Manufactured housing is often considered to be a cost-effective approach to making home ownership a reality for families. Since buying a home is likely to be the largest investment a family will make, it is important to make an informed choice.

If you are considering the purchase of a manufactured home, there are some points you should know.

·      Find a reputable dealer by contacting your state agency on manufactured housing (California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD))

·      Make sure that your installation firm is licensed   and check with the Better Business Bureau to learn if there are substantial complaints against the firm.

Every new manufactured home now offered for sale must have:

A red and silver seal that certifies that the home has been inspected during construction and meets federal home construction and safety standards. The code regulates design and construction, strength and durability, fire resistance, and energy efficiency. It also prescribes the performance standards for the heating, plumbing, air conditioning, thermal, and electrical systems.






·      A diagram provided by the manufacturer must show the required number and position of placement piers. It must also show the positioning for anchoring devices.

·      A certificate must be posted inside the home to tell what performance can be expected from the heating system, within a specified range of outside temperature and wind velocity. (Most often found in utility room cabinet or under sink cabinet in kitchen) Maps must be included, as part of the certificate, that indicate the energy efficiency zone for which the home was built, the home’s resistance to wind, and snow loads that the roof can be expected to withstand, provided the home has been properly anchored, in accordance with the manufacture’s specifications.


Your new manufactured home should come with a homeowner’s manual and manufacturer, retailer and appliance warranties. The homeowner’s manual usually contains important general maintenance and safety guidelines. The manufacturer’s warranty usually covers defects in the workmanship of the structure and plumbing, heating and electrical systems installed at the factory.  Appliances should be covered by separate warranties that include use and care manuals. Your installation contractor should also have a one year warranty.  It is important that you read and understand all warranties so you know what is and isn’t covered by your warranties. You should also know how to obtain warranty service, and learn how to properly maintain your new manufactured home and its appliances to ensure that your warranties will be honored. To make sure that your home’s warranty will be honored, carefully follow the manufacturer’s instructions for installing, maintaining, and repairing your home. Before you buy your manufactured home, ask to see the written warranties offered on the homes the retailer sells.

Soon to follow will be additional posts that will cover:

Permit process

Site  preparation

Getting systems to you home