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How Much Does a Mobile Home Cost?

 
average costSingle-Wide Average: $37,100high costDouble-wide Average: $73,600
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Although most people call them mobile homes, the official name (since 1976) is "manufactured houses" or "manufactured homes." They're a less-expensive alternative to traditionally constructed houses, and they range from basic narrow structures to spacious homes with carefully crafted floor plans that can include amenities such as cathedral ceilings, walk-in closets, recessed lighting and skylights

Typical costs:

  • The average sales price nationwide for a new manufactured home in 2007 ranged from $37,100 for a single-wide and $73,600 for a double-wide (not including land), according to an annual report by the Census Bureau[1] and the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Regionally, the lowest average price was $35,900 for a new single-wide in the Midwest and $83,800 for a new double-wide in the West.
  • Many new manufactured/mobile homes are set up in developments/parks, where the home owners pay monthly fees/space rent of $100-$800 or more, depending on location and park amenities. Other manufactured homes are set up on private acreage in rural areas. For these there may be additional costs for installing a foundation, utilities, decking and landscaping. Costs vary widely depending on location and choice of materials. The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) provides a 112-page guide to manufactured home foundations[2] .
  • Used double- or triple-wide mobile homes tend to hold their value better than single-wides. Prices can range from nothing or next to nothing for homes where people just want to be able to walk away from the monthly space rent on an older home, to $10,000-$250,000 or more depending on location, age, size and amenities. MHBay.com lists used mobile/manufactured homes for sale by state[3] .
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What should be included:
  • Mobile or manufactured homes are built in a factory and transported to the site they occupy. Overall size is limited by what can be towed by a tractor-trailer on public highways. Single-wide mobile/manufactured homes are a maximum of 18 feet wide and 90 feet long. Double-wides are at least 20 feet wide and a maximum of 90 feet long, and are towed in two separate units that are joined together at the site. There are triple-wide and homes with four or more units, but they are less common. Some modern manufactured homes are two-story[4] .
  • HUD's Office of Manufactured Housing programs provides consumer information about buying and owning mobile/manufactured homes[5] and AARP lists manufactured housing issues.
Additional costs:
  • If you're buying or selling a used mobile/manufactured house, NadaGuides.com will provide a detailed retail value report[6] for a 1969 or newer mobile home for $20, or sells a manufactured housing cost guide[7] for $60-$120. There are a variety of guidebooks for buying manufactured homes[8] selling for $10-$40.
  • It can sometimes be difficult to obtain financing to buy a used mobile/manufactured home (especially for single-wide and/or older models on rented land), and often interest rates are higher than for loans on conventional site-built homes. Mobile/manufactured homes are considered property rather than real estate, and usually they're registered as a motor vehicle (although most of them are never moved again once they're installed).
Discounts:
  • HUD provides guidelines for saving money by saving energy in manufactured homes[9] .
Shopping for a mobile home:
  • The Federal Trade Commission presents consumer guidelines for buying a new mobile/manufactured home[10] and the Manufactured Housing Institute offers a detailed booklet on "How to Buy a Manufactured Home"[11] .
  • Prefab-Home-Buying-Guide.com lists mobile home manufacturers[12] and national and states associations related to manufactured houses[13] .
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double wide mobile home
Amount: $78,500.00
Posted by: Donna Burbank in bowdoinham, ME.Posted: August 6th, 2014 03:08PM
Size: 28x56Manufacturer: fleetwood
Has to be moved off lot , comes with front deck and back porch
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Posted by: Kshelton in Guntersville, AL.Posted: August 4th, 2014 06:08PM
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know how much to buy to move
Amount: $18,000.00
Posted by: Jean Fischer in Easton, MO.Posted: July 17th, 2014 08:07AM
Size: oversizeManufacturer: local
Missouri is where I live family size total electric two baths/two bedrooms unfurnited
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looking for at least 4br
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Posted by: kndllwn@yahoo.com in Billings, MT.Posted: May 30th, 2014 10:05AM
Wanting to combined our family in one place, we have 5 children and two adults. We don't have the best credit but e are trying, how can we make this work in starting to get frustrated because of all the money I just don't have :( please help.
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Dutchman single wide
Amount: $42,000.00
Posted by: Chrissye in ofallon, MO.Posted: May 29th, 2014 06:05AM
Size: single wideManufacturer: Dutchman
Wanting to sell home now..
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Posted by: Joi in myrlle beach, SC.Posted: May 3rd, 2014 08:05PM
Size: 16x80Manufacturer:
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Amount: $6,500.00
Posted by: Quo-Vadis in Douglasville, GA.Posted: January 5th, 2014 08:01AM
Size: 16x70Manufacturer: Clayton
I purchased a 4bdrm 2bth Mobile home from a young couple that originally wanted $6000 for it, but there was literally a lady banging on their door when I was looking at the home and she was ready to buy it right then! I told the couple that I would give them $6500 cash right now. The rest is history! I love my home!
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1994 mobile home
Amount: $8,000.00
Posted by: Stacyp in Warroad, MN.Posted: December 22nd, 2013 01:12PM
Size: 16X70Manufacturer: Skylander
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Avg cost to paint a double-wide in Tampa Bay?
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Posted by: never-before/new mobile home owner in Pinellas Park, FL.Posted: July 22nd, 2013 08:07PM
Size: double-wideManufacturer: any
How much is the average cost of painting the exterior of a double-wide mobile home, (do no prep work on it), 2 coats, brush painting or spray painting is okay, also? (Living Room/Kitchen area juts up about 2 feet higher than rest of home,average height.) Shed, small front porch, one awning and carport are included, please. Thank you--I'd appreciate any ballpark figure, as I do not want to get ripped off. (One estimate I got so far is $800, which seems HIGH, and another is for $3800, which is robbery!!)
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Amount: $550,000.00
Posted by: lisa v in tulsa, OK.Posted: May 8th, 2013 05:05PM
Size: 16×80Manufacturer: clayton mobile homes
Im asking pay off on my hm which is 50,000
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Needing a 6 bedroom mobile home.
Amount: $79,000.00
Posted by: a user in Creal Springs, IL.Posted: April 28th, 2013 10:04AM
We got a 3 bedroom mobile home which we out grown. There are 7 people who lives here. We need space. Problem is we cannot afford the prices that they are selling them for. Has anyone heard of any type of Grant to help us out. We are a license Foster Family as well. We would like to have more room to keep helping these kids.
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Amount: $84,000.00
Posted by: Tiff in West monroe, LA.Posted: April 11th, 2013 02:04PM
Size: 32x64Manufacturer: 2012 Southern estates
Completely furnished. 3 car carport. Back deck. All comes with the mobile home.
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Amount: $39,900.00
Posted by: Janet Bokamp in Springfield, IL.Posted: April 3rd, 2013 10:04AM
Size: 28 x 56Manufacturer: Shult
Am about to purchase this. Is this too much? The owner said the reason it is so expensive is they have to put a new roof on it. How much is a new roof for a mobile home of this size?
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We can\\\'t WAIT to move in!
Amount: $76,000.00
Posted by: Greer in McComb, MS.Posted: March 6th, 2013 08:03AM
Size: 32x80Manufacturer:
I'm not sure who the manufacturer is - Caebert or something. We absolutely LOVE it! We would get it TODAY but the startup costs are out of this WORLD - slab, sewage, elect, etc. it's just SO MUCH >_<
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HANDYMAN SPECIAL MOBILE HOME IN LEXINGTON SC 29072 ON 2 ACRES
Amount: $49,000.00
Posted by: tonybe in lexington sc 29073, SC.Posted: September 4th, 2012 07:09AM
Size: 1600sqFTManufacturer: GUERDIN
HANDYMAN SPECIAL BUY AS IS 49,000 3 BEDROOMS 2 FULL BATHS 1 FIREPLACE,NEW DISHWASHER,NEW HWH,CENTRAL AIR IS COLD.4 FOOT POOL ABOVE GROUND,STORAGE SHED,AND 40 FOOT STORAGE TRAILOR,NEW WELL PUMP,SEPTIC CLEANED 4-2012.SELL THIS MH FOR ME EARN ONE THOUSAND DOLLARS AT CLOSING CONTACT TONY @1-803-287-5376
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how much should i rent my mobile home for
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Posted by: TONYB in lexington, SC.Posted: September 4th, 2012 07:09AM
Size: 1600sqManufacturer: guredin
MOBILE HOME ON 2 PRIVATE ACRES 3 BEDROOMS 2 FULL BATHS IN LEXINGTON SC 29073 ,WHAT IS FAIR AND REASONABLE PRICE TO RENT OUT.
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Amount: $0.00
Posted by: tobyfebe in slidell, LA.Posted: August 14th, 2011 08:08PM
Size: 16'x60'Manufacturer:
there is a lot of sites to go to but what i am looking for is just a basic living trailer nothing really fancy and with my income of just disability it is difficult to find a trailer i can afford and also rent a spot
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Double wide purchase
Amount: $3,500.00
Posted by: donnalee in Arab, AL.Posted: March 18th, 2011 07:03PM
Size: 24x56(60withtongue)Manufacturer: Young American
A friend got this basically for the cost of the new central unit (2 yrs. old) that had been installed. It had been a renter that the owners got caught in the economy, I believe, as they are trying to refi and it was devaluing their property so they wanted it gone
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Mobile Home Purchase
Amount: $2,000.00
Posted by: Lorie in Walterboro, SC.Posted: July 20th, 2010 09:07PM
Size: 16x80Manufacturer: Unknown
The inside was in good living condition upon purchase.
The only repairs needed were replacing a bedroom wall that had been torn down, a piece of sheetrock in the bathroom and new laminate flooring in the laundry and bathroom area.
Other than those three things, we repainted each room to our liking and put in new carpet throughout. We steam cleaned the carpet from our former home and cut each room piece to fit this home. We ended up short one bedroom and the hallway. We purchased those pieces of carpet (new) at a remnant shop for $90. We spent around $200.00 on paint and new light bulbs. To rebuild the wall, we spent nearly $100.
We purchased our mobile home for $2000 and have put less than $500 into it. Our home is now in excellent living condition!
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Mobile home
Amount: $20,000.00
Posted by: bor in Marinette, WI.Posted: January 17th, 2009 07:01AM
Size: 16x80Manufacturer: Four Seasons
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