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Mobile homes are having a tough life. They are stereotyped, misunderstood, judged, and always labeled negatively. The mobile home stereotype is one of the most prominent stereotypes in the US. When someone calls a mobile home “trailer trash”, they are essentially judging 2 million homes and more than 17 million people based on the actions of only a few.
Lies about mobile homes are abundant, and they contribute to the negative stereotype that surrounds them.
One of the common misperceptions is that mobile homes are inherently unsafe and prone to disasters such as fires or floods. However, this couldn’t be further from the truth. In fact, modern mobile homes are built with high-quality materials and must adhere to strict safety standards set by federal laws.
Another myth is that mobile homes depreciate quickly in value, making them a poor investment choice. Again, this notion is inaccurate since many factors affect a home’s appreciation or depreciation rate, including location, upkeep, and market demand.
Lastly, there’s a belief that living in a mobile home means sacrificing comfort and style for affordability. While it’s true that some older models may have limited design options or amenities compared to traditional houses, contemporary manufactured homes offer customizable floor plans with features like energy-efficient appliances and luxury finishes.
It’s time we debunk these lies about mobile homes so people can see their true value- affordable housing solutions without compromising quality or comfort.
These negativities surrounding mobile homes and manufactured homes are not just misunderstandings, they are outright lies. People are spreading it either intentionally or not based on personal reasons. Jealousy sometimes can be a big reason too.
The reason why these lies and stereotypes are never dying is because of some people who are mentioning these lies – journalists and other online platforms like blogs.As as long they make money out of their controversial content, they don’t care.
Let’s go ahead and dispel these three biggest lies that we hear all the time!
You ready, y’all?!
Lie Number One:
Mobile Homes Are Not Real Homes.
I hear this one all the time from folks who are not familiar with what mobile homes are and what they are not. Mobile homes that were built after 1976 have been held to strict building standards by the government agency HUD, just like that of stick and brick houses. This means that no home being built after June of 1976 can be approved for sale without the stamp of approval from HUD.
In my opinion, this puts mobile homes in the same category as regular stick and brick homes, right out of the shoe.
This is understandable though as some people who are not familiar with mobile homes may think of RVs and Caravans which are in totally different categories. Although these are called mobile homes, they are large and can be anchored to the ground like traditional homes.
Lie Number Two:
Land Lease Communities Are Financial Rip Offs.
This one kills me!
Mobile homes on leased land require the owner of the home to pay a monthly fee each month to the park for usage of that land. This is called lot rent. Many times, lot rent covers the usage of the land, the water bill, the sewer bill, trash bill, the usage, upkeep and insurance of all the park amenities, such as the pool, and the residents’ own lawn care. These parks also do not have a CDD fee or an additional HOA payment for residents.
Now, all you negative Nancy’s out there, what do you pay each and every month both the time and money to get all that taken care of?
Lie Number Three:
Mobile Homes Fall Apart So Don’t Ever Buy One.
This one, is just plain foolish!
I have been in mobile homes that were built in the 1960s that were dropped off at the park directly from the factory and have been in much better condition than stick and brick homes built in the 2000s. Like with anything, the way to keep up with your mobile home and having it look nice for decades on end is to keep up with the routine maintenance. If you see something that is having a problem, look to get it inspected and immediately fixed, so you do not have a small problem grow into a huge disaster!
One of the most common myths is that mobile homes are weaker than site-built fixed homes. The reality is the opposite. The additional structure of the mobile home designed for moving is sturdier than that of the site-home home.
We will continue to discuss the routine lies and misunderstandings here in the mobile home space in order to help give you a better idea of what a mobile home is and what a mobile home is not.
Mobile homes are not perfect, I assure you that, but then again, what in life is?
Mobile homes are real homes. They may differ in name and construction but they are built to last like your conventional brick and concrete homes. In fact, there are some advantages to living in a mobile home compared to that in traditional homes. Depending on your lifestyle, living in a mobile home can be affordable. Living in a mobile home park can be quite enjoyable because you are surrounded by people who mostly share similar interests
If you are looking to buy a mobile home don’t listen to these lies that could sway your decision in a bad direction. We at The Mobile Home Dealer always provide expertise and knowledge and educate people like you who want to experience living in mobile homes.
This is Mark Kaiser with The Mobile Home Dealer and we help mobile home Buyers and Sellers get to a better place in life.