10 Smart Manufactured Home Remodeling Projects

Manufactured home remodels and repairs should do two things: improve the home and increase its equity as much as possible.

Knowing the cost versus value of a project can help you chose the projects that can make both happen.

The January 2015 issue of Remodeling Magazine delivered a fine analysis on the country’s average ROI data for 2014. We used their report to determine our own picks for best manufactured home remodeling projects that can increase your home’s value.

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Projects rarely provide 100% return on investment, the national ROI for combined remodeling projects was only 62.5% so its important to understand which projects will help you get the most bang for your buck.

Related: 10 Smart Moves to Get Top Value 

The current housing trend seems to be turning toward smaller, more practical projects. The ‘less-is-more trend’ may be settling in for the long haul – ROI dropped for two-story additions by 10.7%, both master bedroom suites and high-end kitchen remodels decreased 8.6%.

Remodeling became more expensive throughout 2014 and that trend looks to continue this year. The price for hiring a professional to do your remodel increased 4.22% from the 2014 Cost vs. Value report.

If you plan on remodeling, do it sooner than later.

10 Remodeling Projects that Can Increase Your Home’s Value

Doors and Windows

Doors and windows are practical manufactured home updates that will benefit a home is numerous ways – lower heating and cooling costs, increased function, and aesthetics.

Steel door replacements are in the #1 position for best roi because you get back every dime you spend, and then some. It’s average return on investment is 101.8%.

Vinyl Siding

Vinyl siding instantly updates the look of a home and can lower heating and cooling costs significantly, especially when replacing older siding. Vinyl has an 80.7% roi, fiber-cement siding clocks in at 84%.

Related: Read our mobile home siding guide here. 

new vinyl siding and skirting on a single wide manufactured home - roi remodeling projects


Installing a roof-over or replacing the shingles of your manufactured home is a great way to increase return on investment, especially if the home is older.

Remodeling Magazine states that the price of three-tab shingles starts around $23 per bundle and goes up to $60 for the architectural style. A return on investment of 71.6% is projected.

Stone Veneer

stone veneer example for best roi remodeling project

We are crazy about stone veneer!

Adding veneer to your manufactured home’s exterior is a great project that ranks second among all projects with a cost-value return of 92.2%, behind the steel door replacement.

Stone adds depth and dimension, a plus for any home. Use it as an accent to highlight your home’s best features.

Kitchen Remodels

Extravagance is losing favor so kitchen remodels should stay simple and functional. Styles should be neutral so that it appeals to most. Refrain from overly expensive appliances and materials. Minor kitchen remodels returns 79.3%.

Related: Kitchen or Bathroom Remodeling?

Bathroom Update

Bathrooms are similar to kitchen remodeling projects – you have to stick to neutral, crowd pleasing updates to get the biggest return on investment.

Simple bathroom remodels get a 70% return on investment.


Adding a deck or covered porch to your manufactured home increases living space and that is a valuable commodity for smaller homes.

Interest.com states that a 16×20 foot wooden deck can cost upwards of $9,500 and adds $8,300 in value, 87.4% of the cost, according to the Remodeling Magazine survey.


New skirting and foundations under your manufactured home can lower heating costs and add appeal. Using brick or stone veneer can reap high rewards in aesthetics and resale value but simple vinyl skirting can be just as effective.

Read our mobile home skirting guide here. 

faux brick skirting update on manufactured home - good roi


Additions don’t have to be large to make a large impact, a small mudroom or enclosed entryway can add form and function.

The national roi hovers between 47-54% for bathroom, bedroom, and family room additions. These projects are better suited for those needing to increase living space more than equity.

Related: Read about building mobile home additions here. 


You can spend alittle or a lot on flooring. For manufactured homes its best to stay in the medium and under range to get the best value. Don’t remodel yourself out of your biggest target market.

Related: Read how to replace your mobile home flooring here. 

Financial Gains Aren’t Everything

While adding monetary value is an important aspect of remodeling, don’t forget the value it adds to you and your family.

Additional living area, added function, and beautiful spaces are what creates a wonderful home! If the project increases your family’s comfort it should be considered a successful, worthwhile endeavor.

Thank you so much for reading Mobile and Manufactured Home Living!

Images: The home above belongs to Josie A. Grimaldi, a reader of MHL that recently had new skirting installed. Thanks for sharing your beautiful home Josie – can’t wait to see more!

  1. It is important to know that adding monetary value is an important aspect of remodeling, don’t forget the value it adds to you and your family. An It is true that if the project increases your family’s comfort it should be considered a successful, worthwhile endeavor.

  2. Judith says

    Hi Crystal
    I live in a caravan park in Australia
    have been here since 2010 love the trees and some folks
    that reside here, the managers hmm.
    I have had a patio and carport added and a new kitchen which
    my son has done both and with palms and plants now call it home.
    Thanks for your site I enjoy it keep up the excellent site cheers

    1. Crystal Adkins says

      Thank you so much Judith!

      I’d love to visit Australia someday! We have lots of friends from WV that go to Australia to work in your coal mines – they all loved it and didn’t want to come home!

      I would love to see your home someday! Thanks so much for reading MHL – I appreciate you!

  3. lora says

    My sister bought the single wide (1992) & is passing it on to me. It was put on the lot after purchased, never moved. Two years ago her refrigerator leaked & caused the floor to warp & needs to be replaced.
    My question is: How much of the actual work can be done by someone who is quite handy instead of hiring to have it repaired? And what are precautions or tips needed to know before starting.

    1. Crystal Adkins says

      Hi Lora!

      I think anyone can replace mobile home sub-flooring with the right tools! I wrote an article that explains the process step-by-step that should get you started but if you have any issues or questions just let me know. Here’s the article:


      Thanks so much for reading MHL!

  4. Penne Johnson says

    Thanks Crystal for sending me this very interesting information. As the park I’m living in is closing within the year and we are all looking for replacement housing in other parks it is not going to be easy to relocate. While there is a rent controlled area in Oceanside and San Marcos here in San Diego Ca, the homes are getting more expensive due to the need for new places to move to. It is good to learn about the doors and windows as it is something to think about when looking at the sale homes.
    Also in doing fixer up type things, Kitchen and Baths another good thing to know.
    Thanks for adding me to your emails. I truly enjoyed this one and look forward to more. Penne Johnson

    1. Crystal Adkins says

      Hi Penne!

      I hate to hear that your park is closing and hope you can find another park that suits you. I’ve read a bit about the housing shortage in CA and how its impacting the prices of homes. Sorry you have to be a victim to it.

      Good luck to you! If there’s anything I can help you with just let me know and thank you for reading MHL! I appreciate you!

  5. mobilehomegurl says

    Great tips Crystal! The front door is a big issue especially the frame on some where moisture can seep in. So many times, I’ve had to remove the old wood on the door frame due to moisture issues and replace with new wood. Adding a covered deck/porch can definitely avoid this issue all together. Though it may be an added cost, having one built can save time and money in the long run!

    Good information here, thanks for sharing! :)

    1. Crystal Adkins says

      Hi Chris!

      I love all that glass work on your FLickr. That’s beautiful! I’ll email you and we’ll work together to get it featured. Thank you!

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