More and more people are opting for mobile homes as a housing model and are also satisfied by the simplicity of mobile home living. Given the high prices and bustle of large cities, prefabricated mobile houses are presented as a real alternative to the traditional housing model. Cheaper, with more versatility, and more spacious than the traditional single-family homes. This is what new mobile home owner Belinda says when talking about the space of her home: “I have managed to gather my large family.” There are many customers who tell us about how wonderful it is to live in a home and how this housing model has completely surprised them.
What advantages do mobile homes offer?
One of the main characteristics of mobile homes is their versatility since you can have your home in places where you don’t even own land. As long as you are approved by the mobile home park, you can buy any mobile home in a certain park and live there. Another advantage is, of course, its affordability. Mobile homes are far cheaper than traditional single-family onsite-build houses.
Many sources mention mobility as one of the unique characteristics of mobile homes, but is this true?
The term that is often used to describe the manufactured housing industry is the mobile home business.
Even though the term has changed over the past several years the same asset is being discussed, homes that, at one time, were mobile.
But the question then remains, are these homes still mobile homes?
The direct answer is, that it depends.
Let us explain!
Any mobile home that is located within a mobile home park that is on leased land is viewed as and taxed as personal property in the state of Florida. as such, these homes have titles associated with their ownership of them and not deeds like a traditional stick and brick home do.
These mobile homes are built in a climate-controlled factory and shipped, by way of the tractor-trailer, to the site where the home will eventually be set up and maintained by its owner.
Although it may sound silly, no, these homes are not driven down the road by themselves!
When the home is built it does have axels on them as well as tires that are attached to the underpinnings of the home.
So, then, can this mobile home live up to the name mobile?!
In the state of Florida, in order to get a permit for a mobile home to be moved it needs to be twenty years old or newer. At the time of this writing, the average age of a mobile home in the greater Sarasota Florida area is that of 1976 making it far older than 20 years of age.
The answer here would be no, these homes should stay where they are until they are beyond repair and need to be demolished.
Mobile home transfer companies can and will prepare a mobile home for removal from a park in order to be delivered to another homesite if they are twenty years old or newer. In fact, it is not uncommon at all to see these mobile home movers all over the state moving homes from a dealer’s lot to a park or from a park to another piece of land. Always note, though, that in order for this to be legally done the mobile will have to be permitted to be moved, and in order for it to receive a permit it needs to be twenty years old or newer from the manufacturing date on the title.
When looking at buying a mobile home in and around the Sarasota Florida area always look at the age of the home along with the location and condition of the property in order to help give you a better idea of what can be done with the property.
Many times we have met with Buyers and Sellers of mobile homes around Sarasota and they have asked if the home can be moved, or have stayed if the home does not sell fast then they will go ahead and move it to another park or their own piece of land they own.
While these are all fair questions, they simply can not happen with the laws that Florida has in place for the safe transport of mobile homes.
Moving.com has a comprehensive estimate for this. It depends on whether you choose to do a transport-only or a full-service move and the type of manufactured home you have (single-, double or triple-wide). Just to use an estimate, the transport-only move will cost anywhere between $700 and $3,500. The full-service move will cost $3,000-$14,000. The transport-only move for up to 60 miles is about $700-$1,000 for a single-wide, $2,000-$2,500 for a double-wide, and $2,600-$3,500 for a triple-wide.
To move a single-wide mobile home using the full-service moving service and the same distance of up to 60 miles will cost about $3,000-$5,000. Full-service moves include disconnect, reconnect, and transport services. To move a double-wide mobile home will cost $4,000-$10,000. For triple-wide, expect to pay $10,000-$14,000 or more.
If you are looking at buying a mobile home around Sarasota Florida feel confident that, generally speaking, where the home is currently residing is where it will be for the rest of time due to its age. Having this belief and understanding on the front end will allow you, as the mobile home Buyer, to better understand what can and cannot happen with your next mobile home purchase.
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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