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Mobile homes offer A LOT of advantages to Texas 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. However, 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 You may already have an old land survey, but those can have poor descriptions, old information, or outdated landmarks that can negatively impact the delivery and installation of your new mobile home. The new land survey will include   

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.

Choose the best site for your mobile home

The next step is to ensure that the lot is level enough for the home. As well, you should mark the boundary lines of your property and establish the location of your home. This will allow you to determine how much room you’ll have for the driveway and open outdoor space after installing the home.

To speed up manufactured home installation and setup, it’s important to plan site access and remove any shrubs, trees and other vegetation that could interfere with the home installation process.

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 Texas. Your retailer and local government offices can help you figure which permits you need to move and install a new mobile home on your property.

In some states, the manufactured home transport companies are responsible for obtaining the transport permit, though the mobile home owner will pay the fee for the permit. To prevent any potential problems, the rest of the permit applications should be submitted at least six weeks before the scheduled transport of the home to the lot.

Build a high-quality mobile home foundation

Mobile Homes foundations in Texas 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, it’s better to consult with your builder about the minimum recommended curing and drying time for a concrete foundation in your area.

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 you must do before home delivery. If your land doesn’t have any utility connections to city services, bringing utilities to your property can turn site preparation into a considerably more complex task. Besides hiring different contractors to dig trenches for utilities, run water pipes, install power lines, and place a propane tank and a septic tank, you need to cover all the costs associated.

Preparing your land in Texas for a mobile home and installing the home may seem more difficult and stressful than it actually is. In most cases, the home retailer can guide you every step of the way, so the only thing you need to do is supply a few signatures. 

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