I Want To Put A Mobile Home On My Property – Where Do I Start?

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“If I wanted to put a mobile home on my property, what would I need to do?” If this is something you have said recently, you’re probably looking into the rules that govern putting mobile homes and manufactured homes on your land.

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What are the legal requirements? What about other regulations? These are things you’ll need to know before installing a mobile home on your land.

I want to put a mobile home on my property. What are the legal requirements?  

To put a mobile home on a piece of land that you own, you’ll need to look into state regulations, zoning regulations, and restrictions caused by private covenants.

State regulations

Typically, state regulations will focus on legal requirements of a mobile home installation. First of all, you’re most likely going to need a permit in order to put a mobile home on your land. Additionally, your home must be attached to a foundation.  You’ll have the foundation built first, and then you’ll have the mobile home delivered to your site, where it will be attached to the foundation. In other words, it has to be what is technically referred to as a manufactured home.

State and federal laws also dictate that your home must be built in accordance with the National Manufactured Housing Construction and Safety Standards. Among other things, that means your home will have to meet certain size requirements. Additionally, you may have to use the same building materials as stick-built homes in specific areas.

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A warning: check your state law and city or county building codes well before you start the process of putting a mobile home on your land. Different regulations may apply to each state and city. Because of this, it’s a good idea to visit with a city or county building code enforcement officer before you get too far into your project.

Zoning regulations

Zoning regulations deal with topics like the size and appearance of a mobile home. You’ll probably want to get information on what the zoning regulations are in your area before you even buy your home. If the plot of land you own only allows for your home to be a certain size, it would be a big setback for you. Especially if you’d already purchased one that was too big.

It’s a good idea to talk to a zoning administrator about zoning requirements early on in the process of putting a home on your land.

Restrictive Covenants

Restrictive covenants are statements in the property deed that contain conditions on how you can use your land. When you’ve found your deed, look for any restrictions. Some restrictive covenants may not even allow you to put a mobile home on your plot of land.

If you haven’t bought your land yet, but you’re planning to put a mobile home on it, you’ll want to look the property deed over very carefully for any regulations.

Other things to consider

At this point, you might be saying, “I’ve checked state regulations and zoning regulations, and I’ve looked at my property deed to see if there are any restrictive covenants. But what else do I need to do if I want to put a mobile home on my property?”

Mobile home hookups

First, make sure that you have sufficient access to electricity and telephone hookups on your property. Depending on how far your land is from developed areas, it may cost more for you to have access to these things. Internet access and cell phone signal may also be a concern for you, so you’ll want to check into those as well.  

There are two ways that you can deal with sewage. One option is to have a septic tank put in on your property. However, before you do so, you’ll have to get your soil tested. You’ll need to make sure that it passes all the necessary regulations. If your soil doesn’t pass these tests, you won’t be able to legally put a home on your piece of land.  

City over septic

If a septic tank doesn’t work out, your other option is to hook up to a city sewage line.    

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Of course, you’ll also need to obtain a water supply for your mobile home. Again, there are two ways to make this happen. Your property may already be well supplied with water if it’s connected to city water lines. However, if you aren’t hooked up to city lines, you’ll need to have a well made. Before drilling a well, though, tests should be done to ensure that your land has a water table that’s capable of supplying you with water.

This article can give you more insight on the mobile home hookups you’ll need.

Follow these steps to begin your adventure!

With these tips in mind, you should have a better idea of what you’ll need to do to put a mobile home on your property.  Now, instead of saying, “I want to put a mobile home on my property, where do I start?” you can say, “What’s the next step?” And for that, we encourage you to take a look at the different types of mobile home foundations. You’re well on your way to putting that mobile home on your land!

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