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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$40,000
Neighborhood: Wilders Mobile Home Park Unrec
1
Beds
1
Baths
330
Sq.Ft.
1962
Year Built
89
Days on Site
U8156680
MLS
Enjoy Florida living on a budget.Homeowners association fee is an incredibly low $80 per month. Can be Homesteaded. This updated home is located in 55+ age restricted Wilder's Mobile Home Park in a...
$40,000
Neighborhood: Tropical Park
2
Beds
1F11/2
Baths
672
Sq.Ft.
1973
Year Built
3
Days on Site
T3384271
MLS
Fixer-Upper 2 Bedroom, 1.5 Bath mobile home located in the 55+ mobile home community of Tropical Park. Home is in need of repairs but was completely remodeled in 2005 and with a little work can be...
$59,995
Neighborhood: Valleydale Acres
1
Beds
1F11/2
Baths
672
Sq.Ft.
1972
Year Built
19
Days on Site
T3380067
MLS
Comes furnished, HOA is optional for $10 per month to access the pool and clubhouse. New kitchen cabinets, new countertops, with new laminate flooring. Former 2nd bedroom was turned into a walk-in...
$61,900
Neighborhood: Lake Betmar Estates
1
Beds
1
Baths
648
Sq.Ft.
1974
Year Built
106
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...
$67,500
Neighborhood: American Condo Parks
1
Beds
1
Baths
552
Sq.Ft.
1987
Year Built
43
Days on Site
T3374224
MLS
American Condominium Park is a gated community with heated pool, clubhouse, exercise room, sauna, hot tub, tennis court, horse shoe pits, shuffle board, and many more amenities. A friendly active...
$69,900
Neighborhood: Green Hills Estates
1
Beds
1
Baths
798
Sq.Ft.
1964
Year Built
38
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...
$69,900
Neighborhood: Cotee River Mobile Home Coop
1
Beds
1
Baths
651
Sq.Ft.
1970
Year Built
38
Days on Site
U8163500
MLS
Don't miss this one!!!!! You can see and feel that this home has been loved and truly cared for throughout the years. Updated 1 bedroom 1 bathroom mobile home with peaceful air conditioned sitting...
$69,900
Neighborhood: Florida Trailer Estates
2
Beds
2
Baths
600
Sq.Ft.
1969
Year Built
5
Days on Site
T3383630
MLS
Affordable 2 bed 2 bath winter/full-time or rental property! HOA is low 120/year. New Roof, updated bathrooms, Pets allowed and conveniently located to everything
$74,900
Neighborhood: Countryside Estates Mobile Home Park Unrec
1
Beds
1
Baths
480
Sq.Ft.
1969
Year Built
136
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
34
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...
$79,000
Neighborhood: Cotee River Mobile Home Coop
2
Beds
1
Baths
480
Sq.Ft.
1959
Year Built
17
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...
$79,000
Neighborhood: South Gate Mobile Home Park Unrec
3
Beds
1F11/2
Baths
800
Sq.Ft.
1957
Year Built
8
Days on Site
U8167498
MLS
Welcome Home! If you are looking for affordable housing, in a great community, then you can stop looking. It is time to secure your SEASONAL HOME! South Gate Mobile Home Park is a 55 Plus Co-Op is a...

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