pls tell me what you think on housing

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  1. elijahboy

    elijahboy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    next year i will be moving to 10 acres. That 10 acres has a 1985 mobile home thats bigger than the house i currently live in. I am not fond to the mobile only because the ceilings are only 7ft in height. I had thought about redoing the mobile home that is there with about 8,000. I have a guy who is very good on prices and who has built a mobile home from the ground up due to a fire. Meaning pitching the roof to about 10ft in the middle, new walls, new floors, new cabinets and such. and the 1985 there will be just the way i like it and the walls will not be paper thin. Then maybe bricking it in and add new siding for about another 7,000. Or I can search out a used/newer/repoed one for about 30,000 and will prolly only need very minor cosmetic work but may not be designed the way i would like. Then the cost to move it which cost about another 8,000 and then the cost to brick it in. Plus it will have thinner walls than the 1985 after demo.

    its more a matter of of looks and comfortability than money but of course money places a part just a small part. The 1985 is setup the way i would eventually buy one with the master bedroom on the other end of the house as the kids.

    pls let me have your opinions about what you would personally do.
     
  2. suzyq53511

    suzyq53511 Drowning in Chickens!

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    i would keep the 1985 mobile home. i like the ones with bedrooms separated. more privacy!
     
  3. elijahboy

    elijahboy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    thank you
    i cant seem to get any opinions on it
     
  4. suzyq53511

    suzyq53511 Drowning in Chickens!

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    i think its awesome you've got 10 acres that is the awesome part!!!!
     
  5. Spookwriter

    Spookwriter Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    On the surface, putting a substantial amount of additional money
    into remodeling a 1985 mobile home would sound like a certain
    loss.

    I do not see a way to recoup the investment. But that's just my
    thoughts. I'm sure you've thought it out, and you have your reasons
    to lean towards the remodeling.

    Singlewide, or double wide? That would probably make me a difference.

    But no matter how you slice it, this trailer is titled as a "1985" and has a
    certain value as such. Put all the money into it you want, and it's still a
    1985 mobile home. You WILL lose money.


    What's repos doing in your area? I would lean towards the trade-up.
     
  6. Penturner

    Penturner Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm with Spookwriter. It is throwing good money after bad. But if you are not doing it for the investment then do what makes you happy. i was sort of reading your list of pitched roof, walls, floor etc and thinking. well take the time to build a foundation first and you can just build yourself a new house. Now I know that is not nearly the same thing. On the other hand you say for $8000 you can have what you want. or for $30,000 you can have something that really doesn't sound a lot better than what you have in the 1985. At least as far as you getting what you want. It's an easy choice if you look at it that way. all depends on how much "Investment" is to you because you are never going to see that money again. You may also make it to heavy to be moved and not be able to sell it at all later on. But talking about bricking it in sounds like you don't have any plans to move it anyway.
     
  7. Spookwriter

    Spookwriter Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Example:

    We bought an 2004 Redman, 16x80 three bedroom total electric
    repo in December. Little rough inside, but mainly intact. Price was
    $8,900.

    New paint, new carpet & flooring, minor plumbing repairs, replace
    two broken windows. Added a new 3 ton a/c - heat pump and resold
    it at $22,500.

    Never actually moved it. Was in a mobile home park. Simpy left it there
    to work on. Paid the lot rent of $150.

    As an 04 model, it was worth the risk of my investment. Had it of been
    an 85, I would of passed.

    Going upside down in anything is a losing battle...
     
  8. suzyq53511

    suzyq53511 Drowning in Chickens!

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    I think it would depend on what shape its in.....because the 1984 layout is different then most mobile homes I believe.
     
  9. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

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    I'd keep the trailer until you can save up enough money to build a house on the land... [​IMG]
     
  10. elijahboy

    elijahboy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i love the layout where the master is at one end and there is a hige kitchen huge living room and huge dining room

    it is a double wide

    the master closet alone is like 8x8 and the master bath is like 9x10

    i never plan on selling or moving

    from what i have read it costs like 100.00 a sq ft to build and i would need like 1800 sq feet and i dont have close to that amount of money
     
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