How Fireproof is Your Mobile Home?

How fireproof is your mobile home? How well do you think your home covers you from a fire? Did you check all the boxes that comply with fire safety? You don’t even know what the boxes are? Alright we have to fix that and get you up to date before you move next to any other mobile estates.

First and foremost you have to make sure all alarms are up and running. Be aware that your smoke alarms are charged and working. You can do this by looking for the green light located on most units. If there is no light or a different color you should locate your manual for more information. Also be sure to never remove or disable these units. It is your best line of defense when it comes to fires. Be sure to keep them at least 20 feet away from any place that produces steam or smoke in a controlled manner. This means be sure to keep them out of kitchens and bathrooms so you do not experience false alarms. When you are finished installing or inspecting one you need to be sure you have more. Every room should essentially have a fire alarm besides the mentioned rooms, which need to have some in the vicinity.

Next is to not overload your electrical units. Do not have too many pieces of equipment attached to the same outlet. This can cause an unusual amount of power to an area which can either heat up to cause fire or spark to cause a fire. Be sure to use only one and at most two power strips per outlet and make sure they have space between each other. The most common occurrence is when residents plug in an abundant amount of Christmas light to the family tree. Heat builds up and causes a fire which gets exacerbated by the tree and spreads the fire. Things like wrong light bulbs in sockets can also cause house fires along with many other power related items. Be sure to check the wattage of your outlets and ports making note of what the capacity is so your home can stay safe.

Lastly be sure you know where your fire extinguisher is located and if it is up to date. Many homeowners do not pay attention to the life of their extinguishers and often have expired ones. So when a fire does break out you are ill prepared to take care of it. 

3 Risks of Mobile Homes and How To Avoid Them

Manufactured homes these days are pretty safe with the new technology around. This doesn’t mean you need to put your guard down though. There are still risks to living in a mobile homes like there is in every home. But instead of it being disaster danger, which manufactured homes have done good with solving, it’s more about your health. 

Mold in a mobile home is the most known health risk. This is also a risk in normal homes so anyone can use these tips. This is the black and green area you see on your ceiling or a place where water is frequent. This can grow anywhere and all it needs is a damp surface to grow on. Living with mold and mildew can cause problems with upper respiratory organs, which is quite dangerous. A lot of mobile homes are placed in areas like the beach and other water sources so you need to keep an eye out for such things. How to avoid it can be using a dehumidifier to help remove humidity from the air and put it in places like the bathroom.

Next on the list is formaldehyde. This is a problem in older units because they used the chemical on the interior of the home. It can be a real issue because it causes symptoms of the common cold, and nosebleeds with longer exposure causing cancer. Formaldehyde is a colorless, strong smelling gas that can build up so keeping frequent fresh air in the house is a must. The cheap option is to keep the doors and windows open throughout the day to air out the house. But depending on where you are that won’t be an option all the time so getting an air purifier would be another alternative.

That last health risk is something most people don’t even know they’re doing to themselves. When you smoke inside you’re causing damage to yourself and your furniture because of all the smoke stays in the home. The smoke leaves residue on all things in the area causing your home to always have those toxic chemicals around creating second hand smoke if done too often. This can be easily avoided by just stepping outside to smoke, but if that is not an option you can alway get an air purifier to help with the issue. This won’t be a 100% fix but it will help in the long run.

10 Benefits of Living in a Mobile Home Park

A new era of Mobile homes in Southern California has dawned. Many homes are multi-story structures that have energy efficient heating and cooling systems and ENERGY STAR appliances. More than 17 million Americans live in mobile homes. What do they know that the rest of us don’t? Here are 10 benefits of living in a mobile home.

1. Affordability

Mobile homes are an affordable option for Americans to purchase their own homes.

2. Greater Opportunities

Living in a mobile home park gives you a greater sense of freedom to save and set aside funds for traveling. With more affordable housing, you’ll have more freedom to chase after those dreams you’ve held onto.

3. No Property Tax

With no property tax means you own your mobile home, makes things much cheaper for the owner of the home.

4. No More Noise Complaints

Owning a mobile home park means you’ll never have to hear your neighbors again. Well, not exactly! Most mobile home parks enforce safety and low noise rules for certain periods of time. 

5. Community Perks 

Include, pools, events, and fitness centers having a sense of community is freeing, try out the community pool while keeping up on the latest events in your park!

6. Age and Population Restrictions 

Those living in a like-minded community are often happier and feel safer. Most mobile homes are family and pet friendly. Others can be exclusive to a certain demographic or age range. Whatever option you are looking for, there will be a park that can provide it!

7. Homeownership Perks

You can upgrade, paint, or remodel anytime you want. Keeping up with the modern aspects of your home is very important. Keeping it up to date and stylish will make you feel happy and content to live in your home, while also being able to get the best deal when you decide it’s time to move. 

8. Pets

Pets are usually allowed in most mobile home parks. Check with your property managers to determine if your park is suitable for pets. 

9. Yards

Homeowners each get a small yard, easily maintainable with 

endless potential. Most mobile home parks will have a larger community area that might include a pool, grass section, and even a playground!

10. Minimal Maintenance

Mobile home maintenance is very minimal maintenance. Tree trimming and mowing is in the past! The park is responsible for all roads, sidewalks, and maintenance on the park. 

These were 10 Benefits of Living in a mobile home. With living in your own mobile home park, you can have all the benefits of traditional home-ownership without the burden of maintenance and excessive property taxes. Living in a Mobile Estate  is one of the top choices for the ongoing population with a growing community of mobile home owners. 

The New Type Of Mobile Home

When everyone thinks of living in a mobile home park in California or a resident-owned community a few specific things come to mind. Everyone thinks of modular homes or manufactured homes. While they think of those homes buyers still imagine the mobile homes of old that resemble trailers and RVs. So today I want to break down the difference between these two and introduce you to a new type of home; Park Model Homes.

A modular home is more of the piece by piece built version of mobile homes. These types of homes are usually built one room at a time and then pieced together when the final products get to the final destination. These types of mobile homes are often used as mobile office spaces on construction sites or for movable living spaces when constructing across long stretches. These homes follow the HUD code for home builds so they can provide safety and longevity. They continue to follow this code so housing can still be possible even though they are used for different means.

Manufactured homes in mobile home parks in California are what people see most families live in these days. These are the homes that are built in one piece with the rooms already factory built inside. Manufactured homes are more likely to be permanently anchored to the ground and used for long term housing. These homes can at times resemble track homes in neighborhoods but are mainly used in mobile home parks. These types of homes also follow the HUD code. There are some homes that are known to follow the IRC codes, but it all depends on the company you contract to build your home.

So now you understand the previous norms of mobile home housing I can now describe to you the new type of housing called Park Model. These homes represent the name well with all of the homes staying around the same square footage of 400 sq ft. These homes are meant to be built and placed in communities with ease and efficiency. These homes do come with wheels that allow them to be moved with ease that can be removed and reattached at will. They are built with a cabin-like style in mind that comes pre-built with select rooms coming standard. These houses are also meant for remote placement outside of communities like in campgrounds and other outdoor areas.

A lot of people state it is like a great cross between an RV and a mobile home. These types of mobile estates keep both the mobile aspect in mind as well as the home aspect. The house has the ability to be anchored into the ground for long term living or you can keep wheels attached for movement later down the line. Even though they only come in a cabin-like exterior it won’t take long for time to catch up and all mobile homes make the transition to this hybrid.

Understand your Park

If you are a current mobile home property manager then this point is a must know. Each park will operate differently than other parks. So understanding your park can help you make better-educated decisions that will benefit the community, owners, and investors. “Understanding your Park” is a very broad statement so let’s break it down a bit.

  1. Financially – Where does your park stand and what kind of problems exist right now? What problems have stayed consistent in the park for years? How do we fix these issues? These are all questions that property managers must have answers to. The best property managers are forward thinkers and not “day to day” thinkers. Thinking about the long term and adopting new ideas and decisions now that will improve the long term status of the park is very important. Knowing the smaller details is equally important to long term visions. If you know your sewer line gets backed up 5 or 6 times a year and it costs $300 to get it fixed rather than $150,000 for all new sewer lines. Spending $1500 each year is much better than $150,000 for problems that only arise every so often. 
  2. Who are the residents? This point can also play in the communication aspect of mobile home property management. Understanding your tenants, their behaviors, careers, hobbies, etc is important in understanding your park. If you have a relatively new park full of young adults and new families, then a pool and spa or playground area might be a great option for your park. But, if your park is full of retirees and older folks, then maybe a playground isn’t the best option. The key to understanding your park is understanding your community. Find out what they like to do and have conversations with your investors or owners to try and bring the community more options for them. 
  3. Building Relationships – Building relationships is key for a property manager. Having a deeper relationship with the community is always advised. Taking time out of your busy schedule to spend time with members of the community can show them your care and compassion for their livelihoods. Even maintaining closer relationships with owners and investors can push the process of maintenance and new builds much faster. 

In conclusion, there are many aspects that need to be accounted for in the job description of a mobile home property manager. Remember that communication is key when finding the best ways to understand your park on a deeper level. Property managers and owners should make sure that their tenants are satisfied with the park and management. 

Taking up side conversations with residents is always a good way to understand your park better. The more you can build relationships the better the park will run. Follow the blog as we continue to update content monthly! 

Are Mobile Homes Earthquake Safe?

Believe it or not, mobile homes are much more susceptible to damage caused by an earthquake than any other type of home. Most conventional homes are supported by a permanent concrete foundation unlike mobile homes which have a much weaker support system. Fortunately there are things we can do to make mobile homes much safer to seismic shaking damage. First, we need to know about the two main types of mobile home support systems. 

A reinforced concrete foundation system

A reinforced concrete foundation system is available for most mobile home installations. This is the strongest foundation system available and is the least likely to suffer major earthquake damage.

A steel pier system 

Many mobile homes are installed with a steel pier system. This system is easily adjustable but gives the mobile home a bearing surface causing it’s frame to be much weaker and subject to more damage upon a major earthquake.

A Lateral Restraint System.

All mobile homes in the central U.S. are required to have a lateral pier system which prevents any mobile home foundation system from wind damage. First you must install a diagonal frame anchor attached to the strong ground anchors.

Studies show manufactured mobile homes will be very vulnerable to future earthquakes even after the 1994 Northridge earthquake and the 2014 south Napa earthquake. There is a very large number of mobile homes that are not even required to improve seismic bracing and therefore will be vulnerable in the next earthquake. The next step is to be prepared for anything that could happen by minimizing damage and repair costs to each mobile home.

In the 1994 Northridge earthquake extensive reports showed that 49 percent of mobile homes slid off of their support system. Another 10 percent of homes support systems shifted causing the homeowner to pay a substantial amount in repair costs. 

What can I do to help reduce damage to my home?

While California is known for some of the most memorable earthquakes, there are many other states which anticipate much bigger earthquakes to happen. Although, no amount of earthquake preparedness will guarantee the home is completely safe when an earthquake hits but it is important to be prepared. Here are some suggestions to reduce damage to the home.

 Anchor the home to the ground

Anchoring the home to the ground is important to keep the home safe under mass wind conditions. Ground anchors will help stabilize the home and reduce damage if an earthquake hits. 

Keep the hitch and axles under the home after installation 

The homeowner needs to make sure as a part of their purchase agreement they keep the axles and hitch from under the house. Usually, there should be no additional charge for such an agreement. This will help the house stay intact and not slide off the foundation system in a seismic  earthquake.

Stop movement of the home by installing an earthquake restraint bracing system. 

Although this is a more expensive option, it is much safer than most bracing foundation systems. It is much safer because this more elaborate system keeps the home intact under vertical and horizontal movement. 

Resident Owned Mobile Homes

Resident Owned Mobile Homes in Los Angeles

Are you looking to purchase a mobile home in Los Angeles? Well, here is some basic information you will need to help protect and validate yourselves when determining the right mobile home to purchase and park to move into. Owning a mobile home has it’s positives when it comes to the long term. Here are some reasons why being a mobile home owner and resident is beneficial in Los Angeles.

  1. Stability

Owning a mobile home in Los Angeles can provide a level of stability for the long term. For instance, it helps stabilize your monthly housing expenses so you never have to worry. By understanding your long term housing expenses, you can plan for the future with your income and savings. This gives you the option to budget accordingly and always have an understanding of how much you will be spending on a yearly, monthly, and even weekly basis.

Another reason why being a mobile home owner in Los Angeles provides stability is that it helps secure the value of your home. This will ultimately provide better insight into your net worth and finances. By securing the value of your home it makes it much easier to sell in the future if you decide to move or even rent your mobile home out.

2. PMC Financial Services

If you’re looking to purchase a mobile home in the next few months or years, then understanding what PMC offers is greatly beneficial. PMC Financial Services is a company which helps mobile home owners purchase their properties by offering financing. This method is commonly used when purchasing real estate. The additional cash flow will help secure the sale, construction, refinancing, and any additional upgrades you want to make to your mobile home. By making upgrades to your mobile home the property value can increase therefore letting you sell for more than you bought later in the future. If you are interested in becoming a mobile home owner, then check out this link which will take you to a checklist so you can make sure you’re in the right situation.