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5 Tips for Buying & Moving Into a Mobile Home

Please welcome our guest Kenny Soto from a great site called My Move. They have so many great posts for any homeowner and lots of handy tools. If you’re about to make a big move or just want to learn some new things, you’re gonna want to visit MyMove.com. Here’s their top 5 tips for anyone about to move into a mobile home:
Are you considering moving to a mobile home? Young families are choosing mobile homes as “starter” home while many seniors are choosing to retire into mobile homes after their children are out of the house. These homes offer all of the comforts of home at a fraction of the cost of a traditional house. If you are considering the purchase of a mobile home enjoy these 5 tips for moving into a mobile home.

Shop Around

Many first time mobile home buyers think that a mobile home is just a trailer. They are cheap and you get what you pay for. This could not be further from the truth. Just as traditional homes come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and levels of luxury, there is a wide range of mobile styles on the market. Before making a purchase do your research and figure out exactly what will work best for you and your family. The first decision you will have to make is whether you want a single or multi-section home. Both have their advantages and disadvantages. Search online for dealers in your area to learn more.

Decide Where You Want to Live

When buying a mobile home you also have to consider where you want to put it. You have three options to choose from. You can buy a lot, rent a lot or become part of a mobile home park or community. If you plan on buying a lot, remember to factor in the startup cost of setting up a septic system, well, electrical connections, etc. If you rent these costs may be covered by your monthly rent, but remember to factor possible rent increases into your home’s budget.

Get Insured

Make sure that your home is protected beyond the manufacturer’s warranty by investing in mobile home insurance. The three major categories of home protection to look out for are
  • Coverage of water, fire and wind damage
  • Liability for personal injury
  • Theft of your belongings
While mobile home insurance coverage is similar to standard household insurance, it is usually more expensive. Beware of real estate agents who offer to sell you insurance as part of a package. You will rarely be getting the best deal.

Donate and Recycle

When moving to a mobile home you will have to rid yourself of a lot of the clutter that fills your current home. Remember that you won’t have an attic or a basement where you can hide all of that old furniture and closet space will be limited.  Before you move to your mobile home take all of that clutter and donate as much as you can to local charities. By donating old clothing and furniture you will not only be able to clear out space, you will also be helping less fortunate members of your community. You may even be able to save money on next year’s taxes.

Personalize Your New Home

Many first time mobile home buyers think that a mobile home is “one size fits all” and there isn’t much that you can do to make it feel like home. The reality is very different. There is no reason that you can’t personalize your new home inside and out. Do you have a garden at your current location? There is no reason that you shouldn’t plant a garden around your new home. Your mobile home is more than just a trailer. It may be your home for the next few months, years or even the rest of your life. Make it feel that way.
Author Bio: Kenny Soto is a blogger at MyMove.com. For more tips on mobile homes, buying home insurance or choosing a neighborhood visit My Move today.
Crystal
Crystal Adkins created Mobile Home Living in 2011 after buying a 1978 single wide and searching online for mobile home remodeling ideas but finding very little. Today, it's the most popular resource in America for mobile home information and inspiration and has been visited over 40 million times.

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