The number of people misinformed about mobile homes is absolutely remarkable. The credit to most of this prevailing ignorance about mobile homes goes to the media that is always sharing the bad image of the mobile homes.
Headlines depicting the negative image of mobile homes are quite normal; however, one would never see a News channel sharing the positive image of mobile homes. Although such gruesome incidents also occur in gated societies, you never really hear about them.
People who follow these myths and misinformation without proper knowledge also play a role in the propagation of the lies concerning mobile homes.
This article attempts to bust 5 most common myths about mobile homes with proper reasons and statistics.
“Mobile houses are prone to fires.”
A common myth that you might have heard is that mobile houses have increased chances of house fires than regular on-site homes.
However, this is entirely false.
In fact, a study conducted by the University of Michigan, ironically found that in the Midwest on-site homes had a higher level of fires than mobile homes.
Moreover, the electrical codes that govern mobile houses are tougher compared to their on-site counterparts.
Nevertheless, if you are concerned about the safety of your family you can take various measures to protect your home (mobile or otherwise) from accidental fires.
You can get fire detectors and sprinklers installed, install fire extinguishers in different areas of the house; have a definite escape route, etc.
“Mobile homes attract tornados!”
No, they don’t. People think that tornados are attached by mobile homes, which is completely absurd. Although, it is true that certain old-fashioned mobile homes have metal sidings; however, there is no proof that tornados are attracted to such metals.
Experts say that tornados are not attracted to any kind of mobile house.
Firstly, it is important to note that the number of mobile home parks is utterly underestimated by the average individual.
Secondly, it is by ill fortune that many mobile home parks are situated in tornado-prone areas.
Furthermore, in areas prone to hurricanes, regulatory bodies require, by law, mobile homes to be built such that they can withstand winds up to 100 mph to 110 mph. What’s interesting is that these standards are tougher for mobile homes than they are for conventional on-site homes.
Hurricanes do not discriminate between mobile houses or conventional ones.
In areas that have less likelihood of a hurricane, the standards state that a mobile house should be able to withstand winds in the range of 70 mph. If the wind speed exceeds this limit the house will bear damages.
With that said, the likelihood of the wind exceeding this limit is only when a tornado strikes which means that not only are the mobile houses in danger, but the on-site houses can also be destroyed.
“Mobile homes depreciate in value.”
Every house, whether it is an on-site house or a mobile house, can depreciate or increase in equity as it depends upon various factors.
How do mobile homes appreciate in value you ask?
It does under following circumstances under the following circumstances:
- The mobile home is well maintained
- The home has a foundation attached
- You are the owner of the land
- The home comes with additions garage or attachments
The myth that a mobile house only devalues is obviously not true. Furthermore, a study revealed that in both types of homes, location was the main factor of appreciation; maintenance had also a positive effect.
“Site-built homes are more energy efficient.”
The fact that the regulatory bodies have applied such strict rules and regulations on mobile houses makes it hard for them not to be energy efficient. The officials have devised the best regulations to make sure that mobile housing as cheap as it can be.
These regulations make mobile housing not only cheaper in capital costs but also reduce costs for the life of the home.
“Mobile houses must be financed as personal property and cause much difficulty.”
Now, this myth could be true if I were writing this article in the year 2000! Since we are in 2019 now, Federal Housing Administration and the Department of Veterans Affairs offer loan guarantee and insurance programs to lenders.
Back in the days, mobile houses did not come with the land; therefore, they had to be financed as personal property.
However, these days more than 90% of the mobile houses come with a land and a foundation.
Therefore, the mobile home and the land are rendered a single entity, thus, making it possible to finance as real estate.
Now that these miss-informed myths about Texas mobile homes have been busted, you’d have a clearer perspective regarding them. You might even consider investing in one which is not a bad idea.