Why Clayton Homes are Great for Older Buyers

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With Clayton, it’s all about finding the right home to call your own. So, whether you’re downsizing after retirement, want a one-story home to enjoy for years to come or need plenty of space for loved ones, let’s look at some of the reasons why a manufactured or modular home can be a great fit for you.

The Clayton team knows that today’s manufactured homes offer older home buyers the perfect combination of affordable prices, beautiful modern styles and quality building materials. They also include details like energy-efficient features, flex spaces and different customization options that make it easy for you to find the home that fits your needs.

But before we break it all down, let’s talk a little bit about what a manufactured home is. Off-site built homes — which include manufactured and modular homes — are constructed inside of a building facility and then delivered to the home site for the finishing details. Manufactured homes are built to the national HUD Code, which sets standards in areas like design, construction and safety requirements, while modular homes are built to all of the applicable state and local codes. Which type of home is right for you can depend on your location, budget and any specific features you’re looking for.

Now, let’s dig a little deeper into four key reasons Clayton homes perfect for older home buyers.

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1. Affordable Prices

If you’re buying a new home, price is probably the first thing you’ll consider. Manufactured homes come in a variety of different price ranges to fit your budget and are often a more affordable option than traditional site-built homes. In fact, according to the Census Bureau, the average sales price for a new manufactured home as of July 2023 was $118,000, not including the cost of land. Clayton’s manufactured homes can start at under $100,000, not including the cost of land or required delivery, installation and tax costs.

So what helps make Clayton homes so affordable? First, we use a streamlined construction process, building our homes indoors so there’s no delays for factors like bad weather. We also purchase many of our home building materials and products in bulk to help us reduce our costs and waste. And with our own internal supply chain, Clayton Supply, we can make sure each of our home building facilities across the country has the materials they need, when they need them. It all comes together to make the home building process as efficient as possible, so we can offer you a home with the features and options you’ve been looking for.

Living room of a Clayton manufactured home with beige walls, built in bookcases and an electric fireplace, with a beige sectional and dark wood tables

2. Stylish, Modern Features

Speaking of those must-have features, we don’t believe you should have to choose between affordability and style, which is why we offer various options, like farmhouse, traditional, modern and more. Clayton homes can also range in size from under 1,000 sq. ft. to over 2,000 sq. ft. with up to five bedrooms to help you find a home that fits with your life.

Our homes have features like built-in storage in the kitchens, bathrooms and utility rooms, flex spaces that can change with your needs over time, and open floor plans that are made for hosting friends and family. Many of our models also offer several different layout options to choose from, like an island or breakfast bar in the kitchen or a separate tub and shower in the primary bathroom. And with our customization options, you can also consider adding those features you’ve really been dreaming of, like an attached garage, fireplace, patio doors, built-in entertainment center and more.

3. New, Quality Construction

When you choose to purchase a new manufactured home from Clayton, it’s built just for you. That means when you move in, you won’t have to worry about the potentially time-consuming repairs or expensive renovations that can come with an older home. Instead, you’ll be able enjoy all new appliances and also select some of the details for your new home, like different available siding, paint, cabinet or countertop options.

Clayton also uses products from top home building brands all throughout our homes, so you can trust they’re built with both quality and durability in mind. And this is especially true when it comes to energy-efficient features, which we know are becoming more and more important to today’s home buyers. All new Clayton manufactured homes include features like smart thermostats, Low-E windows, LED lights and even heat pumps that are designed to help your home run more efficiently, which in turn can potentially save you money on your utility bills.

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4. More Flexibility for You

Maybe you’re working or enjoying retirement. You might babysit the grandkids a few days a week, have adult children living with you or need plenty of space for your furry companions. You may also be downsizing or moving closer to family, and don’t want the restrictions that come with renting. Or you could even be looking to build a second home somewhere warm and sunny. It’s all part of your specific home buying journey, and the Clayton team is here to help!

So, whether you already own land for your new home, are still searching for that perfect spot or want to live in a neighborhood or community, Clayton homes offer you the perfect space to age in place. Manufactured and modular floor plans are most often built as one-story, ranch-style homes, so there’s no climbing up and down the stairs. And depending on the specific home model you choose, some of the accessibility features we have include wider doors and hallways and lower cabinets and shelves.

And there you have it! Now that we’ve talked about what makes our beautiful, affordable homes such a great fit for older home buyers, it’s time to take the next step. Click below to see Clayton home models that are available for sale near you today.

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