MANUFACTURED HOUSING FACTS INDUSTRY OVERVIEW
Updated March 2018
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, industry analysis and proprietary sources (ManufacturedHousing.org)
Manufactured Housing Facts Source: 2012 Mobile Home Market Facts, by Foremost Insurance Company
•The manufactured housing industry produced about 93,000 new homes in 2017,
approximately 9% of new, single-family home starts.
• The average sales price of a new manufactured home without land is $70,600.
• 66% of the homes are located on private property and 34% are in manufactured home communities.
• All aspects of construction are continually inspected by professionally trained third-party inspectors.
• Manufactured homes are constructed to adhere to the federal HUD Code since 1976.
The HUD Code, regulates home design and construction, strength and durability, fire resistance and energy efficiency. HUD revised the building code in the early 1990’s to enhance energy efficiency and ventilation standards and to improve the wind resistance of manufactured homes in areas prone to hurricane force winds.
• Floor plans are available that range from basic to elaborate -- vaulted or tray ceilings, fully equipped kitchens, walk-in closets and luxurious bathrooms.
• A variety of exterior siding is available -- metallic, vinyl, wood or hardboard and stucco.
• Homes have pitched roofs with shingles and gabled ends.
• Upgrades include awnings, patio covers, decks, site-built garages and permanent foundations.
• The building materials in today’s manufactured homes are the same as those in site-built homes.
• The homes are engineered for wind safety and energy efficiency.
• Manufactured homes are among the safest housing choices available today due to federal laws requiring smoke detectors, escape windows and limited combustible materials around furnaces, water heaters and kitchen ranges.
• Manufactured homes can be financed as personal property. Even when the home and land are financed together, the home is often secured as personal property and the land as real property. Traditional manufactured home personal property lenders offer land-and-home financing.
• Homebuyers may also finance their home and land together as real property using conventional mortgage financing obtained through a traditional mortgage lender.
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Industry Overview -
The need for quality, affordable housing has never been greater. Today’s manufactured homes can deliver outstanding quality and performance at prices that are up to 50 percent less per square foot than conventional site-built homes.
These savings allow more and more Americans to own their own home, even in the face of an ever-widening housing affordability gap. The affordability of manufactured housing is due to the efficiencies of the factory-building process.
Manufactured homes are constructed with standard building materials, and are built almost entirely off-site in a factory. The controlled construction environment and assembly line techniques remove many of the problems encountered during traditional home construction, such as weather, theft, vandalism, damage to building products and materials, and unskilled labor. Factory employees are trained and managed more effectively and efficiently than the system of contracted labor employed by the site-built home construction industry.
Much like other assembly line operations, manufactured homes benefit from the economies of scale resulting from purchasing large quantities of materials, products and appliances. Manufactured home builders can negotiate substantial savings on many components used in building a home, with these savings passed on directly to the homebuyer.
Today’s manufactured homes have experienced an evolution in the types and quality of homes available to buyers. Technological advances allow manufactured home builders to offer a variety of architectural styles and exterior finishes that will suit most any buyer’s dreams while allowing the home to blend in seamlessly into most any neighborhood.
Two-story and single-family attached homes are but two of the new styles generated by factory-built innovation. At the same time, greater flexibility in the construction process allows for customization of each home to meet a buyer’s lifestyle and needs.
Interior features include vaulted ceilings, working fireplaces, state-of the-art kitchens and baths, and porches, giving the homebuyer all the features found in traditional, site-built homes.
Enhanced energy efficiency in manufactured homes, achieved with upgraded levels of insulation and more efficient heating and cooling systems, provide another source of savings for homeowners, especially in this era of rising energy costs. Smart buyers also are turning to Energy Star-labeled manufactured homes for substantial savings in many aspects of owning and operating home.
Technological advances, evolutionary designs, and a focus on delivering quality homes that families can afford are the driving forces within the manufactured housing industry. That’s why more people are turning to manufactured housing to deliver homes that fit their needs and wants, at prices they can afford.
Cost & Size Comparisons of New Manufactured & New Single-Family Site-Built Homes
New Manufactured Homes (Includes typical installation cost, excludes land cost) See Box below.
Source: Institute for Building Technology and Safety (IBTS) Manufactured Home Shipments by State 2017 and Product Mix Single-Section Homes, Multi-Section Homes and State Totals Source: Institute for Building Technology and Safety (IBTS) (manufacturedhousing.org)
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Manufactured homes are built in a factory to a stringent federal building code. The Housing and Urban Development Manufactured Housing Safety and Construction Standards – also known as the HUD Code. These standards are your assurance of a safe, well-built home and cover structural design, construction, fire safety, energy efficiency and the performance of heating, plumbing, air conditioning thermal and electrical systems.
HUD appoints certified agencies, on a state level, to provide oversight and construction inspections. In the Northwest, those agencies are Oregon Building Codes and the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries. Homes are completed in the factory, and then transported in sections to the homeowner’s site, where they are installed by a trained and state certified crew.
Advantages of Factory Construction Methods
Why is the square-foot construction cost of manufactured and modular homes less than half that of site-built homes, while providing the same features and quality? The answer is, the completely controlled environment of factory construction and volume material purchasing, which minimizes costs while maximizing quality.
Manufactured Homes are the only homes which must satisfy a stringent building code. The Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Manufactured Housing Safety and Construction standards are your assurance of a safe, well-built home. These standards cover structural design, construction, fire safety, energy efficiency and performance of heating, plumbing, air conditioning, thermal and electrical systems.
A factory roof overhead is especially helpful. It doesn’t rain or feel too cool indoors and it’s never dark. Construction never stops due to inclement weather or unpleasant working conditions.
Design and construction teams are located in the same building. As market demands or technology introduces new features, designers can quickly incorporate these into new homes. Compressed air systems are plumbed throughout the factory with ready access for nailing, cleaning, painting and even moving sections from one station to the next.
The key to building high-quality homes is a well-trained, stable work force. In a factory setting, there are no independent, uncontrolled, expensive subcontractors. Construction workers are highly trained employees who work as a team to build homes in a planned, organized process. A comprehensive quality inspection process guarantees that value is built into every home at each step. A manufactured home never leaves the factory until it passes construction and appearance inspections.
Technology Results in Timely Completion
A factory environment allows the home builder to take advantage of technology to build better homes faster. Workers use sophisticated cutting and fastening machinery to ensure accurate, strong assembly. Large items such as roofing structures and walls can be pre-assembled, then placed accurately in position with overhead cranes. In-house shops pre-build kitchen and bathroom cabinets, that are done on time and fit right on the first try.
Bringing all the advantages of factory construction together, makes it easier to maintain a higher and more consistent quality in the building of manufactured homes, than it is in site- built houses.
For the energy-conscious, manufactures offer energy packages which exceed building code requirements including Energy Star and the new Eco-rated green home program. These packages include options for extra insulation in the walls, floor and ceiling, a high-efficiency furnace and water heater, and triple-layered and gas-filled windows. Even with such a cozy home, your inside air will stay fresh and healthy, thanks to air exchange systems that exceed most sire-built standards.
Custom Select Your Home Features
Interiors of homes can be modest or feature spacious living rooms with flat or vaulted ceilings, full dining rooms, eat-in kitchens with the latest conveniences, elegant bedrooms and walk-in closets, dressing areas and bathrooms with recessed tubs and whirlpools. The right floor plan depends on lifestyle and family needs. Buy-Rite Homes gives you dozens of floorplans to choose from or customize to suit. Or we will custom build your own design.
All new manufactured homes are sold with major appliances, tape and texture interiors, window coverings and carpeting/flooring included. All manufactured homes carry warranties offered by the manufacturer, your home retailer and by the makers of the appliances and finished goods that come with the house.
All manufactured homes come with a long list of “standard” features an even longer list of options. You have the option of changing everything from the basic floor plan to the thickness of the carpeting. As you plan your “dream” home, Buy-Rite Homes can help you match options with your desires. Manufactured homes offer custom plans with the plushest upgrades, all at less than the cost of a site-built house.
In Putting together your land package, you will go through the eight steps listed below. It is helpful to establish and adhere to a time line which tells you when certain actions should be complete. Buy-Rite Homes can assist you in developing a schedule that fits your situation. We specialize in “turn-Key packages”.
Simply stated – We will help you pick the land, the home, and all the improvement costs – put it all together into one price, do all the coordination and total completion of your home. We hand you the key and a 1 year promise (guarantee) to take good care of you and your new home.
8 Steps to a Place of Your Own
Step 1 Arrange for financing. If you have not chosen a lender, Buy-Rite Homes will assist you in locating a broker for your individual needs.
Step 2 Obtain loan approval. We will follow up and coordinate the total land/home package immediately upon acceptance and signing or the approved loan.
Step 3 Find your home site. Buy-Rite Homes will assist you in locating the land of your choice. We also have property available from time to time, completely improved and ready for your new home.
Step 4 Select a home. We have 5 model homes set up for your preview. We can arrange for your new home to come from our inventory or we can special-order your home directly from the factory.
Step 5 Determine your land development costs or rental site requirements. Buy-Rite Homes is a licensed, bonded general contractor. We can provide you with all the bids necessary to totally complete your home package.
Step 6 Completion of total construction package. Following the closing of the loan we begin the site work, while at the same time the home is ordered (if a factory order), so that the delivery of the home will coincide with the completion of the site preparation. We can serve as your general contractor and take care of any of the problems arising out of coordination and completion of all the work, on a timely basis.
Step 7 Final inspection and Walk-Through. Upon completion of the total package, we then arrange to “walk-through” the home with you to make sure everything is “as agreed” and done to your satisfaction.
Step 8 MOVE IN!
There are many steps involved in the placement and set up of your new home. We handle everything from start to finish, including the permits, to make the process easy and efficient.
Site Preparation – what and who is involved
Just how complex can site preparation be? Let’s consider an increasingly common occurrence; putting a modest double-wide home on a poured foundation in an acre of semi-rural land, together with a well and a septic system. Here is a list, not in precise chronological order, of the providers involved (and the likely number of employees for each in parentheses.
Well Driller (1-2) – Drills the water well and perform the required purification tests.
Septic Engineer (1) – Performs percolation tests on land to confirm the suitability for septic system use and designs the septic system.
Bulldozer Operator (1) – Excavates and levels the foundation site.
Work crew (2) – Prepare forms for concrete foundation. They then pour, lay and tie the rebar.
Concrete pump truck Operators (1) – They pump concrete into the foundation form (which is often, but not always used).
Work crew (4) – Spreads concrete & finishes foundation surfaces.
Backhoe Operator (1) – Digs trenches for water, utilities, phone, TV, and propane.
Work Crew/Backhoe (2) – Installs 10 cu. yard dry well, fills with rock aggregate, which is connected to rainwater downspouts from the home and they then backfill.
Set-up Installer (2) – Blocks and levels the house, seals and paints exterior of home at roof joints and end seams. Connects to water, the septic system and electricity. Flushes interior trim at seams of the ceiling, marriage line and end walls and repairs stress cracks. Tests appliances.
Set-up/tape & texture (1) – Prepares the interior marriage line joints for painting, taping, and texturing. Seals any cracks in the drywall which is followed by touch-up painting the interior.
Carpet Installer (1) – Installs (or completes installation of) carpet pads and carpeting.
Rain gutters/downspouts Contractor (1) – Install gutters and downspouts.
Skirting Contractor (2) – Constructs the skirting around the house perimeter, with an access opening (to underside).
Well pump Contractor (2) – Installs the well pump, water pipes, pressure tank and electrical switches.
Work Crew (3) – Excavates for septic holding tank and leech field, then installs. They then connect to the houses septic outflow and backfills.
Local power utility district (2) – Prepares the power connection from pole or transformer at property’s edge.
Electrical Contractor (2) – Lays wire from power pole at edge of property. Installs the junction box on the exterior. Connects the wires to inside power panel and installs the meter.
Finishing work (1) – Hangs doors and adds any trim work. Checks cabinets and sets up appliances.
Site Preparation – what and who is involved continued…
Cleaning (1) – Carpets and flooring is swept and cleaned if needed. All surfaces are dusted and all stickers and plastic is removed to leave the home move-in ready.
Air Conditioning Contractor (1) – Installs the inside AC unit (or heat pump or swamp cooler) and connects the home’s inside central ventilation unit.
Telephone service (1) – Connects and buries the phone line from the terminal next to property to the exterior of the home. On the second visit, they will hook up the phone junction box to the home. They then install the inside jacks and test the phone.
TV cable (1) – If cable service is ordered (as opposed to satellite dish). They will connect the buried cable wire from the terminal at the properties corner to the cable splitter at the exterior. They then install the inside TV jacks.
Propane service (1) – Places the propane tank 30 feet from home, laying underground gas lines from tank to home and plumbs the gas connection to house.
Backfill and compaction (2) – Fills in all trenches, backfills around the foundation perimeter and compacts the moved soil.
Driveway (2) – If crushed rock or gravel is used, they haul in, spread and compact several truckloads of rock/gravel for driveway. If concrete or asphalt is used, they use construct machinery as required. The work crew may be three or more.
State Inspectors (2-3) – Visits the job site as needed to inspect and sign off on all work.
Walk through (1) – Walks through the home with the buyer to point out all appliances and their functions. Gives buyer all paperwork on appliances and home warranty information.
Retiring generation finds downsized housing solution with long term value.
Diane and Harold - Clayton Customer Story
MARYVILLE, Tenn., March 29, 2018 – Clayton, one of America’s largest home builders, is creating opportunities for homebuyers of the Baby Boomer generation seeking modern, energy efficient housing without sacrificing affordability.
In January 2018, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, the average price of a new single-family, site-built home with land in America was $382,700 – up 6.5 percent from January 2017. As the cost of housing rises year over year, families all over the country face a limited supply of affordable options.
“We looked at site-built homes, but for the value and the money and the quality, we were going to have to do without a lot of things,” said new homeowner Diane Wood. “That’s what did it for us. We got a lot of quality and value for our money.”
With an average price of around $68,100 without land – according to the U.S. Census Bureau -- as of October 2017, manufactured homes offer a promising solution to the affordable housing crisis – and people are starting to take notice. Clayton Built™ manufactured and modular homes are beautifully designed with quality, brand-name materials at an affordable price.
After their retirement, Diane and Harold Wood were looking to build a ‘forever home’ on their beautiful farm property owned by their family for generations. According to the Home Buyer and Seller Generational Report 2017, “buyers 62 to 70 are often moving due to retirement, desire to be closer to friends and family and desire for a smaller home.” Manufactured and modular homes are offered with custom floorplans and upgradeable amenities, including stainless steel appliances and granite countertops.
Initially the Woods were considering a traditional, site-built home for their family property, but found the cost of construction limited their options. That’s when they visited a Clayton Homes store and discovered The Cameron, a 1,512 sq. ft. Clayton Built® home with 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. The Woods’ home includes a one-story open floorplan, with a beautiful kitchen, center island and recessed ceiling that is perfect for large meals and entertaining. They even chose to upgrade to the Clayton Energy Smart option, which includes high-efficiency insulation, low-emissive windows, a programmable thermostat and several other features that will help reduce utility costs in the years to come.
The home was delivered by truck to their property, and affixed to a permanent foundation. The Wood family added a garage to the house and a front porch where they sit together every evening. The Woods invited Clayton to visit their new home and talk about the home buying journey. Clayton has released a video documenting their story.
“This is where we’re happy,” says Diane. “We’re porch people, and we just love looking out at the beautiful mountains and the view.”
Article and video courtesy of ClaytonHomes.com
We have years of experience in building quality homes. We have tested and improved our products and building practices in order to ensure that you and your family will enjoy the value of your home for many years to come.
Built to Last
Our manufactured and modular homes are built to very high standards of structural strength and durability so that you as a homeowner will not have to worry about unnecessary upkeep or the hassle of repairs.
Offering Affordable Housing Solution for Millennials
Helping address the housing crisis for the under-35 generation
Focusing on providing affordable housing options that fit the needs and wants of millennials, who make up 35% of the company's current customer base.
In a demographic, millennials also share different obstacles to obtaining home ownership than those who came before them. For instance, according to the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies (HJCHS), many first-time home buyers possess the household income to qualify for home ownership, but struggle to save money for a down payment due to lingering debts from student loans and other debts. This combined with a low supply of available, affordable houses and a high pool of active buyers is driving up prices and competition. As a result, more millennials are choosing to rent or live with their parents. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the share of millennials in 2015, or adults born between 1982 and 2000, is over 25 percent of the population. At 87 million strong, millennials are the largest generation in history according to HJCHS.
We provide an affordable housing solution that fits within the budget of millennials, while not sacrificing on quality or amenities. Manufactured homes are affordable, stylish, energy efficient and customizable – the perfect solution for such a unique generation."
Millennials have housing preferences that differ in many ways from other generations. According to the Census Bureau, the median size of a new single-family home declined by 2 percent in 2016. While this is a modest decline, it is the first time since 2009 that the median size has declined. Millennials are also focused on having homes that are energy efficient. We provide homes with energy efficient options such as programmable thermostats, upgraded insulation, double paned UV windows and sealed duct work.
"This is a forever home, this is it," explained Robert Woody, a millennial homeowner. "This is the best that we would want. We've got it made."
Experience the interactive Multichannel News Release here: https://www.multivu.com/players/English/8011659-clayton-affordable-housing-for-millennials/
Making the decision to buy a home can be quite daunting. Determining whether you are making the right investment in a home that will last for years to come is the main question for most home buyers. The great news is that Buy-Rite Homes is the perfect place to answer this critical question and find your perfect home investment!
Buy-Rite's homes are a stylish, safe and, most importantly, an affordable option for home buyers like you to achieve your goals of homeownership. Our homes provide strength and durability for any climate. Plus, our manufactured homes have hundreds of customizable options available, including energy efficient features that could potentially save you money in the future!
A Personalized Home Buying Process
The process to purchase a new home from Buy-Rite homes will vary from customer to customer. A typical question home center consultants often get is, “How long does it take to build a manufactured home?” The answer varies based on the home building facility and other factors.
And then there’s the question, “How long will it take to get my new manufactured home?” This varies from customer to customer based on several factors in the home buying process, including the timing of home financing. In many cases, obtaining an approval for home financing can be the longest part of the home buying experience. But there are several ways to help make the entire process easier and get into your Buy-Rite dream home faster!
Budget for Your Dream Home
Establish a firm and realistic budget before looking at homes. Knowing what you can reasonably afford can be estimated if you take the time to create a list of your current monthly expenses.
These monthly expenses can range from utilities to food, travel, school loans, entertainment, medical expenses and charity. Comparing your monthly expenses to your monthly income can help you estimate your available income for housing and then a proper price range for your dream home.
Get Pre-approved, Not Just Pre-qualified
Many home buyers may not consider this, but many lenders may be able to help you get pre-qualified for a mortgage even before stepping inside a home center. A pre-qualification requires a short conversation with your lender and perhaps a peek at your credit score.
If you are able to pre-qualify, then you may also want to look into obtaining a pre-approval from a lender, which can help you close even quicker! A preapproval can help you determine what you can afford before selecting a home.
A pre-approval from a lender that you choose provides that lender’s estimate of what loan amount you are approved for, although it does not eliminate all loan underwriting concerns that will still need to be addressed before you are fully approved.
Communicate Clearly with Your Lender
Realize that the lender that you choose to finance your home purchase is in control of and responsible for the processing of your home loan application, not the home center. Make sure your communications with your lender are clear and open so they get everything they need.
Your home center representatives are not involved in the processing of a loan application you have submitted to a lender, so clearly understanding the details of your home loan and relationship to your lender is essential.
Buy with Cash
Saving up for a down payment (which reduces the loan amount you will need) may help you secure financing more quickly and get you into your new home quicker. And ultimately, if you are financially able, paying for your home in cash will help you avoid the entire lending process!
Have Everything Lined Up in Advance
Ask your lender for a list of items (documents and records) you will need to provide to them. Get organized and put together a complete package of documents that you may need to provide to your lender. These items may include W-2 forms from the most recent year and prior years, proof of employment and your bank statements. It is always good to make sure to pay all your bills on time as well!
Do Your Research
Make sure to understand all your options before beginning the home buying journey. Choose and talk to a few lenders who can clearly explain all the different kinds of home loan options available to you. Talk with friends and relatives and do your research to find lenders who can provide quality financing at competitive rates.
Ask Tons of Questions
Don’t be afraid to ask questions. There is no bad question! At Buy-Rite Homes, home consultants specialize in helping home buyers through the entire home buying process. Professionals are here to help you and your family find the home of your dreams!
Following these tips should help make your home buying process go smoothly and help you and your family get into a wonderful new manufactured or modular home.
Article Courtesy of ClaytonHomes.com
If you are anything like me, a millennial, home repairs have always been “what adults do,” chores to complete or a reason to call the local repair man. However, things have changed, and now it’s our time to do these home repairs ourselves.
Whether you’re a millennial like me or you’ve simply never owned a home before, I’m going to help you ease into this transition and avoid rookie mistakes by giving you some pointers that will make you proud to be a new homeowner.
Easy Starter Home Maintenance Tips
1. Learn the Best Ways to Clean
Now that you’ve achieved homeownership, you must get past the days of cleaning your home to look “just good enough.” You’ll take pride in your new manufactured home and want to show it off, so you must be able to properly clean up every area of your home.
2. Fix Squeaky Doors
Eventually, the doors could start to squeak. Spray some lubricant on the hinges and then move the door back and forth. Repeat if necessary.
3. Clean Your Gutters
It’s important that you clean your manufactured home gutters and downspouts from debris, because you never know when a rainy or snowy day might come. You can remove leaves and other debris by hand or you can use a leaf blower. Doing so will help you avoid unwanted water leaks in your home and prevent gutters from freezing in the winter.
4. Take Care of Your Flooring
Whether you have tile, carpet, hardwood or vinyl tile flooring in your manufactured home, you must remember to care for your floors so they’ll last and look great for years to come. Sweep, dry mop or vacuum your floor every few days.
1. For a more thorough cleaning of your hard surface flooring, add a mild detergent to a bucket and fill with warm water.
2. Dampen the mop in soapy water and wring thoroughly to avoid putting excess water on the floor. Do not use abrasive cleaners like bleach.
3. Wipe one section of the floor at a time, rinsing your mop before each section. Do not let water sit on your floor.
4. Spot clean with a mild detergent, warm water and a rag when necessary.
Use our hard surface flooring guide for specific cleaning instructions for different types of manufactured home hard surface flooring.
Easy Home Fixes You Should Know How to Do
1. Unclog a Toilet
Knowing how to unclog a toilet is one of those things that you never think about until it’s too late.
1. When you notice your toilet is clogged, don’t flush it anymore. This is to keep it from overflowing.
2. Next, insert the plunger into the toilet bowl, making sure it’s completely in water. If you’re pushing and pulling air, not water, then you should add more water to the toilet bowl.
3. Finally, start slowly pushing and pulling the plunger to loosen the clog until it’s free.
4. Once you’re finished, flush the toilet to make sure the drainage works properly.
After it’s happened once, you’ll never be caught off-guard again.
2. Fix a Leaky Faucet
Start by turning off the water valve and turning on the faucet to completely drain the water line. Then, plug the drain to prevent from dropping anything into the drain while you’re working on it. Next, unscrew the handle(s) and find the rubber washer around it and replace it with a new one.
3. Install a New Thermostat
Whether your old thermostat isn’t working or you’re simply upgrading to a new thermostat, replacing one isn’t too difficult.
1. Start by turning off the breaker.
2. Then take the thermostat off the wall. You should leave the wires exactly like they were, take a photo of their location in the old thermostat, which will help you when installing the new thermostat.
3. Follow the instructions given with your new thermostat to ensure it’s installed correctly.
4. Once you’ve put the new thermostat on, you can turn the breaker back on and begin using your new thermostat!
If you feel like you’ve got a pretty good handle on these easy manufactured home repairs, you can take the next step, and find an area of your home that you believe needs improvement.
Consider tackling an easy home improvement project to help you make your home your own and boost your first home investment.
Easy Home Improvement Projects
1. Fix a Hole in the Wall
Accidents are bound to happen, such as someone putting a hole in the wall, especially if you have children. However, if you do find yourself in this situation, you can take the initiative to patch the hole in the wall yourself.
If you have finished drywall wallboards, use drywall tape and a drywall patch kit to repair your hole. If you have paper on gypsum or vinyl over gypsum wallboards in your home, follow the steps below.
How to Repair a Hole in Gypsum Wallboard
2. Do Your Own Landscaping
There’s nothing that gives a home more curb appeal than having nice landscaping. Before becoming a homeowner, you most likely did not have landscaping, or it was done by someone else.
But today, I challenge you to get outside and learn how to landscape. Start strategically planting flowers, bushes and trees around your home. You’ll not only make your home look better, but you will also do something good for the environment.
3. Make Your Own Welcome Post
You can also attempt a do it yourself driveway post project that not only displays your address, but adds style and flair to your home. To complete the project, cut a post to size, paint it if you want, mount and bury it at the end of your driveway, attach metal numbers and a plant hook, then hang flowers and enjoy your easy, beautiful landscaping.
These common manufactured home repairs, maintenance tips and home improvement projects are some of the few things a new homeowner should know how to do. Once you tackle these easy home fixes, you’ll get the hang of it and won’t need to call the repairman as often for your small home repairs!
Article Courtesy of ClaytonHomes.com