In today’s lesson you will become more comfortable and confident identifying and evaluating used mobile homes simply by the home’s physical appearance. It is important for you to be able to know what you are looking at even while driving by the mobile home quickly.
Here are some things to consider.
A common rule is that the narrower the mobile home is the older it may be. In today’s modern world we are accustomed to large spacious areas and great rooms. A mobile home less than 12 feet wide can typically be more difficult to resell then a home 12 feet or wider.
1950s Typically singlewide sections are 8′-10′ wide
1960s Typically singlewide sections are 8′-12′ wide
1970s Typically singlewide sections are 10′-12′ wide
1980s to Present Typically singlewide sections are 12′-18′ wide
Do not be fooled by a “Roof-Over” roof. These are entire metal roofs that lay on top (or cover over) a mobile home’s existing roof to protect it – whether pitched, curved, or flat.
Only singlewide mobile homes shown above. Doublewides almost always have pitched roofs.
Aluminum siding: The panels of aluminum that make up the exterior of these homes runs vertical. These vertical metal sheets tend to rust, ding, and dent over time. Aluminum siding was most popular in the 1970s and 1980s.
Vinyl siding: The panels of vinyl that make up the exterior of these homes run horizontal. This is a much more modern look. Vinyl siding can come in many colors and textures. A quick face-lift for an older mobile home is to reside the aluminum with new vinyl siding. The cost to vinyl side a singlewide mobile home depends on the size however $2,500 is a rough estimate, including labor.
Other: Wood, faux stone, logs are all examples of newer looking mobile home exteriors. However wood covered mobile homes have existed for at least 40 years. Wood panels run vertically and are prone to wood rot and termite damage.
- Singlewide or Doublewide?
- Vinyl siding, Aluminum Siding, Wood Siding, Other??
- Year Built???
- Notice if skirting looks cheap or missing????
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P.s. I have the answers here if your browser is not supporting the “hover over” feature. From left to right and top to bottom (just like you were reading) the answers are:
- Doublewide – Vinyl Siding – 1986
- Singlewide – Vinyl Siding – 1967
- Singlewide – Vinyl Siding – 1988
- Singlewide – Vinyl Siding – 2005
- Singlewide – Vinyl Siding – 1983 – Brink Skirting – Roof has a “Roof-over”
- Doublewide – Vinyl Siding – 1998
- Doublewide – Vinyl Siding – 2005
- Singlewide – Aluminum Siding – 1975
- Singlewide – Aluminum Siding – 1969 – Brink Skirting – Roof has a “Roof-over”
- Singlewide – Vinyl Siding – 1993
- Singlewide - Aluminum Siding – 1979
- Singlewide – Aluminum Siding – 1976 – No Skirting (Looks Unattractive without skirting)
- Singlewide – Aluminum Siding – 1972 – Using Trellis as Skirting material (looks cheap)
- Doublewide – Wood Siding – 1989 – Wood skirting