When you decide that a mobile home is the right housing option for you, it can be hard to know what size mobile home to buy. There are so many options that are on the market that there are a few factors that you have to take into consideration. The most common options for mobile homes are single, double, and even triple wide homes. The following guide walks you through the things that you need to consider to ensure that you invest in the right size mobile home for you.
Consider Where the Home Will be Located
The first thing you need to do is determine where the home will be located. Once you buy a mobile home, you need to have a piece of property to put it on. If you plan to move into a mobile home community, there may be a limitation on how large of a mobile home you can have. Determining where you plan to put the home before buying it ensures that you do not invest in one that is larger than you are allowed to have.
Consider How Many Bedrooms You Need
Mobile homes are often starter homes for many couples. They are inexpensive and provide the ability to relocate if needed. When buying a mobile home, you need to consider how many bedrooms you need a house to have. If you have children, you want to be sure that there is enough space for them to be able to live comfortably within the home. If you don’t have kids yet, but plan to have them in the near future, be sure to choose a home that is large enough for your growing family when you are buying it. Adding onto a mobile home isn’t as easy to do as adding onto a stick-built home would be.
Consider the Number of Bathrooms You Want the Home to Have
The number of bathrooms the mobile home will have will be dependent on its size. Single-wide mobile homes traditionally only have a single full-sized bathroom. Double wide will often have a single full-sized bathroom and a half bath or two full-sized bathrooms. A triple-wide could have as many as three bathrooms or two full-sized bathrooms and a half bath. If you have a large family, having a single bathroom may create a lot of chaos within the family because everyone may need to get ready at one time, and there won’t be enough space for that to happen.
Consider the Laundry Space within the Mobile Home
Many single-wide homes on the market have a laundry space added to the bathroom of the home or in the kitchen. This can make doing the laundry difficult because those are spaces that are commonly occupied within a home. You need to consider if you want a separate space dedicated to your laundry. If you do, you may need to invest in a double or triple wide home so that you can have a dedicated laundry room to do your laundry.
Consider the Kitchen You Want to Have
The kitchen in mobile homes can sometimes be quite small. If you have a small family or don’t cook often, a smaller kitchen may work out fine for you. If you have a larger family or enjoy cooking, a small kitchen may make you feel cramped or limit your ability to cook the way that you want to cook. Double and triple-wide homes often have much larger kitchens than single-wide home options. This allows you to have larger and more appliances than you would have in a single-wide home. For example, single-wide homes often do not have a dishwasher, but larger home options do.
Consider the Storage You Need Available to You
When you own a home, there are always items that you need to be able to store away to use at a later time. Single-wide mobile homes often have very limited storage space in them. Larger homes have more closet space, and some even have pitched roofs that create attic space for you to be able to store items overhead when they aren’t being used. You need to consider how many items you really need to store before buying any mobile home.
Consider the Common Space Your Family Needs
You want your family to be able to spend time together regularly to ensure that your family bond is as strong as it can be. If you live in a smaller home, it can feel cramped at times because the common area in the home will be limited. If you have a large family, choosing a double or triple-wide home may be a good option for you because the common areas in the home are often much larger than that of a single-wide home. This provides you with the ability to add multiple seating options in the house and ensure that no one feels cramped when they come to visit.
Consider the Cost You Can Afford to Pay
One of the most important things you need to consider when choosing the right size mobile home for your family is the cost that you can afford to pay for the house. The cost of a double or triple-wide is much higher than the cost of a single-wide mobile home. It’s best to get preapproval for a home before you even start house hunting to ensure that you know what your budget is. This allows you to narrow down your options and determine if the size of your home is worth more to you than the updated features that a smaller home may offer for the same cost.
Before choosing any home, it’s a good idea to take a tour of the model homes that the dealer has to offer. You will be able to physically walk through the homes so that you can accurately gauge if a home is going to be the right size for you and if you like the layout of the home before you buy it. This ensures that you are going to be as happy as possible with the investment that you make.