TO BUY A MANUFACTURED HOME
Manufactured Housing Institute in
The Federal Trade Commission's Office of
If you own or plan to buy land for your
manufactured home, there are several matters you should consider.
- In cities and suburban areas, and in some
semirural areas, you may face zoning requirements that must be met. In
certain areas, there may be a prohibition against manufactured homes, or
certain requirements regarding their size and exterior appearance. You can
find out if there are any restrictions or requirements by contacting the
local community's planning and land use department. Consult your local
telephone directory for the office nearest you.
- Restrictive covenants are limitations in
property deeds that control how you can use the land. These may include a
requirement that homes be a certain size or a prohibition that lands not
be used for certain purposes. The title search, conducted when you buy the
land,may reveal information about such restrictions. Sometimes, however,
the restrictions are described in ways that are difficult to understand.
You may want to check with an experienced real estate attorney to see if
there are any restrictive covenants that would keep you from placing your
home on the land you are considering.
- Although a manufactured home comes complete
with plumbing, electrical, and heating systems, it must, like all homes,
be connected to electrical, water, and sewerage facilities. If your site
is in a well-developed area, all necessary utilities may be available,
subject to connection charges. Find out exactly what utilities are
available and how much it will cost to connect your home to all utility
sources. Contact your local public utilities division for information
about utility services in your area.
Make sure the the applicable
zoning laws and the deed on your land will allow a manufactured home to be
There are a number of important questions to consider
when placing your manufactured home in a rental community.
Electricity is usually available in all areas. But if
the area where you plan to live does not have ready access to electric
power, connection could be quite expensive. Check with the local power
company to find out whether electricity is readily accessible.
- Water Facilities
locations, there may not be local government-supplied water lines. If
there is no water, you may have to drill a well. Do not assume that all
drilling will provide water. Check with a local well-drilling company
about costs and whether success is guaranteed. Also, check with local
health authorities to make certain there are no problems with the quality
of the water in the area.
- Sewerage Facilities
still rely on septic tank systems instead of a city or county sanitary
sewerage system. If you cannot connect your home to a sewerage system, you
must check with local authorities about installing a septic tank. Properly
installed septic systems can work quite well. But sometimes they cannot be
used; for example, where the soft is not able to absorb the discharged
waste. For more information, contact the local health department or the
office responsible for granting building permits.
& Home Installation
2 Hour DVD Video Seminar
Free Home Search Sellers Near You
New Homes Used Homes & Repos
Find the best loan terms here
Let the Banks Compete for you
Free Insurance Quote
Dont Wait for Your Policy to Expire
No Obligation No Initial Credit Check