What To Know Before Moving Into A Mobile Home Community
If you are interested in living in a mobile home community, there are a few things you should know beforehand.
For decades, prospective homeowners have been attracted to go the route of mobile home ownership, considering their affordability, flexibility, and environmental friendliness, they are outperforming traditional site-built homes by a long shot!
However, if you aren’t already knowledgeable and acquainted with this type of housing, you may have questions that extend beyond the four walls of the manufactured home and into the world of the mobile home communities, unless you plan to put it on private property.
So, without further ado, let’s get into better detail about what you should know before moving into a mobile home community!
What Are The Perks of Mobile Home Communities?
Choosing to have your mobile home placed in a community comes with many benefits, including:
Permits & Inspections Aren’t A Concern
Many people find putting a manufactured home on private property exciting and freeing, but there is more than meets the eye. It may require a lot more work to keep things legal and up to code!
A lot within a community usually comes with built-in resources and even professionals who can help you secure permits, pass inspections, and keep your property completely safe and legal. Let’s just say there will be less on your plate to stress about!
Lots Are Prepared to Receive Mobile Homes
One of the primary advantages of choosing to live in a mobile home community is that the lots are specifically designed for these types of homes! In other words, if you buy a brand-new manufactured home, it can be delivered directly to your new lot without the need for leveling, paving, or landscaping.
These communities typically have lots with primed foundations. There are also staff members who will ensure that the home is properly set up and placed.
Amenities Are Available
In some mobile home communities today, you can find amazing amenities like pools, tennis courts, fitness centers, etc. Some of these communities are designed around a central clubhouse. The clubhouse serves as a community gathering place for meeting, sharing meals, socializing, and playing games. Some even offer access to nature trails, beaches, parks, and lakes.
In a mobile home community, you can meet new people and feel connected. If you enjoy socializing and a community atmosphere, you will be right at home!
Utilities & Services are Included
If the low-maintenance appeal of an apartment or condo appeals to you, consider a mobile home community. They are generally less expensive than the above options. Your neighbors are not directly above or below you, either. In addition, your monthly site fee in a mobile home park may include services such as water, sewer, and trash, but it may also include cable, internet, and other essential utilities.
Many parks include lawn care services and common area upkeep in their maintenance fees. You wouldn’t have to worry about anything. This is especially helpful if you are older or retired and desire less upkeep!
Are There a Variety of Mobile Home Communities?
Certainly! The landscape, location, and overall vibe of a mobile home park can influence your selection, the same way it can in traditional neighborhoods. If you have specific needs or want to rent in a park with a solid social network or based on your age group, this is good news! Let’s go over some types of mobile home communities out there:
Mobile Home Co-Ops
Residents in these communities share ownership of the park. Everyone usually pitches in to pay for the land, maintenance, services, utilities, etc. The advantages of mobile home cooperatives are numerous. They include enhanced security (they cannot be kicked out or evicted for unjustified reasons.) There is also more control over how their neighborhood is operated.
All-Ages Mobile Home Communities
In contrast to age-restricted communities, all-ages communities cater to families, young adults, and anyone else looking for an affordable, community-oriented place to live. There are usually kid-friendly amenities in these parks, such as pools, basketball courts, playgrounds, and organized activities, to keep the children entertained.
Age-Restricted Mobile Home Communities
Similar to a traditional retirement apartment or condo complex, 55+ mobile home parks, also known as retirement communities, cater to older adults (usually age 55 and up).
These neighborhoods typically have central gathering places for social events, with groups organizing everything from card clubs to day trips. Retirement doesn’t have to be dull, you can most definitely find plenty to keep you busy in a retirement community!
What Kind of Rules & Regulations Are In Mobile Home Communities?
There are rules and regulations you should know about before moving into a mobile home community. Just like there are rules and regulations for traditional neighborhoods or apartment complexes. Most importantly, landlord-tenant agreements will apply to the land you are renting. This means there will be limits on what you can do to the land itself. Digging up the lawn and creating intricate landscaping, and adding a porch to your mobile home are examples of this. You may also face restrictions on pets, although it seems more common to have pet-friendly mobile home communities today.
Just like an apartment complex, there will be policies concerning noise, parties, loitering, etc. The main goal is for members to be kind and considerate and to keep the community safe!
Ready for the Next Step?
If you have your mind set on a mobile home community, hopefully, the information we went over above gave you even more confidence in your decision! If you’re ready to take the next step, speak with a member at Braustin Homes today, and let’s find the perfect mobile home just for you. It is our passion to make your dream of homeownership come true!