How to Get the Most Out of the New Vmfhomes.com

Our site got a serious face-lift and we are excited about it! Mostly, we’re excited for you because finding a great mobile home just got even easier! You’ll be welcomed to our site with a larger redesigned search bar. This is where you’ll probably spend most of your time – sifting through the possibilities. Next, you’ll see some suggestions of local listings you may like. As you travel down the page you’ll find a video explaining who we are and tons of the blog posts that you can read to stay updated.

You can search for homes within 25, 50, 100, or more miles of your desired location. Your search results will take you to a listing page where you’ll find all the details you need about each home. You’ll have an option to be contacted by our helpful sales team about a particular home or you can call us.  As you scroll through searches looking for your dream home – you’ll discover there may be more options than you thought. Creating an account can help you keep track of your searches and the homes you are interested in.

Creating an account is easy and free and it allows you more control over tracking homes you’re interested in. You can provide as little or as much information about yourself as you prefer and you can change your preferences once you’ve signed in.

Create your account:

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This pop-up will appear when you click “My Account” or “Log In”. Next, click the “Create An Account” button.
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This will pop-up then you can fill out this form and register for your account!

The best things about an account…

  1. You can keep track of offers you’ve made. Properties that you have made an offer on will be displayed as well as the status of the offer.
  2. You can keep all your favorites in one place. As you navigate through our listings you can “favorite” homes by clicking the heart on the upper right hand corner.  When you “favorite” a home, it will be added to the list of  all to your favorites for you to come back to and filter through.
  3. You can save your home searches. Looking for a home within a certain area? Trying to stay in a particular school district? Or wanting less of a commute? Name and keep your home  searches on file.

Doesn’t that sound nice? We think so, too! Go ahead start a search now!

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8 Ways to Settle Into Your Mobile Home: A Simple Guide in What to Do After You Purchase

Buying a new home is both exciting and overwhelming. After going through the process of closing and unpacking, there are a couple of things that you’ll want to consider adding to your final list:

1. Change your locks – Changing your exterior locks is an important step to secure your new home if you have purchased a used home. You never know who may have a key. While old homeowners are supposed to turn in all old keys, it is still wise to make sure you change your locks.

2. Create a “Honey-do” list – Every home needs some maintenance even if it is new to you. It is a good idea to look at your inspection if you had one and see what areas need fixing that you may not have been a deal breaker for you to purchase the home. This could be installing GFI outlets or securing a loose railing. This will help you continue with the general upkeep of the property ensuring a long life for your new abode.

3. Get Organized – Since you have moved there may be objects that don’t necessarily belong in a certain room. Think about any objects that you may have out of place and decide where they would function best in your house. Another major room to organize is your kitchen. Having a good flow in your kitchen will help you to keep it clean and make cooking in your new space a lot easier.

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Setting up your kitchen is important, plan out how you want it.

4. Declutter – If you didn’t before you move, get rid of old things that you don’t truly intend to keep or have space for any more. This will help you declutter. Living in an organized space helps the mind relax. We all have stress in our lives; coming home to cluttered home can make you feel overwhelmed and feel as though you can’t kick back because there is still work to be done.

5. Make it your own – Since it is now your space, make it YOUR space! Pick a fun theme for a bathroom or guest room to have some fun sprucing up your new home to make it feel like your own. Putting a fresh coat of paint on the wall will make you feel good about your space and help you connect with your home.

6. Hang Pictures – This kind of goes with number 5, but hanging pictures and artwork that you love in your home will make you love it even more. Having pictures of loved ones and art you love will make you feel good which in turn will make you love spending time in your new space.

Best Practices For Hanging Decor

7. Splurge! – A new house means new things! You can buy new towels, bedding, or curtains. Make your new home a place of retreat. You just made a huge purchase, make it a place that you’ll be excited to go home to.

8. Throw a Party – It isn’t everyday people buy a new home. Have a party with your friends to show off your new space, especially after working hard to make it your own!

Why You Need to Consider Thermal/ Wind Zones When Purchasing a Used Manufactured Home

When purchasing a used manufactured home it can be easy to forget to check that the home is built to the specifications required for the location where you’re moving the home to. Manufactured homes are built to satisfy certain construction requirements based on the geographic location of where the home will be sited. This means, while one can enjoy the convenience of a mobile home, you must also consider to what standard it was built.

Make sure the home you’re purchasing was built to meet the wind zone requirements for the location where the home will be installed. There are 3 zones as you can see below. You can move a mobile home of a higher zone to your location, but you cannot legally have a home of a lesser zone placed in a higher zone location. For example, If I live in Tallahassee, FL, I am in a location within wind zone 2. Say I’m trying to purchase a mobile home from Northern Alabama that was built for that Alabama location in zone 1. I wouldn’t be able to move the Alabama wind zone 1 home to my location in Tallahassee because my location requires a home that can withstand 100 mph winds and a zone 1 can only withstand 70 mph winds.

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Understanding wind zones is vital to the placement of your mobile home.

Next, you want to be sure your thermal zone equates to the area where your home will be located.  Thermal zones are broken down into 3 zones, the most Southern coastal areas being a lower number 1 and cooler Northern areas being a zone 3. Thermal zones are based off of u-values, which gauge how much heat passes through different building materials. However much those materials “leak” measures how well the materials insulate the home. U – values are based off thermal zones and the interior temperature being a constant 70 degrees Fahrenheit. All of this complicated definition to say thermal zones are like wind zones in that they need to match or be a higher u-value to be placed in lower numbered zone. For example, a home in Michigan is a thermal zone 3 and can be moved to Texas, a thermal zone 1, but the opposite cannot happen.  Homes designed and constructed to a higher thermal zone can be installed in a lower thermal zone, but a thermal zone 1 home cannot be installed in either a thermal zone 2 or 3 area.

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Thermal Map from MHI.org

We hope this was helpful in defining what wind and thermal zones are as well as helping you consider them  before you purchase a home and have it moved. Be sure you know what your location allows and needs in terms of a manufactured home being moved to a piece of land.

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Entertaining Small: How to Make Your Single-wide the Life of the Party

Sometimes a small space can make you feel like celebrations and parties aren’t for you. But that’s just not true, sure it might be a little cozier, but we think that’s even more fun! Find a way to organize what you’ve got well, plan ahead, and stylize your place just the way you want it.

Let’s find the best ways for your mobile home to be the life of the party!

Have a place for coats and bags. Borrow a coat rack, use over the door hooks, make your bed so people can put coats and purses there, or you can even set a laundry basket by the door. This gives people a flow when they enter your home and it cuts back on clutter.

Open up the floor. Move items out of the center of the room so there is space to mingle. It’s even wise to move tables to the edge so they take up less room.

Move food to the edges. Use the length of your single-wide to your advantage. Limit your spills, take advantage of outlets, and create a better flow by keeping food on outside tables, built-ins, mantles, etc. If there’s a free space by the window or in a nook – use it! Again, this leave space for people to travel freely through the middle of your home without a traffic jam.

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Make your space flow well!

Bring the lawn chairs. There’s no shame in it, I’ve done it! No one has enough chairs for that, so ask friends to bring lawn chairs and set up some of your own if you have them. In the warmer months this can split your crowd to so some people are on the porch or outside in the lawn.

Call it a potluck. Cooking food for a lot of people can get expensive fast, ask guests to bring sides to help fill up the table and split the cost. Plus, it will take a lot less time to prep and your friends can show off their cooking skills, too!

Set out the power strip. Keep your electrical outlets from shorting out and have more options for food and decor with more outlets.

Now you’re ready to start hosting parties! You don’t need a big space, you just need some thoughtful and hospitable forethought. We hope you take these ideas and share your wonderful mobile home and maybe make some new or stronger friendships blossom!

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6 Unique Ways to Come Up with Your Down Payment

Sure, 20 percent down payments rock, but what average person has that much money they can let go of at one time? I don’t know many, and I certainly wasn’t one when I purchased my first home. You don’t need to feel discouraged if you can’t fork over that much money for a down payment. There are plenty of borrowing options that include paying less up front.

Need help thinking of creative ways to come up with funds for a down payment? Buying a home is stressful and takes more money than most people realize. Let’s get creative and break convention for a moment as we discover some unique ways to purchase that little slice of freedom!

  1. Assistance programs. If you’re a first-time homebuyer, chances are there’s a program that may help you in either coming up with funds or only requiring a certain down payment. Local programs are the best to look into, but there are a couple federal ones you may qualify for as well.
  2. Yard sale. You’re moving from somewhere, right? Purge the old and make some cash in the process! Sell furniture that won’t fit your space, or items you just don’t like or use. Then you’ll have more money and less to move!
  3. Ditch your car note. I’ve never had a car payment, and I don’t plan on it. Swap out that newer car with a hefty monthly payment for something less glamorous or try to buy a cheaper one out right. This is really important because even if you cash in your car, you may still have room to buy a cheaper car and aid your down payment. That extra cash can go toward your mortgage!
  4. Try a side job. Make the most of a hobby or something easy to do on the weekend to make extra money for your home purchase.
  5. Tax refunds. Other than paying off debts, using a tax refund towards a home purchase is a GREAT idea!
  6. Register for it (sorta). If you’re getting married, having a baby, or moving in with someone, or celebrating any life event where family and friends want to contribute, ask them to contribute to your down payment in lieu of buying presents.

That dream home can be a dream come true home! Think ahead, stick to your plan, and consider the long term affects. Play smart and work hard. Owning a home isn’t easy and paying for it takes responsibility, discipline, and prioritizing, but you can do it!

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What First-time Buyers of Pre-owned Mobile Homes Need to Know

Purchasing anything used can be a frugal and prudent choice. I commend you. In a society that loves the latest and greatest, you’ve stepped off the beaten path and decided to make an investment in an affordable home. But even knowing all that, you’re still nervous, right?

I was you, just months ago – scouring the internet, asking anyone who would listen, and quizzing my lender about terms that made little sense to me. If this is your first homebuying rodeo, you don’t have to take the ride blind. We’re unpacking the things you need to know because, you need to know.

  1. The amount you’re pre-approved for (don’t shop without it). I know what you’re thinking. Shopping is a click away – it can’t hurt to start browsing, right? Wrong, it does hurt to shop without a price guideline. Then you begin your entire homebuying process ruled by emotion and want instead of practicality, efficiency, and affordability. Your pre-approval will give you the max amount you can borrow from a lender you choose to finance your home purchase. Seeking pre-approval may impact credit – it could negatively impact your credit so you do need to plan to avoid multiple pre-approvals which can be seen as risky credit behavior.
  2. You need to save more than you think. Your down payment will take some saving for (if you haven’t already). Think about $3,000 – $10,000 depending on the cost of your mobile home and the loan amount you want. It’s good to keep your credit card payments up to date while you’re home shopping, you can still use it, but making large purchases on credit should be avoided.
  3. The facts about the home’s history. Ask current or previous owners for details about the home or home and land that you are purchasing. If you want to own the place, you want to know what you’re getting. Before you sign a purchase agreement, do things like:
    • Check out the data plate for the pre-owned, manufactured home (located under kitchen sink or master bedroom closet).
    • Ask if the title is clear and check with the county recorder’s office to find out if there are any liens on the property.
    •  Find out if the home site shares a driveway
    • Ask for a copy of the survey
    • Check for any softness in vinyl and carpet flooring/ water damage to ceilings
    • Know the thermal zone, roof load, and wind zone the home was built to as this will determine whether or not it can be moved to your area. Homes are built to specific building requirements to be able to withstand certain climate conditions.
    • Visit the home site at night and during rush hours to understand traffic patterns and after it rains to check for any standing water on the property
    • Ask about foundation and flooding in yard
  4. What kind of home insurance you want. Mobile home insurance is a big deal and there are many forms of coverage. Knowing the area around you is important as well. Is your potential home site in a flood zone or prone to flooding even if not in a flood zone, an earthquake area, or near a place that gets sink holes? Protection against these risks are often not included in common home insurance, so be sure plan to add them to your policy if needed.
  5. The details of your mortgage. Don’t be afraid to ask your lender hard questions. It is their job to articulate your loan details to you. Don’t be intimidated. Finance companies can often charge fees that could be negotiated, or are for services that aren’t needed, but if you don’t know about them you can’t help yourself.
  6. What you’re willing to put into home maintenance. Homes don’t do well when they just sit neglected. Are you willing to improve a fixer upper, are you willing to take care of your yard, or are you willing to do other monthly tasks? Be sure the nature, location and condition of your home fits the amount of work you’re willing to do.
  7. Paperwork and documentation is your new part time job. The entire process of homebuying and borrowing calls for lots of paperwork. You’ll have to send in a lot of documents (tax returns, bank statements, pay stubs, etc.) to your lender and real estate agent (if you have one) as well as sign many items. Be prepared and don’t get discouraged. The information you must provide will not always make sense. Ask for further explanation about what you are being asked to provide or sign.

Check into these items and you’re on your way to home ownership. The point is to find a home that will give you the financial freedom to enjoy your new lifestyle not be burdened or surprised by it. Use the tools in your tool belt and always be willing to look into other resources. You can do it!

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7 Ways to Keep Your Mobile Home Interior Efficient and Fresh

There’s plenty out there on how to keep the outside of your mobile home maintained. From roof coating, to checking to see if the home is level – you’re encouraged to protect the outside of your home. So why not do the same with the interior? Let’s look at things you can do to keep the inside of your home in great shape, too.

  1. Bust the dust. Dust can happen on your vinyl over gypsum covered walls like clockwork. Keep those walls fresh with a wipe down every month. Check your ceiling fan blades, air filter returns (if accessible), and corners for dust and cobwebs as well. Stuck on dust is annoying to clean. Catch it before it gets worse!
  2. Protect those floors! Vinyl flooring can be impacted most by water and indentions. Keep them safe by always mopping/wiping up after spills. Also, check appliances for leaks and deal with them immediately. To avoid scuffs, put soft felt rounds on the legs of furniture. Rugs can also help preserve your floors.
  3. Keep your lighting eco-friendly. Lose those old bulbs and swap them out for some more cost-efficient ones. You’ll pay more on the front end but it’s worth it and they won’t get as hot as those others!
  4. Change the position of your furniture.  Don’t leave that couch in the same place for five years, welcome a little change and relieve those floors as well as clean a place that you haven’t cleaned in a while. This is a great way to keep carpet from getting permanent indentions.
  5. Protect those pipes. Especially in the winter! Open cabinet doors so warm air can reach pipes at night, leave water dripping slightly, and keep thermostat level. No burst pipes make for a happy home!
  6. The Classic. Change your air filters monthly! This gives you clean air and helps your system stay clean.
  7. Clean vent hood over oven. Wipe it down every now and then or take it down and soak it for an easy clean. You might even try your dishwasher.

There are more items on the interior of your home to address, these are just the basics. Maintaining your home could build your equity if other factors play in and your home is attached to land. Improve your investment by keeping your home tidy! Learn more about how the condition of a home can impact you in the long run!

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How to Display Décor on Your Mobile Home Walls

We assume slapping a few photos and heavy items on the wall will be easy, however you need the right kind of hooks and screws. When I became a homeowner myself, I just started in with a hammer. I didn’t understand drill bit sizes or the different kind of reinforcement a heavy item needs. I soon figured out if I want things to stay up I’d have to be a little more knowledgeable.

Determine the weight and what you need. If you’re hanging something lightweight or flat, you can probably use adhesive strips and your items will stay in place. If the item has some weight to it, you’ll want to consider something like a thin wall anchor.

Installing thin wall anchors. Be sure you have the appropriate size drill bit for your anchor (toggle bolts also work well for mobile home walls).

  • Once your drill bit is fitted (5/16” recommended) you can mark and drill the hole. Mobile home walls are thin so be gentle, take your time, and always use appropriate anchors.
  • Thin wall anchors open up once inside the wall, so be sure you poke the plastic middle of the anchor (if it’s open) vertically, so it’s open horizontally.
  • Then you can push the anchor into the hole you’ve drilled open. Next, you’ll push a “key”, a thin or dummy nail in so the anchor opens up (after being inserted into the wall).
  • Lastly, you can use a handheld screw driver to hang your item from, or screw in your external hook to hang the item from.

Hang items from a hook or string. This can help balance whatever your hanging and redistribute the weight of it. It also can help you center or hang something that otherwise demands a flat, difficult area to hang it from.

Skip it and try leaning it. If an item is too big or just annoying to hang, try propping it up against the wall or setting in on a table or shelf and leaning it against the wall. This gives you a fun, modern look without all the hassle and measuring.

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7 Easy Ways to Protect Your Mobile Home During the Holidays

It’s a true, but unfortunate thing – the brightness of the holidays can also mean elevated theft in many areas across the country. With people leaving their homes to see loved ones and new items entering the home it opens up opportunity for theft.  The good news is you can do a few things without spending any more money to make your home less of a target. Nothing is guaranteed, but why not do your best to protect the place you call home? Below are some smart ways to keep your home looking lived in and help keep burglars away.

  1. If you’re an online shopper you want to be sure your packages are delivered to you and not to someone walking by. Have mail delivery place packages on a closed in porch, at a back door, or somewhere more concealed than your front stoop if possible. It doesn’t matter if it’s just a stuffed snowman in the box, thieves will just grab the package and find out what’s in it later.
  2. Keep trash and recycling concealed. If you just got a flat screen, don’t put the box by the road. Empty boxes let people know what you’ve got or that you’re moving in. Break down boxes and throw them in the recycling or trash bin.
  3. Leave some lights on or the tv when you’re gone during the day or evening. With apps or timers, this can be automatic. Leaving an interior overhead light on and outdoor lights on is a good way to ward off burglars. Having your tv on is also a good theft deterrent because potential burglars will assume you’re home and that may thwart them from breaking in.
  4. Keep windows locked. This seems easy, but you’d be amazed how many windows you “thought you had locked” but didn’t. Burglars don’t want to leave a mess or a trace – they’ll always look for the simplest way in. If it’s hard to enter your home, it may scare off thieves.
  5. Maintain your yard/exterior. Nothing tells an outsider you’re out of town or inattentive like a yard left in a mess. Keep up with seasonal maintenance and don’t leave broken items to rot. Give your home some love and attention.
  6. Don’t share your travel plans on social, or wait till you get back home to share. Sharing that you’re on vacation on social media is an easy way for someone to plan to steal from your home. They don’t have to be your friend or follow you either – the internet is an open place. Think before you post.
  7. Befriend your neighbors. A good neighbor will watch out for your home and you can return the favor.  Neighbors can be great people to help get your mail or turn lights on and off at your home while you’re gone. It may be smart to start a neighborhood watch or participate in it.

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