Mobile Home Renovation or Replacement? What makes the most
Many Mobile Homes were installed in the 1970's and
are nearing their life span. Most owners will consider the
important question: is Mobile Home Renovation better or
is Replacement the right choice?
Video on MH Repair vs. Replace
Many factors must be considered when deciding which option is better.
Why are you considering this renovation or
Condition of the existing unit (how much work
would be needed to bring it up to "new" standards and does the current
floor plan work)
Budget for Mobile Home renovation or
Size of lot
Current Park requirements
Housing market for new and used Mobile
Let's address these one-by-one - but first
95% of the time a new Mobile Home
installed will be worth much more than an older, renovated Mobile Home
Ok, why are you considering the Mobile Home
renovation or replacement?
Perhaps you are going to sell and you want to get the biggest bang for
your buck? Maybe you want to live in the home and enjoy the
home for many more years?
If you are going to sell right away your first choice should be to
replace the Mobile Home. You will be able to ask a higher
price and get it sold quicker.
If you are to live in the home, then either option may be just fine for
you. You will have to consider more factors, like your
current floor plan - does it suit your needs? Are there
enough bedrooms and bathrooms?
What is the condition of the current Mobile Home?
Perhaps the current home has been kept in very good condition?
Maybe is is falling apart? Maybe the current home
is too small or lacks a good floor plan?
If the current home has good "bones" and is in good shape (have the
chassis and foundation inspected) then a Mobile Home renovation could
be a good option.
If there are any major problems with current home then a new
Manufactured Home is the better option.
A Mobile Home that needed to
What is your budget for the project?
Are you doing any of the work your self?
Are you in construction or would you need to hire some one
for all of the work?
If you are handy with a hammer, then a Mobile Home
might work well for you. The ability to do your own work will
pay off, but don't expect very high returns for your efforts.
However, if you would need to hire a contractor to
do all the work, it is almost guarenteed to be better to replace the
home with a new one. The bang for your buck goes way farther.
The new replacement home
What financing options do you have?
Would you need to finance some of the work or all of it?
Typically, there are more options for
replacement financing than home improvement cash out - make sure to
check this before deciding.
What is the size of the lot?
If the current home is on a small lot, and only will fit a similar
sized home, this could be a reason to do a Mobile Home renovation on
the current unit.
Have a qualified person come out and measure your lot.
If the current home is on a normal to large sized lot, then chances are
that a replacement will be better. Why? New
Manufactured Homes are usually larger than the older homes they replace
- lot size is critical in planning for a new home. You MUST have a
qualified person measure the lot and the Park sign off before
proceeding. See our Dealer
recommendation for a good person to work with, and also see
the Mobile Home Repair page for
qualified people to call.
What are the current Park requirements for
renovation and replacement?
You will need to clear it with the Park either way, so checking with
them might shed some light on which will be better, renovation or
In some instances the Park will require a new home to conform to a
certain look, like having a brick or stone facade. These
requirements might be costly and should be considered before deciding.
In other instances the Park might require that all new homes be of a
certain sized smaller than what is there currently - with the current
home being "grandfathered" in. It will pay to check early on
in the process.
Lastly, what is the current housing market like
for Mobile Homes in
You may see that a new Mobile Home will fetch a higher price than an
older home in the same park - this is typical.
However, there are some areas that simply do not command a high enough
price for any home to justify a new replacement to be done.
For instance, in some parts of Los Angeles, a new replacement
home will not sell for any more than it costs to haul away an old one,
build and install a new one, and closing costs and commissions.
Most important to remember
A few things that should be kept in mind while
going through this process:
A new Mobile
Home is going to be worth more than a complete renovation 95% of the
Do your homework
- ask questions, get qualifed inspections done, check with the Park.
By Will Cunningham
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