It takes time to really absorb the concept of it, even if we’ve known of the residential park home for over a half-century now. The fact that a house isn’t necessarily “constructed” – that it can be just manufactured, like a car or an appliance, and be perfectly snapped together like a bunch of Lego blocks or some glorified PortaCabin – takes getting used to. What really sells most people on the idea though is the way manufacturers these days hold back no luxury, and turn the residential park homes they manufacture into something really special.
The factories that make residential park homes start the process with a simple wood-framed edifice. The wooden frame is then strengthened with steel supports that usually provide structural bracing for at least 20 years before they need checking. The manufacturer also picks from among a choice of materials like plastic, brick or wood, for the house’s surround – the part that skirts the house. With the kind of luxury they keep promising, it might seem like these residential park homes are not for the regular middle-class family. Really though, they make park homes for sale for every budget – from 14-foot single-room dwellings, all the way to luxury spreads.
Residential park home sales are usually overseen by the government to conform to strict quality standards for safety and dependability. Every home is required under the law to answer to the BS 3632 certification that applies the same standards of structural integrity, water-tightness and safety – be they residential homes or permanent residences. These homes can under the law not offer any lower standards of sanitation planning, and thermal or sound insulation, than any well-built permanent home you’ve seen. What is more, the law applies the additional standards to mobile homes that if anything, give the buyer more rights. However, if you always wish to enjoy the protections offered under the mobile homes law, you’ll need to make sure that you never make any alterations to your home that could make it less than mobile – as seen by the act.
Most times, the price you see listed for residential park homes isn’t what they call turnkey – the price you’ll find it costs to actually have a usable house in the end that includes the cost of transportation and the siting costs at the park location of your choice. While you are at it, be sure that the cost of the ground you rent at the park, the costs of maintaining the grounds you occupy to the standards the park expects, and all other incidental expenses, are factored in, for a good actionable estimate of what you need to be ready for. However, there is one thing at least, that is the park’s responsibility – providing a base around your home and around common areas next to it that you can be expected reasonably, to use as a part of your home. Once you have the right idea on what to expect your residential park home to actually cost to buy to live in, you should be that much closer, to realizing what is surely, one of the most pleasant dreams one can have – having one’s own park home.