www. mobilehomeexteriors .com – Mobile homes have many significant advantages. If your goal is to live within your means or be completely debt-free, an older mobile home should be at the top of your list of potential homes. Buying an older mobile home, then building on it and updating it as your budget allows, remains a great way to have a wonderful home at a reasonable price.
If you already live in a mobile home, your possibilities remain endless! The most difficult decision will be where to start. Below are 14 great mobile home exterior renovation ideas to give your home a fresh look. You certainly don’t have to spend much money to make a significant impact, so there’s an idea for every budget.
Mobile homes are like any home when it comes to updates and remodels. There is very little difference, if any, between a factory-built home and a site-built home. You can read about the four main differences here. Essential home updates can make your mobile home look new!
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14 Great Mobile Home Exterior Renovation Ideas For Every Budget
Paint remains every homeowner’s best friend for a reason: nothing can update a home as quickly and cheaply as paint.
You can solidly paint your house and baseboards and use a second color for trim, like the house below. It connects the house to the land and focuses on the top of the house, making it appear taller.
2. Install Awnings
Awnings are very popular in the South because they shade the house and keep it cool. There is also additional privacy and protection from strong winds if the awnings are hinged and can completely cover the windows.
3. New Finishes Around Doors And Windows
New Slim can give your mobile home a new look, mainly if you use a contrasting color like the house below. Adding new trim around an old window can also help reduce water and air leaks.
4. Install A New Baseboard
New baseboards can instantly refresh the exterior of a mobile home. It is not necessary to use the standard vinyl avoidance. You can use practically any material you want if it can withstand wind and water.
You can read more about baseboard options in Mobile Home Living’s Baseboard Guide here.
5. Install New Windows And Doors
We recommend new windows and doors if you can only upgrade your old mobile home. While doing that, you should add new insulation to as much of the house as possible. You’ll instantly update the look of your home inside and out and save money on heating and cooling costs.
6. Install A Bay Window
Bay windows have a fantastic ability to make a room appear larger, so they are ideal for any room, especially at the end of your mobile home.
7. Install Interior Wooden Curtains
Wooden shades can add a touch of elegance, privacy, and shade to your home.
8. Install A Raised Roof
If your older mobile home wants a new roof, reflect adding height. Air circulation remains an added benefit of a raised roof. You can build an elevated roof directly over the original roof of the house
9. Add A Porch
A porch on your home remains as American as apple pie, and ample outdoor space is always a plus. Just a tiny porch can add a lot of joy!
10. Add Flower Bucks
Flowers can add much beauty to your home for a relatively small cost. You can use bricks, cinder blocks, landscaping beams, or anything that will hold soil and resist water. Use different heights and colors to add an extra graphic element.
You can read more about great redesigning ideas for a mobile home now and here with Landscaping Inspiration for Your Mobile Home
11. Install Blinds
Shutters are a great addition to your home, primarily if they work. We recently wrote about the benefits of shutters for storm safety, which you can read here.
12. Install New Lining
Siding is an expensive exterior upgrade for a mobile home, but it can completely change its look and help with heating and cooling costs.
13. Install A Garage
Installing a carport is another relatively expensive exterior upgrade to a mobile home, but the convenience makes it worth it. A covered outdoor space is fantastic, and the covered parking isn’t bad either.
14. Consider Adding Several Angles TO Your Mobile Home
One of the main changes between a factory-built home and a site-built home remains the limited shape a mobile home can take. A prefabricated home is usually limited to rectangular shapes, so if you add some extra dimension, the home will have a more visually appealing appearance. The houses above and below are excellent examples of angles and additional dimensions.
You can get many more mobile home exterior makeover ideas and inspiration from these fantastic photos found on Flickr. These beautiful mobile homes remain in a Huntington Beach, CA, mobile home park.
Tips for Any Mobile Home Curb Appeal Project
Manufactured homes differ fundamentally from traditional stick-built properties regarding rules and ownership, which could affect your curb appeal plans. Keep these details in mind before you buy paint or start planting trees:
1. Know what you own (and who is responsible for its maintenance)
There’s a reason manufactured homes cost about half the price of a single-family home of similar size:
“In most mobile home parks, you own the trailer, but you simply rent the land,” explains Carl Young, a top real estate agent in Knoxville, Tennessee.
That means that when it comes time to sell your mobile home, “you’re not selling real estate because you don’t own the land, which means we can’t get the listing on the MLS,” Young adds.
If you don’t own the land, you may be limited in what you can do with your lot in terms of adding curb appeal to the land, and it may even be the community’s responsibility to spruce up your landscaping at a minimum.
“However, some of these homes are located in manufactured home subdivisions rather than managed communities, in which case the sellers own the land,” Young says. “Those subdivisions often still have an HOA that can restrict what you can do regarding curb appeal, but they’re usually pretty lax.”
2. Get Permission Before Spending Money on Repairs
Check the curb appeal regulations implemented by your community’s property management company or HOA association. Each community is different, but most will have restrictions on decisions such as:
- Paint or Coating Color Palettes
- Acceptable socket options
- Garage or driveway modifications
- Distance from the property line for any construction, including porches and decks
- landscaping on the ground
- Architectural modifications to its exterior.
As long as your curb appeal plans meet your community guidelines, getting approval shouldn’t be too difficult. But you’ll always want to get that approval before spending any money in case your community’s governing body requests any changes to the plans that affect your budget.
3. Think 360° When Making Your Curb Appeal Plans
The most significant visual difference between manufactured homes and single-family homes is the lot’s size and the home’s location on the lot.
Single-family homes typically have large, distinct front and back yards separated by a fence. They usually have the main entrance at the front of the house, which is generally longer than its sides.
Prefab homes remain designed differently. Many have entrances on the side, providing direct access to the garage. Mobile homes remain almost always located on long, narrow lots, with the side of the house facing the street.
This means that both sides of your house are visible from the sidewalk. So when planning for your mobile home’s curb appeal, you can’t just think about sprucing up the front — you need to develop a 360° design.