San Diego – New vs Used Mobile Homes
What’s the difference between new and used mobile homes in San Diego?
If you’re considering purchasing a mobile home in San Diego, California then you may want to know the differences between a used and new mobile home. The first step is understanding the rules and regulations of used mobile homes.
Rules and Regulations – Buying a used mobile home can be a great investment. However, some mobile home parks wont allow a used mobile home that has been built within the last 5 to 10 years to be put on their park. They typically do allow mobile homes built 10 -40 years ago that fit the requirements of the mobile home parks.
Cost – The cost of a used vs new mobile home depends entirely on the status of the used mobile home and the amenities of the new mobile home. It’s likely that a new mobile home can be much cleaner, modern, and you wont find as many problems as you would in a used home. However, used mobile homes can be a great investment if they have been kept up and well maintained over the years. Used mobile homes will usually be less expensive, but if you want to move the home into a mobile home park that cost can add up and even exceed buying a new mobile home on the property you want to live.
Issues with used Mobile Homes – some of the most common issues with a used mobile home is the water and wiring. Water damage to a mobile home is one of the worst damage factors you can experience. Replacing light fixtures, paint, or other appearances are easy, but water and electrical are tough and expensive. If you’re not a certified electrician or contractor, then these will be issues you will want to avoid. New mobile homes wont have these issues, thus saving you the headache and cost of the repairs. Also make sure to get a proper inspection on a used mobile home before signing the dotted line and being stuck with that mobile home forever – or until you sell.
Here is a quick checklist you can look over to ensure that your used mobile home is in good condition:
- Healthy Roof
- Windows and doors
- Sliding and skirting
- No saggy or bowed floors
- No water damage on the floor, ceiling, or bathroom
- Brand new breaker box, outlets, and wiring
- No rips or tears
- No sagging insulation
In conclusion, used mobile homes will typically be less expensive, but could come with more problems if they have not been addressed by the previous residents. They also can be difficult to move into a park under strict rules and regulations. New mobile homes will typically be more modern and have no serious issues. Sometimes the mobile homes will already be in the park you want to live in, so there’s no stress or worry if you are trying to move into that particular park. Always make sure to get proper inspections on both new and used mobile homes so there isn’t any issues down the line.
Tips every manager needs to know
Being a property manager is never easy. You can plan, check, double-check, prioritize, and be on top of everything and issues will still arise. That’s just the nature of the job. This may seem like a gloomy outlook, but something to take solace in is that people have done it and love their job. Here we are going to give you some tips on how to master the job and make a career worth talking about.
- Communication is KEY
You don’t know what you don’t know. How can you prevent a water heater from being totally out of commission if you don’t talk to the people living with it? How are you going to get ahead of a pest problem if your tenants don’t tell you about things they’ve seen? Checking in and having an open line of communication is important for all property managers to stop problems before they arise.
- Picking your people
The number one issue you hear from property manages is usually the people who occupy the lease. So if we’re sticking to this idea of prevention we need to start with the residents of your property. Setting up a system of basic criteria to make sure you aren’t letting bad residence in is a great way to do this. There is no sure-fire way to pick the right people for your community or property, but you can have basic guidelines to weed out the bad eggs.
- It’s 2019, be sure to upgrade
In this day and age, everything is automated. From rent to maintenance orders, to you name it, there is an app for that. So use these tools to make your managerial duties more organized and hassle-free. Not everyone has the ability to have the top of the line systems, but even having rent be paid online will make your job that much easier.
- Get to know who you have in your property!
Like I stated earlier communication will help you make your job easier by telling you what is happening around your property. Tenants will be more likely to communicate when they actually like you. When tenants like who you are and your service you are providing them, they will make sure you stay around. They will report all issues, give you ideas on how to make their specific experience better, and most of all make sure not to cause you problems. People will make and break this job and it’s up to you to have them not break it.
- Got To Stay Clean
If you recall, I talked earlier about the tenants you let into your property will be a big factor in making the job easy. The best way to get those good tenants is to show that your space is cared for. Make sure the plants are watered, the windows are streak-free, space is spotless, and generally take care of the property you manage. Sometimes that will require you to do a little cleaning and maintenance yourself. You have to do a little extra to get a little extra.
- Lastly, just be confident
A lot of managers get overwhelmed and doubt themselves on how much they can actually do. 90% of the time the issue isn’t as bad as it seems and requires little work on their part. So don’t ignore it just because you don’t think you can get it done. Most problems can be solved by using google or at worst you have to hire a professional to get it done, but the problem can be solved. Be confident that you can solve any problem and stay on top of everything and life as a property manager will be so smooth you won’t even think of it as a job.
Move In Overview Check List
Everyone hates moving. There is a reason there is always a job opening for people that want to move people for some extra cash. It requires multiple days of tiring work and usually multiple trips of going back and forth from the old location to the new one. There is always a lot of planning and coordinating especially if it’s your first time moving. So here we are going to give you a basic checklist of what you need to look out for and keep in mind to have a smooth moving transition.
- Know Your Move-In Day
This may seem obvious, but this is an important point. This will be the day you plan everything around. You ideally want this day to be the same day your old lease is up at your old living situation (if you have a required date) and you want it to be on a day where you can get free help if possible. This will be the day you tell your movers when to come, your job when you’ll be away from work, and the day that is the deadline to make sure all your stuff is packed or thrown away. This will also be the day you planned to have your fridge cleaned out so you don’t have to worry about bringing that stuff with you.
- Pack The Essentials
Moving is already a hassle enough so make it easier on yourself and organize your belongings. Mark boxes, breakdown all items that can be, fold clothes and put them in suitcases, and whatever packing tips they give you on the web. The biggest thing to remember is to get rid of the useless stuff. It may be hard to get rid of your items, but ultimately the less stuff you have to move the easier your day will be. When you have people there helping you move you want to make sure things are already packed and ready to go so all the help has to do is come in, put the items in the car and move them into your new home.
- Double Check The Path
Just plan the way you will be getting your items into the home. If you are on the third-floor check if your elevator can hold your biggest item and if not locate where your stairs are. This is very important especially if you’re going to be getting movers to help you because that will be one of the first questions they ask you. Also, have an idea of where you want your items in the new home. This will not only help you organize what you want to start moving in your home first but keep you from randomly putting stuff in your home and cluttering your space while you’re still moving.
- Finally, before you move all your items in the house get to the new home early and mark all the broken things and scratches that were there before you move in. This will make sure you aren’t liable for things you didn’t do before your items were in the house. This is your chance to get items fixed, blubs changed, and basically get you a fresh house for you to stay in.
This is not a long checklist of every single thing you need to do before you move in, but more of a broad overview of what to look out for. Everyone has their own way of staying organized so that is not what we are trying to do. What we want is to prepare you on all the mistakes that have the potential to make your one or two days of moving into a whole week of doing it which can cost you a lot of money and time.