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Tips On How To Add On Rooms To A Mobile Home Safely


For one reason or the other, you may decide to add on a room or two to your mobile home. Even though it is not a simple task as many would want you to believe, it is a doable task that is much cheaper than trying to resell your current mobile home and buying a new, bigger and larger mobile home. Just like when making any structural additions to a conventional home, there are certain factors that one must take into consideration. This include details such as the materials to be used, the overall costs, the necessary building permits and the requisite steps in identifying and engaging a building contractor for the same purpose. For those keen on how to add on rooms to a mobile home, here are a few tips on what you need to factor in when making your plans;

First and foremost you should decide on which side of the mobile home you want to erect the additional room. Once this is done, decide on the size of room you want to add. Pay close attention to the load and structural factors. Mobile homes are designed in such a way that they can run down the highways and interstates with all the swaying and bumpy action. It is thus important to ensure that the additional room does not in any way jeopardize the structural integrity of the home. Check the design weight data provided by the manufacturer. To overcome this problem, the added room is usually not joined to the original mobile home. It is normally built separately but is interconnected to the home and can thus be easily disentangled from the mobile home when moving or relocating.

It is also advisable to have the floor and roof levels of the additional home at a different level with that of the pre-existing mobile home. Let the roof of the additional room be set under the overhang of the roof of your mobile home, this will ensure that they are both structurally independent and do lie on a different level.

It is also important to take into consideration the overall cost of making the additional room and maybe measure it against other alternatives. Apart from the construction cost which will involve buying building materials and either doing it yourself or engaging the services of a contractor, there are other ancillary costs such as transport costs and permit costs. If you are in a park, you may be required to pay slightly more for the additional space. Finally, there will be a fall in the resale value of your mobile home once you have made some structural adjustment onto it.

In most states and in virtually every mobile home park, you will be required to get the requisite building permits from the relevant authorities before you start making any additions to your mobile home. Depending on the state, this is process does require that you submit your plans to the authorities for their consent and approval. It is important though to check the city and county building codes of where you are based and even seek some guidance from a building inspector as to what is required from you in such a set up. This saves you time and money as you will be aware of the zoning and planning conditions and requirements before you make any monetary commitments.

Unless you are very good in performing this kind of work, it is advisable to seek the services of a building contractor. Even though this is an additional cost, it is much cheaper in the long run than trying to come up with a room yourself and messing up everything. When looking for a building contractor, make sure you get one who is well versed in the mobile home arena. Not every building contractor can build or repair a mobile home. A quick look at the yellow pages will provide you with a list of such contractors within your vicinity. You can also get a referral from a friend or family member who has used one before. Once you identify a contractor, make sure you are on the same wavelength in terms of what you want, how much you will pay, the mode and period of payment, how long the construction will take and any other issue. Make a point of talking to some previous clients and try to find out how the contractor operates and whether he or she is reliable and trustworthy. Don’t sign any agreement until such a time when you are satisfied that all your concerns have been addressed.



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