How to Check the Quality of a Manufactured Home

When you buy a manufactured home, you can build equity faster and potentially own your own home within 10 years. This can actually be a faster method to accumulate equity than by using a stick-built home. The payments are lower and therefore it is easier to survive with a manufactured home than with other options.

However, if you buy a low-quality manufactured home, you can create more problems in the long run. Buying a low-quality manufactured home could end up costing you more money down the road than just spending a little extra on a nicer one now. It is easy to be fooled into thinking that the quality of the home is good enough, when it is really below-standard. Here are a few ways that you can check the quality of a manufactured home. 

Look for a Warranty

Many of the newer manufactured homes come with a home warranty on them. This warranty could protect you from any potential problems that might occur with the home while you are living in it. This warranty could potentially cover the structure, the plumbing, heating and air system and anything else that is associated with the construction of the home. 

While you might see a warranty, you might want to check on the reliability of the company that made the home. If you have a 25 year warranty, it is not going to do you any good if the company that issued it is out of business in 5 years. Therefore, you should only deal with reputable manufacturers that offer solid warranties. 

Try Everything Out

Before you purchase a manufactured home, go through and check everything for yourself. Open and shut all the doors and windows. Flush the toilets and turn on the sinks. Make sure that hot water comes out when you turn the hot water faucet on. Turn the central air conditioner and heater on. While you can not foresee every possible problem in this manner, you can avoid many of the basic problems in this manner. Usually the basic things are what cause most people the biggest problems. Therefore, it is best to avoid them if possible.

Hire an Inspector

A professional inspector can check everything out for you in return for a reasonable fee. While you might not want to spend any more money than you have to, a building inspector is well worth the cost. They will be able to go throughout your new manufactured home and see exactly how it is constructed. They will be able to tell if anything is wrong and help you avoid potential future problems with the structure. They can alert you of problem areas and things that you should request to be fixed before you make a purchase. 

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