How to Spot a Good Mobile Home Park
Are you thinking about making the switch to mobile home living, but aren’t sure whether mobile home park life is for you? In the media, mobile home parks are often portrayed as grungy, flimsy, and riddled with crime, but in reality, there are as many kinds of neighborhoods for mobile homes as there are for traditionally-built houses. From beachside communities filled with multi-million dollar trailer homes in Malibu, to extravagant modular homes nestled in the mountains in Aspen, Colorado, you can be sure there is a mobile home park for you.
In today’s post, our mobile home dealers at Denver Mobile Homes are giving our top five tips for filtering the good parks from the bad. Read on to learn more, and if you are interested in viewing our available mobile homes for sale, then feel free to contact us today! Our goal is to remove the stigma of mobile home living and to provide safe, affordable homes for families across Denver.
If you buy a mobile home, you don’t have to live in a mobile home park, but if you decide that you would like to, then make sure that the community checks the following boxes:
1. Safe Area
A mobile home park is only as safe as the area it’s in, and since modular homes typically face greater security challenges than stick-built homes do, it’s important to make sure your community is in a safe part of town.
If you’re unfamiliar with the area, and you are working with a mobile home dealer like Denver Mobile Homes, then be sure to ask them about the neighborhood. Ask the residents about their impression of the area’s safety and crime rates. Read public police reports and do some online research into crime trends. Drive through the park on a Friday night. If anything raises red flags, or if your gut instinct tells you that it’s unsafe, skip that park. There are plenty of other communities to choose from, and your safety takes priority.
2. Long-Term, Stable Management
Request information about the park’s management history. If it has passed through many hands in the last few years, or if community rules and housing guidelines change regularly, it may be best to skip it — you don’t want to be subjected to the whims and inconveniences of changing or inconsiderate management.
On the other hand, if the park has been governed well, with fair, communicative, and long-term management, it’s a good sign. It’s worth it to check out your future property managers and make sure that you will be able to establish a relationship of mutual respect.
When the owners of a mobile home park actually live on-site, it speaks well of the community. Some mobile home investors may buy a park and hire the cheapest or easiest management available, all from an entirely different state or country. When the owners live in the park itself, however, they are fully involved, boots-on-the-ground, and you can assume that they have a certain amount of pride and passion in their home. This will reflect and ripple across the community.
4. Responsible Residents
In a mobile home park, your neighbors are going to be quite close — so you’ll want to scope them out ahead of time. What is the general demographic? Some parks resemble self-contained retirement communities, full of senior citizens enjoying quiet days. Others may attract younger families, full of plastic yard toys and children playing in the streets. Still others may be full of college-aged people, partying into the weekends. Most are a mixture of many age ranges, income levels, and professions.
As with any neighborhood you are considering settling in, you want to be tuned in to the residents to make sure that you are a good fit. Drive through the community a few times to see what it’s like a different times of the day or week — noon on a weekday will probably feel very different than Friday evening. It’s a good idea to scope it out to get a good idea of what you’re getting yourself into.
5. Proven Track Record of Keeping Space Rent Low
Finally, you want to make sure to choose a community that has a demonstrated history of keeping rent space low and reasonable. If you are choosing to buy a mobile home as a creative solution for affordable housing, then space rent is going to be your biggest cost outside of your mortgage. Make sure it will stay within your budget by reviewing the management history for space rent costs.
Contact Denver Mobile Homes to Find Your New Home Today
If you are looking to buy a mobile home in the Denver market, then contact us today! Our mobile home dealers are dedicated to helping Colorado families find safe, affordable housing in an expensive real estate market, and we can help you find a mobile home park that suits your unique needs. Feel free to browse our site to learn more about mobile home living or to view our available modular home properties, and when you’re ready to get started, give us a call! We’re ready to help you find your next dream home.