Are Sarasota Florida Mobile Homes Really “Mobile”?

Have you ever seen a mobile home and thought to yourself that the home would be perfect if only it were located in another park?

Ever wondered what it would take to move a mobile home and how the actual moving process is completed?

This is a common question that gets brought up all the time and we are happy to help educate you on this question as well as dispel many of the mobile home mobile myths that exist within the mobile home industry.

Perhaps, where we should start first is the name of the home we are discussing in the first place, mobile home.

If the term is not clearly defined then we will be spending all of our time chasing our tail!

Mobile home is a term that many associate with a home being able to be moved from one location to another.

At its surface this seems accurate, right?

Not totally so.

Mobile homes in the state of Florida can not be moved, legally with a permit, if they are over 20 years old from the manufacturing date.

In order to determine what year the home was manufactured one can look at either the data plate in the home or on the actual title paperwork of the property.

The reason why a mobile needs to be 20 years old or newer is because the governmental agency, The Department Of Motor Vehicles (DMV), are the ones who will be issuing the permit for the moving company to transport the home from its current place of origin to that of the the owners desired location.

If the home is older than 20 years old then the DMV views this home to be too old to be safely moved.

This, right here, causes confusion as the term “mobile” isn’t exactly accurate if you are dealing with an older home.

The average age of a mobile home in the greater Sarasota Florida area is that of a 1976 year model, clearly showing that the vast majority of these mobile homes can not be permitted to move from their current location.

When looking at buying a mobile home in and around the greater Sarasota Florida area we strongly suggest before buying the mobile home to first look at the park and the general area it is located in.

If this meets your needs then go and take a look at the home.

Going in the reverse order may very well lead you to liking a home that can’t be moved and thus you get stuck with the perfect property in a less than ideal location which only leads to further frustration during the mobile home buying process.

This is Mark Kaiser with The Mobile Home Dealer and we help mobile home Buyers and Sellers get to a better place in life.

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