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Step 3: Designing a Manufactured House

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Step 3: Designing a Manufactured House

Now that we finally have park approval, we’re in the process of designing our manufactured home. The first two steps required a ton of paperwork; income statements, pay stubs, taxes, credit scores, bank statements, etc. This step is the fun step, though we’ve had to tweak some of our ideas to fit within our budget (a little less than $200K). That might sound like plenty for a manufactured home, but not in California. Even with manufactured homes, it all comes down to location,...

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Step 2 – Waiting on Park Approval

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Step 2  – Waiting on Park Approval

Well, three weeks have gone by since we submitted all of our paperwork to purchase a manufactured home in a mobile home community. Our financing is in place, but now we’re waiting on park approval, the step that we thought would be quickest! One of the main things holding us up is the fact that Mr. LH works for himself. Though I make plenty of income to support our move, the park isn’t satisfied with the paperwork on his end, which is slowing things down because they keep asking for...

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I’m Buying a Manufactured Home!

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I’m Buying a Manufactured Home!

I never thought this would happen, but while I was explaining to my brother what type of home I was purchasing, “manufactured house” came out of my mouth. It’s true, I’m in the process of buying a manufactured home in a mobile home community. When one thinks of a mobile home community, silver-haired folk come to mind. Yet, rest assured the community is an “all ages” community with a mix of older adults and younger families. The community is a beautiful...

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Three Kids and Counting? How to Squeeze Lots of Kids into a Small Home

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Three Kids and Counting? How to Squeeze Lots of Kids into a Small Home

A hundred years ago, large families were the norm. Parents routinely had ten or more children and homes were often extremely cramped, with parents, kids and elderly relatives all sharing the same room. Today things are very different. Families tend to have far fewer children and homes are a lot larger. However, if you have opted to have three or more kids, space can be an issue, especially if you don’t have the luxury of living in a spacious home. So what are your options? Sharing...

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An Option for the Home Hungry

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An Option for the Home Hungry

It’s no secret that I’ve been dying to buy a home in the Los Angeles area for years now. Literally, this journey started back in 2009 and here I am now in 2016….yikes! However, living in the most over-priced city in the nation, it makes sense that this has been one tedious, up and down journey. We had a brief moment in 2011 and 2012 where the market dipped down to “reasonable” prices, but we just weren’t financially ready to make the commitment. Now...

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Simple Ways to Make Your Home a More Pleasant Place to Visit

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Simple Ways to Make Your Home a More Pleasant Place to Visit

Some homes are a pleasure to visit. As soon as you get out of your car and walk into this type of home it feels welcoming and is a pleasant place to be in. Unfortunately, other homes have the opposite effect and visitors can’t wait to leave. Many homeowners may not realise this because they’ve become accustomed to the conditions in their home. Visitors on the other hand soon find flaws in a home they feel uncomfortable visiting. However, there are many simple ways you can make your home a...

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How to Choose the Right Bed for a Small Home

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How to Choose the Right Bed for a Small Home

Everyone needs a bed. It might be OK to sleep on the floor when you go camping in the Great Outdoors, but at home, it is nice to have a comfortable bed to sleep in. If you are lucky enough to have a vast home with umpteen bedrooms, you can buy pretty much any bed you like without worrying about whether it will fit. If, on the other hand, your bedroom is a bit more compact, it is important that you choose the right bed. Small is Beautiful Some people have no choice but to live in a smaller than...

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Design Ideas for Maximizing Space in a Small Kitchen

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Design Ideas for Maximizing Space in a Small Kitchen

Small, compact kitchens can be difficult to work with, but the trick to making them work for you is to make the most of what little space you do have. You might be tempted to forget about investing in your kitchen on the basis that it is barely large enough to boil a kettle in, but with a few simple design hacks, it is perfectly possible to create a fun, stylish space. Kitchens are always a good investment, even if they are small. In fact, it is better to put more time and thought into...

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7 Top Natural Materials to Use in Garden Landscaping

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7 Top Natural Materials to Use in Garden Landscaping

Landscaping your garden can be a daunting experience, as there are many different styles to choose from for inspiration. However, one thing that stays the same whatever style you choose is the materials. Here are the top sevennatural materials used in garden landscaping. Bark Mulches Bark chippings are readily available. They create lovely natural mulch to place around plants and trees. As well as the aesthetic quality, there are many great advantages to using mulches over other...

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Throwing Your First Small-Housewarming Party

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Throwing Your First Small-Housewarming Party

Purchasing a new home is a wonderful milestone in life. One of the oldest traditions once you’ve secured a new residence is to throw a housewarming party for all of your friends and family to help you share in the excitement of your new life venture. If you’d like to craft the perfect housewarming party, these tips have you covered from food to entertainment fun and everything in between when inviting your friends to take a look at your small house. When to Plan If you’re looking forward...

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