Why Our Homes Are Perfect for Older Buyers

Woman and man stand on the wooden porch of their manufactured home with light gray siding, with wooden stairs.

At Clayton, we know there’s no “one size fits all” approach when it comes to buying a new home, especially for older home buyers. So, whether you want to downsize now that you’ve retired, are looking for a beautiful one-story home to enjoy for the years to come or need plenty of space for the grandkids, let’s look at some of the reasons why a Clayton Built® manufactured or modular home can be a great fit for you!

According to the most recent data from the Manufactured Housing Institute, almost 50% of the 22 million people who live in manufactured homes are over the age of 60. And the popularity of these types of homes among older homeowners comes as no surprise to us! Today’s manufactured homes are affordable, modern and innovative, with stylish kitchens, relaxing primary bathrooms and more. You’ll also find energy efficient features, flex spaces and a variety of 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 includes manufactured, modular and CrossMod™ homes — are constructed in a building facility and then transported to the home site. Manufactured homes are built to the national HUD Code, which sets standards for design, construction and safety requirements, while modular homes are built to state and local codes. The newest category of off-site built housing, CrossMod™ homes, combines elements found in both off-site built and traditional homes, such as a permanent foundation, garage, carport or covered port and an elevated roof pitch.

So how do you know which type of home Clayton offers is right for you? Well, it can depend on factors like where your home will be located, your budget and what specific features you’re looking for.

Now, let’s dig a little deeper into some of the qualities that make Clayton Built® homes perfect for older home buyers.

The Palermo CrossMod home model featuring tan siding, white door and window trim, a porch and a garage.

1. Affordability

When you’re buying a new home, we know affordability is definitely a factor. According to MHI data, the average sales price of a new manufactured home without land was $78,500 in 2018, or about $55 a square foot. In comparison, the Census Bureau reported that the average retail sales price for a new site-built home with land reached $383,900 for 2019, a number that has continued to rise in recent years.

So what helps make Clayton Built® homes so affordable? We use a streamlined building process, constructing our homes indoors so there’s no delays if there’s bad weather. We also purchase our home building materials and products in bulk to help reduce costs and waste. And with our own internal supply chain, Clayton Supply, we can make sure each home building facility 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 all of the features and options you’ve been looking for.

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2. Stylish, Modern Designs

An affordable home is great, but Clayton believes you shouldn’t have to compromise on design either, which is why we use products from trusted brands throughout our homes. Clayton Built® homes also offer a wide variety of options, depending on your needs, like split bedrooms to create a peaceful retreat, flex spaces designed to meet your needs over time, and open floor plans that are made for family gatherings.

Many of our home models also offer several different layout options, such as an island or breakfast bar in the kitchen or a separate tub and shower in the primary bathroom, so you’re sure to find what works for you. And with our customization options, you can also consider adding those features you’ve really been dreaming of, like a fireplace, patio doors, upgraded appliances, built-in entertainment center and more.

3. New, Quality Construction

When you choose to buy a Clayton Built® home, that new home is built just for you, rather than an older home that may need repairs or renovations. This means you can move right in without having to worry about painting, replacing those dated kitchen cabinets or if you’ll need a new hot water heater in a year or two.

Our manufactured and modular homes are built with strength and durability in mind, and also include energy efficient features like an ecobee smart thermostat. From foundation to roof, new Clayton Built® homes are built to last, and using materials like vinyl flooring or fiber cement siding helps make your routine home maintenance a little easier.

Woman and girl pour batter from bowl into cake pan in the kitchen of the Lulamae manufactured home, with white cabinets and wood countertops.

4. More Flexibility for You

Maybe you’re working or already 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. Maybe you’re downsizing or moving closer to family, and don’t want the restrictions of renting a smaller home or apartment. 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 we are here to help.

So whether you already own land for your new home, are searching for that perfect spot or want to live in a neighborhood or community, Clayton Built® homes offer you the perfect space to age in place. Manufactured and modular homes are most often built as one-story, ranch-style homes, so there’s no need for climbing up and down the stairs. And for greater accessibility entering your home, you’ll also have a variety of options to consider when it comes to stairs, porch or a deck. Combined with the home model customization options mentioned above, it all adds up to a home that’s just right for you, not anyone else.

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 Built® home models that are available for sale near you today!

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