the only loans that stay intact if you decide to move the manufactured home. Learn how much it costs to move a manufactured home here.

    Chattel financing loans allow you to take out money for a number of reasons, meaning there are less regulations on what you do with the personal property you acquire with it. However, a personal loan or a chattel loan will have a higher interest rate.

    Dealer or Owner Financing

    In some cases, you can get financing through the dealer or the original owner of the home. Dealers tend to offer higher rates than most other options.

    While you may find a great deal through a private seller, the situation leaves you open to the possibility of fraud. Always ensure the owner actually owns the property. Furthermore, you should get the agreement in writing. You can also get the loan insured in case of a disagreement or default by the seller.

    Step Two: Ask Yourself Some Basic Questions

    Before you start looking for a manufactured home, you should ask yourself some basic questions to help you determine how to start your search.

    Do you want to buy new or used?

    The life expectancy of a manufactured home is an average of 55 years, with the potential to last a lot longer if properly maintained. Many people prefer to buy a new manufactured home since they do not last especially long. You will also have the option to make decisions about the home.

    On the other hand, a used manufactured home will cost significantly less. Plus, new manufactured home development takes time. You will also have to pay for the transport of the home to its final destination. Learn how to find used mobile homes for sale here.

    Do you want to buy or rent a plot?

    Many people associate manufactured homes with mobile home parks. However, 63% of new manufactured homes are actually delivered to private land. In the case of owning land, you only need to pay taxes each year after it’s paid off.

    You will pay dues at a mobile home park community for the entirety of your duration there, along with taxes on your mobile home. Lot rent works similarly to rent at an apartment. You will sign an agreement for a specified duration of time and pay monthly.

    The average cost of lot rent around the country is $380 per month. However, nicer manufactured home communities will charge more. Plus, the manufactured home community may come with amenities not available at your private property, such as free trash pickup and a community pool.

    Some of the most popular manufactured home parks in Michigan include:

    Do your research to determine the best manufactured home park for your needs. Do not forget to read reviews. Furthermore, if something sounds too good to be true, it probably is!

    Step Three: Talk to a Manufactured Home Retailer

    Once you clarify your basic needs, you can talk to a real estate agent or retailer who specializes in manufactured homes.

    A realtor will be able to show you different homes that fit your unique needs. You will be able to tour the homes before you make a purchase.

    If you do not find anything that fits your needs, the realtor can help you choose a plot while you wait for a new customized manufactured home to get made.

    You may be able to talk to a manufactured home real estate expert at a manufactured home community as well. However, it is important to remember that they only work with properties in their park.

    Step Four: Finalize the Sale

    Once you find the perfect setup, you will get to finalize the sale of your new manufactured home. You will sign the purchase agreement and provide all the details regarding your financing.

    Before you finalize the sale, you should perform a walkthrough with the assistance of a professional inspector. The inspector will ensure that the home is not only up to code, but as advertised. The inspector can also give you insight into any problems that may come your way in the next couple of years.

    After you pass the inspection, you will put the down payment into escrow. This acts as a promise of your intent to pay for the property. You will then meet with the seller to sign the final paperwork. After you sign the final paperwork, the funds in escrow go to the seller, and the keys go to the buyer.

    Congratulations! You have finalized the process of buying a manufactured home!

    Step Five: Hook Up Utilities

    You will need to hook up the utilities to your new home. In some cases, you will get garbage or certain utilities as part of rent at the manufactured home park. Always know what to expect before you agree to live at a certain location.

    Utilities typically include water, gas, and electricity. To simplify things and stay as energy-efficient as possible, stick to all electric appliances and avoid the gas hookup and gas bill altogether.

    Plumbing for mobile homes is unique compared to traditional real estate. Most manufactured homes use a septic system instead of connecting to the city’s water waste treatment program. The septic system may already be in place in a mobile home park, or you may have to install a new one.

    You will also need to hook up cable and internet. Some communities will provide internet for free in common areas if you don’t need the internet more than a couple of times a week.

    Step Six: Buy Insurance

    You will own your manufactured home once you finish making payments, unless of course you pay cash for it. You will not have to make payments on the home anymore, but you will have to cover expenses for repairs, even in the case of an accident.

    Even if you live in a manufactured home community, the rent will not cover repairs to your home in most cases. That is why you will need insurance. In fact, you won’t be able to get a traditional mortgage without insurance already in place.

    Your insurance will cover your home for up to a certain amount under specific circumstances.

    Since manufactured homes tend to find themselves more vulnerable to damage than traditional homes, insurance may be limited. Clarify the details of the agreement before you sign on the dotted line and make sure you know about wind zones for manufactured homes.

    When you shop around for homeowner’s insurance, consider bundling with your auto insurance. Also, compare value over price. The cheapest plan may not necessarily be the best plan. If you need assistance with this, you can always get quotes from Assurance IQ.

    Buying a Manufactured Home at Tyrone Woods Manufactured Home Community

    Tyrone Woods Manufactured Home Community offers affordable mobile homes for sale in Fenton, MI in a prime location for anyone who wants to enjoy the natural beauty that Southern Michigan has to offer.

    We can help you find your dream modular or manufactured home in Fenton, MI!

    Perfect for golf enthusiasts, Fenton, MI has numerous golf courses to enjoy. It is also a pet-friendly community. Do not forget to visit the local farmer’s market to get fresh cherries and apples, along with other produce.

    Parents will love that the local Linden Community Schools has 96% of students being college-bound.

    Ready to learn more about manufactured homes and the process of buying a manufactured home? Schedule an appointment at Tyrone Woods today!

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    The Best Used Double-Wide Mobile Homes for Sale in Michigan

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    The Best Used Double-Wide Mobile Homes for Sale in Michigan

    When you have just graduated and are starting out in your career, there probably is not much need for a large living space in Fenton, MI. Once you have established yourself a bit and are thinking of settling down, it is the perfect time to look for your dream home.

    Not only does this mean a little more space to accommodate a partner, pets, and even kids, but it is a place to call your own. This is where you will put down roots, make memories, and generally enjoy life in Fenton, MI.

    The Main Issues with Getting a New Home

    Of course, finding your dream home in Fenton, MI is not as easy as just looking at homes for sale. You need to have a decent budget, a variety of suitable options, and available spaces in places that fulfill your requirements. For professionals and students, it is important for them to stay relatively near their places of work or education. For parents with kids, it is essential to have safe neighborhoods that also have a good schooling system.

    The biggest hurdle to getting your perfect new home is the budget; traditional stick-built houses and even apartments are now way out of reach for someone who wants to own their home (see apartments in Fenton, MI).

    While renting is always an option in Fenton, MI, many folks want their own home in their name. Not only is this a good investment for their savings, but it prevents the losses one can incur from eviction or hiked-up rent demands.

    On the other hand, buying a house is also risky. The mortgage payments can be backbreaking and you don’t get much choice in where you are located.

    Possible Solution to the Housing Crisis

    If you are looking to avoid the issue that comes with renting or buying traditional homes, take a look at mobile or manufactured homes for sale. There is Cider Mill Crossings and several other choices to consider in Fenton, MI.

    One of the best options out there is the Tyrone Woods Manufactured Home Community. Here, you can easily find double-wide mobile homes for sale in Fenton, MI. If you are still not convinced about a manufactured home, check out these pros and cons of a double-wide mobile home.

    Used Double-Wide Mobile Homes for Sale

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    Are you looking for manufactured homes for sale? Do you want a larger place than your current mobile home? For some, downsizing to a mobile home might be the right choice.

    There are several choices to make when it comes to looking for mobile homes or the right manufactured home community. Within the state of Michigan, you might find many mobile homes for sale. Cider Mill Crossings and Clark Modular Homes might be places to consider before settling down. However, their location, size, or neighborhood might not always be up to your standards.

    To be assured of getting the most suitable choices, make sure to go with only the top double-wide mobile home dealers in Michigan. If you are in Fenton, MI, though, we highly recommend Tyrone Woods Manufactured Home Community above all. Let’s now have a look at this particular manufactured home community and see why it is such a great option:

    Location

    The exact location of the Tyrone Woods Manufactured Home Community is 8378 Hogan Rd, Fenton, MI 48430. Cider Mill Crossings is also in the same zip code, however we firmly believe that Tyrone Woods surpasses options like Cider Mill Crossings in every way.

    Top Reasons to Choose Tyrone Woods Manufactured Home Community

    When you are looking at manufactured homes or mobile homes for sale, you do not want to compromise on anything. While a manufactured home may be much more cost-effective than a stick-built structure (mobile home vs. stick-built), it is still quite a major investment. In an ideal situation, your new home should have the perfect location, friendly neighbors, privacy, and a whole lot more.

    Reasons to Choose

    At Tyrone Woods Manufactured Home Community, we strive to offer everything you can dream of in a new home in Fenton, MI. There are a lot of things you should know about living in a double-wide mobile home. So, feel free to ask away! Just remember, the perks of getting one of our mobile homes for sale include the following:

    1. Affordable Sale and Rent Prices

    Our Fenton, MI mobile homes are available for both sale and rent at affordable, reasonable rates. You might be on a budget and not expect to get anything except the bare minimum considering the price of housing these days. Compare our prices with that of similar communities, such as Little Valley Homes or Cider Mill Crossings, and you will see the difference in both prices and value.

    Down payments

    The down payments here can be quite low. Talk to our management and you might be surprised at how quick you can acquire your home here in Fenton, MI.

    Comparing Houses and Double-Wide Homes

    Of course, the comparison between our mobile homes and traditional homes is even more glaring. To help you out, here is a discussion of which is better: houses or mobile homes for sale?

    Comparing Houses

    2. A Pet-Friendly Policy

    We understand that a new home won’t be a home if your furry or feathered family is not included. This is why we have a generous mobile home community pet policy for our Fenton, MI community. There are a few limitations, restrictions, and nominal fees to consider, but the policy is overall a welcoming one for all ages in Fenton, MI.

    3. Awesome Amenities

    The amenities available at Tyrone Woods are second to none. They are comparable to those at places like Cider Mill Crossings, Little Valley, Fenton Lake Estates, and other communities in Fenton, MI.

    Not only will you have a beautiful new home in Fenton, MI, but you can also have a comfortable lifestyle with the many amenities available (learn what is included when buying a new manufactured home here). There is central heating and cooling here for each unit, and they include sheds. The manufactured home sheds themselves provide a decent bit of extra storage space.

    One More Perk

    Another perk of getting a new home in this Fenton, MI community is that you can get your own 2-car parking pad. The water filtration system is quite new too. It serves the whole community with an aim to foster better health.

    4. Strategic Location

    The location of Tyrone Woods in Fenton, MI is about an hour’s drive from Detroit, while Flint and Ann Arbor are just half an hour away. When Fenton, MI, gets to be a little quiet, it is relatively easy to hop in your car or catch a bus to the nearest happening city spot. There are also paved roads leading to the community. Downtown Fenton, MI is also within a very short distance.

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    5. Nearby Shopping Centers

    When you are in Fenton, MI and in a good location, this place can give you the best shopping spree. There are no less than three top shopping areas in Fenton, MI, and they are all near the Tyrone Woods community. These are North LeRoy, Silver Parkway, and Dibbleville (see Downtown Fenton, MI Shops). There is something to suit every shopper’s taste, so don’t think that Fenton, MI is a boring place. There are clothes shops, spas, florists, bookshops, and thrift stores all within easy reach.

    How are We Different from Other Manufactured Home Communities in Fenton, MI?

    Fenton, MI is no stranger to people living in mobile homes, manufactured homes, and other alternative forms of housing. In addition to Tyrone Woods, there are also the Fenton Oaks, Lake Fenton Estates, and Cider Mill Crossings communities to consider in Fenton, MI. Here is a quick glance at why one should consider the manufactured homes at Tyrone Woods in Fenton, MI before any other:

    • This is among the top few manufactured home communities that provide new models of mobile homes for sale in Fenton, MI
    • We have a large variety of sizes in our mobile homes, going all the way up to 2,200 square feet (as compared to the majority of Michigan mobile homes, which are just 1,000 square feet or less)
    • None of the mobile homes for sale here in Fenton, MI are less than 1,500 square feet
    • Each unit in this Fenton, MI community has at least 3-bedrooms and 2-bathrooms each (the only other community comparable in this area is Cedar Mill Crossings)
    • The management at the community makes sure everyone is as comfortable as possible; as a result, all the Fenton, MI mobile homes have vinyl siding for aesthetic and waterproof purposes
    • There is also focus on making these Fenton, MI homes better for health than in places like Lake Fenton or Cider Mill Crossings; to this end, there is a new water filtration system available for the whole community
    • We also care about the cooling system in your new home. So, there is central air conditioning in most manufactured home in the community
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    The Takeaway

    When you are looking for a nice new home in Fenton, MI, Tyrone Woods is happy to be of service. Whether you do not live in Fenton, MI yet or want to move from the nearby Cider Mill Crossings community (see Cider Mill Crossings vs. Tyrone Woods Manufactured Home Community), Tyrone Woods can fulfill all your housing requirements. We will welcome your pets, your family, and your future dreams with open arms. So, reach out today and book a tour!

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    What to Look For when Buying a Manufactured Home

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    What to Look For when Buying a Manufactured Home

    There was a time when manufactured homes were less than desired, especially due to poor quality and safety standards. However, after 1976, the HUD Code for manufactured homes was established to guarantee the safety and quality of these homes. For this reason, many people started embracing manufactured homes.

    Even though manufactured homes are cheaper, there is so much involved in purchasing one. For instance, proper research and a reliable budget are necessary to land the best deal.

    So, what exactly should you consider or look for while purchasing a manufactured home? Keep reading to find out.

    What to Look For when Buying a Manufactured Home

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    There are several things to look for when buying a manufactured home. However, before we look at them, do you know what manufactured housing is?

    These are prefabricated or factorybuilt homes that are transported and temporarily or permanently fixed to a certain piece of land. They are an upgrade to traditional mobile homes, and their design conforms to the HUD Code for quality and safety purposes.

    Manufactured homes nowadays have features similar to site-built homes (see mobile home vs. stick-built). It is a common thing to find desired items, like energy-efficient appliances and walk-in closets, in manufactured homes, along with top-quality shared amenities in manufactured home communities. See our top 10 manufactured home communities in Michigan here.

    How to Buy a Manufactured Home

    The manufactured home financing and purchase process is different from buying a site-built home. Lenders consider these homes personal property, not real property, especially when placed on a temporary foundation. For your information, getting a loan is easier with a real property than with personal property.

    Manufactured home financing loans work more like car loans and not like traditional mortgage loans. This means that you will need a higher down payment and better credit score to get approved for the loans.

    With that said, the situation changes when mobile homes are placed on a permanent foundation. In such a case, a buyer can get a VA, FHA, or other government backed loan.

    Now let’s move on to what you should look for when buying a manufactured home:

    The Condition of Both Used and New Manufactured Homes

    As we mentioned already, today’s manufactured homes have greatly improved in terms of structure, design, and energy-efficiency features. This is because they are designed and developed under the strict HUD Code from the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

    Therefore, as long as you are buying a manufactured home that was built after 1976, ensure a good structural design and condition.Learn more about how mobile homes are built here.

    Below are things to look out for as far as manufactured home condition is concerned:

    Foundation

    This is critical, especially when buying a mobile home already in a manufactured home community (learn how to buy a mobile home already in a community here). Look for tilting or sinking piers that could be pulling away from the mobile home structure.

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    At times, tie-down straps could be loose. If this is the case, avoid purchasing such a manufactured home, no matter the price.

    Windows and Doors

    Ensure that the manufactured home doors and windows are aligned well within the home, which will enable you to close and open them with ease. If they are not, there may be a foundation issue.

    Roof

    If you neglect the roofing of a manufactured home, you might experience leaks, especially after heavy rains or melting snow. Whether you want to purchase a used or new manufactured home, ensure the roof is well designed and leak-free. Find out how long a roof lasts on a mobile home here.

    Plumbing

    When installing a manufactured home, you will only have to connect it to the main plumbing system in the manufactured home park. Therefore, ensure that there is proper piping in the home and that all of the connections are tight. You need to be careful here, especially with old mobile homes, since they are likely to have old pipes with the potential for bursting.

    Electrical Wiring

    Just like with plumbing, manufactured homes come fully wired; you just need to connect them to the main power supply. You must ensure the wiring is properly done before purchasing the mobile home.

    If possible, have a professional electrician inspect the home. For the case of a used mobile home, try connecting light bulbs to see if they function properly.

    Insulation

    Make sure your mobile home has sufficient insulation and that it was installed properly. Improper insulation can cause damage to the walls, electrical system, plumbing, and roof. Learn how to add insulation to a mobile home here.

    Dryer Vents and Washer Drains

    Check that the dryer vent and washer drain are clear and functioning properly. For your information, they are found under the mobile home.

    Skirting

    You should inspect the skirting on your potential manufactured home. This is a section that helps the home to remain dry and protects the plumbing, too.

    Ensure that the skirting does not have gaps or holes for proper venting. The aim here is to prevent rot and mold.

    To check the condition of the skirting for your mobile home properly, you may need the help of a professional. Although this might cost you some money, it will be worth it in the long run.

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    Manufactured Home Design

    Before buying a manufactured home, you should consider whether the manufactured home development and design meets your expectations. Several questions remain unanswered here.

    For instance, how are you planning to use your manufactured home? How many bedrooms do you need?

    Below are things to consider, as far as the mobile home design is concerned:

    Manufactured Home Size

    Manufactured homes are usually smaller compared to traditional homes. Therefore, any time you want to buy a manufactured home in a park, consider the number of rooms and room sizes.

    Luckily, home sellers and factory dealers present generous floor plans, especially for doublewide and singlewide mobile homes. For instance, It is common to get a doublewide mobile home with over 2,000 square feet and four bedrooms.

    Be sure that you are buying a mobile home that is spacious enough for your family.

    Available and Required Rooms

    Here, you need to consider your needs. For instance, would you like to have a storage room or home office in your home? If yes, then you should probably be looking at double-wide manufactured homes.

    Your needs for room sizes, especially the living room, depends on your family size. You will need a larger living room if you have a large family. Families with more than five people should consider layouts with two living rooms.

    If you love spending more time in the kitchen, you probably should be looking for a spacious kitchen. Also, we recommend going for a more open floor plan that seamlessly flows into the living room.

    The best way to determine the perfect number of rooms and their sizes is to evaluate your current living situation. If the rooms are enough, just go for a manufactured home with the same room number and size.

    Flooring

    Most manufactured homes are designed with unique flooring options, such as laminate, tiles, carpet, or linoleum. We recommend going for durable flooring options, like tiles.

    Interior Design

    The design of your manufactured home’s interior space will determine the peace you get inside the home. Additions, such as a fireplace and kitchen cabinets (best if they are made by Kitchen Cabinet Kings), will improve the room’s feel and enhance its look. Also, remember that going for a gas fireplace will mean easy installation and maintenance.

    Exterior Options

    Manufactured homes are designed with various siding options. We recommend high-quality siding thanks to being highly durable and having a high color retention capability.

    This is also the time to determine your perfect wind zone rating. Choose a higher rating if you reside in areas with high winds.

    Mobile Home Wind Zone Ratings

    Mobile homes are designed for different wind zones. When buying a home, ensure that it is compatible with your area’s wind speed and strength.

    Let’s go through the wind zone ratings for mobile homes:

    ● Wind Zone !

    ● Wind Zone II

    ● Wind Zone III

    Wind Zone I

    If you come from a wind zone I area, then the mobile home you buy should be built with a wind zone I rating. For your information, wind zone I covers the largest part of the United States, especially the interior parts where hurricanes rarely occur.

    Buying a wind zone I rated mobile home means you will not not need to worry about wind speeds of 70 miles per hour and below.

    After buying a wind zone I rated manufactured home, never move it to a higher wind zone area, because it will then be susceptible to damage.

    Wind Zone II

    Buy a wind zone II rated mobile home if you live in wind zone II areas. This zone is mainly notable in states like Florida. Going for a wind zone II rated home means that your home can withstand wind speeds up to 100 miles per hour.

    All wind zone II rated manufactured homes should be restricted to zone II areas in order to avoid the risk of damage.

    Wind Zone III

    This wind zone is for all manufactured homes in wind zone III areas. Such manufactured homes can withstand a high wind speed of up to 110 miles per hour.

    If you come from coastal regions, such as Hawaii, where hurricanes are common, you have no other option but to buy a wind zone III rated home. Having a wind zone I or II rated mobile home in this zone can translate into immediate damage.

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    Reliability and Reputation of the Mobile Home Dealer

    You can only get a top-quality mobile home from a reliable dealer (see the top five double-wide mobile home dealers in Michigan). We recommend looking for the online ratings and reviews of the manufactured home dealers. From this, you can determine the dealer’s reputation and how well they serve their manufactured home buyers.

    The best dealers consider the customer’s needs and financial capabilities to offer them manufactured and modular homes that meet their expectations. In most cases, customers also receive a warranty on the mobile home they purchase from the respective dealer.

    One reliable and reputable manufactured home dealer we recommend is Tyrone Woods Manufactured Home Community.

    Apart from having a wide selection of manufactured and modular homes, Tyrone Woods offer a beautiful community to reside at.

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    For your information, Tyrone Woods Manufactured Home Community has been in the manufactured housing industry for over 20 years and focuses on customer satisfaction over everything else.

    Available Mobile Home Loans

    Although manufactured homes are cheaper than stick-built homes, buying them might not be as easy as you may think. Therefore, knowing your options and picking the right avenue to obtain the best manufactured home loans would be ideal.

    Since different lenders offer different amounts, fees, and interest rates, you need to research the available options to land the best deal.

    Let’s go through the loans available for manufactured homes:

    Federal Housing Administration Loans (FHA)

    These loans are for those exceeding the United States Department of Agriculture’s income limit. Before you take this manufactured home loan, evaluate the available FHA-approved lenders and, if possible, negotiate the lending terms.

    FHA loans are available as follows:

    Title I Loans

    Title II Loans

    Title I loans are available for any personal property. The land your manufactured housing unit sits on does not have to be your own land, meaning that it could be leased-land (see land-lease community).

    Land Lease Communities

    The only drawback for Title I is that it offers shorter repayment terms. The maximum amount you can get on this loan is $92,904. However, you will only get this amount if you bought the mobile home together with your own land.

    The down payment is 5% which is higher than that for Title II loans. Unlike Title II loans, though, Title I loans are assumable. This means that if you decide on selling the home, the new buyer assumes full responsibility for payments.

    Title II loans, on the other hand, cover real property, thus the need to buy both manufactured homes and the land it sits on. You should also have your home on a permanent foundation if you want to qualify for Title II loans. You will also need a down payment of 3.5%.

    Only take Title II loans if you plan on making your manufactured home your primary residence. Additionally, you should be ready for loan terms of up to 30 years.

    Chattel Loans

    Chattel loans for manufactured homes cover any personal property that is set up on land not owned by the loan borrower. Apart from a manufactured home, you can take a chattel loan to cover farm equipment or even a car.

    One drawback to taking a chattel loan is that it is smaller than a traditional mortgage. You will also experience higher monthly payments thanks to shorter repayment periods of 15-20 years. Generally, the interest rates for these loans are higher than standard loans, at least 1.5% higher per year.

    Veterans Affairs Loans (VA)

    If you are a service member or U.S. veteran, you qualify for veterans affairs loans. However, your mobile home must be fixed on a permanent foundation. Additionally, the land the home is fixed on should be owned by the borrower.

    Personal Loans

    Since a manufactured home is available cheaper than a traditional home, homeowners can secure financing with personal loans. Many people have expressed their love for personal loans thanks to their flexibility. The only drawback is that they come with high-interest rates.

    Available Amenities for Used Mobile Homes in a Mobile Home Community

    When purchasing a used manufactured home, there is a high chance it is already in a manufactured home park. In this case, you need to consider the available amenities in the park and see whether they meet your expectations.

    Let’s review the critical amenities to consider:

    Available Recreational Facilities

    If you want to buy a manufactured home in a park, consider the available recreational facilities. Such amenities will enable you to keep in touch with your neighbors and build good friendships.

    Some of the common facilities you will find include sport courts, swimming pools, clubhouses, and playgrounds. We also recommend mobile home parks that organize common events to improve social engagements.

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    Pet-Friendly Living

    Many manufactured home communities restrict the types of pets you can have. Those that allow pets will most likely charge you a certain fee for keeping them. Only consider manufactured homes for sale in communities that allow pets and have enough space for pet exercise. Also, be sure to review the mobile home community pet policy.

    The Available Important Infrastructure within the Manufactured Home Community

    Inspect the mobile home to determine whether services, such as gas, water, and electricity, are available without delay. You might sometimes be responsible for paying fees for such amenities.

    You should also consider essential infrastructure, such as roads. The available amenities should be able to give you a peace of mind.

    Security Outside and Inside the Home

    You should prioritize your personal security when buying a mobile home in a mobile home community. Ensure the community has a low crime rate. It is even better if it has extra security features, such as CCTV cameras, security guards, and/or is gated.

    The Final Verdict

    We all agree that the manufactured home industry has grown in popularity thanks to offering low maintenance and energy-efficient manufactured homes. The homes are also built off-site under strict building and quality standards. However, you must look for certain things to get the best manufactured home deal.

    As mentioned, you should consider the mobile home condition and design, reliability of the manufactured home builders, wind zone ratings, available financing options, the average sales price, and amenities in the relevant manufactured home community. This will enable you to land a top-quality mobile home at an affordable cost.

    Ensure you do not compromise high-quality and expensive homes for cheaper and low-quality ones. Since not all manufactured homes are considered personal properties, investing in a quality one is a worthy real estate investment.

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