Just like any traditional site-built home, mobile homes requires routine maintenance and upkeep to keep it in good condition. And good condition means it will hold it’s value. ; )
Here are some quick and easy tips that will you care for your mobile home.
Ensure Your Mobile Home is Level
One of the most important steps in caring for your manufactured home is to check every year to ensure that it is on level ground. Mobile homes can settle over time, and if a home is not level that can cause doors and windows not to shut correctly, walls to crack, and other problems. A home that is not level can even cause water leaks.
Inspect and Maintain the Skirting on the Exterior of the Home
Mobile homes differ from traditional on-site homes in that they are open underneath. Because of this, retailers will install skirting around the perimeter of the mobile home to protect it. The skirting protects the plumbing, HVAC, and other mechanical systems under the house. Skirting around your mobile home can also help discourage pests and rodents from living under your home. Pests can cause tremendous damage underneath your home, and it’s important to keep them out.
Like your mom said…Keep It Clean!
An important and simple step in caring for your mobile home is to keep it clean. Keep dirt and debris out of your home. Debris can collect large amounts of moisture, and eventually that can lead to water damage. Take the time to clear the leaves, mud, and other waste from around your home to keep it looking clean and beautiful.
Keep Your Roof in Good Shape
If your mobile home has a flat roof, you need to reseal or re-coat the roof regularly. Typically, the roof is the feature of a mobile home that wears and tear over time. Professionals even recommend receiving a routine roof inspection every year. It is also a good idea to get your roof inspected after any major storms or other severe weather. Keeping up with roof maintenance will help to protect your roof for years.
Watch Your Utility Bills
If your utility bills are increasing, that might be a sign that something is wrong with the heating or cooling system. It is a good idea to perform regular maintenance on the heating and cooling systems in your home to ensure that they are working at their top condition and to reduce the amount of money you are spending on your utility bill.
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Read the Owner’s Manual
The owner’s manual that came with your mobile home has all of the information you need to care for your home. It will have all of the inside information on how the different systems work and ways to troubleshoot certain issues as they arise. It might also help you come up with a checklist of features to routinely check and maintain.
Mobile Homes are built to be long-lasting and durable. With regular maintenance, caring for your home can be simple. By keeping up with routine care and professional inspections, your manufactured home will be able to stay in great condition and last you and your family for many years.
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