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 then those who are renting or buying their home at this current time.
While low cost housing is a 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 home within the greater Sarasota Florida area are 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 problems 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 invested soft floor home that they could have avoided if they simply had the air on throughout the months they were not present.
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 imbed themselves in to the walls and flooring systems causing extensive damage that the owner may not notice until it is too late.
Not keeping up on 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 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. By 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!
This is Mark Kaiser with The Mobile Home Dealer and we help mobile home Buyers and Sellers get to a better place in life.