Mobile Homes South Portland ME

Mobile homes are classified as prefabricated homes, built in factories. These homes are built to be transported using public roads, when needed. A few years back a mobile home looked more like a transportation pod, but today the have the same appearance as a traditional home, if one so pleases. With additional accessories, the chassis, wheels, and tires can be hidden. Please read on to find a local mobile home dealer.

Pleasant Valley Modular Homes, Inc.
(570) 345-8600
Portland, ME
Modular Home Plant, Manufactured Homes

State Manufactured Homes
(207) 883-2512
Portland, ME
Manufactured Homes

Lees Family Trailer Sales
(800) 640-9276
480 Roosevelt Trail
Windham, ME
Mountian Road RV
(800) 682-7355
31 Mountain Rd
Sabattus, ME
Models Available
Toy Hauler Rentals

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Profile State Line Superstore
(207) 339-0032
1545 Carl Broggi Hwy - Route 202
Lebanon, ME
Ritz-Craft Corporation
(800) 326-9836
Portland, ME
Manufactured Homes

Seacoast RVs
(207) 282-3511
729 Portland Road
Saco, ME
Leisure Main Motorhomes
(877) 596-5994
43 Farewell Dr.
Rockland, ME
Models Available
Toy Hauler Rentals

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Call of the Wild RV Center
(207) 539-4410
Route 26
Oxford, ME
McKays RV
(207) 989-4300
102 Main Rd.
Holden, ME
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Used Mobile Homes - Be Careful

Why consider used mobile homes? My own first home was a mobile on a small lot. I bought it for $19,500. With the mortgage payments it was still cheaper than renting, plus I paid it off quickly and later sold it for $45,000. Obviously you can live cheap and build equity with a mobile home. (Buying may be the equivalent of cheap rent, but this article is about mobiles that are on real estate.)

The primary advantages of mobiles over traditional houses are clear for first time home buyers. It may be the only option, for starters. Then there is the lower initial price, the simpler, cheaper maintenance, lower monthly payments, less property tax, lower insurance cost, and perhaps even faster equity build-up (I explain this in another article). Mobile homes do have their own unique problems, so be sure to watch for the following.

Problems With Used Mobile Homes

Sometimes the age of a mobile home makes it tough to finance. If it can be financed, it may be at a very high interest rate. Check into this before making an offer, and take the higher payments into account when comparing your options.

The age of is also a big factor when it comes to insurance. Certain older homes may just be uninsurable. See if you can obtain insurance at a reasonable rate before buying.

Some mobile homes built before 1976 have aluminum wiring. This is a fire hazard because the chemical reaction between the aluminum and other metals cause the wiring to break down, eventually leading to sparking inside the walls (not good). Remove any of the electrical outlet or switch covers, and look inside with a flashlight. If the bare ends of the wires are silvery looking, they are probably aluminum, and you may have to rewire the home to get it insured.

Look for stains on the ceilings. Used mobile homes are prone to leaks. If it is raining and the stains are dry, the leaks have probably been repaired, but if there are many dark stains, at least ask for how long the roof leaked. Leaks that were quickly repaired may not have done much, if any, damage to the supporting beams, but if the roof is seriously sagging there may be rotten wood up there.

Look for wavy walls and crooked door frames. If the mobile is irregularly settling, the walls will sometimes show it. It may also show in the door frames, so see if the gap over the doors is straight in relation to the frame.

Check for spongy floors. Many mobiles have particle-board for floors. If these floors get wet, they can warp and rot. Step down hard here and there to test, especially in the bathroom. I've had to rebuild two bathroom floors in mobile homes. Around the toilet is a common place to find problems, because of the condensation from the toilet running down and soaking the wood around it. Is the toilet level or leaning?

Most of these problems can be resolved, and for much less than in a traditional house, so if there are issues, you may want to see them as an opportunity to make a lower offer. Alternately, you can just avoid the mobiles with problems. In any case, don't give up on owning your own home due to high prices. Just

look for good used mobile homes.

Steve Gillman writes on all real estate topics. Visit his website for:
1. A photo of a beautiful house he and his wife bought for $17,500.
2. A free book on how to save thousands buying your next home.
3. A free real estate investing course.


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