Mobile homes offer A LOT of advantages to Oklahoma home buyers over site built homes. They’re modern, affordable, have TONS of features, and they look great. Another advantage is that you can place a new mobile home on a vacant piece of land. You can use a piece of land you or your family already owns, purchase the home and land separately, or purchase a land/home package. You do, however, need to make sure that your land is ready for the mobile home.
Preparing the land can vary based on the home you choose, where the land is located, and the amenities you’re looking for. The following five tips will help you ensure that your mobile home is secure on the property, and that you’ve installed everything you need to keep your home safe and comfortable for years to come.
Survey the land
Before you start and work on the land for your new mobile home, you need to get a new land survey. You may already have an old land survey, but those can have poor descriptions, old information, or outdated landmarks that can negatively impact the delivery and installation of your new mobile home.
A new land survey will also show you if there will be any zoning or legal issues placing a mobile home on the property. If the property is subject to zoning laws or other land use restrictions, you may be unable to place a manufactured or mobile home in that location. The local zoning board can actually reject building permits based on the zoning in their jurisidiciton. Permits can be a little time consuming, but you cannot skip this step.
Get all applicable permits
Several special permits, including a transport permit, building permit, occupancy permit, and/or utility connection permit, are typically required for the transportation and installation of mobile homes in Oklahoma. Your retailer can help you figure which permits you need to install a new home on your property.
In some states, the manufactured home transport companies are responsible for the permit, but the home owner will pay the fee. To prevent any potential problems, submit the rest of the permit applications at least six weeks before the transport date of the home.
Choose the best site for your mobile home
The next step is to ensure that the lot is level enough for the home. No one wants a crooked home, right? : ) You should also mark the boundary lines on your property and establish the location of your home. This will show you how much you room you have driveways and other features once the home is on site.
To speed up installation and setup, it’s important to plan site access and remove vegetation that could interfere with the home installation. No one wants a shrub getting in the way of their mobile home. : )
Build a high-quality mobile home foundation
Mobile Homes foundations in Oklahoma are typically a large, concrete slab, which take a long time to cure and dry. Because concrete curing and drying time depends on ambient weather conditions, the foundation should be completed well before the scheduled home installation. To avoid delays, make sure you consult with your home retailer about concrete curing times. A strong foundation is essential for every new mobile home.
Nowadays, the installation of a manufactured home must comply with a series of rules and regulations. For that reason, you should hire an experienced builder that is able to build the foundation in accordance with your manufactured home’s floor plan and specifications as well as the latest HUD requirements and local building codes.
Bring in the utilities you need
Setting up utilities is another important thing that must be done when preparing your land for a manufactured home. If your land doesn’t have any utility connections to city services, bringing utilities to your property can complicate site preparation. Contractors will dig trenches for utilities, run water pipes, install power lines, and place a propane tank.
Preparing your land for a mobile home and installing the home may seem difficult and stressful. But don’t worry, it’s not. In most cases, your home retailer can guide you every step of the way. Buying a home is a process, but once you’re through that process, you’ll be happy in your new mobile home.
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