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 Timmonsville, 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 Timmonsville, 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 Timmonsville, 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 Timmonsville, 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 Timmonsville, SC.
TIMMONSVILLE, S.C. (WPDE) — A 95-year-old Timmonsville woman said she's been without water for nearly a month and had to get help from family members to make it day-by-day.Essie Crosswell said her home was struck by lightning about four weeks ago.She believes the strike damaged her water system."I called the water department. And I don't think they believed when I said the lightning had struck that meter. They didn't believe me. I would like to say we need to listen. We need to listen to our people. We need to...
TIMMONSVILLE, S.C. (WPDE) — A 95-year-old Timmonsville woman said she's been without water for nearly a month and had to get help from family members to make it day-by-day.
Essie Crosswell said her home was struck by lightning about four weeks ago.
She believes the strike damaged her water system.
"I called the water department. And I don't think they believed when I said the lightning had struck that meter. They didn't believe me. I would like to say we need to listen. We need to listen to our people. We need to hear their problems. And don't assume just because you're 95 years old they don't have their right mind," said Croswell.
The City of Florence oversees Timmonsville's water system.
Crosswell said the city did send crews to her home at least three times, but when they left she still didn't have water.
"It is rough because I’ve had to haul water. My granddaughter came, and we hauled water from my cousin's house by the gallons, and I had to buy water. And I’ve had to be very careful with how much water I used to cook with. And to wash dishes the old fashion way. I felt like I was back in the 1930’s during the Great Depression," she said.
Crosswell said she doesn't have a car and has a hard time walking because of her back.
She added her granddaughter, cousin and home health aide had to help her.
Crosswell said she could hardly lift the jugs of water and couldn't flush her toilet because it took too much water.
“ I can’t use my hand. So, I have to have help to help me get the lids off the bottles. To pour water in those half-gallon bottles. I have friends helping me. My aid. My home health aid. My granddaughter and my cousin Libby," said Crosswell.
She said she finally called a plumber.
Crosswell said Brad Hanna came to her home Monday and Tuesday to look at her problem.
Hanna said he quickly realized the issue wasn't on Crosswell's end, but the city's.
He added the city repaired a leak, but didn't reconnect Crosswell's water line which led to her not having water.
“They came and repaired and cut up the road the first time and repaired the water leak where it busted, and flooded the street. They unhooked her water line. Not her personal line. But, the city’s responsibility. They never hooked it back up. It was busted. They never hooked it back up. No one went and checked. No one went and took the meter out. Which is very easy. It’s two nuts. A nut in the front and a nut in the back. It’s two nuts. Take them loose. You could’ve turned them on to see if water was coming out of it. It could have took all of eight minutes. And nobody took the time," said Hanna.
He said it was very frustrating to see Crosswell in that situation.
She's a former educator having worked as a teacher with Florence 1 Schools for 57 years.
He said the city left tags on Crosswell's door from at least three visits to her home.
One of the tags read, "Good pressure, customer line stopped up."
Hanna said that wasn't the case at all because Crosswell had no pressure and no water.
Hanna said he did all he could to help her, including reaching out to the city to let them know what they needed to do to fix the problem to restore Crosswell's water.
"Eight minutes they could’ve figured out that her waterline was not hooked up in the back. They could have come in in one day and had it hooked up,” said Hanna.
ABC 15 reached out to the City of Florence.
Officials sent the following statement:
"In response to inquiries related to an interruption of water service for a City of Florence water customer located in Timmonsville, City staff has been notified and is investigating the matter further. The City of Florence strives to provide exceptional customer service to our customers and takes matters such as these seriously. Any neglect on the part of the city will be appropriately addressed and we will work directly with the customer to ensure resolution."
Officials added there was a miscommunication in dealing with the situation, but they didn't get the initial call about Crosswell's situation until eight days after her home was struck by lightning.
Hanna said when the city finally fixed their end of the problem, he had to go back and do more work to make sure Crosswell would lose pressure or have a major leak.
He said he didn't charge her one dime for the work and gave her a lifetime certificate for free plumbing.
Crosswell said she's thankful to those who helped her during her time of need, especially Hanna who went above and beyond the call of duty to make sure her water was restored.
ABC15 will keep you covered on the city's investigation.
FLORENCE, S.C. – Tremel Echols might be in new surroundings at Wilson High School, but he’s in a familiar spot on the football field.Echols, who played for Timmonsville High School prior to the school districts consolidating this past summer, was one of the quarterbacks in contention for the starting job this offseason.With the season opener at Aynor set for 7:30 p.m. Friday, the Tigers now turn to the 6-foot-2, 230-pound senior to guide them under center.“Tremel has been a great addition to our program...
FLORENCE, S.C. – Tremel Echols might be in new surroundings at Wilson High School, but he’s in a familiar spot on the football field.
Echols, who played for Timmonsville High School prior to the school districts consolidating this past summer, was one of the quarterbacks in contention for the starting job this offseason.
With the season opener at Aynor set for 7:30 p.m. Friday, the Tigers now turn to the 6-foot-2, 230-pound senior to guide them under center.
“Tremel has been a great addition to our program,” Wilson coach Rodney Mooney said. “His size and arm strength speaks for itself. He picked up the offense really, really well since he got here. I remember a week and a half into this thing, we were kind of trying to spoon feed him a little bit. But he was like, ‘No coach, I got it. I’m good to go.’
“So he’s learned very fast on the fly.”
Echols had a solid season for the Whirlwinds last year – completing 88 of 123 passes for 1,260 yards and seven touchdowns compared to three interceptions.
The jump from one of the smallest schools in the state to a 4A program at Wilson has been an ongoing process, Echols said.
“It’s faster; everything’s faster,” he said of the pace of the game and practices. “I’ve had to learn a lot. Right now, we’re just at 1/3 of our offense, so it’s just a whole lot. You’ve got to come in and you’ve got to think fast.
“…But everybody’s working really hard. That’s the main thing. They want to be great.”
Having a quarterback coach (Richard Cue) has been a welcome addition, Echols added.
“I think that’s helped to have that (specialized) coach,” he said. “I think I’ve definitely worked hard and improved on my accuracy. I’ve got a good connection with my receivers right now.”
While Echols’ arm is one thing, it’s the dual-threat aspect of his game that Mooney believes will be the biggest asset to the offense this year.
“He’s just very versatile,” the second-year Tigers coach said. “Not only does he have an arm on him, but he can get outside the pocket and make some throws. He’s faster than people give him credit for, so he can actually pull it down and run it if he needs to, or make a very good throw outside the pocket. So he brings a lot of different things to our offense that really helps with what we do.
“…I feel more well-rounded (on offense) this season than last season, and he brings a great part to that.”
Mooney is anxious to see what his offense can do, but Friday’s matchup against Aynor might in fact come down to how well his defense is able to play against the Blue Jackets’ rushing attack.
“We’ve got to be disciplined and we’ve got to tackle well,” Mooney said. “We’ve got to play with great leverage and get them off the field – three and outs a lot. We cannot afford to let their running game get to going and take the ball out of our offense’s hands.”
TIMMONSVILLE, S.C. (WPDE) — Florence School District Four's Board of Trustees met for the third time this year on Tuesday. They presented a number of questions as they work to save Timmonsville High School and stop the consolidation with Florence One Schools that is scheduled for July 2022.Some of those questions include who is the acting superintendent of the district? Board member, Mysty Hopkins, showed community members her son's diploma and another similar document with two people named as the superintendent."We ...
TIMMONSVILLE, S.C. (WPDE) — Florence School District Four's Board of Trustees met for the third time this year on Tuesday. They presented a number of questions as they work to save Timmonsville High School and stop the consolidation with Florence One Schools that is scheduled for July 2022.
Some of those questions include who is the acting superintendent of the district? Board member, Mysty Hopkins, showed community members her son's diploma and another similar document with two people named as the superintendent.
"We need to know who is the superintendent of our district," said Florence School District Four Board Member, Mysty Hopkins.
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Why isn't there a virtual option for parents who are concerned about the rise in COVID-19 cases? The district has so far reported 68 students and two staff members were in quarantine as of Tuesday. One parent of a quarantined student was at the meeting and called for there to be a virtual option.
"I am asking this board if there is any way my child can go virtual," said one Florence School District Four parent.
"Our students deserve to be safe like other students. If Superintendent Spearman truly cares about the health of our students, she should have immediately developed a virtual option," said Hopkins.
Also, what happened to the transition committee that State Superintendent Spearman put in place after she announced the district will be consolidating?
ABC15 reached out to the South Carolina Department of Education to get some of these answers. The department's spokesperson, Ryan Brown, sent the following statement regarding the acting superintendent:
The district administrator is Mrs. Teresa gamble. The superintendent of record is Dr. David Mathis. Dr. Mathis is one of our deputy superintendents and is not paid with district funds. Dr. Strickland is not employed by the district or our agency.
The board has also been working to fill its three other empty seats after the South Carolina Dept. of Education stopped Florence school district four's election that was supposed to happen in November 2020.
They filed a request to the Governor's office to step in and hold a special election to fill those remaining seats.
The board also filed complaints to the United States Dept. of Justice and the Dept. of Education's Civil Rights office.
Dr. Gary Burgess, the spokesperson for the board, said even though the board holds not power, it's not going down without a fight.
"Now they realize they do have power. They have power, it may not be official but it's the cachet of being able to say we matter," said Burgess.
The board moved to obtain an attorney and pursue legal action.
Brown went on to suggest free virtual learning options through the VirtualSC that parents can enroll their child in. Registration opens up on Aug. 18 and serves students in 7th through 12th grade. He also listed a number of free virtual charter options if parents choose to take that route.
He said that Florence School District Four currently does not have enough students or enough teachers to create its own virtual program.
Timmonsville town leaders also announced that they are going to pay up to $5,000 in board expenses.
FLORENCE, S.C. (WPDE) — South Carolina State Superintendent Molly Spearman defended her plan to consolidate Florence Four Schools (also known as Timmonsville) with Florence One Schools at a community meeting on Thursday n...
FLORENCE, S.C. (WPDE) — South Carolina State Superintendent Molly Spearman defended her plan to consolidate Florence Four Schools (also known as Timmonsville) with Florence One Schools at a community meeting on Thursday night.
Spearman provided a presentation showing the previous financial and academic status of the Timmonsville schools to justify the merger. Spearman also said the Florence Four district is too small to continue operating.
She said once the consolidation goes through in June Florence One would get money to cover the costs of taking in Florence Four students.
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The state superintendent answered questions from the community, but many said she did not specifically answer the questions they wanted answered.
A group of frustrated community members walked out of the meeting mid way through.
State Representative Terry Alexander addressed concerns about the consolidation, he said the district has been down this road multiple times.
"The people of Timmonsville have been down this road before. This is not the first time we have talked about consolidation, this is not the first time they've run out of money. And I feel for the community. I feel for the community, every three to four years we do this. Every three to four years that I can remember, we're at this point," said Rep. Alexander. "They say okay give us some more money, we give them a little bit of money for a little while and then we run out. The state come back in and three or four years later, give us some more money. You know what I mean? There's no continuity there, it's not good for the kids."
Spearman reiterated that Johnson Middle School and Timmonsville High School will close when the consolidation happens. She said there are no plans to sell the buildings, but she said there is a chance in the future that students could be back in those facilities if Florence continues on its current growth path.
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Middle and high school students have been given the option on where they want to attend school next year in the Florence One district. Spearman said plans and school bus routes are being planned.
Officials said Brockington Elementary will be converted to a magnet school for the arts and will feed into Florence One middle and high schools.
The South Carolina Department of Education declared a state of emergency for the Florence Four School District in 2018, at the time the district faced a $100,000 deficit.
In February the Florence Four School Board filed a lawsuit against the state to stop the consolidation.
The merger is scheduled to go into effect June 30, 2022.
FLORENCE, S.C. – More than 14% of South Carolina’s nearly 3.4 million registered voters already have cast their ballots for the 2022 general election.Approximately 500,000 South Carolina registered voters went to the poll during the state’s 12-day early voting period, which ended Saturday. More than 50,000 registered voters had turned in their absentee ballots.The South Carolina General Assembly created the 12-day early voting window earlier this year. Gov. Henry McMaster signed the early-voting legislation in...
FLORENCE, S.C. – More than 14% of South Carolina’s nearly 3.4 million registered voters already have cast their ballots for the 2022 general election.
Approximately 500,000 South Carolina registered voters went to the poll during the state’s 12-day early voting period, which ended Saturday. More than 50,000 registered voters had turned in their absentee ballots.
The South Carolina General Assembly created the 12-day early voting window earlier this year. Gov. Henry McMaster signed the early-voting legislation into law in May. Early voting was used in the June primaries. November 8 is the first time early voting has been used in a general election.
Tuesday polling places will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. for the rest of the state’s registered voters to vote in the mid-term general election. Federal, state, county, municipal and school board races will be in the ballot.
City of Florence voters also will be deciding whether retailers will be able to sell beer and wine on Sundays.
Two questions on the ballot would amend the state constitution to require legislators to increase the amount of money put in the state’s rainy-day fund from 5% of the state’s annual revenues to $7%. The second question requires legislators to increase the amount of money put into the capital expense reserves fund. The amount would be changed from 2% of the state’s annual revenues to 3%.
Florence County’s registered voters took advantage of the early voting period. Florence County had established early voting sites in Florence, Lake City, Timmonsville and Johnsonville, Florence County Voter Registration and Election Board Director Julian Young said.
“We have had record numbers on early voting,” Young said. “We have been having over a thousand voters a day it seems like all the way through this period. … We are pleased with the turnout.”
Florence County has 82,912 registered voters, according to the latest numbers available from the South Carolina Election Commission’s website – scvotes.gov. There are 63 voting precincts in the county.
The Florence County Voter Registration and Election Board is prepared for election day on Tuesday, he said.
Polling places will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Young said. Anyone in line at 7 p.m. will be allowed to vote.
“All precincts will be open. Check your voter registration card; your precinct number will be on there. It will show you where to vote, too.”
Registered voters also can check their registration, review a sample ballot and find their polling place at scvotes.gov.
Registered voters will need to take a photo ID to cast their ballot.
Accepted photo IDs are a South Carolina driver’s license, South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles ID Card, South Carolina Voter Registration Card with photo, federal military ID and a United States passport.
“At each one of our polls, we have a full staff. They are fully equipped with their certification. They will be working to make sure everything is safe, secure and impartial. We have the voting machines ready to go,” Young said.
Young encouraged registered voters who didn’t vote early to go to the polls on Tuesday.
“We want you to come vote. We are excited that people are turning out so well,” he said.