Landscaped beauty  If you are buying a manufactured home for the first time, one of the most economical ways to become a homeowner is to buy a pre-owned model. These can be bought from a current homeowner or through a reputable on-site dealer, like Carefree Homes. We have been serving central Indiana for more than 30 years.

Here are a few tips from Rose Lake Estate Homes in the Pendleton-Noblesville area, to help you with your search for the perfect manufactured home:

  • Mobile homes can be single wide or double-wide, single story or two stories. And, can be built with a variety of materials. Decide what your needs are to narrow down your search.
  • Determine when the home was manufactured. As with any type of home, an older model can mean dated wiring and plumbing.
Generally, models manufactured after 1995 meet higher national building standards than those made prior.
  • Before purchasing a used home, do Internet research on furnaces, lighting, large appliances, and other household items that may have been recalled.
  • Notice the location of the home on the property, checking for maximum exposure to sun and protection from wind. Homes on treed properties with bushes and landscaping are a good indication of homes being well taken care of. Plus, trees can provide shade and reduce A/C costs in the summer and buffer your property, reducing heating costs in winter.
  • Look for water stains on the ceiling, around windows and walls — suggesting plumbing or roof leaks.

Check home flooring throughout, looking for weak spots, especially in the kitchen, bathrooms and utility room.
  • Outside, check underneath the mobile home to make sure it has all of its insulation and that skirting is intact. Damaged or missing insulation or skirting means that the plumbing and flooring are unprotected.

Ask lots of questions. And be sure to find out what guarantees or home warrantees come with the mobile home you are considering, for peace of mind.

Many manufactured home developments like Carefree Homes work with local banks and mortgage companies to offer special financing rates. If you already have a lender, you’ll be a step ahead, knowing your budget and your credit rating.

As an Indiana-based, family-run manufactured home property for 30 years, Carefree Homes, Inc. can help you walk through the entire process, especially if you are a first time buyer. We’ll be happy to offer you a homeowner’s warranty and answer any other questions you may have.