March 21st, 2013 | More in Building On Your Lot

What to Expect When You Build On Your Land

What to Expect When-You-Build-On-Your-LandWhat to Expect When You Build On Your Land

Purchasing a new Palm Harbor Home is a great first step toward getting into the home of your dreams, but building on your land requires much more than choosing the perfect lot and the perfect home. For instance, your land must be inspected by your builder or contractor before the building process starts. Here’s how to prepare so you’ll be ahead of the game.


First, consider what kind of home you are purchasing. A modular home from Palm Harbor Homes is different from a manufactured home. While both may seem the same structurally, each is constructed according to different building code guidelines. To build on your land, you must first make sure the tract of land selected is the right size, is suitable and is zoned to allow the structure you plan to build. Modular homes must go through local, state, and regional building codes at their destinations, while manufactured homes are built to Federal building code standards. It may seem like an arbitrary difference, but you need to make sure that there will be no unpleasant surprises or delays because of permitting requirements or deed restrictions or zoning. Before buying your plot, obtain a list of code specifications that pertain to the land.


Because modular homes are a permanent fixture securely attached to a foundation, they must be inspected by a licensed local or state building inspector. The good news is that both types of homes offered by Palm Harbor Homes—modular and manufactured—are built to the highest standards and specifications. However, the terms are not interchangeable, and you must not get confused as to which type you plan to build on you your land. Be e sure to ask specifically if there are any restrictions to building manufactured homes as well as modular homes.


Getting ready to build on your land means more than buying the deed and planning which way you want your front door to face. While Palm Harbor Homes can’t control everything, we can ensure that you will get the best home possible to start the next great chapter in your life. Check out all of our unique floor plans and options at and if you want to dig a little deeper, follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

The opinions expressed by the article do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Palm Harbor Homes.


2 Responses to “What to Expect When You Build On Your Land”

  1. Alice Taylor says:

    I expect that before the modular’s are up you would pull all permits, site prep, I have a plumber and bug person to treat soil before slab is poured. I was raised in a mobile and I own a very old one on the 6.59 acres now along with 2 barns, I have have sold new home for builders. Now answer my question, where in my area can I go look at a model, and possible make interior changes.

  2. More Home says:

    Alice – Palm Harbor’s closest location to you would be our store in Plant City, Florida (see address, etc. below). You can view their current homes on display at I am sure that they will have several floor plans that fit your description, but the lender issue would need to be discussed directly with the representatives from that store as they are most familiar with lender requirements in that area. Hope this info helps you find what you are looking for! Best wishes for a new modular home soon!

    Palm Harbor Village
    605 S Frontage Rd, Ste. C
    Plant City, FL 33563
    (800) 622-2832 – toll free
    (813) 719-3335 – phone

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