What to Look for When Buying a Mobile Home

Purchasing a mobile home can be an excellent move for those who are interested in buying an inexpensive cheap home that is easy to maintain. Despite the reputation that used mobile homes have garnered in some areas, these homes can be quite attractive and well-put together. In fact, some of today’s mobile homes are difficult to differentiate from stick built homes. Still, whether considering a place in Tampa Bay or other areas, in order to ensure you are happy with your purchase there are a few areas that you need to pay particularly close attention to when searching for a mobile home.

The Crawl Space

When viewing a mobile home, the crawl space is one area that you should be sure to check out. While many people do not care for going into the crawl space, this part of the home can provide you with valuable information regarding the overall condition of the home. When checking the crawl space, keep an eye out for rot, mildew, rust and other similar problems. While there, you should also check on the electrical work, as well as the ductwork and plumbing.

Heating and Air

Heating and air conditioning units can bring a unique set of concerns with mobile homes. First, you need to make sure there is adequate combustion air for a gas or oil furnace. The furnaces found in most mobile homes are the down-flow style, so you will want to be sure there is plenty of air flow at the underside. Furthermore, you should check to make sure the home has adequate ductwork. Outdoor tanks are also subject to condensation and rust, so be sure to check them thoroughly to ensure they are in good condition. Keep in mind that the bottoms are at a particularly high risk for rust.

Water and Sewage

If you are purchasing a home within a mobile home park, your water and sewage may be private or communal rather than municipal. Be sure to find out how your water and sewage is managed as well as who is responsible for maintenance and repairs. If your water and sewage is private, be sure to get it inspected before you make a purchase.

Owner Add-Ons

Many mobile home owners choose to add porches, additions and other extras to their homes. While these little extras may be nice, some do not have the proper knowledge to create these items correctly. For example, they may have failed to provide adequate ventilation underneath, they may have used unorthodox framing methods, they may have used substandard roof-to-wall flashings or any number of other problems. For these reasons, it is in your best interest to have the home inspected by a professional in order to be completely sure about the mobile home you are buying.

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$54,900
Neighborhood: Sunny Acres Owners Assn Inc Co-Op
2
Beds
1
Baths
552
Sq.Ft.
1961
Year Built
39
Days on Site
U8168508
MLS
HARD TO FIND A 2-BEDROOM HOME WITH "NO LAND-LEASE" FOR UNDER $60K THESE DAYS, BUT YOU FOUND ONE!! AND, THE MONTHLY HOA FEE IS ONLY $140!! THIS IS A 55+ COMMUNITY AND COMES WITH THE LAND SHARE. ROOMY...
$59,900
Neighborhood: El Rey Mobile Home Park Unrec
1
Beds
1
Baths
432
Sq.Ft.
1970
Year Built
7
Days on Site
U8172571
MLS
Affordable living in Florida with this low lot rent co-op share home where you can live for only $134 per month that includes; water, sewer, lawn, garbage and a pool! This cozy 1 bedroom 1 full bath...
$60,000
Neighborhood: Florida Trailer Estates Add
2
Beds
1
Baths
500
Sq.Ft.
1955
Year Built
40
Days on Site
O6005893
MLS
Investor ONLY as it is already being occupied by a tenant. You own the lot! HOA $10 a month. This charmer has - 2 Bedrooms, 1 Bathroom and Shed - Spacious Living Room with open floor plan - Nice...
$61,900
Neighborhood: Lake Betmar Estates
1
Beds
1
Baths
648
Sq.Ft.
1974
Year Built
148
Days on Site
T3361241
MLS
Are you looking for a project or for a location to place a new home? If so, this property may be just what you've been looking for.
1 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom, + add on workshop, golf cart parking...
$69,000
Neighborhood: Cotee River Mobile Home Coop
2
Beds
1
Baths
480
Sq.Ft.
1959
Year Built
59
Days on Site
U8166004
MLS
Owner says "Bring All Offers" This cutie pie is fully firnished and ready to move in. The home is all electric with central Heat and air conditioning. Ceramic tile flooring throughout, with complete...
$69,900
Neighborhood: Green Hills Estates
1
Beds
1
Baths
798
Sq.Ft.
1964
Year Built
11
Days on Site
T3375198
MLS
Green Hills Estates reasonable priced, move in ready manufactured home. OWN THE LAND. Fully furnished and located directly next to the shuffle board courts and the clubhouse. Shuffle, participate in...
$70,000
Neighborhood: Florida Trailer Estates
2
Beds
2
Baths
592
Sq.Ft.
1968
Year Built
42
Days on Site
O6015013
MLS
You own the lot! HOA $10 a month. This charmer has 2 Bedrooms, 2 Bathroom and Shed Spacious Living Room with open floor plan Nice Kitchen Separate Washer/Dryer Shed City Water Appliances:...
$74,900
Neighborhood: Countryside Estates Mobile Home Park Unrec
1
Beds
1
Baths
480
Sq.Ft.
1969
Year Built
178
Days on Site
U8151899
MLS
***BACK ON THE MARKET***. LOOKING FOR A MOBILE HOME CLOSE TO EVERYTHING AND WITH A LOW MONTHLY FEE? THEN THIS IS IT!! YOU OWN THE LAND SHARE AND YOUR MONTHLY FEE IS ONLY $100! HARD TO BEAT!! JUST...
$76,900
Neighborhood: Clearwater Cascade M/H Park Unrec
2
Beds
1
Baths
552
Sq.Ft.
1973
Year Built
76
Days on Site
U8164212
MLS
This is a very well maintained two-bedroom, one bath home located in the 55+ resident owned community of Clearwater Cascade Mobile Home Park. The $79,900 list price includes the share price. The...
$87,000
Neighborhood: Green Hills Estates
1
Beds
1
Baths
564
Sq.Ft.
1963
Year Built
94
Days on Site
T3372133
MLS
YOUR WINTER HOME! Looking for that perfect winter getaway? You will love this cute 1-bedroom 1 bath home in this cozy mobile home park in the heart of Zephyrhills. Parking in your attached garage...
$94,900
Neighborhood: Spanish Trails Village
2
Beds
2
Baths
984
Sq.Ft.
1980
Year Built
234
Days on Site
T3346406
MLS
OWN THE LAND! This well maintained home is in popular SPANISH TRAILS VILLAGE! This 55+ Gated Park is centrally located close to shopping, restaurants, and medical facilities. The active park offers...
$95,000
Neighborhood: Fountanview Estate
2
Beds
2
Baths
1,000
Sq.Ft.
1982
Year Built
29
Days on Site
T3387910
MLS
Make yourself at home in this sun-filled renovated 2 bed /2 bath manufactured home featuring a modern updated kitchen with stainless steel appliances, and laminate flooring throughout. Enjoyed some...

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