Before You Buy


Revisions in land use and zoning ordinances and regulations offer exciting opportunities for buyers to place manufactured homes in a number of settings.


If allowed by local ordinance and/or landowner covenants, manufactured homes may be placed in traditional communities and sub-divisions or in many rural settings. But, the time to check your area’s local regulations is before you buy your new manufactured home.


Many buyers have their homes placed in planned manufactured home communities, subdivisions or parks. These residential areas can offer a number of advantages – including increased security, well-maintained public features, and sports & recreation facilities.



Before your home is delivered, make sure the site has been properly prepared. Careful attention will help ensure satisfaction with your home for years to come. Your retailer can provide you with valuable guidance and assistance in this area.



In most instances, your home will be transported from the factory to the retail sales center.


Your retailer or an installation contractor will then deliver the home to your site and install it in accordance with Federal and State installation guidelines.



Once delivered to the customer’s site, a manufactured home is placed on and anchored to a foundation system. Your home’s manufacturer will provide instructions for the proper installation of your new home.


Usually, the retailer or an installation contractor will install your home. Typically, the price of your home includes installation. You should receive a written explanation of the installation services from you retailer or contractor.



Federal and state laws governing the construction, transportation, sales and installation of manufactured homes offer buyers protection and peace of mind.


Manufactured homes are the only form of housing which are warranted by the builder for one full year from defects in materials and workmanship – at no additional cost to the buyer.


Appliances and certain building materials also carry specific warranties from their respective manufacturers. Consumers may also purchase optional extended warranties covering most areas of a manufactured home’s features and mechanical systems.


AMHA-member manufacturers, retailers and suppliers operate under state laws and regulations regarding manufactured homes and abide by the AMHA Code of Ethics – advocating ethical and fair business practices.