As mobile home parks close in the Community, there may be an influx of homes for sale at very low prices, or even offered to be given away to Community Members. The old adage of “buyer beware” remains relevant to these types of offers.
There are several considerations to think about prior to purchasing an old used manufactured home. Although the idea to purchase an old used mobile home may seem like the convenient way to go, buyers should consider, the older the model the more problems at stake. This is a good indication of the life expectancy of an older used trailer and its overall condition. Working to renovate an older used trailer normally become a patchwork of endless fixtures.
Here are some key points to consider for old used mobile homes:
- Older mobile homes were built to have a shorter lifespan.
- Deterioration of older trailers come with significant problems early on and are just not worth the time and money you invest in them.
- The belly wrap, found underlining the mobile home may cause deterioration of the insulation and is a nesting place for rodents and other small animals.
- Indications of large bulges in the belly wrap may be a sign of plumbing issues, leaks under the floor.
- Mobile homes prior to leaving the factory are equipped with an electric distribution panel and wired to HUD-safety standards. However, over time older trailer homes are found to have defected electrical work or tempered panel boxes by unqualified individuals, normally by the previous homeowner or handyman.
- Water supply piping, Polybutylene piping also called “PB” used between the 1980’s and 1995 caused water damage from ruptured pipes. The defective piping was never acknowledged by manufacturers.
- Deterioration of the shingle roofs from poorly vented attic space in a mobile home ages faster leaving the shingles to crack and curl at the edges.
Mobile home structures have improved over the years, however, trailers more than 20 years old that often sell at a steep discount may have hidden flaws. Homeowners of old trailers find themselves endlessly repairing the structure from broken windows, doors, flooring, walls, electrical, roofing, siding, and the list goes on. Getting an inspection of the mobile home first, will save you time, money and the position of endless patchwork.