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What You Need To Know Before Deciding on a Manufactured Home Community

The path towards owning a manufactured home can often seem like a very long and confusing road. There are so many obstacles you need to watch out for. Once you have the home chosen, you are ready to find the perfect location for your family to live.

To make this part of the process as easy as possible we at Braustin Mobile Homes put together the 8 most important questions to ask before you move into any community.

1) What are the promotions you all offer to new residents?

Almost every mobile home community offers some sort of promotion; you just need to know what to ask for. The most popular specials are below.

• Community pays for hooking up your electric, water, sewage, and AC disconnect box.
• Lower lot rent if you sign a longer contract
• Free skirting
• Free stairs or decks

If they don’t offer this work for free ask them who they recommend to do the job. These parks have had hundreds of homes moved into their location over the years and know who the best contractors are to do a good job and keep their renters happy.

2) What are the requirements for putting a home in this park?

It is easy to get excited about finding the perfect community to put your home and then be blindsided by the expensive requirements to live in the community. Often these additional costs are not something the bank can add to your loan last minute so it is best to find out ahead of time. Some parks require hard board skirting, decks on the front and back of the home, or even gardens in yard.

With these additional add-ons most communities give a timeline for when the work needs to be done. This can range anywhere from 30-120 days.

It is important to find out what the community wants the homes to look like. Do they have requirements on the year the home was built, exterior material, window placement? Find out before you put any money down on a home or waste hours or shopping.

3) What happens when my contract runs out?

You may get an incredible deal for your first year of renting but if you aren’t careful to read the fine print and pay attention, there may be a giant price increase waiting for you that you unknowingly agreed to. If you plan to stay in the same community for many years you can probably sign a longer contract and get a discounted monthly rate.

4) Can I take a tour of the pool, playground, and common areas?

We all know that one friend where every time we go to their house the first thing they say is “Sorry for the mess, usually its clean.” It isn’t a coincidence; their house is never clean. Home communities are the same. If their community and common areas are not taken care of to your standards when you come to view the property, don’t expect there to be any difference when you move in.

5) Do you all allow pets?

Most communities have restrictions on the number and type of pets you are allowed to bring into the community. Some will only allow pets if they are considered “service animals” and will need documentation to prove this.

6) Who takes care of the hook ups?

People are so excited about picking out a new home, choosing their upgrades, and colors that electric, water, and sewage connections are completely forgotten about. Contractors can take a few weeks to complete this work and you do not want the home to get there and have no plans on how to hook it up so you can begin living in the home.

Communities either do the work themselves, require an approved contractor to handle the job, want the company that sold the mobile home to do it, or leave the decision up to the tenant.

*Make sure to ask the community management if there are any permits you need to take care of in order to get your water and electricity turned on.

7) After I finish the application, how soon does the home need to be moved into the community?

Coordinating the home building and there being a space available in the community can sometimes be a difficult task. That is why it is important to find how soon the home must be in the community after you complete the application for the home location.

If the community will only hold your location for 21 days but the home factory is saying it will take 60 days to have the home built you need to let the community management know so you all can come up with another plan that works for both of you.

8) Do you all give referral fees?

Once you move into your amazing home in your perfect location there is no doubt that you will have a friend or family member that will want to live in the same community. Be sure to find out what referral fees the community offers for you bringing business their way. It is pretty common for you to be offered up to $1,000 for your help.

Thank you for reading. If you have found the perfect spot to place your future home or have any questions and need an honest team to help you out with the home buying process please visit our website at to view our publicly posted, upfront pricing.

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