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When you’re ready to start looking for your new home, one of the first things you’ll have to figure out is where to live. While this seems obvious, what may not be so easy is choosing the community you will ultimately live in. This is because most towns have a variety of communities, all with their own benefits and unique character.

Finding a community that has the perfect balance of your needs and wants can be made a little easier with our guide to choosing a manufactured home community.

Type of Lifestyle

The first thing you’ll want to consider when deciding  where to move is the type of lifestyle you want to live. Do you want the urban lifestyle, where you can be close to the bustle of a city, or would you prefer the quiet suburbs?

Living closer, or within a city, means all of your favorite restaurants and shops will be nearby. You’ll be able to easily access most places by stepping out your door and walking around town. But this comes with closer living quarters and potentially congestion.

Moving out into the suburbs will allow you to have more room, more privacy, and some peace and quiet. Getting around town may take a little longer though, since you’ll need to drive to most places.

Knowing which of these lifestyles appeals to you will help you narrow down your options quickly.

Amenities and Conveniences

Access to amenities like a swimming pool or playground can help increase the quality of life for you and your family. Amenities like those aren’t always available in every community, so if they are important to you, make sure you can find a place that has them or you’ll need to compromise based on other stand-out features.

You’ll also want to consider conveniences like off-street parking or nearby grocery stores. Parking in front of your own home and having short drives to the places you regularly shop will go a long way in helping to make your life easier.

Nearby Schools

If you have children, or are planning on having them in the future, living close to a school is a convenience you’ll want. Whether you need to drop them off, pick them up, or stop by for extracurricular activities, not having to drive across town to the nearest school is a major plus.

Living near a school can also help maintain or increase the value of your home if you are an owner. If you ever decide to sell and move to a new community, living near a school is beneficial to you and your kids!

Commuting Distance

Living close to work and having a short commute greatly increases your quality of life. You already spend most of your day at work, so make sure that when the day is done you can get home quickly to enjoy the rest of it! You’ll also want to consider the traffic patterns of where you live. Sometimes heading into the office from one side of town versus another may be faster, even if you end up living further away.  

Types of Homes and Floor Plans

If you’re a family of five, your home needs will be much different than a single person or couple. So make sure that the community you want to live in also has the type of home you want. Finding a larger home will be easier in a suburban area, but if you are wanting to live closer to a city finding something with three or more bedrooms may be difficult. Also consider the size of the yard you want or if other features like a garage are available.

Start Looking for Your Perfect Community!

When you’re ready to start looking for that perfect community, we’re here to help! With our Find a Home tool you’ll be able to select the amenities and conveniences important to you. Then, with a city selected, you can narrow search by zip code and how close you want to be to that area. Give it a try and find a home you love in a community you’ll love living in.

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