A Basic Guide to Mobile Homes

There's nothing more exciting than the purchase of a new home. Because the purchase of a mobile home, as well as a modular home, is a major one it's essential that consumers spend time educating themselves regarding every facet of their buying decision.

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When attempting to make the best possible deal, you can arm yourself with education and negotiation skills. These tools will help you avoid potential pitfalls and prevent you from second-guessing your decision following the purchase.

When you know what you want in a home, this will help make the buying process that much smoother. Begin by doing preliminary research, including which mobile home manufacturers build the highest quality homes. Look at floor plans, make a list of features you can't live without, and think about potential upgrades. Make sure that, when you’re looking at the prices of the mobile homes, the pricing aligns with your expectations. For example, if you want high-quality flooring and trim, then the price of the home will be higher.

Types of Mobile Homes

Mobile homes have come a long way since the old "trailer park" verities we used to see years ago. Now, they're high-quality homes with long-lasting finishes, appliances, and features. They come in three verities including single wide, double wide, and triple wide.

  • Single wide: the smallest of the three verities, this is the most popular choice for those who are looking for a starter home. You can find these measuring in at 600 by 1,300 square feet and incredibly affordable.
  • Double wide: two structures come together to create this home and, when done so by a professional team, it results in a high-quality living space. They typically measure at twenty feet wide by ninety feet long.
  • Triple wide: even though this home is called a "triple," it could be constructed with up to five parts and a minimum of three. Once they're put together, they have the appearance of a traditional home.

Differences Between Mobile and Modular Homes

Many people believe a mobile home and modular home are the same things. While they do have similarities, this is not the case. A mobile home is brought on to the homeowner’s site and set up. Like a mobile home, a modular home is also brought to a homeowner’s site and goes through a setup process. However, it’s interior goes through a finishing process that includes sheet rocking, carpeting upgrades, and the option of placing the home on a foundation. Those who purchase a modular home also have access to other finishes, cabinetry, and fixtures that aren’t available in mobile homes.

Costs for Purchasing and Setting up a Mobile Home

Your new mobile home's width, as well as the distance it must travel, will determine the cost of moving. Under most circumstances, these costs could range between $2,000 and 5,000 if the mobile home is being transported fewer than 100 miles. Some homeowners have experienced costs as little as $1,000 to move their mobile home, though. Site setup includes placement of the home, strapping it down, hooking up plumbing, and hooking up electricity.

An additional set up fee is also charged by the mobile home movers once it reaches its new location. These fees could range anywhere from $1,000 and $5,000. Under some circumstances, double-wide mobile home owners have come into costs exceeding $5,000 for moving and setting up their new home. Therefore, it may be wise to negotiate the price to help make it more affordable.

Final Thoughts

When thinking about buying a mobile home or modular home, there are many things to take into consideration. The first thing, of course, is budget. The next is how large of a family you’re going to accommodate. If this is a starter home and you have a small family, then it may be a good idea to begin with a single wide or a modest double wide. There are many excellent options featuring beautiful upgrades on the market today.

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