Sometimes, things just work out. It’s as if the world knew what you needed and all the right things lined up to make it happen. I say that about our mobile home and this blog. Annie could probably say that about her new home, too. She turned a free mobile home into a cute little place to call her own.
One Man’s Trash is Another Man’s Treasure
Like many of us, Annie, who lives in Orange County, California, was tired of sharing apartments and homes with roommates who never seemed to work out. But she never seemed to be financially ready to move out on her own. That all changed when her boss jokingly offered her his father-in-law’s old “junker” mobile home in a 55+ mobile home community. His father-in-law was transitioning into other senior options and no one knew what to do with the home.
Annie jumped at the chance!
Vintage Is In
Annie’s new free mobile home was 100% original. A paintbrush had never touched the home. When Annie saw the original state of the home she knew it needed to stay in all its vintage glory. The home has all the original kitchen appliances and bathroom sink and countertops!
There were some things that needed to be addressed. She replaced the carpet, added new doors, and did a few small repairs along the way. Also, a fresh coat of paint was added to brighten up the space.
Before and after Annie’s updates:
I love the fact that Annie left the end wall unpainted in her kitchen and dining area. It gives warmth to the space and is a perfect nod to the free mobile home’s vintage roots.
Home Sweet Free Mobile Home
Annie wanted to make the most out of her free mobile home but she couldn’t quite decide on an overall home style, she likes them all. She solved the problem by giving each room a different theme.
The master bedroom before and after Annie’s makeover:
The guest bedroom was given a cool jungle theme:
Annie furnished all the rooms with antiques she already had as well as thrift store/flea market finds. The living room before:
Annie painted all the walls in the living room and hallway and installed new carpet:
Annie was able to keep the home with all its original style and character and still make it her own for less than $8,000. She loves her home and has been there for around 3 years now. The location in the park is perfect and has a mixture of both vintage and newer mobile homes.
Annie is now roommate-free and happily living a more affordable life in her new home. I guess the moral of the story is to be open to all options in your life, one person’s trash really can be another’s treasure!
Thank you, Annie, for sharing your story! It’s an inspiring tale that proves even free mobile homes have potential.
A Few Notes about Free Mobile Homes
There are many listings online for free mobile homes. Just be sure to do your research. Each situation is different. You’ll need to make sure the integrity of the mobile home is strong and no leaks have damaged the home. Sometimes the sellers are willing to give you the home as long as you move it off their property. In situations like that, you need to be especially careful as a lot of states don’t allow mobile homes over a certain age or condition to be transported.
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