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The Most Important Things to Look for in a New Home

What kinds of qualities would you say make up your ideal home? For a lot of people, their answer to this question will involve specific features of a home like how many bedrooms it has or whether or not it has a garage. While these absolutely are important things to consider while looking for a new place to live, there are a lot of other important factors to consider, too:


One of the most important things to consider when looking for a new home is how affordable it will be to live there. Many cities have absolutely astronomical costs of living that make it extremely difficult for the average person to live comfortably. Why pay so much to be so miserable?

Proximity to Schools and Jobs

When you have children, it’s very important to look at the quality of schools in the area. Unless you choose to send your kids to a private school, the public schools in the district you live in are where they’ll learn many of the most important skills they’ll need to get started in life. Most parents want to make sure their kids have the best opportunities they can in life and being near schools where they can get a good quality education is a good way to help make that happen.

Unless you’re retired, finding a place that’s close to lots of great places to work is very important.  Even if you love your current job, you might not work there forever, so it’s good to consider how close you would be to other employers in your field. After all, starting a new job can be tough and being stuck with a longer commute than you’d really like can make it worse.


Although school and work are big parts of our lives, we don’t spend all of our time there so it’s important that you find a place that makes it easy for you enjoy your outside interests, too. You can have a gorgeous home that’s close to work, but if it’s in the middle of a bustling urban neighborhood and you’re really more of an outdoorsy type of person who prefers living in quieter areas, that home just isn’t truly going to make you happy.


Nobody wants to live in an area with a high crime rate. Everyone wants to live in the type of area where they won’t have to worry about whether or not their children will be able to play outside safely or worry that someone might break into their home.


Choosing a new home is more than just picking a new dwelling to live in; you also want to look at the neighborhood as a whole. Ideally, you’ll want to live in the type of neighborhood where you can feel right at home with friendly neighbors and other nice features and resources the area has to offer. Young families may want to live close to a public playground while retirees would prefer to live someplace that has a great senior center nearby.

HomeFirst™’s manufactured home communities make it easy to accomplish all of these things. No matter which community you live in, affordability isn’t going to be a problem. All of our communities have manufactured homes for sale that can easily fit into any budget, large or small.

Our communities can also be found in some of Michigan’s best areas; areas with low crime rates, good schools, lots of great places to work, and ways to have fun. All you have to do is pick the location that would suit you best! Some of our communities are even conveniently located near both busy urban areas and outdoor nature centers so whether you’re an outdoorsy type or thrive in a busy city, you can enjoy the best of both worlds.

As if all of that weren’t great enough, HomeFirst™ communities make it easy for you to relax and make new friends around the community! Just stop by the clubhouse for one of our community events and you’re bound to meet lots of new people. If you have kids, they’re sure to find other kids their age having fun at the community playground or swimming pool. You’ll feel right at home in no time!

Take some of the guesswork out of moving and take a look at some of the manufactured homes for sale in our communities today. If you prefer to rent, we have manufactured homes to rent, too! We’d love to welcome you to the neighborhood!

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