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May 23, 2023

Essential Tips for the First-Time Mobile Home Buyer

If you have never purchased a mobile home, there are some essential tips you need to know ahead of the process.

Buying a mobile home isn’t that much different from buying a traditional site-built home. The major difference you will find is that you visit a manufactured home dealer instead of working with a real estate agent. But as a first-time mobile home buyer, there is something you should know:

Not all manufactured home dealers are created equal! 

But here at Braustin Homes, we aren’t trying to pull the wool over your eyes in order to fill our pockets. We’re not like the other guys.

Our goal is to help YOU get into YOUR dream home- affordably, comfortably, and while being informed every step of the way!

That is why we’ve created this list of essential tips for the first-time mobile home buyer.

Let’s get started! 

Be Aware of Your Price Range

To avoid wasting your time (and getting your hopes up), it’s wise to begin the process by knowing your target price range. The worst thing you can do as a first-time mobile home buyer is to start shopping at the dealer and start making mental plans, only to find out you can’t afford any of the homes you were looking at. Preparing a home budget will make the whole purchase process smoother and faster! 

So, save yourself the heartache and get pre-approved for a loan first!

Private Land or Mobile Home Community?

It’s critical to plan ahead of time where you’ll put your future mobile home. For some, a mobile home community may be the most convenient option because they will already have utility hookups and other amenities at their disposal. 

Many people choose to buy a mobile home and place it on their own land. This is beneficial for those who want to control their location and have more privacy or seclusion. It is crucial to conduct thorough research on the land you are considering, including ensuring that you can put a mobile home on it and meet any other zoning requirements. 

Know Your Must-Haves as a First-Time Mobile Home Buyer

When looking at homes, you will notice numerous options and styles. That being said, it’s critical to know ahead of time what you need and what you can live without. Do you require three bedrooms or can you make do with two? Do you enjoy cooking and require a larger kitchen for the necessary prep space? Perhaps a larger dining and living area to accommodate guests?

Knowing which features are most important to you, will assist you in avoiding emotional attachment and wasting your precious time! The home you eventually choose should have most of the features you listed before visiting the first house.

Plan for Additional Costs

Don’t forget when you are purchasing your manufactured home, there are still other factors you will need to consider. If you are planning to have your home put on private land, you will need to leave room in your budget for electrical, water, sewer, and to prepare the land. Your salesperson at the dealer you choose will be able to get you estimates on these costs so you know what to expect.

This is Just the Beginning!

Being a first-time mobile home buyer is an exciting journey! While it may seem a little overwhelming, it’s not a painful process if you take into consideration the tips we mentioned above. 

Do you know what else can make the purchase process smooth and simple? 

Working with our team at Braustin Homes! We are upfront about our pricing and we aren’t out to sell you what you don’t need. Our goal is to keep you informed every step of the way while making you a confident homeowner.

Speak with a member at Braustin Homes today!

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