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Are manufactured homes good options for retirees?

Are manufactured homes good options for retirees?
A Hames Homes manufactured home on in Grandview Village in Cedar Rapids. (Hames Homes)

Sure, that three-story home with an acre of grass to mow was perfect when the kids were there. But consider a beautiful, safe, low-maintenance manufactured home (formerly called “mobile homes”) in a planned, managed community.

Here are six reasons why:

1. Homes are all one story

Tired of stairs that seem to get steeper every year?

Besides the fact that staircases take up a considerable amount of space, they’re also not great for aging bodies. According to an article in The New York Times, “As the population ages and people live longer in bad shape, the number of older Americans who fall and suffer serious, even fatal, injuries is soaring. … Stairs are a particular hazard.”

The only stairs in a manufactured home are the three to four steps going to your front door.

2. Managed communities

Residents in Hames manufactured home parks feel more confident because all neighbors are screened before they’re approved to move in. You can’t say that about most site-built neighborhoods.

In case you do have a problem, property managers in all Hames Communities live on-site and are available 24/7 for resident emergencies.

3. Living is easier in a manufactured home

Troy Hames, vice president of sales, has sold many homes to happy retirees. “It’s a great option for snowbirds. Our homes are more maintenance-free than a residential home because the yard is smaller. Also, there are no basements or attics, so there’s less space to maintain.”

4. Save money

Many empty-nesters sell their old, too-big homes and use the equity to pay cash for a manufactured home – and put the rest in the bank.

5. Garages

Your car needs a cozy place to live, too. Hames manufactured home parks in Cedar Rapids are large enough to accommodate an optional 19-22 foot garage.

6. There’s more to do

Seniors aren’t bored at Grand View and Summit View manufactured home parks in Cedar Rapids. There are activities such as weekly card parties, senior bingo and friendly breakfasts. There are also holiday parties for residents of all ages to attend and mingle. Both communities have walking trails.

Grand View and Summit View manufactured home communities are within minutes of Westdale Mall, numerous restaurants, theaters, fitness centers and grocery stores. Grand View and Summit View are close to the Eastern Iowa Airport as well as I-380, Kirkwood Community College and the Amana Colonies.

Downsizing has its upsides

View beautiful model homes for sale at our Grand View Open House at 5410 Wabash St. SW in Cedar Rapids. Call us today at (319) 377-4863 and let Hames Homes find you find the right home for your lifestyle, with all the features you need, in a comfortable, friendly neighborhood. Ask us about financing options, too.