(Closed) Used manufactured home? Maybe…

posted 6 years ago in Home
Post # 3
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Helper bee

@MrsDPal811:  I looooved my trailer.  I think for more sentimental reasons than anything else.  

It was the first place I really lived by myself and didn’t have a roommate 🙂

Anyways, I got some advice from a relative who told me to call local dealerships and see what they thought it was worth or what they would sell it for.  It really helped me out.  One guy told me to make a much lower offer (I seriously thought the owner would be offended) and was able to get it for HALF what they were asking.

Anyways, trailers get a bad rep for no reason.  Some of the older ones weren’t built well (mine was a 1977) but a lot of the newer ones are super nice.

A guy told me once that everyone was down on him for buying a trailer, but when his house gets older and starts needing repairs every other month, he’ll just buy another one and still be WAY ahead of someone who spent $200,000 on a new home.

I have a frame house now, but I know people who have lived in them all their lives and they’re still really nice.

Post # 4
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

@MrsDPal811:  We own a manufactured home.  We have actually owned serveral, we flipped a few.  The one we live in is really nice.  We have a fireplace, yard for the dogs, tow baths, huge living room and kitchen.  We didn’t want to put all that money into renting either.  We have been looking for land to build on and will move our to the land while we build.  The only thing that I don’t like is: I have owned several homes, all had basements.  I would kill to have that storage space of a basement right now.

 

About the tile, make sure you re-enforce the floor before you put tile in.  We had to do that in several, it is a lot of extra work but it will keep the tile and the grout from cracking.

Post # 5
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Helper bee

@tksjewelry:  OMG I would love to have a basement!!  Almost NO homes in Oklahoma have them 🙁

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

Get an insurance quote before you make any final decisions.  Sometimes, insurance on a trailer is much higher than you would think.

Post # 7
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

@hfwildcat:  Where do people without basements store things?  We had to rent a storage shed for the christmas stuff and all the stuff I would normally have a storage room for.  I am always shocked when people say basements aren’t normal in their area, storage facilities must make a mint in those areas.

Post # 8
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

@sugaree:  that might depend on the area.  We own two right now, one in MO and the one we live in.  Full replacement plus $50,000 for contents.  We only pay $50 together for both, and we pay slightly more because one has a fireplace.

Post # 9
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Helper bee

@tksjewelry:  LOL funny you say that!  There is a storage place literally a mile away from my house.  Most people store a few things in the attic, closets, under the bed.  Wherever you can manage.  

A LOT of people have outbuildings or sheds.  Seems like such a waste of space not to have a basement!!

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

@tksjewelry:  That’s awesome.  Some of the companies around here charge more for trailers and some won’t even cover them if they are more than a certain age (20 years maybe?).  They claim that they are fire hazards and subject to tornado damage.

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