June 24th, 2015 | More in Building On Your Lot

How to Know if a Pre-Owned Manufactured Home is in Good Condition to Buy

When you are looking for your perfect manufactured home, you want a quality home that will last. It is easy to determine whether a manufactured home is in good condition when it is brand new. However, when you purchase a pre-owned manufactured home, there are a few things you need to consider before you make the big purchase. Here are a few simple tips you can follow to check that your pre-owned manufactured home is in good condition.

The Kensington by Palm Harbor HomesThe Kensington manufactured home by Palm Harbor Homes features some of the most sought-after features available.

Check Builder Reputation

It is important to know the reputation of the company that originally built the manufactured home. A quality manufactured home constructed by a reputable company with durable materials would be an excellent investment, even when it has been pre-owned. Palm Harbor Homes has an established reputation for quality and a commitment to excellence that shows in the construction of each of our homes. Whichever manufactured home you choose, do some research into the brand, the company’s reviews, and what other home owners have said about the durability and functionality of their homes.

Complete a Thorough Walkthrough

When you schedule a showing of the home, look thoroughly at all the small details. Bring a notepad with you and create a list of things you see that may need an upgrade or fix. You can then compare your list to what is found during a professional inspection. Make note of the following:

  • Quality and condition of the roof
  • Condition of the carpet, hardwood, or tile flooring
  • Brand, age, and condition of appliances
  • Condition of fixtures
  • Foundation condition and age
  • Custom additions to the home, or other quality touches

Schedule a Professional Inspection

Before you purchase a home, you will want to hire a professional inspector to come and access the manufactured home. If you are applying for a mortgage or loan, many require an inspector report to be completed before the loan is approved. With proper maintenance, a quality manufactured home can last for decades. You will just want to check for any hidden problems or issues that may not be visible doing a walk through yourself.

If you are looking for a manufactured home, take a look at Palm Harbor Homes’ wide variety of spacious floor plans. For more information, call 1-888-466-3718. We would be happy to assist you.

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