Is It Cheaper To Live In A Manufactured Home Community?

Thinking About Downsizing?

So, you are thinking about downsizing? The kids have all grown, and you just don’t need all the extra space. This can include property too; maybe you had an acre or more, and just don’t use it anymore. Look for something smaller. Why should you have to maintain a large yard, or pay to heat and cool rooms that are just not used anymore? The same goes for retirees too. They are looking for a simpler more relaxed life without all the extra unnecessary choirs and payments.

You could think about buying a condominium or rent an apartment. These are compact and fairly affordable. Someone else takes care of all the maintenance, and landscaping. Some places even have many amenities included with the complex. There may be walking/jogging trails, dog walking areas, a fitness center, swimming pools, and maybe even tennis courts.

There are some negatives to be aware of though. Tenants tend to move in and out of apartments more often. You never know who your neighbors are going to be. While one neighbor was great, the next may be inconsiderate, playing loud music, or thumping around at all hours. If you are a little leary of trusting all your neighbors not to burn the whole place down, or just have fears of other phobias, maybe this kind of living is not for you.

Manufactured Home Communities

What about a manufactured home community? This is a great option to choose from. You can downsize to a two- or three-bedroom home, which will be brand new, so everything will be much more energy-efficient than your older home. Manufactured homes have come a long way since the days of living in “trailers.” They are modern, and sleek, with all the same if not more amenities than a stick-built modern home. Another bonus is that they are virtually maintenance-free, which is what you want, as a retiree.

Why should you live in a manufactured home community? It is a great place to meet and make new friends. It is not like a condominium or apartment complex. There are no people sharing your walls, whether above, below, or beside you. These communities tend to have people living there permanently, rather than renting. These places usually have get-togethers, and special community events to create a good neighborhood. Sometimes you do your own landscaping and other times the community takes care of it. The yards are small enough that you can still maintain it.

Benefits of a Manufactured Home Community

These communities promote friendship, which is what you want when you move away from your old house. This is especially true, if you are a retiree, moving far away from family and friends. It is good to have people around you to get help from if you should need it. Your neighbors will notice if you don’t follow your normal routine, and come check on you.

Many communities have trails for walking, bicycling, or jogging, as well as dog walking areas. There are usually swimming pools, and clubhouses too. You will have to check every community to find the amenities that you want. One thing to be aware of is the pricing of monthly fees, whether it is lot rent or a homeowners association fee. These help to pay for your community maintenance. Remember, the more amenities it has, the more it will cost. Location is another reason for higher costs. If you are close to the beach, or lake, it will be a little more.

Make a list of all the things important to you, then choose wisely, and economically to fit your purse. Enjoy your new home!

By Cole Harris

Sawyer Cole Harris: Sawyer, a DIY enthusiast, shares home project tutorials, woodworking tips, and creative ways to personalize your space.