With the ever increasing number of Mobile Park Home (MHP) communities ranging from the 5 star lifestyle mobile home communities to the not so flashy home parks; the number of community members has been growing in leaps and bounds over the years. This has been driven by several factors which include increased financing, need for affordable housing and increased awareness from Americans about the advantages of these homes. Here are some very interesting pros and cons of living in a mobile home community.
One of the main advantages of living in a MHP community is that it is much cheaper than buying or renting a traditional housing unit. These savings can be quite significant if you take a long term view of the issue. Depending on the size of your family, it is possible to get some very spacious living quarters in an MHP, competing favorably with any living quarter you may get in a different setting.
Another advantage of living in such a community is that as a tenant, you don’t have to worry so much about adhering to laid out building, electrical and plumbing codes. This is because this responsibility falls squarely with the landlord if you are renting the home and not the space. In this regard the landlord will be expected to check out on the leaks, toilets, heaters etc. and all you need to do is to pay your monthly rental fee.
If you happen to live in a MHP community where the landlord is only keen on giving out spots for one to fix his or her home and then pay rent, then chances of having long term neighbors is quite high. This is because contrary to popular belief, a mobile home once delivered and set up with all the skirting as well as utility attachments is bound to stay put for a very long time. They are usually very expensive and difficult to move, this is especially true for those units which can be termed as multi-section homes.
In a MHP community, it is much easier and cheaper to adopt energy efficiency undertakings since you all face similar challenges or problems. This does hold true even if you are living in a park where you have purchased or leased some land and set up your home, the fact that you are surrounded by other mobile homes make it easy for you to implement some of these policies. It is also worth noting that as a MHP community, you can come together and seek some concessions from a supplier or even the local authority so as to get things done or adopted.
Contrary to popular belief, an MHP community is very safe. One of the reasons why this is the case is that naturally, there is safety in numbers. With a large number of mobile home neighbors with common security concerns surrounding you, the chances of having any security concern addressed is much higher than if you were living alone somewhere else.
The repair of mobile homes usually requires the use of special tools and equipments, at times, simply knowing where to find such shops or contractors can be very difficult. When you live in a MHP community, it is much easier to get this type of information from your neighbors who will even be able to advise you not only on the best contractor to engage but also where to get the cheapest fixtures in the event that you need to make some replacements. This not only makes it easy but also cheaper to maintain your unit and keep it looking trim and well kept.
One of the main disadvantages of living in a MHP is the aging infrastructure that’s usually associated with these parks. This is mainly because most of them were built in the 50’s and 60’s and therefore their electrical, gas and water systems are failing. Because carrying out repairs is an expensive undertaking, many park owners only carry out the bare minimum repairs to ensure that they comply with laid down regulations, it is therefore quite difficult to get luxurious accommodations in most MHPS.
Because most of the older MHPs are usually converted trailer courts which are located in remote areas where a highway has been bypassed by a freeway, there is usually a high turnover of tenants and vacancies in such parks are quite common, this means that you are constantly faced with the challenge of meeting new neighbors all the time. This makes it difficult to not only develop long term relationships but may also have a negative effect on how one relates with others.