guess the mobile home

Guess The Mobile Home Exercise

Welcome back,

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.

1. Width of the home:

Mobile homes are made in sections. Singlewide mobile homes are one complete section with a width less than 18 feet wide (typically 12 feet to 14 feet wide). Doublewide mobile homes are comprised of 2 singlewide sections and in general are wider than 20 feet.

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

2. Pitch of the roof:

A not-so-commonly known trick is that a mobile home with a pitched roof was built during the year 1982 and newer. Flat or curved roofs (or very very slightly pitched roofs) are typically built pre 1982. This rule is only for Singlewide mobile homes, almost all doublewide mobile homes have pitched roofs.

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.

Guess The Mobile Home Exercise

Only singlewide mobile homes shown above. Doublewides almost always have pitched roofs.

3. Siding on the home:

Take notice of the exterior of each mobile home. A mobile home's exterior can tell you much about the age of the home? Is the exterior wood, vinyl, aluminum or other? Do the panels on the home run horizontal or vertical? Would you know the difference??

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.

4. Skirting on home:

The skirting on a mobile home not only adds or subtracts from the home's overall appearance, it also is intended to allow air circulate underneath the home to prevent mildew and mold. The absence of complete skirting can lead to animals living under a home, animals chewing on a/c ducts, plus it just doesn't look good. :(

Pop Quiz: Can you guess...

  1. Singlewide or Doublewide?
  2. Vinyl siding, Aluminum Siding, Wood Siding, Other??
  3. Year Built???
  4. Notice if skirting looks cheap or missing????

Hover over each picture to reveal the answer or see below.

doublewide - vinyl siding - 1986 singlewide - vinyl siding - 1967
singlewide - vinyl siding - 1988 singlewide - vinyl siding - 2005
singlewide - vinyl siding - 1983 - brick skirting Doublewide - vinyl siding - 1998
doublewide - vinyl siding - 2005 singlewide - aluminum siding - 1975
singlewide - aluminum siding - 1969 - brick skirting singlewide - vinyl siding - 1993
singlewide - aluminum siding - 1979 singlewide - aluminum siding - 1976 - No Skirting
singlewide - aluminum siding - 1972 - trellis as siding (looks cheap) doublewide - wood siding - 1989 - wood skirting

So how well did you do? Comment below with your thoughts, advice and other useful tips.

Love what you do daily,
John Fedro
support@mobilehomeinvesting.net

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:

  1. Doublewide - Vinyl Siding - 1986
  2. Singlewide - Vinyl Siding - 1967
  3. Singlewide - Vinyl Siding - 1988
  4. Singlewide - Vinyl Siding - 2005
  5. Singlewide - Vinyl Siding - 1983 - Brink Skirting - Roof has a "Roof-over"
  6. Doublewide - Vinyl Siding - 1998
  7. Doublewide - Vinyl Siding - 2005
  8. Singlewide - Aluminum Siding - 1975
  9. Singlewide - Aluminum Siding - 1969 - Brink Skirting - Roof has a "Roof-over"
  10. Singlewide - Vinyl Siding - 1993
  11. Singlewide - Aluminum Siding - 1979
  12. Singlewide - Aluminum Siding - 1976 - No Skirting (Looks Unattractive without skirting)
  13. Singlewide - Aluminum Siding - 1972 - Using Trellis as Skirting material (looks cheap)
  14. Doublewide - Wood Siding - 1989 - Wood skirting

 

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60 Comments

  • Cathy Collin

    Reply Reply April 26, 2013

    Thank you so much for this John!

    This was such a fun idea. I have spent the past 20 minutes playing the game and really committing your tips to memory. Now I feel much less intimidated judging mobile homes.

    Cheers!
    Cathy Collin

  • Dan Zman

    Reply Reply April 30, 2013

    Hahaha. Fun and clever idea John! Thanks for the info and constant push always.

    Keep it up,
    DZman

  • Wendy

    Reply Reply May 5, 2013

    I could not get the answers to come up?

    • John Fedro

      Reply Reply May 6, 2013

      Hi Wendy,

      Thanks for commenting. This is odd.. I am curious the browser you are using? I have hovered my mouse over the images in both Internet Explorer and Google chrome and they both show the answers. I will be posting the answers at the bottom of the page in case this happens again. Thanks again for bringing this to our attention. Also how is your MH investing business going?

      Sincerely,
      John

  • AL POLASKI

    Reply Reply May 26, 2013

    JOHN:GREAT LESSON !

    • John Fedro

      Reply Reply May 27, 2013

      Thanks Al!

  • Al

    Reply Reply May 27, 2013

    this is great information

  • monica rillen

    Reply Reply May 28, 2013

    Excellent basic for a newbie Appreciate your teaching Thank you Monica .

    • John Fedro

      Reply Reply May 30, 2013

      Thank you for commenting Monica. I am glad you found value in this little game. :)

      Best,
      John Fedro

  • Steve Johnson

    Reply Reply June 25, 2013

    Very cool pop quiz. Great way to learn about mobile homes and what to look for. I love that I'll be able to estimate the age much better now and know what to consider when looking at materials.

    • John Fedro

      Reply Reply June 26, 2013

      Happy to help Steve. Glad you received value from playing.

  • chioma

    Reply Reply July 2, 2013

    There are 20 mobile home words in the article. This very very interesting and it is a very good way for me as a newbie to start. l spent about twelve to fifteen minutes hovering the browser and l did got the answers and l did compared it with yours. John, l really love your program but my problem is money to buy the program for l have been out of job for so many years now but is there any way that you can help me out, or can you send me the program and once l make the first deal you take all what l am owing to you. l really need a help. Thanks.

    • John Fedro

      Reply Reply July 5, 2013

      Hi Chioma,

      Thanks for commenting and I am so glad you have received value from this article. I love your passion and drive. In response to your question my best opinion would be for you to save up some money to begin investing in real estate and MHs. Mobile homes can be bought and sold by investors with No money needed at closing, however you will receive much quicker results and less resistance when you have just a couple thousand dollars to begin investing with. The returns from there can be great. When you are ready to get started I will be ready to run with you. While you save up a little money make sure to become better antiquated with your local MH parks and neighborhoods. Don't rush into purchasing anything before you test your market for buyers, prices, and other preliminary work.

      Hope this helps. I look forward to working with you in the near future.

      Best,
      John

  • roger

    Reply Reply July 5, 2013

    Thanks John ; very informitive

    • John Fedro

      Reply Reply July 5, 2013

      Happy to help Roger! Glad you received value from it.

  • Bob

    Reply Reply July 10, 2013

    Thanks John,

    Excellent first quick look qualifier criteria to know.

    Best regards,
    Bob

    • John Fedro

      Reply Reply July 11, 2013

      Hi Bob,

      These quick little tricks have saved me time. Happy to pass them along and help.

      Best,
      John

  • Alan McDonald

    Reply Reply July 30, 2013

    Hi Jon,

    Great idea, a game that you can learn from. I learned a lot about the age of mobile homes from that.
    Thank you so much, and keep things like that coming!

    • John Fedro

      Reply Reply July 30, 2013

      Hi Alan,

      Glad you liked it. I will get busy creating some new games like this. Stay tuned. :)

      Best,
      John Fedro

  • T-Machelle

    Reply Reply August 6, 2013

    Very fun. I think you should create more games like this. Pricing games, appraisal games, even some pop trivia would be fun. Like when was the first mobile home built? Well I have to run, looking for creative funding thanks to some tip I found on your blog!

    • John Fedro

      Reply Reply August 7, 2013

      Hi T-Machelle,

      Excellent suggestion on the variation of games and quizzes. I will put these ideas on my white board to create soon. Some of the best blog article ideas come from great and creative folks like you. Thanks again.

      Best,
      John Fedro

  • Tim stodieck

    Reply Reply September 3, 2013

    I have an idea. Set up another game and put different senarios on the details of the deal, how much the seller wants, mortgage, lot rent, Then for the game you have to structure the deal to meet the sellers criteria, and still keep it resonable to be ablt to find a buyer for it. You could do it all sorts of ways. Mobiles on land, or parks. Unsecured notes, L/O, partnerships, wholesales. Each, one could get tougher and tougher like having to estimate repair costs.

    • John Fedro

      Reply Reply September 4, 2013

      Tim,

      Yet another great suggestion. I will add this idea to my list of coming articles. Thanks for the input.

      John

  • Geena Gador

    Reply Reply September 3, 2013

    Very informative. I had no idea of these differences, prior to taking the quiz!

    • John Fedro

      Reply Reply September 4, 2013

      Hi Geena,

      Great! That is the point. To educate and provide you with real world material. Glad you enjoyed and learned.

      Talk soon,
      John

  • Cathy A

    Reply Reply September 24, 2013

    This was a great game! Extremely helpful. I learned a lot just by really looking at the pictures and studying your comments. I know I am going to come back to this article/game several times so I can start to look at the pictures and know that I am actually looking at.

    Thank you so much! Keep it up!

  • Julianne

    Reply Reply September 25, 2013

    Great overview on how to identify mobile homes. Thanks.

    • John Fedro

      Reply Reply September 26, 2013

      Thank you Julianne. Glad you enjoyed the post and that it also provided you with value.

      Best,
      John Fedro

  • Barry Gordon

    Reply Reply November 6, 2013

    Very helpful and instructive. Please number the pictures for future puzzles.

    • John Fedro

      Reply Reply November 6, 2013

      Hi Barry,

      Thank you. I am glad that you have received value from this posting. Great and easy suggestion for the next one. Thanks Barry.

      Talk soon,
      John

  • Barry Gordon

    Reply Reply November 12, 2013

    Yes, I think the more exercises the better. After all, looking at mobile homes and understanding their flaws and best characteristics determines their value to us as we attempt to make a purchase.
    Can you make a comment or two about the benefit of the various kinds of skirting? For example, a couple of homes shown have wood skirting. Is that good or better than some other kind?--what about brick? Are there different kinds of vinyl siding? One of your pictures show a 2005 vinyl siding that looks terrible. Why did this home age so poorly?

    The more exercises the better. Thanks.
    Barry

    • John Fedro

      Reply Reply November 12, 2013

      Hi Barry,

      Thanks for the excellent feedback and questions. Please see my thoughts below. I have italicized your words and left mine un-italicized for the readers and yourself to better distinguish between the two.

      Yes, I think the more exercises the better. After all, looking at mobile homes and understanding their flaws and best characteristics determines their value to us as we attempt to make a purchase. I agree. Well said. There is one other game on this site at the moment with more in the works. :) Glad this game has provided you with real value.
      Can you make a comment or two about the benefit of the various kinds of skirting? For example, a couple of homes shown have wood skirting. Is that good or better than some other kind?–what about brick? If you are a home owner that is living in the home I would express more of an importance in the issue. In short, as MH investors any skirting that A.) looks nice B.) does not have significant holes in it will keep out animals that may damage underneath the home and C.) already comes with the home will be good enough to resell it as-is. Now, if the skirting is non-existent or is in a nightmare of condition that you would not want to show the home I would suggest metal skirting. Metal skirting comes in an assortment of colors and styles to match almost any home. Metal will resist damages more than other forms of skirting, and the cost is only a bit more expensive than traditional vinyl skirting. Brink is fine as well, I am not in love with brick however it looks really good with newer homes. However, like I said before 99.5% of the time the skirting you have on your "Investment mobile home" will be just fine to resell. Are there different kinds of vinyl siding? Yes, different brands with different makes and coatings. Not all vinyl siding is created equally. You can tell this quality by feel and thickness when you purchase. One of your pictures show a 2005 vinyl siding that looks terrible. Why did this home age so poorly? Good question. In this business you will see 2005 homes that do not look as good as a 1970 model home that was cared for. It all comes down to how the owners cared for the homes, the pride of ownership in the home, and the available money the owners have to make the needed wear and tear repairs as they develop. Does this make sense?

      Happy to help. Let me know if you have any followup questions.

      All the best,
      John Fedro

  • Sean

    Reply Reply November 27, 2013

    Glad I read this post this morning. I was checking out MH online and the exercise already came in handy! Saw one for sale with the flat/round roof and remembered it was Pre-1982!

    Awesome game John!

    • John Fedro

      Reply Reply November 27, 2013

      Hi Sean,

      Excellent! Thank you for mentioning that. Glad to see this has already helped you out.

      Talk soon,
      John

  • William

    Reply Reply January 8, 2014

    What price range would you pay for a pre 1882 Single-wide home?
    Is it worth while to fix up a pre 1882 Single wide home?
    What would be the most you would spend to rehab a Single wide home of pre 1882?

    • John Fedro

      Reply Reply January 8, 2014

      Hi William,

      I am going to assume you meant to write 1982 instead of 1882. An 1882 mobile home would be a collector's item that belongs in the Smithsonian.

      So assuming you meant 1982 the price will vary wildly depending on your local market, the amount of homes for sale in the park, the method these other homes are being sold for in the park, lot rent, if the home is in a park or on private land, what you can resell for in cash and payments, the repairs needed, the area of town, the seller's motivation, the type of MHP park, and a few other factors. I apologize that I can not give you a straight answer however each home is different for many reasons, and each investor is different for many reasons, and each seller is different for many reasons.

      If you have a few pictures of the home send them my way and I'll get back to you my thoughts, concerns, and additional followup questions to consider.

      Talk soon,
      John Fedro

  • Van Nguyen

    Reply Reply January 15, 2014

    Thanks John! this is a great info.

    • John Fedro

      Reply Reply January 16, 2014

      Hi Van,

      Happy to help. Thanks for commenting.

      Talk soon,
      John

  • Thomas Austin

    Reply Reply January 21, 2014

    John,

    I just found your site recently and find it a wealth of information. Thanks for starting this. I am in the Anchorage, Alaska market and a newbie. I have toured some of the parks in town and scanned Craigslist and some of the realtor websites. The market here seems limited so the asking prices are much higher than what you quote despite the age of many units. But, I have a friend who has owned four or so units for several years and makes good cash flow via rental. You seem to avoid renting, and I understand why with a large market in Texas. I will keep an eye on your site for good information and suggestions. Thanks!

    Tom

    • John Fedro

      Reply Reply January 23, 2014

      Hi Tom,

      Thank you for commenting and for your kind words. I do stay away from renting mobile homes for the most part however this is still a good strategy for long term wealth and cash flow. It is good you have some local to show you the ropes and help you get into this business. The numbers in your state are different however there are still sellers in need from time and time and location to location so keep alert, know your market, and make sure people in the business know you and how you can help. Keep and touch and don't hesitate to ask any follow up questions in the future.

      All the best,
      John

  • ernie woodhouse

    Reply Reply April 4, 2014

    Great exercise.

    So, to me, at this early stage of my MH education - there is nothing that strict. Adding vinyl and roof-overs completely obscures the age. Point is - rehab this way and you'd have a very new-looking home.

    Thanks

    • John Fedro

      Reply Reply April 5, 2014

      Hi Ernie,

      Thanks for commenting. If you are purchasing a mobile home that needs such significant repairs that an entire roof over is needed I would advise you reconsider this purchase. Each MH is on a case by case basis of course however I want to make you aware and everyone else that for your first few deals look for nice and clean homes that you can purchase for an undervalued price or terms. Adding vinyl siding can cost between $1,000-$2,000 for a singlwide or doublewide with labor so make sure it is needed by the park or for a high cash sale. Otherwise this cost you are paying will take months to recoup when selling for payments. Does this make sense?

      All the best,
      John

  • Kelley

    Reply Reply May 2, 2014

    This is very informative. Great pics and topic. I will keep this for future reference.

    • John Fedro

      Reply Reply May 2, 2014

      Hi Kelley,

      Thank you for commenting. Glad you have received value from the quick little game.

      All the best,
      John

  • Gerald Gaddy

    Reply Reply June 1, 2014

    Thanks John for sharing your tips. I am buying my first investment single family home property at age 42 on June 06, 2014. I should of started investing sooner but it's never to late. I will be shifting my investment focus on mobile homes purchases and acquiring mobile home parks because the return is greater. I also realize you can get more bang for your buck.

    • John Fedro

      Reply Reply June 2, 2014

      Hi Gerald,

      Thanks for commenting and sharing your story. You are exactly right, "It's never too late to start investing." Mobile homes can be very lucrative when purchased and sold correctly for a win-win deal. If you have any questions or concerns moving forward don't hesitate to reach out and ask.

      Talk soon,
      John Fedro

  • Dj

    Reply Reply June 4, 2014

    Thanks John for the info. Quick question do you buy some mobile homes for pennies on the dollar and sell them in as-is condition?

    • John Fedro

      Reply Reply June 9, 2014

      Hi Dj,

      Every deal is slightly different. However with regards to your question, Yes of course.

      Hope this helps. I can expound on the subject if you have more questions.

      Talk soon,
      John

  • Mark Sissel

    Reply Reply June 26, 2014

    Thanks John! Great lesson!!!

    • John Fedro

      Reply Reply June 26, 2014

      Hi Mark,

      Thanks so much. Glad you enjoyed it. I am working on a few more like this too. All the best.

      Talk soon,
      John

  • Vivian

    Reply Reply July 31, 2014

    Hi, John!
    It was a great idea! I feel more able to judge a mobile home!!
    Very helpful!!!
    Tks!!

    • John Fedro

      Reply Reply August 1, 2014

      Hi Vivian,

      Excellent to hear! Thanks for commenting and playing the game.

      Talk soon,
      John

  • Chas Phillips

    Reply Reply July 31, 2014

    I didn't do as well as I thought I would, I did however learn significantly more about identifying mobile home through this lesson though. If anything it has strengthened my desire to start and finish your course,

    • John Fedro

      Reply Reply August 1, 2014

      Hi Chas,

      Sounds good. You learned a lot and didn't lose any money, that is my kind of learning. Even better would have been to learn and actually create income. I am glad to hear about the starting and finishing. Of course this material should be finished and implemented as you are learning it. Remember to email me regularly with updates. You are in a very good area for this type of investing.

      Thanks for commenting too.

      Talk soon,
      John

  • Judy

    Reply Reply August 8, 2014

    Just learned about you and have been enjoying your videos. I enjoyed this little lesson. Very interesting. Thanks.

    • John Fedro

      Reply Reply August 10, 2014

      Hi Judy,

      Thanks for commenting and playing along. Don't hesitate to reach out should you have any further MH investing questions.

      All the best,
      John

  • Tony

    Reply Reply August 27, 2014

    I appreciate your desire to help other investors.

    • John Fedro

      Reply Reply August 29, 2014

      Hi Tony,

      Thank you for commenting and your kind words. Very happy to help.

      All the best,
      John Fedro

  • Carlos

    Reply Reply October 23, 2014

    Recently became a big fan of yours. Being new to the MH market(trying), this is a nice exercise to help newbies like me. Very cool stuff!! I'll keep an eye out for new(to me)information coming from you. Thanks a bunch!

    • John Fedro

      Reply Reply October 24, 2014

      Hi Carlos,

      Thanks for commenting and happy to help. Keep in touch.

      Best,
      John

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