Tips For Buying A Mobile Home On A Rural Land Parcel

Posted on: 29 December 2016

If you have decided that you want to downsize and buy a small mobile home located on a rural plot of land, then there are some special aspects to this purchase that you need to be aware of. In addition to the special lending rules that apply to mobile homes located outside of mobile home parks, there are many other aspects of this type of purchase that you need to be aware of.  In addition to having a real estate agent there to assist you in the rural mobile home purchasing process, here are some tips that other buyers have found to be helpful:

Tip: Do Some Reconnaissance on Your Neighbors and Neighborhood After Hours

When you are going to be living in a rural area, you need to ensure that the area is safe both during the day and at night. Before you make an offer on a mobile home on rural land, first drive around the area at night. Drive by your nearest neighbors homes and listen for excessive noise. Drive around the local small town and check to see if people are walking around in safety or if the only people you see around are sleeping in the park. By performing just a bit of after hours reconnaissance on the area, you will have a better idea about the area's safety. You can also look up the local crime statistics online to see if there is any crime in the area you want to move to.

Tip: Have the Property's Septic System Pumped Out and Inspected

Since there are no sewer systems in rural areas, your new mobile home will likely use a septic tank system to dispose of wastewater. Since the entire septic system is below the ground, it is important that you have it pumped out and tested. When the system is tested, water will be pushed through the system to ensure that the leach lines and leach field are working properly.

Tip: Always Have the Well Inspected and the Water Thoroughly Tested

Finally, since rural properties typically get their water from wells that have been drilled into the land, it is very important that you have the well inspected and the water thoroughly tested. The well itself should be tested to determine how many gallons of water it produces every minute, and the water should be tested for both biological and chemical contamination. Many rural areas have livestock that can cause bacterial problems in groundwater or geological features that can contaminate your water with things like excess iron and arsenic.