When traveling throughout mobile home parks within the greater Sarasota Florida area have you ever wondered where are all the fences that separate the property lines from one to another?
Seems like the landscape is missing something, doesn’t it?!
You have lived in a mobile home for a while now, and you have enjoyed living in a mobile home park more than you ever thought you would. Now, you’ve saved up a bit of extra money, and you’d like to put up a fence around your mobile home both to enhance the look and to give your family more privacy. However, you don’t know where to start.
You don’t even know if you are allowed to put up a fence in a mobile home park. What type of fence would you put up if you were allowed to? What other ways can I create privacy around my mobile home?
When buying a mobile home on leased land within the greater Sarasota Florida area one has to remember that when paying lot rent the owner of the home, technically, does not own the land the home resides on. The reason for this is that the person owning the home owns the personal property, just like a vehicle, and not traditional real estate.
When buying a mobile home on leased land in the greater Sarasota Florida area the Buyer is paying the park for the maintenance and upkeep of the land the home is on through a payment referred to as lot rent.
Lot rent will be paid each month to the mobile home park and will cover several monthly fees. Most common are the fees associated with water, sewer, trash, lawn care, and the usage and upkeep of the mobile home park amenities such as the pool and walking trails.
When the lawn care is covered this means that each week the mobile home park will have a landscaping company come out and cut, blow, mulch, and edge all the grass in the mobile home community. This landscape work does not just include the large common areas but also the areas in and around each and every mobile home within the mobile home park.
Many times these landscaping crews will run large zero-turn lawn mowers in an effort to speed up the process of lawn mowing because they have so much space to cover in such a small time frame.
When the lawnmowers are moving at the speed at which they are moving then the construction of fences will not be efficient due to how the landscapers cut the grass as additional fences would lead to the additional time needed to cut in and around each individual fence.
Since the mobile home park pays the landscaping company to mow the lawns of the residents they want to make sure the fee is reasonable enough so that they do not have raised the lot rent any more than they have to in order to pay for this expense.
A shorter amount of time equals a lower landscaping bill.
What if you have pets?
Even if you live in a pet-friendly community, it is a good practice to keep your dog or cat restrained and safe. Most manufactured homes do not have standard fences between lots and this can become problematic if your pet develops a habit of checking on your neighbor. Leash training is a must for pets since it keeps them calm and relaxed around other people. Keeping pets leashed also prevents them from escaping or losing their way home.
Whether you can put up a fence in a mobile home park is based upon the zoning laws in the city or county where you live and whether the landlord gives you permission to build it. If local zoning laws don’t allow it, you can’t purchase a permit to construct a fence.
Mobile Home Privacy Ideas
There are other ways to get some privacy in and around your mobile home. You just have to be creative. Here are two of the most common privacy ideas.
Retractable Backyard Screen
A retractable backyard screen is one way to keep sneaky eyes from getting into your business. They are available online at Amazon or at home improvement stores both online and at brick-and-mortar stores. They will, however, need to be anchored to concrete with concrete fasteners or to wood subfloors, like those in a patio or deck.
Backyard Trellis With Curtains or Blinds
You can also build or have built a trellis over the exit of your mobile home into the backyard and hang curtains or blinds. This is a wonderful idea because it has an elegant look to it. If your mobile home is white and blue, you can have a white trellis and hang blue curtains or have a blue trellis and hang wicker blinds. If you go with curtains, but it’s windy where you live, you can hang another curtain rod at the bottom from post to post and run the bottom of the curtain through it to keep your curtains in place.
When looking at buying a mobile home on leased land in Sarasota Florida be conscious of the fact that most mobile home parks will not allow fences in any way shape or form due to the way the lawn is mowed. As long as you, the Buyer, know this on the front end then you will be well on your way to enjoying the nicely cut yard that your mobile home resides on!
This is Mark Kaiser with The Mobile Home Dealer and we help mobile home Buyers and Sellers get to a better place in life.