5 Spring Spruces Your Manufactured Home Needs Now!

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It’s almost spring, and you might be looking for ways to spruce up your home. Whether you just moved in or you’ve lived there for years, here are some quick ways to give your home the perfect mini makeover.

PRETTY PLANTS, PLEASE!
Bringing some plants into your home can give it a breath of fresh air. Place them in nice vases or pots to add a pop of color. Just check to make sure they are plants that will do well indoors. If you’re looking for less of a commitment, try bringing home a nice bouquet of flowers instead.

SNUG AS A BUG! 
Adding a nice area rug can change the entire feel of a room. Look online for different ways to position area rugs around the furniture in your house. Doing a little rearranging can make a room feel more open, more bright or more spacious.

LIGHT UP YOUR LIFE!
Getting a new lampshade or a new lamp will make your old room feel like new. Try purchasing a different light bulb as well that doesn’t have a yellow tint to it for a brighter feel. If you have the money you can spring for a new light entirely. You can get something that will serve as an accent piece for the entire room.

HANG IT UP!
Put up some shelves to display all your unique treasures. You can create your own shelves for a nice DIY project, or buy them to start decorating faster. Use fun colors to brighten up the room or display pretty books.

ADD SOME COLOR!
You don’t have to paint a whole room to make a huge difference. Choose a wall in your home and pick out a rich or fun color. These are called accent walls and they really help make a space look special and put together.

Look around and see how you can brighten up a room in your house for spring!

Can My Children Use my House in a 55+ Community?

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Can my children use my home?

Let’s say you’re going on vacation for a few weeks. You might think it’s a win-win situation to let your children use your home in a 55+ community so they can vacation in Florida. So, is this something that can be done?

First, it’s important to mention that rules and regulations will always vary depending on the community, so it’s best to check with them. However, a general rule is that guests of any age can stay in the home for up to 15 days at a time twice a year.

Technically, this means that your children could come and use your home while you were away, but they likely won’t be able to use any of the community amenities like the swimming pool. Often times, guests must have a resident present with them in order to use the community amenities. It’s usually best to check with your community before having guests stay in home your, whether you will be there or not.

You may also wonder if your children can inherit your home. A federal law governs the age of people living in a 55 plus community. The law states that at least 80 percent of people living in a 55 plus community must be over the age of 55, the other 20 percent can be no younger than the minimum age established for the community. That age is often 45.

That being said, there is no law currently that governs ownership of a home, so your children would be able to own your home no matter their age. Whether or not they would be able to inherit the home and live there is dependent on a few factors including the community and their age.

In general, having your children or grandchildren visit should not be an issue in most communities. If you’re planning on moving to a Florida 55+ community, be sure to ask what their visitation policies are prior to moving in. This will help save you headaches in the future.

Have other questions about moving to a Florida 55+ community? Email sales@NewbyRealty.com to find the perfect home for you! You can also download our free 55+ Moving Guide to find answers to questions like this and many more!

What is the Difference Between a Trailer and a Manufactured Home?

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New Manufacturd Home available at Camelot Lakes in Sarasota, Florida.

The term trailer in reference to a dwelling originated from the popularity of travel trailers in the 1920’s. These were vacation trailers similar to airstreams and campers that were towed behind a vehicle. Through the years these became wider, longer and more elaborate. By the 1930’s, many people were living in these year round, and they soon became known as “house trailers”. These were no longer meant for travel, but as a permanent dwelling.

In the 1950’s, the term mobile home was popularized to more accurately describe the dwelling. In 1975, the Mobile Home Manufacturer’s Association officially changed it’s name to the Manufactured Housing Institute.

Here’s the thing, even the terms mobile home and manufactured home are not interchangeable. A mobile home refers to a home built prior to 1976 when the HUD code governing building standards for factory-built homes was instituted. Following this, the quality of homes improved greatly.

Homes built after 1976 are considered manufactured homes, and have similar building and quality standards of comparable site-built homes. HUD standards regular manufactured housing design and construction, strength and durability, transportability, fire resistance, energy efficiency and quality. Furthermore, there are standards for heating and plumbing, air conditioning, thermal and electrical systems.

Manufactured homes of today are giving America back affordable housing options. They are rivaling their site-built counterparts in nearly every arena/ At Newby Management, many of our new 2015 models include granite counters, hard wood floors and garden tubs that make a house a home.

It’s time the industry takes back the term “trailer”. It’s time people end the stigma toward manufactured homes and see what they’ve become today. We invite you to take a look at one of our new manufactured homes located in Camelot Lakes in Sarasota, Florida. It’s a home you won’t want to miss. See pricing, pictures and more: http://bit.ly/2kIH5gt

Are You Protecting Your Mobile Home Community’s Assets?

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Camelot East, a 55+ Newby Management Community in Sarasota, Florida.

What’s the best way to protect your community’s assets? Empower your team memebrs!

It’s a mantra you’ll hear countless times at Newby Management. It holds true in a variety of circumstances and often proves to be invaluable in the workplace, especially when it comes to protecting your assets in a manufactured home community or RV resort.

Number 10 in our 10 Basics for all team members states “Protecting the assets of your community is the responsibility of every team member.” Whether it’s the community/resort manager or someone on the maintenance crew, everyone should feel empowered to protect the assets.

Empowering your team members to take responsibility for the community’s assets means first making them feel part of a team. People who feel valued by their employers often take more responsibility and pride in their positions than people who don’t. Invested employees notice cracks in the walls or issues when the checkbook is being balanced.

In essence, these team members feel like the community/resort finances are their own and treat the assets as they would their home. As a management company, it’s why we value every member of our team, treating them all with the respect and dignity they deserve.

You’ll often see that our business philosophy boils down to respect, compassion and care. Successfully managing a community/resort isn’t about the bottom line, it’s about the people. When you find ways to meet the needs of your team members and residents, you’ll see that the bottom line comes up to meet you, rather than you always having to chase it down. As a famous author once said “Profits are a lagging indicator of how well the customer is taken care of”.

There’s so much that goes into protecting your community/resort assets, both the tangible and intangible ones. In the end, your team members play an important and integral role in how well assets are protected. At Newby Management, our accounts payable team member often says that she treats the company’s money like her own. She monitors each dollar that goes out, checks for consistencies and always follows through when something doesn’t seem right.

That kind of dedication and attention to detail comes from team members who feel valued and important. They see themselves as key players on the team and take initiative when problems arise. They are self-starters and ambassadors of their positions. Through them, problems are addressed and solved in a timely manner.

Ask yourself, would a team member in your manufactured home community or RV resort feel the power and responsibility to take action if they noticed an issue with an asset in the community? Would they have the drive and the concern to make the issue known? Would they feel they could handle the issue on their own?

Remember, when you’re managing a mobile home community or RV resort, you should always put people first. The results will always pay off in the end. This is a concept we can say we’ve seen hold true again and again in our business, and it likely will in yours too.