Finding a quality mobile home for sale may present a unique set of challenges. While manufactured housing can be just as comfortable and secure as traditional stick built housing, you may need to be a little more particular in your search to make sure you find a quality mobile home, as not all mobile homes are created equally. Compare the quality of the original build, the condition it has been kept in, and features that affect its potential resale value as key components of your search.
You will want to ensure that the home you buy was built for the climate you live in. If you live in a cold climates, make sure you are buying a mobile home that has been adequately insulated and can stand up to frigid temperatures. You will also want to make sure that doors and windows seal properly to keep out wind and moisture, and that the home has adequate insulation and vapor barrier below the floor as well, as when he mobile home is seated there is a gap of about three feet between the ground and the bottom of the house and a great deal of cold air can come up through the floor.
There are certain specific items which can determine the condition the home has been kept in. Look for signs of water damage or leaking anywhere around the roof line, and also under sinks and around the tub and toilet. Look for signs of mold or mildew in cabinets, closets, and the bathroom ceilings. While miles mildew is easily cleanable, mold could be much more serious and requires trained professionals to remove it adequately. Check light switches and outlets to make sure the electrical system is in good condition. Walk around and listen for squeaks in the floor. Some squeaks could mean something as simple as tightening aboard down with a screw, while others could mean floorboards or subfloor is rotten and needs to be replaced.
If you are considering buying a used mobile home for sale, you may want to do a little research on the different makes and years just as you would a car to discover which ones have the best reviews and retain their value longer. A mobile home does not appreciate, but rather loses value over time the same as an automobile, so get the highest quality for your money, and doing a few updates and repairs to up the retail value.
And don’t write off an older home without seeing it first. Many others have followed the former advice and refurbished homes adding years of value to them with such changes as new windows and doors, new plumbing fixtures in the bathrooms, and even something as inexpensive as new lighting fixtures and new doorknobs throughout can make a big difference in the perceived value of the home. Following these tips will help assure that you are getting the biggest bang for your buck when you buy a mobile home for sale.