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Looking at purchasing a Clayton home

Posted: Tue May 19, 2020 6:54 pm
by Wyattrew
So me and my fiance are considering purchasing a Clayton home after were married, we don't want to rent and I have a piece of land to build on. Our all in budget for just the house is 100k, taxes closing costs everything.

I know manufactured homes carry a lot of bad stigma and I've heard everything from theyre total garbage to just as good as a stick built, from people who actually own them what are your experiences? Is the plumbing/electrical/interior parts standard sizes or are the doors odd sizes and whatnot?
How well is every thing built? Is it all plastic?
I see all the time that manufactured homes have a lifespan of 20-30 years and I don't see how their lifespan would be any different then a stick built. Any house will fall apart if it isn't maintained.

Were looking at the reserve 60 or the traditional 72, if we go this route I want at a bare minimum 2x6 walls and 2x8 floor truss's (not sure if that's the right name, I'm a mechanic not a home builder) If our budget allows I want the home built to modular specs, it will be going on a cinderblock foundation with partial basement so if its in the budget it will be built as a full modular, any ideas how much these upgrades cost? The reserve 60 starts at 70k and the traditional 72 at 80k according the Claytons website. I know I need to go talk to a dealer and actually spec out a home but where at least a year away from this happening.

We dont mind to skimp on lower quality interior right now if we get a better constructed house that will last years to come. Another question I have is ive seen many posts saying you can't build onto and renovate manufactured houses like a stick built and I'm curious as to why, around my area you see quite a few double wides with additions built on so what makes it different from renovating a normal house?

Since the home will be permenatly fixed to a foundation with partial basement is it likely to depreciate? I wouldnt expect it to appreciate like a stick built but are they really as bad of a investment as they are made out to be? Or does that just stand true for single wides in parks? I cant imagine it can be that bad, probably 30% of all houses around here are manufactured.

Lastly, am I totally off base and making a huge mistake? I dont think there are any other options for us to own a house for around 100k, I've not seen any true modulars that cheap. Me and my fiance neither want to be in debt for the rest of our lives, we want a nice modest house. I want to avoid renting at all costs, to me its just throwing money away. Any Input is appreciated