The Perfect Match: Pairing Your Manufactured Home with the Right Land

Manufactured home living has become increasingly popular in recent years, mainly attributed to the ability to live in an affordable house with upscale features. Not only that, but homeowners appreciate the flexibility that manufactured home living provides—you can live in an established community such as those in Sequim or Enumclaw, or you can have a home delivered to land you own.

Recent statistics from Gitnux suggest that manufactured homes represent nearly 10% of all occupied housing units in the United States. And if you are thinking of finding some land in Washington state and having a manufactured home delivered, it’s essential to know what to look for to ensure you’ll love your property.

Key Questions to Consider When Selecting Land for Your Manufactured Home

As you explore potential sites for your new manufactured home, there are several things to consider to ensure the land meets all your needs and preferences. Reflecting on these questions can help you make a more informed decision and find a property that truly complements your lifestyle and your new home.

Ask yourself (and your land agent) the following:

  • What are the zoning regulations in this area? Confirm that the land is zoned for manufactured housing and check for any restrictions that could impact your installation or future renovations.
  • How stable is the soil? Does the land provide a solid foundation for a manufactured home, or will extensive ground preparation be needed? Consider the potential costs and efforts required for site preparation.
  • Are utilities readily accessible? Determine if essential services like water, electricity, and sewage are available on the property. If not, what would be the cost and process to connect these utilities?
  • What are the environmental risks associated with this property? Are there any concerns about flooding, wildfires, or other natural hazards in the area that could affect your home’s safety and strength?
  • How accessible is the property during all seasons? Ensure the roads leading to the property are well-maintained, especially during winter. Consider the reliability of local snow removal services, the feasibility of snow removal, and whether or not emergency personnel will be able to reach your home if needed.
  • How close are the nearest essential amenities? Evaluate the distance to supermarkets, medical facilities, schools, and other services. Is the location convenient, or would living here pose daily challenges?
  • What is the potential for future development in this area? Look into planned developments or land-use changes that affect your living environment in the coming years.
  • Does this location fit your lifestyle? Consider how well the setting aligns with your personal preferences and activities. Does it offer the peace and quiet you desire or the community interaction you enjoy?

Finding Land for Your Manufactured Home

Besides their affordability, manufactured homes are popular because they don’t often have the same land requirements as traditional homes. Most manufactured homes are delivered and situated on a slab foundation with concrete block skirting—this means no requirements for land that can handle a basement. And, since most manufactured homes are single-level, there are fewer construction requirements to ensure the structure can support the weight of an upper level.

That said, whether you are downsizing or want an affordable living space, it’s important to leverage those questions we posted above to help you know what to look for when seeking land for your new home.

That said, here are some incremental tips for your land checklist to help ensure you find the right home and that your site visit won’t present any substantial issues.

Zoning and Legal Compliance

Before finalizing your land purchase for a manufactured home, verify local zoning laws. Some areas have specific regulations that could affect your ability to place a manufactured home. Ensure that the property is zoned appropriately, and check for any covenants or restrictions that might impact your plans.

Soil Stability and Ground Preparation

Adequate soil stability will ensure your new manufactured home can stand the test of time. The land must have a stable composition to support the home’s foundation, mainly because manufactured homes typically rely on a slab or pier foundation system. Conduct a soil test and prepare the ground properly to avoid future structural issues.

Utility Access

Check that essential utilities, including water, electricity, and sewage systems, are accessible. If these services are not readily available, the installation cost can significantly increase your overall budget. Access to utilities enhances convenience and ensures that your home meets basic living standards.

Environmental Risks

Evaluate the environmental risk factors such as flooding, wildfires, or heavy snowfall—all factors that Washington state must heavily consider. Properties in low-lying areas might be prone to flooding, leading to severe damage, including making your home uninhabitable due to mold and other issues.

Accessibility in Winter

Consider the property’s accessibility during winter months. According to the On the Snow ski report, Washington gets about 277” of snowfall per year. Make sure your home is accessible in the winter. Also check that there are local services to clear roads in case of heavy snowfall.

If the local area does not offer this, you may need to invest in snow removal equipment, which costs a lot to purchase and maintain. Remember that living in regions prone to severe winter weather affects both daily commutes and emergency services’ access to you.

Proximity to Amenities

Pay attention to how close your lot is to grocery stores, hospitals, and schools. While you may prefer a secluded setting, being too far from essential services can pose challenges for daily living and reduce the overall appeal of your property. If you wish to move, it may be harder for you to sell your home.

ECM Homes Can Help Assess Your Land to Ensure a Perfect Match With Your Manufactured Home

Before delivering a manufactured home, a site visit is necessary to help you prepare accordingly. This gives you a chance to fix any lack of sewer access or utility connections on your property.

Once you secure land, select the right floor plan. Then consider the options and upgrades you want to make your home a place you will love.

Start on your path to purchase a new manufactured home with ECM Homes. Contact us today.