Who doesn't get pleasure from driving through stately high-end communities and gazing at the expansive - and expensive - designer homes that are showcased one after another, each more impressive than the one before? The dream is always there - The "One day..." always is lingering in the back of our minds. Then we crowd back into our little three room apartment and get on with life.
Well maybe we won't have our own mansion anytime soon, or ever, though it is fun to pretend, but the dream of home ownership may be closer to realization than you think. Traditional stick-built homes can come with a hefty price tag - Anywhere from the low $100's for a starter home, to a few hundred thousand for a home with a larger footprint or an upscale neighborhood. That is where manufactured homes come into the picture. Did you know that you can purchase a previously owned manufactured home for as little as $25—30,000? Or that you can get into a built-to-order, custom finished, multiple bedroom, fully-featured, brand new (Whew!) manufactured home starting between $65—80,000? That is a lot of bang for your buck and it brings the American dream of home ownership much closer to reality for many families.
People are finding that purchasing manufactured housing as a starter home is a great way to break into the housing market. Living in a crowded and noisy apartment building is anything but conducive to privacy, and there is always someone banging on a wall or ceiling and telling you to knock something or other off. What about those who work nights and need some peace and quiet during the day so you can sleep, but just as you settle into that cushy bed and start feeling drowsy, the teenager through the wall pumps up his music or his video games. The three kids upstairs are running in circles just to annoy you, and the dog downstairs is barking at some imaginary intruder. You can't paint over that nauseating shade of puce, and you're only allowed to hang something that can be held up with a straight-pin. Now what fun is that?
Think about this scenario instead: You come home from work (or shopping, or soccer)and park in your own driveway. You go inside and you can shout, "Honey, I'm home!" as loudly as you like. If you drop a couple plates on the floor all you have to worry about is whether anything broke. No one is hollering at you to "Keep it down up there!" YOU can decide whether you want a pet. You can close those weary eyes anytime you like, knowing you will have some peace and quiet. You can paint your walls ballet pink, daffodil yellow, or the deepest shade of blue. Plant a garden. Have a backyard cookout. You can do what you want when you want because it is YOUR home!
Sounds good, right? Well, it IS good. Manufactured housing is a very affordable option to traditional stick-built homes and are just as comfortable and roomy. These homes are well insulated and cozy, and can be customized or even added on to to suit your needs. If you are contemplating a move, move up to a manufactured home!