Would you live in this Designer Mobile Home?

Architect Michael Hughes, along with collaborators from the University of Colorado, are putting a new spin on mobile homes. The designer home, with a picture of their design prototype above, was made with affordable and stylish urban living in mind. The underlying question is: what if you could live somewhere for the price of a mobile home, but with the trendiness of an urban setting? Go to the link above to learn more about this project. Our question for you is, does this represent the future of mobile home design, or is this wishful thinking?

By Frank Rolfe

Frank Rolfe is a mobile home park investor and owns over 100 parks with his partner Dave Reynolds. Frank also leads regular Mobile Home Park Investing Bootcamps through the MobileHomeUniversity.com.

Buying and Selling Mobile Homes: An Introduction

 

By Frank Rolfe

If you have vacant lots in your mobile home park as most owners do today, you have two options.  One is to do nothing and hope that mobile home dealers, or mobile home owners, will bring in a home to fill that lot in the normal course of business.  The other is to proactively purchase mobile homes and bring them in yourself, with the intention of selling them or renting them.  With the first option, you don’t have a lot of control, except to do the best job you can in advertising the lots as available.  In the second option, you will, in many ways, control your destiny.   In a slow market, such as we are in right now, you need to be extra aggressive in filling up your lots if that is the goal.  One way to accomplish this is to buy new and used homes to set the process in motion. You might be able to fill 2-3 lots per year waiting on dealers, or you could fill 12-24 a year buying them yourself.

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How to Move your Mobile Home: Choosing a Transporter part 1

HOW TO CHOOSE A TRANSPORTER

To have a successful move, the right transporter is essential.  If your transporter is the wrong choice, there is no limit to the problems you will have, and the costs you will incur.

Let’s review some of the essential qualities of the right transporter.

EXPERIENCED

You do not really want to use a mover who is just starting out.  Experience is key to having a successful move.  Make sure that the mover has done some moves before yours.  You might want to ask for some references, and hope that one is a big dealer who moves homes all the time.  Clearly, a larger “feel”, such as a receptionist or yellow page ad, may add to your comfort ability.

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MHBay Updates Home Page

MHBay has just released the latest version of our website. We made several changes designed to improve the overall user experience. On the homepage, we have added some rich content and text link navigation to help direct users to the most important parts of MHBay. We have also redesigned our recent listings content box, to be more aesthetically pleasing.

We have made several style updates, including converting our thumbnail dimensions to 1×1, and improving the pagination control on our search results.

Please let us know what you think in the comments below!

By Frank Rolfe

Frank Rolfe is a mobile home park investor and owns over 100 parks with his partner Dave Reynolds. Frank also leads regular Mobile Home Park Investing Bootcamps through the MobileHomeUniversity.com.

How to Move your Mobile Home: Directions and Point of Placement

DIRECTIONS AND POINT OF PLACEMENT

Although we are going to discuss how to install your home in a couple chapters, it is still important that you have a handle on several items before you home pulls out.

  • You need very solid directions for the driver.  You can’t just give him a city or street name; he needs the full address and lot number (if applicable).  That way he can plan the correct route.  Homes often end up at the wrong lot due to poor customer directions.
  • Make sure that the lot you are going to has been prepared before you arrive.  Preparation should include drainage and removal of obstructing trees and vegetation, as well as installation of necessary utility connection access (set a power pole, etc.)
  • You have a rough idea of where you want the home placed on the site, and in what direction (which end goes where).

Once you have these issues resolved, it is time to focus on selecting a mobile home transporter.

By Frank Rolfe

Frank Rolfe is a mobile home park investor and owns over 100 parks with his partner Dave Reynolds. Frank also leads regular Mobile Home Park Investing Bootcamps through the MobileHomeUniversity.com.

How to Move your Mobile Home: Removing Furniture & Insurance

REMOVAL OF FURNITURE & FURNISHINGS

If you have already been living in the home and you will be moving it to a new location then you will also need to consider whether to move your furniture and other furnishings.  Without detailing every possible scenario the best advice is to remove as much as possible to reduce the weight of the home and avoid potential damages to the home or the furnishings themselves.  If you have heavy furniture the mover will often require that it be removed for transport.  You will not want to leave your dishes and glasses in the cupboards because they will break.  If you have clothes hanging in the closet you will need to put them on the floor so the closet rods do not fall off the walls.  Remove any flammable items and chemicals to mitigate explosions or stains. Basically remove everything that you don’t want to be broken (televisions, lamps, pictures, etc).

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How to Move your Mobile Home: Moving your Home Contents

MOVING YOUR HOME CONTENTS

This book is focused on moving your mobile home, but it is worthy to note that if you are moving an occupied dwelling you will also need to move the contents.  While there are many different options for moving your mobile home contents, one of the worst ideas is just leaving them in the home and hoping they arrive in one piece.  Often, this is just exactly what they don’t do.

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