Today’s double wide manufactured homes are truly a sight to behold. Gone are the days when there was a certain stigma attached to mobile home living. Thanks to the tiny house movement, people now see double wide manufactured homes for what they really are—a lot more bang for your buck.
Of course, you may be wondering what exactly the difference between your average single wide and a double wide mobile home is? Well, one of the significant differences is that your double wide residence is put together on site. The reason you do not have this same issue with a single wide already manufactured home is that they are simply easier to transport. A double wide, on the other hand, needs to be shipped in two halves that are later put together for you.
Now that you have a better understanding of the difference between the two, let’s talk about everything you need to know regarding a double wide manufactured home.
Clearly, a double wide home offers you more living space than a single wide. However, this size manufactured home’s square footage is still less than that of a traditional home.
Generally, double wide residences offer anywhere from 1,100 to 2,300 square feet of living space. In terms of overall width, double wide mobile homes tend to start at approximately 20 feet and go up to 36 feet. In contrast, single wide manufactured homes typically offer 750 to 1,050 square feet of living space, have a width of 14 to 18 feet, and tend to be on the long side.
There are also triple or multi-wide manufactured homes, but that’s a discussion for another time. Finally, the height of mobile/manufactured homes is regulated by local, state, and federal transportation limits ie. no manufactured home can have a height above 13 feet and 6 inches.
Double wide mobile homes are the middle child, but they are closer to a traditional house in the sense that they are more proportional and offer similar square footage. Furthermore, because of this expansive design, there is more room for custom layouts, and newer models can easily pull off the contemporary open concept design scheme.
An open concept layout or floor plan typically features high ceilings, ample natural light, and an overall airy feel. One common feature of this particular design scheme is a connected kitchen. Here, the kitchen seamlessly works with other living spaces to create a relaxed environment that is ideal for entertaining and everyday living. Open concept design schemes also include state-of-the-art bathrooms and plentiful custom storage.
Besides having real contemporary design potential, manufactured homes that offer 1,100 to 2,300 square feet of living space are reasonably priced. Sure, smaller mobile homes are the most inexpensive option here; but if you are looking for a decent amount of living space, then double wide mobile homes fit the bill.
What’s more, double wide manufactured homes are still more affordable than your traditional sized modern homes. Here, in Michigan, you can find real savings by purchasing a double wide mobile home. Plus, you cannot beat your reduction in monthly utility bills or lack of financial responsibility for regular community maintenance. Remember, newer double wide models have all the trimmings, including energy-efficient appliances and environmentally-friendly features.
If you choose to finance your future manufactured home, it is now easier than ever. Since tiny houses and mobile living have really taken off in the last decade, lenders are far more willing to offer to finance.
Many Michigan manufactured home communities, and sellers even provide in-house financing. Yet, once upon a time, there was a higher risk associated with mobile homes or with ones that needed to be transported to their new location. However, times have changed. Not only can you find a variety of financing options now, but you still typically borrow less than you would if you were financing a traditional sized house.
Plus, many homes start in the mid $30,000s and go up from there; thus, a mortgage for a $30,000 double wide with contemporary features would be a steal and definitely cheaper than renting an apartment.
As briefly mentioned, transporting a double wide home takes two trips or, preferably, two delivery trucks. Clearly, you want to coordinate delivery so that both halves of your home show up at the same time.
The average cost of transporting your home can cost you roughly $10,000 to $15,000. This typically works out to $5 to $10 per mile for long-distance deliveries. Of course, short distances are much cheaper, but keep in mind that many movers do charge a standard short move fee, which could very well range from $1,000 to $5,000.
Obviously, this is just a general look at transport pricing; thus, it helps to get quotes from local movers and compare costs. With that being said, do not forget to inquire about a transportation permit. Though the cost of these permits is often nominal, there are other fees associated (prep and setup costs, escort vehicle fees, and insurance) with moving your double wide, especially if you are crossing state lines.
Once you have your dream home halves at their intended homesite, then it’s time to get to work. Known as the setup, your moving crew will put your home together for you and ensure that it is level as well as securely assembled.
Once your manufactured home is constructed and level, the moving crew will remove the transport tires/wheels and place your home on permanent blocking. Next, your double wide will be trimmed out—this is the process of finishing the roof, interior seams, and end walls, as well as ensuring your home halves flow together perfectly.
After this final step, your double wide mobile home is ready to go, for the most part, and you should be able to start the move-in process. Note: if you are buying an existing manufactured home, then make sure your installer is licensed and that you have an installation warranty. It also does not hurt to have a third-party expert inspector come out and make sure everything is up to code.
Upgrades and Custom Features
Lastly, if you are purchasing a brand new double wide mobile home, you should inquire about any possible upgrades and custom features. You may be surprised at all the bells and whistles available. Plus, being able to put some personal touches on your new home is always a rewarding experience.
Upgrades that many people consider here include custom windows, more insulation, LED lighting, flooring alternatives, different siding, other appliances, and more. So, make sure you ask about your options. Alternatively, if you are purchasing an existing double wide mobile home, there still may be a variety of upgrades available to you once the installation is complete—but you will not know until you ask.
Ultimately, double wide mobile homes are excellent investments and offer you quality living at affordable prices. By selecting this particular size mobile home, you have the opportunity to make this constructed residence feel custom made from top to bottom.
So, if you are mulling over your manufactured/mobile home options in Michigan but are not quite sure what will work best for you and your family, then contact a local manufactured home dealer. With a better understanding of the particulars, there is absolutely no reason you cannot afford and enjoy a manufactured residence, especially here in Michigan.
One final note, while doing your research and planning, do not forget to check out the mobile/manufactured communities in your area.