A Checklist to Evaluate a Manufactured Home Community

March 25, 2024

How do you evaluate the reputation of a manufactured home community? A checklist can ensure you cover all the bases.

Here’s a checklist to honestly evaluate the reputation of a mobile or manufactured home community:​​​​​​

1. Years in business - longevity counts.

Hames Homes has been a family-owned business since 1969.  Only ethical, reputable companies stay in business for nearly 55 years.

2. Concerns from homeowners – are they handled correctly?

Hames Homes, LLC is an A+ rated, accredited member of the Better Business Bureau.  That doesn’t mean our homeowners have never complained.  It means that when they do, we solve the problem right the first time.

3. State licensure – is the community appropriately licensed?

Hames Homes, LLC is a fully licensed manufactured home retailer in the State of Iowa.  We also have Iowa-certified manufactured home installers on our experienced service team.  Our in-house financing company, Circle Finance LLC, is licensed and registered with the nationwide mortgage licensing system, NMLS#366020.  From top to bottom, our team is properly licensed.

4. Website transparency – does the community openly provide the facts?

Prices, pictures, and features for all our new and used mobile homes are listed on our website.  We also provide an abundance of resource materials, from financing applications to community rules, to an easy contact form.  Some material is even available in Spanish. We also have a great monthly newsletter to keep current and potential residents informed. 

5. Manufactured home communities’ service department – is it dedicated or out-sourced?

Our dedicated in-house service department repairs, refurbishes, and installs all the manufactured homes we sell.  Other mobile and manufactured home communities may use subcontractors who may not have the time or the knowledge (or license!) to do a good job or complete the work in a timely manner.

6. Local Involvement – integrated in the community or just passing through?

The Hames family gives back to the communities in which we do business.  We have an on-site food pantry open to the public. We also frequently donate and sponsor other various local causes.

In addition, we are long-term, active members of the Iowa Manufactured Housing Association to ensure our product remains a high quality, affordable option in the state of Iowa.

7. What do current residents say?

Our website has numerous testimonials from satisfied homeowners.  We would also love if you visited our sales team Grand View office at 5410 Wabash St. SW – the bulletin board is full of appreciation letters!


After you’ve done your research, you’ll realize that you want to come live in a Hames Homes community. Call us today at (319) 377-4863 or contact us online.  You’ll be glad you did!

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