If you are trying to buy a new house in Vancouver, BC, be patient! Take a moment to consider every possible solution. According to a research made by Demographia in 2017, the housing market in Vancouver is listed as the 3rd most unaffordable after Hong Kong's and Sydney's. Even though the new tax policies have lowered the prices, the effect seems still far from being enough. This problem affects even other nearby cities in BC, Canada. And, it is the reason why mobile homes have been a trending solution in the area.
- What are mobile homes?
Mobile homes are prefabricated houses similar to trailers. They can be settled permanently in a certain location or moved according to the owner's preference. This is definitely not a new solution in Vancouver as numerous mobile home parks exist in the area. These parks are a community of several mobile home-owners that organize themselves in one neighbourhood. They are often used for aged people, but there are also some family-oriented communities.
What do Vancouver Mobile Homes offer?
There are a lot of advantages, but the most important one (considering the housing market's situation here in Vancouver) is the lower costs. A prefabricated home in Vancouver and its transportation will cost you up to 25% lower compared to a normal on-site house. This is only true when buying a new mobile home! But, if you want to buy a used one, the price will decrease even further. This can allow you to buy the land and still save part of your money.
Mobile homes also have lower maintenance costs and taxes. In the case, you are the owner of the land where your mobile home is settled, you will pay less property taxes. They also need less maintenance compared to on-site houses. This is especially true when you are not the owner of the land. In this case, you will not have to deal with the extra costs of sewer lines, gas pipelines or other similar services.
Nowadays, these prefabricated houses offer more commodity and style. Manufacturers use new materials that increase the durability of the structure while keeping it lightweight. They design the houses by taking full advantage of their small space (though some are normally sized). Integrating special functions in these limited dimensions, mobile homes have air conditioning, heating systems and all the other essential living features of a house.
On the style aspect, new mobile homes often feature modern shapes and designs. They are not anymore limited to that white flat cube appearance of the old times. They can be customized (painted, upgraded or even completely reconstructed) any time you want. There are no legal restrictions like in a normal on-site home!
Some manufacturers have opted for an environment-friendly approach. In this case, mobile homes are made of carbon and other "green" materials. They usually use solar panels and water saving systems. This lowers their costs even further and decreases their impact on the environment.
In conclusion, mobile homes are an option to be considered, especially in the current Vancouver. They offer you a freer living style, lower costs, and all the perks of a normal home.
My name is Mariana and I have an avid passion for Straw Home construction and Tiny Homes that are affordable and eco friendly.