With the average age of a mobile home along the Gulf Coast of Florida being in the mid 1970’s one has to ask, are the windows in the mobile home I am looking to purchase the original windows from the factory?
Many times the direct answer is, yes, they are.
When looking at a mobile home on leased land throughout the Sarasota Florida area it is important to know that the home will be viewed as and taxed as personal property and not real property. What this means is that the mobile home that you are looking at purchasing is, essentially, a used vehicle in the state of Florida because the home comes with it a title and not a deed when owning the home.
The reason why this is important to note when you are looking at the windows is because most mobile homes on leased land will not have a the ability to obtain a mortgage with it and will also not have the ability to have access to a home equity line of credit should you want to gain access to the equity you have in built in to the home value.
As such, window replacements within a mobile home on leased land will more than likely be a cash purchase.
Windows in mobile homes can be expensive, especially if you are looking at replacing all the windows in the home!
The easy way to see if the windows in the home that you are purchasing are original is to note if the window itself is a three pane window or single pane widow.
Many times the mobile home manufacturers will put three separate window panes in the window frame to make up the single window. In the older homes these separate panes will have their own window latch and their own window crank to help in opening all three panes up at the same time.
As homes age these cranks and latches can become worn out or break off.
If the home needs to be resettled or if the home home settles in a way in which one of the sides begins to slant then the panes may not have the ability to close all the way leaving a small open area space between the window pane and where the pane meets the side of the home.
Should this be an issue in your mobile home you may run the risk of water coming into the home which, if not treated quickly, many lead to the window frame itself getting wet and getting mold on it. In extreme cases, we, at The Mobile Home Dealer, have seen where over time there was so much water than got in that it wound up getting through the window pane and into the the actual wall paneling causing bowing of the interior walls!
Replacing the windows in your mobile home is a great idea if you are looking to put a good amount of money into your home for years of trouble free living. Since this is a structural repair to the home it would be reasonable to think that the cost of these windows should come back to you if and when you decide to sell your mobile home in the future.
When looking at buying or selling a mobile home within the Sarasota area it is always a good idea to look at all the structural components of the house that you are working with. Much of the focus gets put on the air conditioning system, roof and floor system but another component a Buyer should always take note of is that of the windows and what type of shape they are in as this can become a very expensive repair should they need to be replaced!
This is Mark Kaiser with The Mobile Home Dealer and we help mobile home Buyers and Seller get to a better place in life.