Although it’s not uncommon to see mobile home parks in rural America, rural areas aren’t the only places where manufacturers build and sell mobile homes. Suburbs like Bensalem, Pennsylvania and Albany, Georgia have mobile home parks. These are quiet communities that are near stores, businesses and major roadways.

Some mobile home parks are located within walking distance of golf courses and lakes. Utilities include water, electricity and cable television. Long term mortgages can make buying a mobile home more affordable. Going with a newer mobile home,especially a home that uses solar panels, is another way to cut the cost of owning a mobile home. Pay attention to amenities and you could snag a mobile home for less than $50,000.

Mobile home amenities that intrigue and inspire

Give yourself time to check out the range of mobile home amenities. It could take several days or weeks to view all of the amenities. To begin, there are:

Back yard patios – Yes. Mobile homes are built with patios, spaces large enough to host graduation parties, barbecues and small weddings.

Porches – Front and back porch options are available with mobile homes. Surprisingly,there are mobile homes that are built with wraparound porches. Regardless of the size or type of porch you get, you could forego steps. You could also have two cement steps lead onto the porch. Another option is a tall exterior staircase.

Kitchen islands – Kitchen islands are just the beginning. Tall, dark brown kitchen cabinetry with built in space for conventional ovens or microwave ovens are additional mobile home amenities. Breakfast nooks large enough to fit two to three bar stools could add more seating.

Sinks – Choose between single and double sinks. Add in matching stainless steel appliances like a tall, stately refrigerator and a floor level, conventional oven.

Bathrooms – Let your realtor know if you want a glass shower stall or a bathroom with a large, garden tub. A large mobile home can easily fit a spacious bathroom that has a shower and a wide bath tub. In these spacious bathrooms cabinets are long enough to fit four large, wall mirrors. Cabinets that are open at the bottom,can be used to store towels, wash rags and blankets. This could keep you from having to add in a closet bathroom. Go with an en suite for extra privacy.

Lighting – Decide whether you want round or square ceiling lights, chandeliers and lights attached to ceiling fans. For example, you could build a chandelier over your kitchen or dining room tables and install ceiling fan lights in bedrooms.

Most amenities that you can get with a traditional house are available in mobile homes. You can get a glimpse at the amenities by taking a virtual tour of mobile homes that a manufacturer, mobile home management company or your realtor offers you.

Today’s mobile homes are modern in look and feel. Amenities found in the homes is as stylish and trendy as amenities found in traditional homes. Similar to traditional houses, the more upscale and stylish amenities in mobile homes are,the bigger the ticket price on the houses generally is. To steer clear of rising debt, consider adding or upgrading mobile home amenities one room at a time.

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If you’re thinking about moving into a new home to start a family, you’ll have a lot of factors to consider. There’s more to a neighborhood than just safety, as your future children and pets will agree.

In this article, we’ll talk about some signs that a neighborhood is a good place for a family. We’ll also offer some advice on weighing those factors to find a place that fits both your lifestyle and your budget.

1. Safety

One of the most important factors in your hunt will be safety. However, there’s more to the safety of a neighborhood than just crime statistics. If you have children or pets, safety includes living on a street that doesn’t have high-speed traffic and blind corners.

You’ll want to be able to take your dog for a walk, let your cat roam the neighborhood, and go for a bike ride with your children without having to worry about the dangers of road traffic.

Another factor in safety is how well-maintained the neighborhood is. Oftentimes, neighborhoods run by homeowners associations tend to see to things like potholes, litter, and other things that could put you and your family at risk.

To get an idea of whether or not a neighborhood is a good fit, it’s a good idea to tour the surrounding streets on foot.

2. Community

Many of us can remember a time when everyone on the street knew each other. However, as we’ve gotten more digitally connected and have vehicles to travel across town, many suburban and urban neighborhoods have lost some of their sense of neighborhood community.

For a young family, knowing and getting along with your neighbors can be a big advantage. Having other kids in the neighborhood that your children can play with will be good fun for your children and it will make your life easier when it comes to play dates and keeping track of your kids.

To get a sense of the local community, ask to be introduced to some neighbors or say “hello” as you walk down the street.

3. Proximity to important services

The obvious amenities you want in the area are good schools, grocery stores, and parks to bring your kids to. However, there are some lesser known services you’ll want to keep in mind. Access to reliable, affordable high-speed internet will be valuable to both you and your children, especially since much of their homework will likely be online.

4. Scout the traffic

If you’re going to be getting your child on the bus every day and then driving to work, it’s a good idea to know what to expect in the mornings and when you come home. Visit the neighborhood during rush hour and take a test drive to your work to see if there are any unexpected delays.

5. Public services

There’s more to a good town than the lack of potholes. Check out the local library, post offices, police, and fire departments as well. Ask someone you know who lives in the town or join the town’s Facebook group to gauge whether the public services are on par with what you and your future family would want.

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