Buying a mobile home, without being taken for a ride.
June 25, 2007 6:10 PM Subscribe
What do I need to know about buying a used mobile home? Yes, I really want to do this.
posted by Kickstart70 to Home & Garden (12 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
We have 5 acres of land in a rural area 10 minutes out of our small down. We rent a place in town a that we dislike a lot (for one thing, there are 2 stinky pulp mills nearby. We want to move out to our land and then *slowly* (for financial minimal-mortgage purposes) build a house.
So, the intent is now to buy a used trailer. There are two fairly nice ones for sale here.
-prices are in CAD-
The sellers are asking $53,000 for the first (built in 1997). It appears to be in great shape, but has not been moved since it was sold and moved to its current location. I believe it to be overpriced, but maybe able to talk it down.
The second (built 1990) is going for $42,000 and they may be talked down to around $40,000. It's apparently just as nice (friends of ours, also looking, think so but decided on something else). It has some minor damage to one outside wall near the roofline but no signs of any water leakage in the three year since the damage occurred.
To be clear, I'm not asking whether or not we should move into a mobile home. It's probably the best choice for us for a wide variety of reasons, primarily that it's a temporary (2-3 years max) dwelling while we build.
What I want to know is, based on the available information I've given, and what I should know about mobile homes, how do I choose and what do I look for to make that decision? Don't necessarily assume that these two are the only choices in the area.