WATCH: We’re on Lifetime TV’s Military Makeover: Operation Career! 

Watch the special to learn about Champion’s commitment to our veterans

This is not a drill: Champion® Homes and Star Fleet Trucking will be featured in a full episode of Military Makeover: Operation Career on Lifetime Television. As part of the special, you’ll be able to meet and follow along with 3 of our employees who have bravely served their country in the United States Military as they speak about how they transfer the skills and values they gained in duty to their roles here at Champion. 

Behind -the-scenes!

You’ll also hear from our President and CEO, Mark Yost, as he speaks to the importance of hiring and valuing veterans in the workforce. At Champion Homes, we take very seriously our company-wide dedication to provide quality homes to hard-working Americans, and hiring veterans fits perfectly in line with that goal.  

Get to Know More About the Featured Employees:

While we proudly employ many veterans on our team at Champion Homes, the Military Makeover: Operation Career special will feature 3 from various areas in Champion Homes and Star Fleet Trucking. You’ll learn more about their stories in the episode, but here’s an intro on who they are and what they do: 

  • Trish Nowak, Safety Director for Star Fleet Trucking  
  • Ron Baer, Jr., Star Fleet Truck Driver  
  • Scott Kennemuth, former Operations Manager for Champion Homes 

Hosted by Montel Williams, Military Makeover: Operation Career speaks to the opportunities we offer veterans at Champion Homes and Star Fleet Trucking

How Can I Watch the Special? 

Many of us personally know someone who has served in the U.S. Military, so this episode will surely warm your heart and remind you of the freedoms to cherish every day. If you’re interested in watching the Champion Homes and Star Fleet Trucking episode of Military Makeover: Operation Career, keep reading. 

The show airs on November 30th at 7:30 AM EST/PST time on Lifetime TV.  

The Ultimate Manufactured Homebuying Checklist 

Keep this checklist handy for reference during your homebuying process! 

So, you’re ready to buy a manufactured home. First things first: congratulations! Celebrations are in order for such a monumental decision and time in your life. But celebrations can soon turn into stress when all the things to do and consider come into play! Have no fear, Champion® Homes is here, and we’ve rounded up the ultimate checklist to keep handy when you’re purchasing a manufactured home.  

When you’ve just decided to buy a factory-built home, the first thing you want to do is decide what kind of factory-built home you’ll be shopping for. The differences between manufactured homes, modular homes and even park models may enlighten your decision. If you choose a manufactured home, you’re choosing a home that is built to the HUD code for manufactured housing, and is manufactured indoors and delivered to your build site. This checklist is specifically for purchasing a manufactured home. If that sounds like your boat, keep reading!

Click here to read more about the differences between manufactured and modular homes!

The Laurel II kitchen just oozes new home appeal!

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The One-Stop Shop for What You’ll Need to Remember for Purchasing Your Manufactured Home

  • Look into which independent retailer will be best for you when it comes to purchasing the best model for you. 
  • Decide whether you’ll be living in a manufactured home community or if you’ll be placing a home on your own private land. This will help you consider details such as property taxes, and local zoning regulations. Need land? A local retailer can help with that!  
  • Consider your budget, since this will help guide many of the decisions you’ll be making. 
  • Found the model that’s calling your name? Consider the specs that matter to you: single section or multi-section? Number of beds and baths?  

Buying a manufactured home is a great option if you’re looking for quality blended with affordability.
  • Think about your utilities: figure out who the providers are for each utility service and think about your rough out-of-pocket cost for each. 
  • Arrange the down payment and financing. Work with a retailer who can assist in making this process smooth.  
  • Get things ready as your home is being built! Furnishing and infusing your new home with your personal home décor style will give you the personable flair you need.  

When it comes to buying a manufactured home, whether you’re a first-time home buyer or getting your third castle, don’t overthink it. At Champion, we’ve done most of the hard work for you, to make buying your dream home easier than ever before. Ready to start your home buying process? Talk to an independent retailer today!  

Where Do I Buy A Manufactured Home?

The 411 on Where to Find the Home for You

There are many reasons to be interested in a manufactured home: attainability, affordability and personalization are just the beginning. But in addition to these 3 factors, the process of buying a manufactured home differs from that of a site-built home. This blog will explain the “where” of that process. Keep reading if you want to find that factory-built oasis for you! 

Scenario:  

Fatigued from an exhausting housing market and frightening prices, you’ve decided to take a more sustainable approach and go the factory-built route. Good for you! But therein lies the dilemma: where the heck do you look for and find a manufactured home? Well first, you’ll want to think about where the home will be placed.

Manufactured housing is an attainable, affordable and attractive housing option

Let us explain: Manufactured homes are built in a factory and then transported in one or more sections to be placed on either a plot of land or manufactured home community. So where to get your home will largely depend on where you’re placing it. 

Moving on, once you’ve decided where your home will be placed, now it’s time to reach out to Champion® Homes! Our models are sold through a network of independent retailers. Retailers not only sell our homes, but are also great destinations for any of the questions you might have about the process, such as: 

  • How much will the home cost? 
  • Does this specific model ship to my area? 
  • Should I get a manufactured home or a modular home? 
  • How long will this process take? 

And more! 

Our retailers are trained to cater their home recommendations to your lifestyle and needs.  

So, there you have it! Long story short? Find a factory-built home near and for YOU, head to our site to find a retailer today!

The Cost of A Manufactured Home

Figuring Out How to Price Your Dream Home

Imagine this: you’ve been perusing through the Champion® Homes Instagram page, looking at some of the models posted until you stop. There it is. There are only 4 photos of it posted in the carousel, but that’s all you needed anyway. This is the home you want. Well, at least you think it is. You need to know the details before you can be sure. Eager and ready to make a move, you type a single-worded question… 

“Price?” 

But what you might not be aware of is the fact that pricing for factory-built homes is a process that depends on the home, location and your dream preferences! Here’s a transparent look into what that process entails that will help with an understanding of factory-built home pricing.  

So first, let’s start with the obvious base price: the home itself. This price varies depending on details like home size, spec level and personalization options you may choose.  

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Then we consider things like location. At Champion Homes, we sell our homes through a network of independent retailers who work directly with customers looking to purchase a home. The customer’s price comes from an independent retailer in your area. For example, additional costs for installing and finishing your home will be provided by your local retailer.  

Count the Cost – Typical Cost Items An Independent Retailer Might Discuss with You 

  • Land (where your property is located) 
  • Permits, taxes, and fees 
  • Foundation 
  • Delivery of home 
  • Installation and trim out of home 
  • Utility connections (water/well, sewer/septic, power, natural gas/propane) 
  • Site built additions such as garages, porches, and decks 
  • Any HVAC equipment needed to be installed once the home has been set 
  • Grading, concrete flatwork, and landscaping 
  • Required upgrades to comply with local requirements such as energy efficiency, snow loads, and wind loads 

Note: List is for illustrative purposes only. Contact your independent retailer for a full list of additional costs. 

The price on your home will reflect the fact that it’s your home. Ready to get more pricing information and move closer to moving into your home? Visit a retailer in your area for pricing information. 

Work with one of our retailers today!  

Choosing The Right Manufactured Home Floor Plan

The Layout Decisions That Make a Difference

Ah, yes. The floor plan. Not only is it key to the way you’ll be navigating your home, it also heavily influences other details such as design and routine. The floor plan is very important, so choosing the right one for you and your lifestyle will make all the difference. Sounds like it could be a lot of pressure, but thanks to Champion® Homes, it doesn’t have to be! Here’s how to choose the best floor plan for you.  

First Things First 

Think about the details that will determine the general format of your home. These details include: 

  • Whether your home will be single-section or multi-section 
  • Who will be living in the home 
  • Number of beds & baths 
Do you spend most of your time cooking in the kitchen? Consider that when choosing a floor plan! 

Second Things Second 

Consider your lifestyle! Are you the ultimate home chef? Do you need alone time, such as reading time, to function? Do you work from home full-time? These are all things to consider when going into the process of choosing your floor plan. Through answering these questions, you might discover you’d like a home with a sizable kitchen island and pantry area, a den, an office nook and more!  

Other things that can determine your lifestyle: 

  • If you love entertaining guests – open flow from kitchen to living room might work best! 
  • If you have or plan on having a large family – consider how many bedrooms and who sleeps where! 
  • If you love the great outdoors – consider a patio or outside porch option!  
A living room that openly flows into the kitchen is great for entertaining guests

The Grand Finale 

Okay, so you’ve thought about general format needs, and you’ve considered your lifestyle, what now? Well, now comes the fun part: looking at plans! Are we the only ones that get suuuper excited at the thought of looking at floor plans? It’s basically a justification to daydream about the life you want to live, and how! You’ve likely heard floor plans referred to as “the map of the home,” and it’s true! Floor plans really do a great job of showing you the natural “flow” of the home.  

Get into the details and remember, it’s perfectly fine to have an idea of what you want in mind while also being flexible. Things like “How much space do I need for entertaining?” or “How close should the bathroom be to the kids’ bedrooms?” will make a difference in your choice.  

Details of a home that might reflect your lifestyle preferences: 

  • Split bedrooms (where the master is on the opposite side of the home as the kids’ rooms) 
  • Half baths 
  • Large utility / mud rooms 
  • Extra living space (2 living rooms, living room + family room, etc.) 

Take a look at some floor plans and mark down which ones you really like. Eventually, you’ll find your pick! 

Floor plan for the Beckley, built in our Topeka, IN plant!

Choosing the floor plan for you isn’t too much pressure when you remember that all you really need to do, ultimately, is trust yourself. Go with what feels right. And when you’ve done that and are ready to turn that perfect floor plan into that perfect home? Don’t worry, we can help with that too