Things to Look For When Buying a Trailer Home

If you’d like to relocate, or need to due to job or finances, why not consider buying a mobile home for your first home?


How do you find one?

The same way you find a house, of course. Look through your newspaper, visit a dealership online or in person, or ask a real estate agent.

You have a few options when it comes to buying a mobile home. You can buy a brand new one, buy one from an owner wishing to sell, or buy a used one to put on a piece of land.

You may already have the land, or you may have to rent it or borrow the money for it right along with the mobile home.

A mobile home is just as comfortable and nice as a house. You can go small scale with one bedroom, or go large with a 4-bedroom double-wide. Some are plain, while others are quite pretty and unique. You can find the basic ones with no fancy extras, or you can find some with a fireplace, dishwasher, built-in microwave, walk-in closets, skylight, garden tub, dining room, computer nook, etc.

It’s actually fun to go mobile home shopping.


Take a camera along to get pics of your favorite ones, then you can examine them later to decide which one you like the best.

If you’re into remodeling, then the kitchen is the ideal place to start. This is where a lot of families spend most of their time. If you think it’s time to throw out the old kitchen appliances for something more modern,  find a site like this that can help you with range tops by offering comparisons, reviews, and buying tips.

Floor plans for mobile homes vary considerably. A 3-bedroom trailer can have a variety of layouts.

Between 9 and 10 million Americans live in mobile homes today.

Don’t go for the cheapest. It may sound economical, but an older, cheaper mobile home will cost you extra money to fix. Unless, of course, your goal is to flip it for a profit. In that case, a mobile home is a very good investment.

Make sure the mobile home you have your eye on can pass building codes.

If buying a used mobile home, examine the floors and ceilings for leaks, sags, and unevenness. Check around the windows for signs of rot and extreme weathering.

Check the ventilation and pipes underneath the trailer. Have someone who knows plumbing and electric to go with you and have a look as well. A trailer has to pass certain codes and inspections to qualify for a loan, just like a house. There may even be more restrictions with a mobile home than a house.