Buying a new home is a big deal. For many homeowners, it's one of the most important decisions they ever make. When it comes to such a substantial choice, there are a lot of factors to consider, like:
Getting the answers to those questions can be hard but finding a trustworthy manufactured home company can be even more challenging. Sure, you could settle for a fly-by-night company or a shady mobile home dealer. But if you're like most folks, you want to work with a reliable company that has been in business for years. You need a team of professionals who can answer your questions, address your concerns, and sell you a quality home that will keep your family safe and sound.
Welcome to Ken-Co Homes Inc. - your premier choice for mobile home sales in Horrel Hill, SC. Ken-Co Homes has been Lake City's go-to manufactured home since 1974. With several locations in South Carolina, we're the first choice for manufactured homes in the state. As longtime locals in the community, we pride ourselves on honesty, hard work, and running a manufactured home business that you can count on.
There's no secret sauce that makes Ken-Co Homes successful. We work hard, sell the finest Clayton, Destiny, Scotbilt, Homes, and treat our customers like we would like to be treated. That's why, when you meet our team for your home tour, you'll be treated with respect and greeted with a warm smile. Whether you have questions regarding financing or the fit and finish of a floorplan, we'll maintain that same level of kindness, courtesy, and honesty. That way, you know for sure that you have invested in a top-notch manufactured home that your family will love.
Unlike other manufactured home dealers, we have a full selection of Clayton Homes for sale with attractive floor plans to fit your unique lifestyle. When you choose Ken-Co Homes, you're also choosing:
We offer our valued customers a $500 guarantee that we will meet or beat ANY competitor who has a lower price on one of our homes with the same options. Don't believe us? Contact our office today!
With decades of combined experience, our team has the tools and know-how to make your buying process smooth and stress-free.
Buying a home can be challenging, especially with travel logistics and other factors at play. Our team can help answer any questions you have about buying a home and transporting it to a park or piece of private land.
When you buy from Ken-Co Homes, you're investing in a high-quality product that your family will love for years to come. With more than a dozen home choices, you're sure to find a new home that matches your lifestyle.
We'll work with you one-on-one to ensure you get the home of your dreams. If you have questions or concerns once you move in, give us a call - we're here to help.
We offer detail-oriented, experienced set-up crews that make living life in your new home easy and efficient.
At Ken-Co Homes, we offer flexible financing options to help make buying your dream home a reality.
Whether you're looking for a smaller two-bedroom manufactured home or a large, luxurious four-bedroom manufactured home, our friendly consultants are ready to help you build the home of your dreams.
"Is there a difference between a mobile home and a manufactured home?" is one of the most common questions we get online and in person. Today, many people use mobile home and manufactured home interchangeably. That's understandable because both types of homes share similar features and benefits for homeowners. However, understanding the minor differences can be valuable when searching for a new place to call home.
Unlike site-built homes, manufactured homes are built in a factory. Once completed, they're shipped to a specific location where the homeowner will live. The term "manufactured home" refers to any factory-built home constructed after June 15, 1976. That date is when the HUD or U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development implemented guidelines centered around manufactured home construction.
HUD code requires manufactured homes to be constructed on a base frame with wheels with a minimum of 320 square feet.
Thanks to fast build times and lower material costs, manufactured homes for sale in Horrel Hill, SC is often more cost-effective for home buyers. Compared to traditional site-built homes, many manufactured homes can be up to 35% less than more traditional houses.
Any mobile homes built after June 15, 1976, are considered manufactured homes today, though many people use the term mobile home casually. In the past, these homes were used to travel and were more like the expensive RVs that people use today than true manufactured homes. Back then, mobile homes received a bad reputation due to poor build quality, but they've come a long way since that time. Today, mobile homes are safe, comfortable, and structurally sound, with many types of amenities and floor plans.
Manufactured homes are more popular in the U.S. than ever, and for good reason: prospective homeowners are looking for affordable, quality alternatives to traditional homes. That's especially true today, with inflation on the rise, necessitating more budget-friendly options for anyone who wants to put a roof over their heads.
If you're used to living in a traditional, site-built home, you may be wondering what the advantages are of buying a manufactured home. Here are just a few of the most common benefits of buying a manufactured home:
When you boil it down to the basics, buying a new home is all about the money. One of the most attractive reasons for buying a manufactured home is that they are often much less expensive than traditional site-built homes. Today, manufactured housing is considered a crucial part of the housing shortage solution and a viable option with inflation rising. According to statistics, the average square-foot cost of a site-built home is $107, while the average price is only $49 in a manufactured home. Whether you're sticking to a strict budget or your finances have changed due to poor economic conditions, going manufactured might be your best choice.
Owning a manufactured home gives the homeowner long-term living options. Because basic manufactured homes are usually very affordable, families with enough land can start with a small home and add additional units as their needs change. Manufactured homes are also great as starter homes, especially for families that plan on building a permanent structure on their land in the future. Though it could be logistically challenging, manufactured homes can also be moved to a different site if the initial one was on rented property.
Manufactured homes have received a bad rap over the last few decades. In reality, most manufactured homes are purpose-built for longevity with structural integrity. Every manufactured home built today is subject to the HUD code adopted in 1976. This code is the only federally-mandated code in existence. It was designed to ensure that manufactured homes meet strict standards regarding fire safety, structural design, energy efficiency, transportation to home sites, and overall construction. All manufactured homes sold in the U.S. have a permanent red seal to confirm they meet HUD standards.
When you buy a manufactured home, you may be able to move in faster than you would via traditional routes. Some manufactured homes are even move-in ready in less than 45 days. Compared to a traditional home, once a new manufactured home is built in the factory, buyers usually find that installation is a quick process. Once the manufactured home is delivered, utility work usually moves quickly, regardless of whether you're moving to a park or transporting your home to a piece of land. Before you know it, you're eating, sleeping, and enjoying life in your new manufactured home.
When asked about the pros and cons, many buyers cite energy efficiency as one of the most significant benefits of owning a manufactured home. In general, manufactured housing is more energy efficient than traditional because HUD mandates ensure that homes have high energy efficiency ratings.
These ratings are achieved through upgraded insulation installation, on-demand water heaters, and energy-efficient windows. These upgrades often make entire manufactured homes Energy Star certified. It's no surprise that manufactured homes are 27% more efficient than they used to be with other additions like energy-saving appliances in kitchens and bathrooms.
If you've ever lived in an apartment complex before, chances are you heard sounds and noises through your walls that you never wanted to hear. If you hate hearing your neighbors and despise thin walls, looking for mobile home sales in Horrel Hill, SC is a great idea. Why? Manufactured homes are typically built using separate modules, which reduces sound transference from room to room. When two or more modules are combined and insulated separately, buyers enjoy an even quieter, stronger home with less outside noise.
If there's one disappointing aspect of manufactured homes, the stigma seems to surround them. Yes, mobile homes from 30 or more years ago aren't exactly marvels of construction and deserve to be criticized. However, modern manufactured homes are cut from a different cloth and are often every bit as safe and luxurious as site-built homes.
Here are some of the most common (and annoying) mobile home myths debunked:
Modern manufactured homes are factory-built homes crafted with quality materials that meet comprehensive federal construction and safety standards. These standards, called the "HUD Code," outline how the homes must be built, including safety guidelines. For example, manufactured home builders must take strict measures to ensure their homes are resistant to wind. In terms of hurricanes and tornados, having such measures in place can prevent a tragedy from happening.
The bottom line is that manufactured homes are plenty safe and provide a quality product to people who want a lower-cost option over traditional housing.
One of the most repeated myths surrounding manufactured homes is that they are in poor shape and have an overall poor quality. Today, many manufactured homes are built with quality materials and care. It's not unusual to find a manufactured home with luxurious amenities and features lie state-of-the-art kitchens, high-end appliances, and chic open floor plans. At Ken-Co Homes, we can provide you with a complete list of available upgrades and amenities for you to enjoy in your new home.
Perhaps it's due to their popularity and lower prices, but we often hear that it's hard to find manufactured homes for sale. As seasoned home dealers, we can say this is categorically false. Whether you head over to Google and search for "mobile homes near me in Horrel Hill, SC," or simply head to Ken-Co Homes' website, you'll see plenty of homes to choose from. Contact our office today for a full list of our homes for sale!
When it comes to home prices in today's day and age, manufactured homes are among the most affordable options available.
That's because manufactured homes cost less to construct than site-built homes, with the average price costing $92K for new construction and $60K for a pre-owned manufactured home, according to recent data. The cost of a traditional home is much higher, with an average of $408K, according to Statista data from 2021. Even though manufactured home living costs change depending on the community, they're often much less expensive than their site-built cousins in the long run.
This myth parallels the stereotype that manufactured homes are cheap and poorly built. Unfortunately, many people still believe that living in a manufactured home community isn't safe. They think that the parks are run down and riddled with reprobates. In reality, many manufactured home parks mimic gated communities with 24-hour security and mandated quiet hours. Some manufactured home neighborhoods even offer community-wide amenities like spas and pools. If you're a fan of the gated community lifestyle but don't want to pay hundreds of thousands for a site-built home, a manufactured home community could be your best bet.
Are you giving serious thought to buying a manufactured home for sale in South Carolina? You're not alone - more than 365K people in the Palmetto State live in manufactured homes. At Ken-Co Homes Inc., we're not your average run-of-the-mill manufactured home dealer. We only do business with manufacturing partners committed to building top-quality products that our customers are proud to own.
If you're looking for modern amenities, energy-efficient appliances, unique floorplans, and homes constructed with quality materials, Ken-Co Homes is the company for you. Contact our office today to learn more about our beautiful Clayton homes for sale in Horrel Hill, SC.
A new bill signed into law this week could provide accountability for officials in charge of chronically failing schools in South Carolina.On Monday, Gov. Henry McMaster signed S. 201, a bill that outlines a step-by-step plan for underperforming schools in So...
A new bill signed into law this week could provide accountability for officials in charge of chronically failing schools in South Carolina.
On Monday, Gov. Henry McMaster signed S. 201, a bill that outlines a step-by-step plan for underperforming schools in South Carolina. Under the new law, state Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman has authority to take over school districts that fail to meet certain academic or financial standards and fire its school board members.
The law provides a formal process for the the state to take over underperforming schools and districts. An “underperforming school” receives an unsatisfactory or below average rating on its annual school report card and a “underperforming” district has more than 65 percent of its schools receiving an unsatisfactory or below average score on its report card.
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Now, school district officials must alert parents when schools receive an “underperforming” rating and they must work with state officials to develop a strategic plan for improvement and inform parents of that plan.
The school board and superintendent also will be required to hold a public meeting to discuss the school’s poor rating with taxpayers.
Under the new law, the state superintendent can declare a state-of-education emergency if:
Education officials appointed by the State Board of Education would then take over the local board and those officials would serve for a minimum of three years.
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State education officials will only consider academic performance after the law goes into effect in July 2022 — it will likely be a few years before the state takes over a district.
Proponents of the bill told FITSNews that they hope the new law at least motivates school board officials to care about improving chronically failing public schools now that there is a chance of board members losing their positions.
Opponents of the bill said they fear that it will create a more test-focused education system and put more pressure on teachers instead of administration. Others are concerned that the law takes power away from voters.
The S.C. Department of Education advocated for the law.
The new law has caught the interest of parents in Richland County School District One — a school district recently rocked by controversies, decreasing test scores, and an out-of-control budget.
According to the latest data from 2019 report cards (most tests were cancelled in 2020 due to the pandemic), the following Richland One schools would be considered as “underperforming”:
Five of Richland One’s nine high schools would be flagged as underperforming, according to the latest data.
However, the new law will only count future test scores, so it’s hard to say whether or not Richland One school board would be taken over by state officials in the future.
Richland One, which encompasses the greater Columbia, South Carolina area, is the worst performing of South Carolina’s 10 largest school districts (see chart below). Stakeholders in the district have accused the school board of misusing taxpayer funds while 76 percent of its students are living in poverty (see the $700 Jacketgate scandal for reference).
Richland One ranks in the top 6 school districts in the state for spending per pupil. In the 2020-2021 school year, it spent $15,009 per pupil — which is significantly higher than the state’s average at $9,497. Richland One also receives more taxpayer dollars per pupil than most other districts (see chart below).
It’s important to note here that the South Carolina School Boards Association (SCSBA) and SCSBA president-elect/ Richland One school board memberJamie Devine have advocated against this bill from the beginning.
SCSBA is a non-profit that spends big money “advocating for quality public education” — as South Carolina continues to have one of the worst education systems in the United States.
The organization hosts an annual conference for school board members in February at a lavish location. This year, Richland One spent $7,400 for seven school board members to attend the SCSBA conference in Hilton Head.
There appears to be little accountability and big spending inside SCSBA — considering all of the employees make hefty salaries and collect bonus checks, even when South Carolina schools are in shambles.
According to its latest tax forms, SCSBA has six full-time employees whose salaries range from $105,000-$178,000 a year, and who each collect an annual bonus of more than $21,000.
In other words, the six employees at this non-profit focused on education improvement make between three to five times the amount that teachers make in South Carolina.
“In tight times, when school boards are crying poor across SC….they still throwing out $50K plus each year toward their SCSBA membership,” a former school board member said. “What was our return on investment for that?”
Advocates for the new education law hope that it motivates school board members to spend less money on themselves and administrative costs and more money inside the classrooms.
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Teachers and all other district employees should report to work Monday, March 16 as normal. Students and parents may pick up medications and any other personal itemsCOLUMBIA, S.C. — SC Gov. Henry McMaster has announced all South Carolina public schools through the end of March to help control the spread of the coronavirus.All Richland One afterschool programs, child care programs, athletics practices and games, school events, field trips and all other activities are canceled until further notice.Teachers and all ot...
Teachers and all other district employees should report to work Monday, March 16 as normal. Students and parents may pick up medications and any other personal items
COLUMBIA, S.C. — SC Gov. Henry McMaster has announced all South Carolina public schools through the end of March to help control the spread of the coronavirus.
All Richland One afterschool programs, child care programs, athletics practices and games, school events, field trips and all other activities are canceled until further notice.
Teachers and all other district employees should report to work Monday, March 16 as normal. Students and parents may pick up medications and any other personal items students may need from 9:00 a.m. – 1 p.m. Monday.
The district’s eLearning plan will be implemented to allow students to do assignments virtually while they are at home while schools are closed.
Learning packets also will be distributed to students as part of the plan, which was approved by the S.C. Department of Education.
Principals and teachers will provide details to students and parents.
FOOD SERVICE FOR STUDENTS
Richland One is providing free meals for students while schools across the state are closed through March 31 by order of the governor.
The district’s Nutrition Services team will provide “grab-and-go” breakfast and lunch weekdays at eight designated schools. Breakfast will be available for pick-up from 8:30-10:30 a.m., and lunch will be available for pick-up from 12:30-2:30 p.m. Meals also will be delivered to three apartment communities. The pick-up and delivery sites are listed below.
All children under 18 years old can pick up meals, regardless of whether they attend school in Richland One. Children can go to any of the locations to get meals.
Carver-Lyon Elementary School2100 Waverly Street, Columbia, SC 29204
Rosewood Elementary School3300 Rosewood Drive, Columbia, SC 29205
Webber Elementary School140 Webber School Road, Eastover, SC 29044
St. Andrews Middle School 1231 Bluefield Drive, Columbia, SC 29210
Southeast Middle School 731 Horrell Hill Road, Hopkins, SC 29061
A.C. Flora High School1 Falcon Drive, Columbia, SC 29204
Eau Claire High School4800 Monticello Road, Columbia, SC 29203
Lower Richland High School2615 Lower Richland Boulevard, Hopkins, SC 29061
The Colony Apartments 3545 W. Beltline Boulevard, Columbia, SC 29203
Note: Breakfast will be delivered from 8:30-8:50 a.m.; lunch will be delivered from 12:30-12:50 p.m.
Bayberry Mews Apartments100 Cardamon Court, Columbia, SC 29203
Note: Breakfast will be delivered from 9:00-9:20 a.m.; lunch will be delivered from 1:00-1:20 p.m.
North Pointe Estates Apartments100 Ripplemeyer Avenue, Columbia, SC 29203
Note: Breakfast will be delivered from 9:30-9:50 a.m.; lunch will be delivered from 1:30-1:50 p.m.
“This is an unprecedented time for the U.S. and other countries around the globe, requiring changes to our daily lives that we would not have imagined, but we can get through this together,” said Richland One Superintendent Dr. Craig Witherspoon. “As a Richland One family, we’ve weathered many storms before – literally and figuratively – such as the historic flood of 2015. That’s what we mean when we say we are ‘Richland One Strong.’”
Education professor encourages Latino families to engage in children's schools Raised by a Cuban father and Colombian mother in Boston, Julia López-Robertson experienced first-hand the challenges that come with being a member of an under-represented population in America.“My home life and my school life were very different,” says López-Robertson. “We spoke only Spanish at home unlike at school, and my parents never finished high school. But, they always stressed that an educati...
Raised by a Cuban father and Colombian mother in Boston, Julia López-Robertson experienced first-hand the challenges that come with being a member of an under-represented population in America.
“My home life and my school life were very different,” says López-Robertson. “We spoke only Spanish at home unlike at school, and my parents never finished high school. But, they always stressed that an education is something no one can take from you, and they encouraged me and my siblings to go to college.”
Now as a professor in the College of Education, López-Robertson is helping other Latino families through her research and outreach.
“Since I joined the faculty at USC and began my research in 2006, I have seen the number of Latino children in area public schools steadily grow. Through my research, I wanted to know if there were ways to help teachers encourage Latino family engagement in school,” she says.
From 2004-14, the number of Latino students in U.S. public schools rose 25 percent — totaling 12.8 million students. South Carolina is among a handful of Southern states experiencing enormous growth in Hispanic/Latino populations, including undocumented immigrants.
“The reasons why parents don’t come to the school aren’t hard to figure out,” says López-Robertson. “Many families are in the process of learning English, and transportation is an issue. Also, we are living in an anti-immigrant society and families fear being reported to authorities. Even if the parent is documented, they may have a family member who is not and therefore, they might shy away from school involvement.”
Knowing that parental engagement increases a child’s academic success, she wanted to create a safe environment for parents so they could become involved in their child’s education without fear. She partnered with Horrell Hill Elementary School in Hopkins, South Carolina — one of 16 professional development schools that partners with the College of Education for research and student-teacher training.
“We began literacy events in schools where Latino families where seen as knowledge-holders. We hosted a language swap where English-speaking families learned a few sentences of Spanish and vice versa, we made salsa and shared recipes. We wanted the Latino families to feel comfortable, valued and included,” she says.
And slowly, the families began to trust López-Robertson and became more involved. Through her research, she focused on an idea called Community Cultural Wealth.
“This is the belief that communities of color possess a variety of strengths and resources that are often devalued by ‘larger society’ but help them maneuver and be successful in America. My goal is to help Latino children and families, as well as their teachers, understand that these cultural strengths can actually increase a children's academic success,” says López-Robertson.
For example, many of the Latino children are bilingual — an asset when searching for jobs in a global economy.
“Sometimes, the children shy away from their parents’ native language, but fluently speaking two languages is a plus for employers. I encourage them to embrace both languages and use this skill to their advantage as they seek higher education and employment,” she says.
López-Robertson also ensures that the education students she teaches at the University of South Carolina are prepared to help all children succeed. Each June, she has students in the language and literacy master’s degree program work with Latino and other under-represented students at Camp Discovery STEAM Academy. Camp Discovery is a free, full-day literacy camp focused on science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics. This year, the graduate students were joined by teachers from Richland 1 schools at the camp. About 60 children attend the annual camp.
“My students engage the children in daily lessons built around the children's interests. They do scavenger hunts, make slime, write their own books — anything it takes to spark a love of reading in a child,” she says.
Many of the first Latino students who attended Camp Discovery five years ago are now junior counselors, and their parents are supportive and involved.
“That’s proof that our efforts are working,” stresses López-Robertson. “The children are becoming academic leaders and their parents are part of that important process.”
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Hundreds of planned new homes in the Lower Richland area could overcrowd local schools that are already pressed for space, officials said.While the Lower Richland area has been developing in recent years, the a housing development planned for 176 acres of Rabbit Run Road raises questions about whether the local school cluster could absorb the influx of students, said Richland 1 school board member Cheryl Harris, whose district inclu...
Hundreds of planned new homes in the Lower Richland area could overcrowd local schools that are already pressed for space, officials said.
While the Lower Richland area has been developing in recent years, the a housing development planned for 176 acres of Rabbit Run Road raises questions about whether the local school cluster could absorb the influx of students, said Richland 1 school board member Cheryl Harris, whose district includes the area.
The planned development, which is directly across the street from Lower Richland High, could bring in more than 800 housing units, including 515 single-family homes, The State previously reported.
As a result, Richland 1 asked Richland County Council to place a short-term halt on “building activity” so Richland 1 can assess potential impacts to the area, according to a letter sent May 7 by the school board.
“This information will be invaluable in assessing and determining the impact of this construction on the schools in the Lower Richland Community to adequately prepare for the future relative to potential demographic changes and facility considerations,” according to the letter, which was signed by Richland 1 board chair Aaron Bishop.
There has already been such an influx of people, especially near Lower Richland Boulevard, that traffic has become congested and even dangerous, Harris said.
Kevin Steelman, the president and CEO of LandTechSC, which is developing the single-family homes, said he expects the project to break ground in January 2022. Over the next 10 years, Steelman expects his company to continue erecting single-family homes and another, yet undetermined company to build multi-family homes on the property.
“These houses aren’t built overnight,” Steelman said.
Richland 1 should not be surprised about the potential influx of homes, Steelman said. The plan to add as many as 1,000 houses on the property was approved in 2006 and 2007, but the Lower Richland area lacked the proper infrastructure to facilitate increased development.
“The growth historically has been somewhat limited because of lack of sewer availability primarily, and that has been addressed by Richland County,” Steelman said. “The sewer capacity has been expanded and that’s going to facilitate additional development in the area.”
As a result of the school board’s concern, Richland County will be notifying Richland 1, Richland 2 and Lexington-Richland 5 school board members any time county council is hearing an issue of land development, said Chakisse Newton, a member of Richland County Council whose district includes the Rabbit Run development.
Members of the public who want to be notified of potential new development can email firstname.lastname@example.org and ask to be added to the distribution list, Newton said.
The housing development is zoned for Horrell Hill Elementary, Southeast Middle and Lower Richland High, according to Richland 1’s zoning maps. But these areas haven’t been the only ones affected by increasing development, Harris said.
“There is no more room at Caughman (Road),” Harris said during a recent school board meeting. “There is no more room at Horrell Hill.”
If the schools become overcrowded like Harris fears, it could also force Richland 1 to raise additional money — potentially through more taxes — to build accommodations for the incoming students, Harris said.
“This creates a financial burden for this district, which now sends us to the taxpayers to ask for a millage increase,” Harris said at a Tuesday school board meeting. “It may lead to taxes being increased in the midst of a pandemic because next year those kids have to go to school somewhere.”