As the “tiny living” trend continues to thrive, more and more people are deciding to trade in their stationary brick home for a quaint little trailer, and for all the right reasons. Mobile home living comes with many benefits, but it isn’t for everyone. To ensure this type of move is the best choice for you, there are some things to consider. Here are the things you should know before packing up and moving into a mobile home.
Expect Some Serious Savings
Inarguably, the first thing you should know is that moving into a mobile home can come with some serious savings. From your monthly bills to your property tax, to your loan and/or mortgage payments, mobile home living often comes with the opportunity to save a significant amount of money. Although, the amount you save depends on the type of mobile home you move into and the property you choose to live on.
You’ll Have to Declutter
Moving into a mobile home likely means that you’ll have to declutter quite a bit. Most mobile homes are quite small, offering minimal storage space and even the larger mobile homes still don’t have that much space for anything extra. So, if this is a move you’re considering, be prepared to declutter. There will be many things that won’t be able to make the move with you.
You Can Keep All of your Belongings
With the prior mentioned, it’s important to know that, just because you have to declutter in order to move into a mobile home, it isn’t necessary that you get rid of anything. Declutter simply means removing items from your space, not from your possession. So, if you’d like to declutter and keep your belongings, you just need a storage unit. Considering the extra money you’ll be saving by downsizing to a mobile home, this extra fee won’t put you over budget.
You Don’t Have to Stay in One Place
An interesting benefit of living in a mobile home that’s often forgotten is the ability to travel and move as you please. When you live in a typical home, it’s quite permanent. Unless you decide to relocate the entire building, which is a possibility in most cases, you’re more or less stuck living in the same location.
However, when you move to a mobile home, you have the option to travel and live in different places. Even if your mobile home doesn’t come on wheels, moving to a new one in a new location is much easier, as there’s less to pack up and transport. Very rarely will someone pack up and move from house to house several times in the span of a couple years, simply because it’s difficult. But when you have pretty much only one room to move, might as well live everywhere you’ve always dreamed of living.
Owning a Mobile Home Doesn’t Mean You Own the Land
One thing you need to know prior to moving into a mobile home is that, although you may own it, you may not necessarily own the property that it sits on, depending on where you choose. This does come with some disadvantages, as your mobile home purchase will likely depreciate in value since it’s considered personal property instead of “real property”. The latter is defined as a plot of land and anything that is attached to it permanently. So, this is something to be aware of if you are considering moving into a mobile home as a real estate investment opportunity.
You Must Consider the Location and Weather
Unlike standard homes, mobile homes aren’t built with permanent foundations. As a result, they aren’t as well-equipped to handle natural disasters and/or extreme weather, and are more likely to become damaged if you’re moving to an area prone to tornados, flooding, tropical storms, hurricanes, etc.
However, there are also many mobile homes in areas that are prone to treacherous weather, many of which are built to suit the area’s weather to increase durability. So, if you’re planning on buying a mobile home in a dry desert but plan to move it to Sarasota Florida, you’ll want to mention this to the builder or current owner of your mobile home to ensure it can withstand the change in environment.
With all of that said, if you’re still ready to make the move into a mobile home, you’ve come to the right place. Bekins Moving Solutions offers self-storage options, along with professional moving services to get you started on this new journey.