If you’ve been paying attention to the living situations of people moving into their professional years, as well as home and lifestyle magazines and blogs, then you might have spotted one trend on the rise: more and more people seem to be choosing mobile homes. If you’ve never seen such a thing before, you might wonder why they’re choosing them, and what they’re getting out of it. Here, we’re going to look at the basics of what mobile home living is, and why it’s becoming such a trend in the first place.
About mobile homes
Mobile homes are, as the name suggests, homes that can be moved from place to place. This is because they are manufactured, usually in a factory, but away from the site where they’re going to be erected. They’re then put onto a chassis and then moved to where the tenant or owner is going to be living. Unlike other lower-cost living options, such as apartments, they are single living spaces, can often come with basements, and usually have gardens or decking added onto them to create a wider living space. Mobile homes can be moved, meaning that you can always choose a different community or, if you end up buying some land, take it somewhere that you own.
Do you rent them or buy them?
The answer here is: naturally, you can both buy and sell your mobile home. However, one of the big benefits of mobile homes for rent is that they typically come with much lower rental costs than traditional rental properties. There’s a growing market of affordable mobile homes for people of all demographics, but it’s also quickly becoming one of the more cost-effective approaches to senior living. As mentioned, you can buy mobile homes, but one of the things worth keeping in mind is that buying a mobile home is not the same as buying the land it’s under, that’s usually a different expense and it’s not always possible to buy the land you’ve been living on if you do buy a mobile home.
What are the benefits?
There are quite a few benefits of mobile home living. The most immediate is the cost. If you’re looking to buy a home at some point, one of the biggest mistakes you can make is to do it without the savings or budget that you need fully prepared. The much lower rent, utilities, and maintenance costs can all open up a lot of room in your budget. It’s not just the price worth looking at, either. A lot of people prefer their privacy, as well as the parking space that can make them a little more convenient than, for instance, apartments without space for their vehicles.
Of course, there is more to the reality of living in a mobile home than what’s listed above. There are mobile home communities of various styles, aimed at different demographics, and with different levels of investment behind them. But if you’ve been curious about them, hopefully, the info above is a little helpful.