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What You Need to Know About Mobile Home Sales


by FindPreFab.com | 09/25/2007

If you are in the market for mobile homes sales, there are some things you need to know before you purchase your new mobile home. Buy from a reputable mobile home dealer, for starters, or you might even want to look at the services of a mobile home broker. Using the services of a representative experienced in mobile home sales will save you time and money. Mobile home prices do vary significantly, and so it is important to do your research up front.

As you look into mobile home sales, it may help you to learn a little about mobile homes. For starters, you may find that most mobile homes are now referred to as manufactured homes. This is currently the preferred term. As the process of manufacturing homes got better and more efficient over the last few decades, mobile homes started to look more and more like traditional or stick-built homes. Those in the mobile home business wanted to associate their products with the variety and quality found in stick-built homes, and dissociate their houses from the stigma of being called trailers. Thus the name manufactured homes, which has a much classier ring to it, was born.

However, many consumers still refer to manufactured homes as mobile homes and today the two names are interchangeable. You'll find a wide variety of styles available when you begin your research into mobile home sales. Generally, the mobile home floor plan will be limited to one or two-section units. However, in some parts of the country three and four-section units are also available. You can even find a few two-story manufactured homes, although these are rare and limited to certain areas of the country.

One thing to be look for in your research about mobile home sales, is a manufacturer whose homes conform to the HUD code. A HUD-code manufactured home has a steel undercarriage which supports each unit. This is important in the transportation process. The manufactured home is transported to its final location, and then the wheels and axels are removed. The section or sections of the mobile home is then placed on concrete blocks or steel piers. Mobile homes can also be placed atop basements.

Because of all these advances, manufactured homes now tend to look so much like stick-built homes that many people are hard pressed to tell them apart. However, mobile home prices are much lower than those for stick-built homes. You'll pay around $35 to $65 per square foot when you make your mobile home buy. Because there is such a wide variety of price and options, it is a good idea to find a reputable mobile home dealer to seek advice on your purchase.

Although manufactured homes have gotten a bit of a bad reputation in recent years, the rap against them is for the most part unfounded. Once you begin looking into mobile home sales, you'll see the great variety of beautiful mobile homes available. You'll be amazed at the how a mobile home floor plan can vary from home to home. And you'll find friendly mobile home dealers and brokers ready to help you.


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