Manufactured Homes: So Misunderstood

October 15, 2015

How long will this mobile home ‘last’?  I heard they’re built really cheap.

Since 1976, manufactured homes have been built with the same materials that are used in other residential construction.  Federal regulations require the building materials - like framing, roofing, siding and insulation - to be the same quality as “site-built” homes.  And the fact that it was built indoors, instead of outdoors, also will help in the aging process, since it didn’t get snow, rain, hail, etc. on it while being built.  Lumber won’t warp inside a sheltered factory environment.  It is an efficient “assembly line “process that incorporates less labor costs versus site-built, so manufactured homeowners receive much value per square foot.

Your home – whether manufactured or site-built - will generally last as long as you take care of it.  With regular maintenance (fixing plumbing leaks, replacing the shingle roof when needed, etc.) your new manufactured home should outlive you.

Where can I buy the smaller appliances that go into a mobile home?

The miniature fridge, microwave and stove that you’re picturing are built for travel trailers and RVs.  Today’s spacious manufactured homes – up to 2400 square feet – are as large as your typical residential house.  Today’s “mobile homes” boast plenty of luxuries, like island kitchens, gourmet appliances, fireplaces, and garden tubs with Jacuzzi jets.   The high ceilings, skylights and bright, energy efficient windows will make you forget about the “trailers” of yesteryear.

Where can I find a camp site large enough for my mobile home?

It’s a home, not a camper!  You’re not going to hitch up your manufactured home to your pickup truck and take it on vacation with you. 

All Hames homes are solidly installed according to an approved engineering system.  Concrete runners and steel tie-downs keep your home securely in place. 

Where are all the cars on blocks?  (And the corollary: “I’ve heard that rough people live in trailer parks.”)

This question was actually posed to us by an elected public official.  Needless to say, this person was very surprised by Hames Communities’ well-kept manufactured homes, landscaped lawns, inviting office, clean parks and nice playgrounds.

And, every resident moving into a Hames neighborhood undergoes a background check before approval.  There are common guidelines that all residents are asked to adhere to.  It’s a planned community with on-call, on-site managers for your safety and comfort.

Hames Homes has a large inventory of new and used, single and double-wide manufactured homes with spacious kitchens (and full-size appliancesJ).  Visit our model homes at the open house at Grand View Village, 7 days a week.  We’re located at 5410 Wabash St. SW in Cedar Rapids.  You can call us at (319) 377-4863 or (319) 390-5242, or contact us online.  We have an in-house financing company (NMLS #366020) that can discuss loan options with you, too!



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