Fixer Upper Manufactured Homes

July 1, 2014

It takes a lot of thought and preparation when buying a home of any kind whether its a standard brick home or a manufactured home.  Mobile homes have their own set of standards when it comes to refurbishing, plumbing, electrical and mechanical.  But as far as aesthetics go, there are many ways to go about transforming your fixer upper mobile home easily and by yourself.

New flooring can change the look of any house and there are many products on the market that can appease any budget, large or small.  From hardwoods to engineered hardwoods, laminate to carpet, there are different avenues to explore, and they are all DIY friendly.  Here’s a suggestion: when changing out flooring you can also change out, if need be, your subfloors that are typically particle board to plywood adding sturdiness and better insulation.

Adding drywall is an excellent way to update your home while adding better insulation.  Sheetrocking can update the look and to it you can add texture, paint, or even wallpaper.  Then you can also update kitchen cabinets and appliances.  And don’t forget about the bathrooms.  A new bathtub or vanity can change the space entirely.

Now as far as the exterior goes there are also a multitude of projects you can undertake to transform your home.  The first two things that come to mind are skirting and siding.  There are many choices when it comes to siding: aluminum, hard wood, cement, stone, and the more popular vinyl.  All of them have variations according to taste.  Taking proper care of your siding is key to its longevity and appeal.  Now there are also many different types of skirting options.  You have: vinyl panels, faux rock and wood panels, lattice, with many variations to choose from.  Changing the exterior is a great way to enhance the beauty of your home while also protecting it from the elements.

Occasionally here at Texas Repos we have homes in our inventory that you the buyer can purchase at a low cash price to fix however you see fit. Buying a fixer upper means you can customize your double wide or single wide mobile home however you please.

Here are a couple of websites to check out:

Transporting Your Manufactured Home

April 30, 2012

Moving a mobile home is not quite a “moving” experience.  Sorry for the pun but a fact is a fact.  There are many precautions and important steps to take while moving a mobile home, so needless to say there are some cost is involved with the job.  Moving such a large item as a home is not an easy task.  Here are some things that must be done.

For starters they will attach axles and wheels to the home. If the mobile home is a double wide, either they or a contractor will have to first separate the sections to prepare the home for the move.  Once this is accomplished the movers will clear any trees or branches and other debris that may be in the way to make a path for them to maneuver the home out.  If the mobile home does not have a hitch the movers will need to weld one in place. The mobile home transport company will finally move the mobile home to its new location using a semi with a flat bed.

The mobile home transport cost will depend greatly on a few different factors. The transportation company charges flat rate per mile for the move, so specifically how far its going will determine that cost.  If your home is a single wide or a double wide that will determine much of the price as well.  When transporting a double wide they need two trucks and more staff to aid in the move.

At TEXAS REPOS we ask you to provide us with information about the current location of your mobile home trailer (if you’re a seller), as well as the exact destination where you desire the home to be moved (if you’re a buyer) so we can plan the shortest, safest route on which to move your home. We may have to survey the height of overpasses to make sure the home will fit when being towed through them.  Proper planning is key to a safe move.

Plotting and leveling your land is something that must be done before the mobile home can be moved to its final location.  If you’re in a mobile home park you’re all set, they are already set up most of the time, but if you’re moving out to the sticks on new land it must be prepared for your home.  When its set up it is you (the buyers) responsibility to hook up your utilities.  Gas, water, electric, ect…

Here’s a big tip: When moving and setting up your mobile home COMMUNICATION is the key to success!!  Communicate with your sellers, movers and county to make sure all the bases are covered.  It makes it easier on all parties if you do.

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