Mobile homes within mobile home parks around the greater Sarasota Florida area are one of the last beacons of affordable housing within the United States.
With real estate prices continuing to surge higher and higher, interest rates starting to grow, and the cost of apartment rents seeing record-breaking increases the lack of affordable housing is in a desperate situation here in the greater Sarasota area.
Owners of mobile homes oftentimes are able to have an affordable housing option where many times they own their home outright with no mortgage.
After the monthly lot rent payment and some additional utility bills, these folks are able to bring down their cost of living much further than those who are renting or buying their home at this current time.
While low-cost housing is the desired outcome for many, regardless of what time of year it is, we are here to tell you why being too frugal with your mobile home will actually cost you thousands, if not tens of thousands of dollars.
- Not Running The Air Conditioning
Many mobile homes within the greater Sarasota Florida area is lived in only a few months a year due to the owners being out-of-state residents who are using the home as a winter home. These owners are absent during the warmest months of the Sarasota summer and return in the fall and winter to get out of the cold up north.
Many of these owners do not realize the problems with not running their air conditioning year-round.
The problem that many owners will run into is that if they do not run their air conditioning on during the summer months the home will get so hot that the presence of mold may very well present itself as well as warping of the flooring system within the home.
If the home is closed up and has no air on at all throughout the summer then the owners may come back to a mold-infested soft floor home that they could have avoided if they simply had the air on throughout the months they were not present.
Not running your air conditioning unit for a year may also cause problems with your air conditioning unit because you may miss its regular maintenance
2. Not Keeping Up With Pest Services
The structure of a mobile home is wood based.
Florida has termite issues.
If the owner of the home does not keep up with their pest services then it is a reasonable expectation that the home may very well become infested with termites. Termites will embed themselves into the walls and flooring systems causing extensive damage that the owner may not notice until it is too late.
Not keeping up with the regular pest services can very well lead to thousands of dollars in damage that could have been totally avoided if the owner kept up with their pest spraying services throughout the year.
3. Not Turning Off Water When Not at Home
Mobile homes have a water shut-off at the back of the home that is easy to access both to turn on and off.
When not in the mobile home for several weeks at a time it is a wise decision to turn off the water so that the owner avoids any possible issue with a water leak springing up and causing extensive damage to their mobile home.
Please keep in mind, this is not needing to be done every time one leaves the home for a few hours but, rather, for a few days or weeks at a time.
Plumbing leaks can spring up without notice creating severe damage to the underbelly of the mobile home flooring system.
When looking at keeping your costs down while living in a mobile home it is imperative to follow basic maintenance steps in order to keep your mobile home in proper working order. Avoiding these basic tasks in an effort to be thrifty could easily cost you thousands of dollars in additional damage that will far outweigh your possible savings!
Leaving a mobile home for six months can also result in a myriad of issues that can be costly to repair when not attended to immediately like spiders, water leaks, stains, molds, and all similar things.
If you plan to leave your mobile home for an extended period of time, make sure to do the following:
- Secure your home and make it appear occupied,
- Empty and clean out your fridge
- Prepare your mobile home for elements like extreme weather
- Clean your mobile home both inside and outside. Tall grass touching your home can give termites and other insects easy access. Overgrown greens can also tell people that your house is unattended and could attract burglars or even illegal squatters.
- Shut off the water supply. This could prevent unexpected water leaks.
- Unplug electrical appliances that are not in use.
- Set your water heater to “vacation mode”
- Set your thermostat closer to the outside temperature.
- Ask a neighbor (if any) to watch your mobile home while you are away.
Being frugal is generally not bad but we should know our limits when it comes to balancing expenses and savings. Yes, you may save a lot of money being frugal but when problems arise because you ignored some small things, your savings might not be enough to cover these maintenance costs when a certain situation blows out of proportion. Molds and termites are some of the worst problems a mobile homeowner has to deal with.
This is Mark Kaiser with The Mobile Home Dealer and we help mobile home Buyers and Sellers get to a better place in life.