Mobile Home Sizes and Dimensions: How Big Are They?

Mobile homes offer many types of homeowners an easy and affordable way to have a place of their own. For newlyweds or a growing family, your home is where you’ll share many milestones, including your child’s earliest happy memories. For big families, a space that can balance togetherness and privacy is key. For retirees, it’s the place where you want to spend your golden years in peace and dignity.

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Whatever your needs are, there is a mobile home that suits you. Due to increasing demand, a wider range of mobile homes are now available on the market. They come in all shapes and sizes, with a wide price range, and the option to fully customize it to your preference.

In this guide, we cover the different kinds of mobile homes, their varying sizes, and who will benefit most from each.

WHAT IS A MOBILE HOME? WHY CONSIDER A MOBILE HOME?

Technically the correct term for a mobile home today is manufactured housing. This has been the official term since the HUD code in 1976 when strict manufacturing standards for these types of homes were instituted. This was partly to clear the bad name of mobile homes and to distinguish them from real mobile home trailers and RV’s.

As its name suggests, manufactured homes are literally manufactured inside a factory. Once built, they are shipped to the homeowner’s location.

 

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WHAT ARE THE ADVANTAGES OF A MOBILE HOME?

There are many upsides to a mobile home. Perhaps the main advantage is that they are less expensive than traditional stick-built homes and aren’t taxed as highly. This makes them more accessible to a wider market.

Even in a park with land rent and a mortgage, they tend to work out cheaper than renting a condo or apartment in the city. That means you can live in a family-sized home for a modest price.

Moreover, their safety standards are comparable to stick-built homes, largely due to the HUD code.

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SIZES

Mobile homes come in three main size categories:

  • Single-wides
  • Double-wides
  • Triple-/Multi-wides

A single-wide mobile home can have 1-2 bedrooms and bathrooms and is typically between 500 to 1,200 square feet.

A double-wide mobile home has 2-3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms and is usually between 1,000 to 2,200 square feet.

Triple or multi-wide mobile homes typically have 3+ bedrooms and 2+ bathrooms and are over 2,000 square feet.

PRICE

Once you determine the size of the mobile home your family needs, consider the price your finances can cover. This way, you have a better picture of how much you need to attain your home, and financing options best suited for your situation.

While this can vary by state, seller, and home condition, the average price of a brand-new mobile home is:

  • Single wide: $51,371
  • Double wide: $96,529
  • Triple wide/multi wide: ~$100,000-$250,000

LAYOUT

While the size and price can guide you within your limits, the next factor to consider is the layout you can incorporate to maximize your space.

Depending on your preferences and needs, you could have a vastly different layout from the family next to you despite having the same-sized mobile home. Hiring an interior designer can also be helpful as they can assist you in effectively utilizing your windows, natural light, and other energy-efficient tactics.




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Location

Most mobile homes are located inside mobile home parks. Different parks have their amenities, fees, services, advantages, and challenges. Scoping out the park options in your area, and also ensuring it is near schools, offices, and other convenient commercial establishments is key to a better quality of life.

However, if you’re looking at putting a mobile home on private property, check the zoning requirements of the specific area. They might not allow mobile homes or have special requirements for them. It might also be very expensive or impossible to hook up utilities on the plot. This is where mobile home parks are handy as they already fulfill all these extra considerations.

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Amenities or features

The rising popularity and development of mobile homes have led to an innovative and diverse industry. Today, mobile homes have moved beyond all looking the same with their boxy designs and flat aesthetics.

You can really get your hands on some remarkable manufactured homes with designer kitchens or bathrooms, jacuzzis, patio’s or stoops, and all kinds of other extras. The best thing is you can get a top-of-the-line mobile home and it will probably still cost you less than a decent stick-built home!

Some manufacturers specialize in storm-resistant homes while others specialize in designer kitchens. As the manufacturing process can be fairly flexible some even allow you to customize your layout before it’s built!

Financing options

It would be very careless of us to not mention financing options. After all, it’s not all that simple when it comes to mobile homes. This is mostly a result of manufactured housing developing faster than lenders adapt, the stigma surrounding mobile homes, and their perception as something in between private property and a home.

Technically they aren’t real-estate as they have a chassis, axle, and wheels and can be moved. One way to get around this is if the home has had these removed, is permanently affixed to a permanent foundation, you own the plot of land, and it’s been reregistered as real estate with local authorities. It’s then considered real estate and you can apply for the same financing options as a stick-built home.

If the home doesn’t fulfill those requirements there is still hope! There are a few specialized financing options just for mobile homes:

  • CHATTEL MORTGAGE
  • FANNIE MAE
  • FREDDIE MAC
  • PERSONAL LOANS
  • FHA BACKED LOAN
  • VA BACKED LOAN

 




DIFFERENT MOBILE HOME SIZES AND TYPES

On top of the differences in size and dimensions, there are also some other important factors to take into account specific to each type of home.

SINGLE-WIDES

Single-wides are the smallest category of mobile homes. They are often too small to house entire families but are still a valid choice for anyone who has a very limited budget.

The average dimensions of a single-wide mobile home are 14-18 feet wide and 66-90 feet long. This gives you an average square footage of 600 to 1300. That’s almost half the average family home size in the U.S. It is important to note that each make and model has unique features that set it apart from others on the market. 

DOUBLE-WIDES

Double-wides are by far the most popular and the most common type of mobile home. They are also much more flexible when it comes to size, layouts, and room allotment than compared to single-wide variants.

These homes are very similar in appearance to site-built houses as they are shorter and wider as opposed to lengthy yet narrow single-wide designs.

Double-wides are also constructed in two parts by the manufacturer. These two parts are hauled separately to the site and then combined to form a complete double-wide home. They are specified to be 20 feet or more in width and 90 feet or less in length. This translates to most double-wides having around 2000-2500 square feet of living space.

TRIPLE-WIDES OR MULTI-WIDES

The sky is the limit when it comes to triple-wide mobile homes. They are still considered rare compared to double-wide variants but are increasing in demand and supply as manufacturing techniques improve.

Similar to double-wides, multi-wide mobile homes also look more like traditional houses than single-wide variants.

Depending on the size of your multi-wide they are manufactured and shipped just like double-wide options. All three or more pieces are individually built and transported to the site before being combined on location.

Triple-wides can be up to 50 feet in length, but the width varies widely depending on the size and model. They can be anywhere up to 4500 square feet in size.

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Time to choose the right mobile home size for you!

We hope this article has helped you understand the different mobile home sizes available. And we hope you’re one step closer to purchasing the home of your dreams. As the place that you will spend most of your time in for at least the next couple of years, you should take your time and make sure that you choose the best one for your family’s needs. An accommodating and comfortable home is within reach!

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