5 Reasons You Should Consider Moving Into a Mobile Home

Mobile homes aren’t what they used to be. It’s estimated that about 20 million Americans are currently shacking up in mobile homes. Of that population, 57 percent is fully employed and another 23 percent is simply retired and living the good life. So what gives? Well, when you break it down and take a look at what a move into a mobile home has to offer these days, it’s not hard to see why so many Americans are opting for more mobile living.

why move into a mobile home

Tiny homes are a thing

Tiny homes are the 21st century, hipster-approved mobile home option that blows the not-so-designerly notion of an ugly, ramshackle mobile home right out of the water. From eco-luxe camping trailers that are entirely suited for full-time living to actual tiny homes that are just smaller versions of the real deal, but on wheels, single- and double-wide are no longer the only options.

A commitment-phobe’s dream

If you’re over renting but the commitment of owning a home scares the living daylights out of you, a mobile home may be the ideal compromise. When you commit to a home, you commit to the land, its upkeep, real estate taxes, and location, too. If you don’t like your neighbors or some new development around you, there’s not much you can do about it in a home that’s anchored in the ground.

With a mobile home, however, for a not-so-astronomical price, you can simply pick up and move. Beyond mobility, mobile homes let you sidestep much of the extra commitment while still letting you be the master of your own space.

The best of both worlds

When you choose a mobile home over an apartment, you save yourself from shared walls, crazy landlords, and seedy building managers in one fell swoop while still trading up for many of the bonuses that traditional homes offer, like a yard. Another bonus is fewer rules than you’ll typically find in an apartment or condo setting.

For example, if you’re a pet owner, moving to a mobile home makes sense—compared to the animal-banning clauses and sky-high pet deposits that most apartments or condos require, mobile homes are a pet lover’s paradise.

Just the right amount of (customizable!) space

Whether you’re looking to downsize from too much space or are an interior design fiend with custom home decor dreams, the slightly condensed space that mobile homes offer is key. They’re designed to fit everything you need in a smaller space and, therefore, provide you with the perfect opportunity to do more with less.

If you want gorgeous flooring or a killer kitchen fit for a chef, realizing those dreams is much easier (and more affordable) when you have less space. There’s living proof of—and boundless inspiration for— stylish living on the move, too, like Rebecca Knabe’s Trailer Chic Girls blog and Laird Herbet’s Yukon Tiny Home.

Seriously save on cash

Last, but certainly not least, one of the main reasons you should consider mobile home living is the affordability associated with it. While price varies based on your location, buying a mobile home will run you roughly $30,000–$70,000 for a standard selection, and lot rent clocks in at about $200-$300 a month on average in the US. Mid-range tiny homes cost an average of $20,000–$40,000. For new couples just getting started in the world, young professionals investing in their careers over their housing, or retirees looking to downsize their lifestyle to match their retirement fund better, the savings associated with mobile home living are practically too good to pass up.

Are you as converted as we are? From young millennials who don’t want to settle down quite yet to those looking to live a life that’s a more economical and eco-friendly, the idea that living a mobile home lifestyle is for those who couldn’t make another option work is decidedly one of the past. If we had to bet on it, we’d put our money on killer mobile homes and the tiny house movement giving traditional housing a run for its money in the not-so-distant future.

About Cinnamon Janzer

Cinnamon Janzer
Cinnamon is a writer and editor whose work has been featured in FastCo.Exist, GOOD.is, Elite Daily and more. You can read more about her work and current life in Nicaragua with her dog, Gus, at www.cinnamon-janzer.com.
  • Ridley Fitzgerald

    Thanks for the tips on moving into a mobile home. We’re definitely in the category of retired and wanting to live the good life in a mobile home. We’ll be sure to keep everything you said here in mind as we start house hunting. http://www.thirdcreeksupplyinc.com/winston-salem.html

  • Sam Li

    I love what you said about saving yourself from shared walls when living in a mobile home. I would say that double wide mobile homes offer some of the most cost-effective ways of living. My wife and I are contemplating moving into a mobile home, so we’ll consider a double wide to have more room. http://ridgecresthomesales.com/listings/multi-sectional/

  • Kenny Alan Cramer

    Or I could just move into a trash dumpster and be really classy…

  • Tyler Johnson

    That’s cool that you can get a nice mobile home for about $70,000. That’s a lot cheaper than the $250,000 average price for a home in my area. That’s also cool that living in a mobile home can be more eco-friendly. I might have to look into a mobile home as an option to live in.
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  • alenajoy

    I’m just now checking into the idea of having a small mobile or travel trailer. And I’m seeing there is no need at all to spend a fortune on a mobile home. There are so many used ones and you can redo and personalize them. A single person doesn’t need that much space. I’ve lived in a studio apt for almost 11 years and I love small spaces. I’m just not accustomed to living in a trailer park and I’m a very quiet and private person. I’d detest having noise around me. This would be a big transition for me so I’m weighing things a lot. But buying outright for an inexpensive one is an idea made in Heaven. Then one could buy a lot and no mortgage, no rent. I live in Texas and saw a lot in Central Texas for $4000. It was very nice in a private, safe area. Not bad. And a very nice older trailer could be had for $7,000 – 10,000. Not your speed? It is mine because I like to save money and enjoy like in my semi-retired stage. Best wishes all.

  • Lynn Della

    I find this article quite misleading in several particulars.

    First, the headline refers to “mobile homes” but more of the discussion is about tiny homes (yes, they’re mobile, but otherwise not even close).

    Second, the prices given are nowhere near the spread I’ve been seeing (and I’ve been looking for MONTHS, in several different areas. The best price I’ve seen was $19,900 (for a 2 BR/1 BA home of a bit more than 1,000 sq.ft.) but the home and lot needed a great deal of work. At the other extreme are mobile (not even manufactured–which is yet another undiscussed option) homes in the $250-300,000 range. Interestingly, these ranges are consistent in the various, very disparate areas were I’ve been looking (1,000 miles apart).

    Finally, there is no discussion of mobile home park fees (often incorrectly referred to as HOA fees), which can range from $200-300 to $850-1,000 per month. Typically, the higher prices are for parks that are larger, nicer looking, better maintained, and have more amenities–pools, workout facilities, nice common areas, activities, etc., but that’s not hard and fast, either. Occasionally, the land inside a park is sold with the home but that’s not typical.

    It’s also worth noting that, when buying a mobile home, it’s important to find out whether or not it’s ever been registered as real property. If not, the title transfer is different from conventional houses, often handled through DMV (yes, really!) or another state agency–which is much faster and far less expensive (no title fees or complex documents). (This also makes it all but impossible to research how many times a MH has been sold.)