What to know before Placing your Mobile Home
Updated: Jan 20
A manufactured home, like Western Manufactured homes ,can be set in two places. You can put your manufactured home on vacant land that you own, or in a manufactured mobile home park. Many people like the idea of a vacant land because it gives them more privacy and allows less interaction with neighbors. However, vacant land will require you to be responsible for permits, zoning, and compliance to the site. Grading the land and preparing a pathway for delivery of the mobile home, make sure there are no roadway obstacles to delivering the home sections is your responsibility. These are three steps on how to begin placing your mobile home.
You may want to consider whether fire and emergency services are provided to the location of your land. Consideration should be given based on how close your land is to medical facilities. Perhaps the most important factor is whether you want to be isolated from people. Often vacant land is isolated.
There is a cost factor to consider when placing a manufactured home on vacant land you own. Creating footing and pouring a concrete foundation can be more costly when you have to contract it yourself. You may not know the type of ground that you will be putting footings in, and certain types of ground material can be very hard to work with. Hiring a professional is the best case scenario.
Choose between an individual lot or a lot within an existing community. Some mobile homeowners may prefer the privacy of having an individual lot that is secluded and far away from other mobile home communities and neighborhoods. While existing communities offer security and amenities, they also may require monthly fees. Carefully consider if the amenities provided by a community are worth the monthly fees being charged.
Decide if the lot where the mobile home will be installed will be rented or purchased. If a lot will be purchased for the installation of the mobile home, check to see that the land is zoned for mobile homes. Ensure that no restrictive covenants are on the land. If the land will be rented, confirm that no additional fees for water, sewage or trash removal will be charged. Additionally, examine the lease to ensure no unusual prohibitions or regulations will prevent your enjoyment of the mobile home and surrounding land.
Inspect the land to determine that a mobile home can be safely installed. There are a few regulations you must look out for, the land must be sloped to facilitate water runoff and clear of rocks or other debris that might prevent the home from resting level on the ground. Also, always make sure that a lot of location is not so remote that it is inaccessible by the delivery truck.
Complying with zoning requirements and building codes can be a difficult and time-consuming process. This is not to say that these tasks can't be accomplished. If necessary, you can always hire experts to handle these tasks for you.
Where you put your mobile home requires careful deliberation of the above factors. If you are thinking about buying land to put your mobile home on, then discuss the implications with the local governmental activity or a legal representative. Research the land carefully. Talk to anyone who can shed light on your decision. You might find other mobile homes nearby on private land. Visit the owners to see how they like living where they do. The point is to do your homework and choose what best fits your needs!