Things need replaced, parts break and components wear out.
This is true with anything you own regardless of what it is and a mobile home is not exempt from this fact.
As we have discussed in previous blogs how important it is to first put your repair dollars into structural components to fix the bones of the house before going to cosmetic fixes we have not, yet, discussed exactly where you should go to find the parts to fix the structural components of your home!
While a mobile home owner can go to any lumber yard or hardware store for the basics such as lumber, nuts, bolts and screws it is important to know where to go when looking at fixing some of the more mobile home specific parts of your home.
Items such as doors, windows, appliances, water heaters, windows and roofing components are many times structurally different with a mobile home compared to that of a single family home.
The reason for this is that mobile homes usually have different dimensions than your basic single family home and, as a result, have different sizes for windows and doors.
Many times folks will try and get single family home items such as windows and doors from their local hardware store that are made for single family homes and attempt to retro fit them to their mobile home.
While this is a noble attempt, many times this leads to much more work and relying on taking additional steps and expense to make it fit into their mobile home.
The old adage of “trying to put a round peg in a square hole” that we all grew up with certainly rings true with this approach to mobile home repairs!
Instead, if you are looking at fixing one of the items in or your mobile home noted above we would strongly suggest looking at finding a mobile home specialty store such as Mobile Home Depot or another on in your area for these items.
The reason why, is because these mobile home specific parts stores have everything premade and retro fitted to go into the exact spaces that a mobile home provides.
This creates far less hassle and work as opposed to trying to make something that wasn’t made for a mobile home “fit” into your home.
Many times these mobile home specialty stores will have all the basics that a mobile home needs including windows, doors, lighting fixtures and water heaters just to name a few.
Other items they usually carry are more mobile home specific items such as skirting panels and awnings or usually in stock and ready to go should you need to upgrade these items on your mobile home as well.
While the costs vary across the country, many times the mobile home specialty parts stores are well within the same price as those larger big box stores that sell items specifically made for single family homes.
So, the next time you are in the market to update your mobile home with some of the central structural components a mobile home has look first at a mobile home specialty store to save you time, money and overall frustration during the repair 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.