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Have you ever paid attention to just how much work the average contractor can get done in a day? They seem to work at lightning speed, but it's not because they are cutting corners. It's because they are experts, and in many cases, they are experts with a lot of experience. You could install cabinets, lay flooring, or wire a light fixture pretty quickly, too, if you had done it 500 times before! Because we really admire both the speed and dexterity with which contractors are able to work, we decided to write more about this topic for readers like you. You'll find those articles here.


What To Look For In A Tiny Mobile Home

You want to buy a tiny mobile home; however, you might not be confident about what to look for. This list will help you to look for specific features in a tiny mobile home.

Floor Plan

As much as the floor plan matters in any residence, it matters more in a mobile home. That goes double when you're checking out a tiny mobile home for sale. You want to be able to get around the house without a lot of obstructions. If you have something like a large TV or couch, you'll want to look at the floor plan and see how it might fit into the layout.

Similarly, you'll want a kitchen with a layout that provides convenience without sacrificing smallness. There isn't going to be an island, but there should be enough space for basic appliances like a refrigerator and an oven with a cooktop. Likewise, there should be some counter space for food prep.


The installation process is as important as the selection process. It is a good idea to discuss what sorts of hook-ups the mobile home will have. If you need to connect to natural gas, for example, you'll want that to be convenient. Also, look for hook-ups for modern features like Internet and cable. You don't want to have to run further wiring after you've installed the mobile home.


When you look at a tiny mobile home for sale, it's important to understand how insulation will affect your utility costs. Even if you're using an off-the-grid setup, energy consumption for cooling and heating will be important. Fortunately, improvements in modern windows, siding, and roofing mean there's no reason to sacrifice insulation value. Ask the manufacturer or seller for the R-values of all the external features. Look around the mobile home to see how tightly insulated access points like doors, windows, pipes, and connections are, too.

External Dimensions

Depending on the size of the lot you're planning to park the mobile home in, you may need to pay close attention to the dimensions of both. This is especially true if there are limitations on how close the structure can come to the property line. If there's an existing foundation for the home, you might want to reuse it. That will limit your options so make sure you've taken precise measurements. Be sure to take all measurements for both the lot and the footprint, and don't be afraid to measure the nooks and crannies, also.