If you plan to place your new manufactured home on land or a lot that you own or intend to buy, it is important to consider deed restrictions, zoning requirements, restrictive covenants, and any city or county ordinances. This information could be available online, or at the governing agency. Such restrictions may prevent you from placing a manufactured home on a particular piece of land. During the escrow process have the Escrow/Title Company perform a complete search of all the above.

If you decide to place the home in a manufactured home community, it is important to know the rules and regulations. Are children allowed? Are pets allowed? What type, size and number of pets? Are homes required to be skirted? What are the parking regulations? Are there rules regarding number of occupants, overnight and long term guests?  Look beyond the obvious factors. Find out who is responsible for yard maintenance, garbage removal, and whether it is covered in your rent. Inquire about laundry facilities, if you will need them. Determine if you want to pay for the use of luxury facilities, such as a sauna, swimming pool, tennis court and clubhouse.  You should be provided all this information in writing. (Rules Regulations and Disclosures) Some parks have an interview process for prospective residents, this is an opportunity to ask all your questions.

deed-restriction-blog-imageTalk to residents for their opinions about the community. Talk to the manager. Ask yourself if you are willing to live by the rules. You also need to know if the rules are enforced by the management.

Find out exactly what is included in your rent and what is not. This will keep surprises, awkward or regrettable situations to a minimum.