Mobile homes sometimes have a bad image or reputation, but the truth is, they can provide a nice, comfortable home, whether you are on a budget or not.
There are a few things to take into consideration when thinking about buying one.
One, do you have a piece of property to put it on, or are you going to rent a piece of land, buy a piece of land, or set it in a mobile home park?
Two, not all mortgage lenders work with mobile home loans, so find one that has a history of making loans for mobile homes.
If buying a new one and you have some money to spend, there are a lot of options available to you. You can go simple with a one-bedroom trailer, or go elaborate with 4 or 5 bedrooms in a double-wide one.
You can go no-frills with just basic bedroom, bath, and kitchen; or go all-out with den, kitchen island, fireplace, skylight, vaulted ceiling, etc.
If buying used, check the walls, floors, windows, and ceilings for weather damage and leaks. Is there sagging or buckling? Brown spots on the ceilings? You may have some renovation to do, so make sure you work that into your budget if buying a used trailer.
You may find one for a better deal if it’s one that is need of a minor face lift. Replacing sinks and counter tops often makes a mobile home look brand new. At http://www.pimpmysink.com/ you’ll find reviews, product descriptions, and tips on which sink is right for your mobile home.
How is the roof, undercarriage, and ventilation system? Is the duct work in good order? How is the electric and water? Is it well-insulated?
Take into consideration the cost of having it moved from the dealership or seller. If buying from a dealership, the moving and setup costs are often figured into the loan. If buying a mobile home from a private individual, you will have to hire someone to do this for you, but there are plenty of experienced people around to do this.
If you aren’t sure that a mobile home is right for you, ask those who live in one or who has lived in one before.
If you aren’t sure where to start looking, your local newspaper is a good resource. You can also go online and browse dealerships or people wanting to sell theirs.
It can be a fun adventure to go mobile home browsing. You’ll get a good idea of what you’re looking for. The variety of styles, floor plans, and decorating possibilities are one of the main attractions when it comes to buying a mobile home.
Take along a camera to snap some pictures of your favorites. This will help narrow your choices.