Buying a mobile home isn’t easy. You will probably have to browse through hundreds of websites before you even begin to find the right one for your needs, and even then it may not be suitable for your budget. If you want to buy a used mobile home then your network of resources will be even smaller when compared and you will have to rely on your own inspection skills in order to make a good investment.
Make Sure You Know the Rules
The first thing that you need to do is make sure that you understand the age of the home. If you have a home that is less than 10 years old then this will be perfectly fine. If you see a home that is over 15 years old however, then this may be cheap but it does come with a higher level of risk when it comes to the general state of the property. A lot of parks out there won’t let you park your home if it is over a certain age and this can make it very difficult for you to find a convenient location. If you are buying the mobile home and the land as well then you will need to approach the situation in the same way that you would if you were to buy a site home. Another problem with older mobile homes is that they may have materials that are now classed as being harmful, and this can include asbestos. Asbestos is very common in older homes and you have to make sure that you deal with it if it is present in your mobile home.
The Legal Aspects of Your Home
You need to think about whether your home is legal while also making sure that you do everything you can to understand the situation that you are in. If you know that you don’t need a big kitchen, then don’t look for a home that has one. If you know that your area does not allow dogs and you have one then you would be potentially breaking the law by bringing your own dog to the area. For this reason, you have to make sure that you understand the legal aspects of buying your home and whether or not you will be breaking any laws by making your purchase.
Driving your Mobile Home
When you drive your mobile home to the new location, or when you hire a moving company you have to make sure that the person transporting your home is insured. If you happen to hit someone when you are driving your new home or if someone runs into your home or if you are in an accident then this could cause you serious issues if you are not covered. It also helps to chat with your personal injury lawyer as well, if you have experienced an accident.
Water and Wiring
One of the main things that you need to look out for when you are buying your mobile home is any signs of wire damage. If you do happen to experience an accident in your home and it is the result of someone selling you a home with a faulty wiring system then you could make a claim for this. If the wiring is not tampered with or installed incorrectly however then you may not be able to do anything about this. For that reason, you have to make sure that the wires that you have in your home are installed properly.
In regards to water damage, you need to look out for any swollen floorboards and you also need to look out for any signs of mold. If there is mold in your home and you rent your property, there is a chance that you could make a claim if the mold makes you ill, however if it is your own home then you may not be able to do anything about this so make sure that you plan out how you are going to deal with the mold before you make your purchase.
The Risks of Older Mobile Homes
If you know that there is a problem with the wiring in your mobile home then it helps to hire an electrician. If you have a small mobile home that is older than the 30 years old then you will almost certainly need to have your wiring redone. The home you have will have probably needed rewiring years ago, so if you are looking into buying a home that is this old then you may want to reconsider your purchase. One problem with wiring is that a couple of decades ago, electricians used aluminium wiring and the connectors that join all of the wires together are usually very dangerous. If this is the case with your mobile home then there is a high chance that you will need to get the whole thing redone. If you know that your salesman has sold you a mobile home that has aluminium wiring then you could have a case against them as they could be breaking the law by doing so. This is especially the case if you have experienced an injury as the result of the wiring, so that is just one of the many things that you need to think about when the time does come for you to make your purchase.
So as you can see, mobile homes certainly have a lot of different aspects and if you want to stay safe then it’s very important for you to take into account the legal aspects of the home and even where you are going to store it as well. It also helps to look into your insurance policy when transporting your home, because if you happen to experience an accident when you are moving you may not be covered. Things get even worse if you experience a personal injury as a result, so it helps to know where you stand before you go ahead with the move.
*This is a collaborative post.