• Dimitri Petit-Frere

HOW TO LIVE IN A MOBILE HOME PERMANENTLY

Mobile homes, as you probably know, aren’t always mobile. They can also be very expensive to move. Mobile homes can be considered permanent housing, so they are often referred to as temporary housing. However, this doesn’t necessarily mean that you will not enjoy living there permanently. These are four important things to consider when choosing your next home.

  1. The quality of the home

  2. The foundation beneath your mobile home

  3. Your mobile home community or location

  4. The ability to remodel or add on to your home.

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QUALITY

Mobile homes can be described as both manufactured and mobile homes. However, there is a big difference between them. A “mobile home” constructed after June 15, 1976, is considered a manufactured home.

Although the terms can be used interchangeably, it is essential to know the differences if you are looking for a permanent residence. For example, a manufactured home is more secure than a preHUD-code mobile home because of its safety standards.

Each home manufactured by a manufacturer is subject to several inspections. The type of materials used will vary depending on the manufacturer and how much the home is worth. It is always a good idea to check the quality of the materials to ensure they will last.

BUILDING A FOUNDATION

Building a foundation is a must if you plan to buy a manufactured home. A foundation will enhance your home’s safety, permanence, and future worth. You will need to choose a long-lasting foundation, depending on your needs and the building codes in your region.

You can choose from many different types of foundations, but don’t be overwhelmed by the sheer number of choices. For more information about foundation types and how they are constructed, click here. Before you begin building your foundation, make sure to verify the building codes!

LOCATION IS IMPORTANT

It doesn’t matter what type of housing you choose; it is essential to consider where you live. Mobile homes offer many options. You can build your home on the land you already own. You also have the opportunity to live in a mobile home park. You’ll have access to all the amenities, but you will also live close to your neighbors. You must consider the lifestyles of your neighbors.

You can take your time. Before you settle into a community, set your expectations. What is acceptable behavior? Before you decide whether living in a mobile home park is right for you, it’s a good idea. You don’t want your mobile home to move too quickly.

ADDITIONS

A mobile home will need to be there for you throughout your life. Many mobile homeowners enjoy DIY and the chance to grow their homes. It is a good idea to check to see if any additions are permitted in your area. You won’t be able to add to your mobile home park, and they may not allow you to do certain kinds of projects. You will need to verify with the local building department that your mobile home is on land you already own before starting any permanent renovations.

All rooms that you add to your home must comply with the HUD standards. Let’s take, for example, a bedroom you wish to add to your mobile home. You violate the code if the bedroom has a lockable door that separates the bedroom from the original home’s HUD-mandated exit point. As a result, the room is now considered to be a bedroom.

If you decide to sell your home, it can reduce its value. You can find more valuable tips in this article about mobile home additions.

Are you ready to make a decision?

It’s essential to do thorough research and plan carefully to make a permanent move from your home. There is so much to discover, and our blog can help you. Learn about the advantages of mobile home living, how you can organize your mobile home, and tips for buying. You are just waiting for your next adventure!

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