What it Takes to Buy and Install a Double Wide
A few weeks ago we put together a blog about all the aspects of buying a single wide mobile home. But not everyone needs or wants a single wide, so that’s why today is all about double wides.
Single Wide or Double Wide?
As the name suggests, a double wide is double the width of a single wide mobile home. In fact, until its final installation at a home site, a double wide is in two separate sections to allow for efficient transportation.
There are some pros and cons to buying a double wide mobile home that potential home buyers should be aware of.
Double wide mobile homes often are more open and spacious than their single wide counterpart. More living space can be a big factor for those with large families or with plans for expanding their family in the future. Although four bedroom single wides can be found, they are more common in a double wide. And that extra bedroom might just be a necessity for the sake of saving a family’s sanity.
On the flipside, more space costs, well, more. With a double wide, you are buying nearly double the materials, man hours, and transportation costs than that of a single wide—all of which is reflected in the price.
In addition, a larger home will need a larger foundation. Whether a caliche base pad or concrete, more of it will be needed to account for the additional width of home.
Factory Options for Our Double Wides
As with our single wides, we carry double wides from both the TRU and Fleetwood factories, but, in addition to these options, we also offer The NXT Series by Clayton Athens. Each factory specializes in something different which means there is a home to fit nearly every wish list and budget.
Buying wholesale building materials and ensuring efficient building practices, TRU saves time and, therefore, money, passing the savings on to their home buyers.
These homes are all built to the federal HUD code, just without all the bells and whistles, making them perfect starter homes for families needing the most home possible on a modest budget.
Fleetwood Homes has been around a long time and is one of the most well-known names in the mobile home industry. They’ve spent that time streamlining their building techniques and making good relationships with their suppliers.
Because Fleetwood allows for each home to be individually customized, their homes do have a bigger price tag than TRU, but are still very affordable with the double wide prices ranging from $50,899 to $65,499.
Clayton Athens recently came out with The NXT Series, a line of homes we consider affordable luxury.
The building process for these homes is very similar to the TRU factory, with limited customization options leading to low overhead. The difference with these homes is that most of the optional upgrades offered with the other factories are already included in the base price (starting at $72,899) of these double wide mobile homes.
Upgrade Options and Costs for Double Wides
For any option that involves materials used throughout the home, the cost for that upgrade will be more than in a single wide.
For instance, in a single wide TRU home, the ENERGY STAR package (thermal zone three insulation and windows, LED light bulbs, and programmable thermostat) costs $995.00. In a double wide, the cost for this upgrade can range from $1,475-$1,675 going up with the length of the home.
The AC unit for a double wide home will run about $3,285 for a smaller home and up to $3,895 plus mileage costs for a customer outside the standard service range of the air conditioning company.
Surprisingly, delivery costs for a double wide are not twice that of a single wide, but typically cost an extra $1,000 to $2,500. You can view our delivery estimator here.
The last thing I wanted to talk about today is a process completely unnecessary in a single wide mobile home—the trim-out.
This term refers to the process of seaming the two sections of a double wide home together. This must be done on the exterior and interior and can only happen once the set up has been completed.
Before the trim-out, your home will still be a construction site. Even though you are technically allowed to go inside and confirm the home has everything you asked for, you aren’t allowed to move your belongings in yet.
Trim-outs can be messy and involve stretching carpet or linoleum and making quick, minor repairs. Having a home owner’s furniture in the way makes the process much more difficult and time consuming as the trim-out crew tries to avoid damaging anything.
But, once the trim-out is complete and cleaned up, the home that was once two sections will now be the home you’ve been waiting for and it will be all yours!
To browse the double wide mobile homes we have for sale, follow this link. Every home will have a base price listed and a virtual tour to view. If you have any questions or comments, you can reach us here or call us at 210-510-0500.
See you next week!