3 Simple Shopping Tips for First Time Mobile Home Buyers

This article originally appeared on Express Homes on December 16, 2015 

Whether you are planning to buy a new model or something used, investing in a mobile home is the easiest way to obtain a home that is ready-built and can be situated wherever you want. Buying your first mobile home is an exciting experience and an important investment. Make sure you get the most out of the mobile home buying experience by keeping these three simple tips in mind while you shop.

1. Get to Know the Available Features

A mobile home can be anything from a small and efficient one-bedroom to a massively sized double-wide with plenty of space for a large family. These homes have just as many options and features to consider as brick and mortar houses. You should take the time and think long term when buying your first mobile home considering the following:

  • How many bedrooms you need now and will need in the future?
  • Do you like the idea of an open floor plan?
  • Would you rather your new home have a dining area or an eat-in kitchen to save money?

2. Consider Possible Upgrades with New Models

When you buy a brand new mobile home from a dealer, you will get the chance to choose from a list of optional upgrades. For example, you can choose to have the wall studs upgraded to 2x6 instead of 2x4 or opt for upflow air vents. In many respects, you can build the mobile home to suit you and your family by working with a salesman to choose the most effective and desirable options.

3. Take Some Time to Understand the Delivery and Setup Process

A lot more goes into the setup of a new mobile home than just delivering the home and parking it in the right place. A septic tank has to be installed or you will have to get permission to tap into the local sewer system, utilities will have to be implemented, and the home will have to be situated appropriately to be level and stable. This process can take some time and will go much more smoothly if you are familiar with all the details you will have to tend to, such as getting permits and making sure there are no restrictions on your property. However, Express Homes offers complete programs with delivery and setup included in the price, which can be incredibly convenient to a first time buyer.

Buying a new home is always a major decision, even when the home you plan to buy is more mobile than some. If you would like to know more about things to keep in mind as a first time mobile home buyer, be sure to talk to a sales representative for more information.