imagesSo, you know you are looking to buy a manufactured home. But what is extremely important and what issues are secondary? How do you know you are getting a good deal?

Here are 8 home-buying suggestions from RoseLake Estates to make sure you purchase the home that’s right for you.

  1. List the interior features you need — as well as those you want. There’s a big difference between the two. Yes, that sunken master tub is great, but that additional $2,000 you may pay for it is likely to cost you $4,000+ over the life of your loan.
  1. Chose the right exterior style for your needs. Some exteriors just looks good while others really factor into the livability of your home. A good example: a big bay window can make your interior seem larger than it really is and bring in lots of extra light.
  1. What about the color of your home? Exterior siding is available in a wide range of colors and materials including wood, metal, and vinyl. Most exteriors can be readily changed with the appropriate type of paint at a fairly nominal price.
  1. Consider appliances carefully. Most manufactured homes come with a refrigerator, washer/dryer and range. Others may also include trash compactor, built-in indoor grill, garbage disposal, microwave, oven, and an A/C. Find out what is included and the age and extended warranty of each. Replacing appliances is pricey business.
  1. How energy efficient is the home? Your energy package should be designed for the climatic conditions of your area. Check for double or triple-glazed windows, self-storing storm windows, increased insulation, high-efficiency furnaces, air conditioners, refrigerators, and water heaters. The belly-wrap under your raised home should also be factored in. It should be in good condition with a high E rating.
  1. Warranties vary from home to home and neighborhood to neighborhood. Be sure to compare warranties and to read them in order to ensure that the home you want to buy is covered by the warranty protection you desire.
  1. Know your price range. It is well worth your time to talk to your bank before you begin shopping for a home so you’ll know what you can afford. You may even want to get pre-qualified (which will help smooth your mortgage closing). Remember that you’ll want to have some money leftover to decorate and make cosmetic changes to the house to make it your home.
  1. If it’s possible, take 24 hours to live with your decision before you “pull the trigger.” Quick emotional decisions are sometimes not the best decisions. Wait and think about it. Talk out your potential decision with someone you trust.

At RoseLake Estates, we never push anyone into a sale. We want you to buy the manufactured home you really want at a price you can be happy with.


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