Things need to be 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 in 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 retrofit 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 your mobile home noted above we would strongly suggest looking at finding a mobile home specialty store such as Mobile Home Depot or another one in your area for these items.
The reason why is that these mobile home-specific parts stores have everything premade and retrofitted to go into the exact spaces that a mobile home provides.
This creates far less hassle and works 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 are 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.
The Manufactured Housing Institute found that manufactured homes have an average lifespan of 55.8 years. Manufactured homes have a long life expectancy and may endure indefinitely if cared for properly.
There’s no reason for a mobile home to deteriorate any quicker than a conventional house. Mobile or manufactured homes use the same high-quality materials as conventionally constructed houses.
Since 1976, mobile houses have been referred to as manufactured homes to reflect the fact that they take advantage of modern construction techniques. Moreover, they employ ever-improving standards of design and material usage.
Mobile home buyers may have the same concerns as conventional homeowners, such as those related to property taxes and the quality of the local public schools. But you shouldn’t be too worried about how long your manufactured home will last. The average age of a residence built on a lot is over 40 years.
Manufactured homes in senior adult housing parks tend to be in better condition than the average. Florida is home to a plethora of such parks. Many houses were built in the 1960s and 1970s, making them roughly 40-55 years old and well past their useful lifespans at this point.
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 looked first at a mobile home specialty store to save you time, money, and overall frustration during the repair process!
Some of the most expensive and major parts of mobile homes that always need replacement are roofing and flooring.
Whether you have a site-built traditional home or a mobile home, the roof is the most important part of your house and is also the most expensive to repair. The reason why it is one of the most expensive parts of the house to repair is that there is a high risk of safety involved and one must climb and be in an uncomfortable position to do the job
It is one of the most expensive repairs to ever be made to your Sarasota Florida mobile home, that of installing a new roof!
Keeping up with these basic maintenance items will help prolong the life of your mobile home parts and add years to the structure which will further get your money out of the existing parts that are on your mobile home.
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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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