7 Ways to Keep Your Mobile Home Interior Efficient and Fresh

There’s plenty out there on how to keep the outside of your mobile home maintained. From roof coating, to checking to see if the home is level – you’re encouraged to protect the outside of your home. So why not do the same with the interior? Let’s look at things you can do to keep the inside of your home in great shape, too.

  1. Bust the dust. Dust can happen on your vinyl over gypsum covered walls like clockwork. Keep those walls fresh with a wipe down every month. Check your ceiling fan blades, air filter returns (if accessible), and corners for dust and cobwebs as well. Stuck on dust is annoying to clean. Catch it before it gets worse!
  2. Protect those floors! Vinyl flooring can be impacted most by water and indentions. Keep them safe by always mopping/wiping up after spills. Also, check appliances for leaks and deal with them immediately. To avoid scuffs, put soft felt rounds on the legs of furniture. Rugs can also help preserve your floors.
  3. Keep your lighting eco-friendly. Lose those old bulbs and swap them out for some more cost-efficient ones. You’ll pay more on the front end but it’s worth it and they won’t get as hot as those others!
  4. Change the position of your furniture.  Don’t leave that couch in the same place for five years, welcome a little change and relieve those floors as well as clean a place that you haven’t cleaned in a while. This is a great way to keep carpet from getting permanent indentions.
  5. Protect those pipes. Especially in the winter! Open cabinet doors so warm air can reach pipes at night, leave water dripping slightly, and keep thermostat level. No burst pipes make for a happy home!
  6. The Classic. Change your air filters monthly! This gives you clean air and helps your system stay clean.
  7. Clean vent hood over oven. Wipe it down every now and then or take it down and soak it for an easy clean. You might even try your dishwasher.

There are more items on the interior of your home to address, these are just the basics. Maintaining your home could build your equity if other factors play in and your home is attached to land. Improve your investment by keeping your home tidy! Learn more about how the condition of a home can impact you in the long run!

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Reducing Moisture in Your Mobile Home

Moisture can be an issue in any home. It’s important to be preventative. It’s so much easier to avoid these issues instead of having to deal with the consequences of them. Most of these items can be done in seconds and don’t add hassle to your daily life at all, it’s just getting in the discipline to do them. Those living in the southeast are the most at risk for moisture in their homes. If your home is unleveled or your skirting is damaged, you’ll also need to check on these items frequently.

Let’s look at some ways to reduce moisture!

Dehumidifiers. They can be pricey, but they also can seriously reduce moisture in the air. I have one in my basement and all that has to be done to maintain it is emptying the water pan. You also can attach a hose and run it continuously, just be aware of your electricity bill.

Repair any tears in the belly wrap. The vapor barrier, located on the underbelly your mobile home essentially separates the ground from your home. If there are tears in your belly wrap, moisture can seep into the space underneath you home and cause mold or softness.

Keep floor registers open. Keeping them closed traps air and leads to less circulation – neither of which are good for clear air.

Use the fan in your bathroom when you shower. If you’re like me you try to trap the warm air in, so often I don’t use the fan. However, I pay for it when my fire alarm goes off from lack of ventilation in my older home. Moral of the story, turn the fan on. It keeps the air moving and strips the air of moisture.

Turn the fan on when using the stovetop. Not using the fan can cause serious smoke in the kitchen without proper air flow.

Ventilate your skirting so moisture doesn’t accumulate under your mobile home. There are usually built-in vents that should be open to keep critters out as well as moisture.

We hope you practice these things in your home and improve the lifetime of your home. There is a lot of great info below. Take some time and look the document for helpful tips and how to understand your home better!

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Easily Replace Screens on Your Mobile Home Windows

There’s really no need to have to buy new screened in windows or live without a breeze during the warmer months. Fixing the screen on a window frame is quite easy and inexpensive. You can take an afternoon and fix all the windows on your mobile home! Let’s look at how easy the process is!

You’ll first want to decide what material you want your screen to made of. There are tons of different types of screen roll you can purchase, the most common material for mobile home windows is fiberglass. Be sure to measure the frame to get the roll that will fit the area, over compensate if it’s close, as you can always cut excess.

To begin you’ll want to remove the frames that need repairing and clean off a flat surface to work on. This will help you add the right amount of tension and have the space you need for the project.

The most common mobile home window sizes are 30” by 60”, 36” by 60”, and 36” by 54”. Sizing will depend on the year of your mobile home and the manufacturer. You’ll want to measure to be sure. Using a flexible tape measure may be easiest.

First, you need to remove the spline (the black rubber tubing) this holds the screen in place. You may need to use a tool to remove the spline, a flat-edged screw driver will do the trick. Just be careful as you may have to dig a little to get the spline out. Don’t use a knife or anything sharp. As you do this, you’ll also be removing the damaged screen.

Next, you can roll out your screen over the frame and cut it to fit the frame. You want to overlap the frame by about a half inch. If you cut it too short there’s no good way to fix it. But you’ll need extra so you can fit it into the grove and add the new spline.

It can be helpful to place something on the screen to add tension. This may also make it easier to place the spline correctly. You don’t want your screen to be loose.

With the help of a thin roller or a rolling tool without a sharp edge you can easily roll the spline into the cracks, sealing the new screen to the window. You can trim the edge after it is locked into the window frame. Using something like a utility knife is probably the best bet. Again, exercise caution!

There are plenty of other tips and ways to do this well! You can also easily preform the same for a screen door. If you’re looking to make your own screened door, you can purchase or make the frame and cover the holes with your screen roll.

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References

  1. Clayton Home Blog. 27 November 2018. Whether Manufactured Home Exterior Door and Window Sizes are Different. https://blog.claytonhomes.com/are-manufactured-home-exterior-doors-and-windows-different-sizes.
  2. Family Handyman. 27 November 2018. Screen Repair: How to Fix a Window Screen. https://www.familyhandyman.com/windows/window-repair/how-to-fix-a-window-screen/view-all/.

Protecting the Outside of Your Mobile Home from Cold Temperatures

Snow and cold weather can really take it out on your home. Sometimes it’s easy to forget the outside of your home needs attention, too! If you live farther out this is important because the city may not sweep or clear out your area. Once snow hardens it’s quite tough to remove, so removing snow as soon as it falls is your best bet. Doing some preliminary things to help the exterior of your home will make for a cheery winter!

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Freezing can be detrimental to the exterior of your  home if left untreated.

Try these things before and after snow as needed –

  • To start clean out your gutters! Leaves and other debris can make an area for pooling water. They also can freeze and crack your gutters.
  • Place doormats outside of doors or at the beginning of stairways. Use mats with industrial tops, such as rubber or thick straw.
  • Turn off outside water sources. There are also covers made for them which can be helpful, too.
  • Be sure to pour out water in bird baths or any pooling water. Water can freeze and break feeders or areas near where people are walking can freeze.
  • If you’re worried about slipping on stairs or leaving your home, you may want use rock salt or sand on your walkway, especially for the elderly. This can save you from having to shovel your driveway as well.
  • In the winter it can get dark as early as 4 p.m., so add outdoor lighting to help light the way and prevent falls. This can also help with seeing slippery spots as you approach your home.
  • Once a snow falls, clear off your dyer vent as it can cause a fire if blocked while dryer is running.
  • Check your siding for cracks as well as windows. Seal these up to help keep your home warm and energy efficient.
  • If snow falls and covers your driveway or walkway, try shoveling the snow, only shovel fresh snow, and pay attention to how you feel. Do not shovel if you feel short of breath or dizzy, it’s also not wise for the elderly or sick to do this as it is a demanding cardio workout.
  • Lastly, but not when it comes to importance, consult a professional about clearing the roof. You may only need to do this if the roof is damaged or if the snow falls for many days without melting.

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Reference: https://www.thespruce.com/how-to-protect-your-home-from-freezing-temperatures-1388721 

Upgrades for Your Mobile Home that May Improve Value

There are some relatively easy upgrades you can add to your home for little cost. One of the great things about mobile homes is that there is so much you can do with them, and often a little research and how-to knowledge is all you need to achieve the look or project you desire. Fall may also be the perfect time to start or plan the project for your home.

Let’s check out some ideas!

Insulation is a great upgrade for your mobile home. It not only will regulate your temperatures, but it may also possibly lower your bills. There are plenty of options that won’t even inconvenience you while it’s being added!

Painting the walls in your mobile home can add the personal touch you’ve been wanting. Most mobile homes have vinyl-on-gypsum wall panels, which means the walls are coated and will probably need some sanding or a paint with primer to stick properly. Get all the details about painting your mobile home walls.

Another good idea to spruce up your home is to work on your kitchen cabinets. From knobs to paint color, all it takes is a little embellishment. Get started on painting your cabinets with a kit today!

You can work on making your home more energy efficient. This may mean a smart thermostat that fluctuates throughout the day, new windows, sealing your roof, etc. These upgrades usually help regulate the temperature within your home as well. Don’t stop there, there are tons of easy ways to save energy in your home without spending money. Get energy saving tips!

Landscaping can add tons of charm to your home. You can choose a color scheme or just unique plants, the choice is yours! Not only will landscaping look great, but it can absorb water and keep your home dry, too! Try some of our landscaping ideas to improve drainage!

There are many more updates out there, including upgrades you can look into that won’t cost much for your home. It’s really about knowing your home and yourself enough to know what you’d benefit from as well as what you’re willing to keep up with!

Cleaning Your Mobile Home After You Move In

The best time to clean your home is right after you move in and before you bring in the boxes and furniture, obviously! However, sometimes once you move in it looks clean to the eye, but there can be hidden dirt and dust still. We want you to have a fresh home, and if it’s your first home – this may be a good reference to refer back to seasonally! Let’s get started!

Shampoo carpets: You certainly can just vacuum, but honestly carpet hides so much! It may be a good idea to rent a deep cleaning steam vacuum or see if a friend would let you borrow one. These work by massaging the shampoo into the carpet with bristles and then sucking up the set-in dirt. If your home has an animal smell or a smoke smell this may help, too!

Mop vinyl/ linoleum floors: Again, it can be easier just to sweep, but mopping will get the sticky stuff up. All you really need is a bit of vinegar and hot water. It is also helpful to get specific spots with a kitchen sponge using the scrubbing side. This will also help you get up any residue left from big rugs.

Dust light fixtures/ceiling fan blades: These areas get so dusty! I recommend using old socks to dust with and some type of cleaner. If the blades of a fan are easily removable that may be a good option, too. Dusting off lightbulbs can reveal a lot more light, just be gentle and be sure to do it when the lights are off.

Clean air filter cover: Pretty simple. You’ll probably need a thin duster that can get in-between each nook. If it’s removable, spraying it with the water hose may be an easy option.

Dust bathroom air vent: Try an old toothbrush on this one and cloth to pull the dust away. Be careful not to get it in your eyes.

Wipe down cabinetry, countertops and inside them: Only tip here is that leaving cabinets open can help them dry and air them out. If you notice a smell, you can leave them open and put a baking soda absorber in them or a small freshener.

Dust blinds and clean windows: This one is easy to forget, but so important! This will help you assess the condition of your windows as well as your screens. Windows may require a few rounds of cleaning. Don’t forget the outside as well! Depending on how dirty your windows are, you may need to use a sponge, hot water, and dish liquid to do the job!

Cleaning your home after you move in will not only help you freshen up the place and get rid of previous dirt and stains – it also gives you a closer look at the condition and details of your home. But don’t just do it once and give up – let’s make a habit!

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Print out our weekly cleaning schedule! You can laminate it or put it in a clear divider sleeve and check off the squares when you’ve done each day’s task! Or, you can put magnets over the boxes when they are complete!

5 Things to Check Your Yard for When You First Move In

As a first-time homebuyer myself, I can tell you – a home is so much more responsibility than I realized. This isn’t to scare you by any means. It is to encourage you to have a game plan, a loose expectation of what owning a home looks like, and to always be maintaining you home. You’ve just got a new part time job in homeownership – you don’t get paid, but you do reap the benefit in possibly keeping or improving your investment.

Most of my energy was focused on updating and fixing issues within our home upon moving in. However, I’d encourage you to focus on your yard, too! Here are the things I’d check on upon moving in!

  1. Check for flooding/wet spots in your lawn. Sometimes the layout of your home, or the layout of the land, can set you up for water pooling in certain places. It may be hard to notice until after a good rain, but if you notice wet spots, you may want to consider a rain garden or installing drains to prevent this.
  2. Check for critters. Your new yard may have been home to snakes, gophers, turtles, etc. This could be because of tall grass, or no one living there – or you may just live in a more rural area. Be mindful of these animals when you mow your lawn. If you need to draw them away from your yard,  consider consulting a professional.
  3. Check for pests. Hornets, wasps, oh my! Nests in your yard or around your home can be a serious danger, especially to children playing outside in the summer. If you want to try to relocate or exterminate – be sure to consult a professional. Be sure not to exterminate bees! Please have them relocated by a professional as they make honey, pollinate our plants, and tend not to sting like hornets or wasps. Also, certain bees are legally protected.
  4. Check for holes/uneven spaces. You don’t want a friend or family member to turn their ankle in a hole you didn’t know about in your yard. If you do have a hole or uneven spot, try to fill it, warn people, or mark it in some way.
  5. Check vegetation or plants close to your home/growing on your home. Vines may crowd your home and invade your siding or cause serious disruption under your home. They can attract bugs and moisture – so it’s best to get rid of this growth around your home. You may need to spray to keep it eradicated. In the midst of your yard work, you may run into some unwanted plants like poison ivy. If you do, be sure to treat it!

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The best way to help your yard is to keep up with seasonal maintenance and to fix things as you notice them, not when it’s convenient to fix it.

Removing/ Painting Over Wallpaper in Your Mobile Home

If you’re looking to update an older mobile home – you may want to start with the walls. If your home has wallpaper and you’re hoping for a fresher look you might consider painting it or removing it altogether. Know that it is an undertaking, but it could make a big difference!

Let’s check out both options:

Painting Over Wallpaper

A home and garden inspiration site recommends, priming the wallpaper to begin. After using an oil-based primer, you can then patch uneven spaces in the wallpaper.

It also recommends that you open windows and wear a mask (respirator) when using this particular primer.

After drying and before painting, you can then fix uneven surfaces by filling problem areas with a compound or sanding to level them out. It’s then smart to wipe down with a damp cloth to get the particles off the wall. Then you can begin painting!

Removing Wallpaper

Wallpaper removal is a little more common, but just as challenging. Most sources recommend using a cleaning/softening solution and scoring the walls.

According to a site helping homeowners, the best method is to start by pulling up loose ends or corners that can give you a good grip.

You then can clean the walls with cleaning solution comprised mainly of soap. Letting this sit will allow the paper to soak it up and shrivel, coming off the wall and creating texture – making it easier to score.

You may have to use some type of wallpaper stripper depending on the type of walls, whether there are multiple layers, or if it’s extra sticky.

Using a tool, such as a putty knife, you can begin sliding off little pieces of wallpaper. For hard to remove areas – the best bet is to begin scoring. A scoring tool is easy to find and all you do is roll it over the wallpaper in circles. This will allow you pull off the hardest areas.

Clean walls thoroughly after paper removal. You may have to go back and do some sanding to get the smoothness of the wall back to normal. Adding in some spackling or filler may help you get that smooth surface as well.

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Mobile Home Skirting Options and Maintenance

Skirting may be the last item on your mind when thinking about your mobile home. However, it protects many important aspects of your home by wrapping around the bottom of the home. It keeps animals out from under the home, protects the piping and plumbing that runs underneath your home, and it keeps the cold out. It’s not just a style choice.

Whether you are considering the cost, durability, or appearance of skirting, there are tons of options for mobile home skirting.

Options

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Vinyl

 

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Concrete

 

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Brick/ Imitation Brick
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Lattice

If the skirting on your home becomes damaged, you should repair it or have it repaired by a contractor. It can be pretty easy to fix holes in skirting or to take preventative measures to avoid damage to it altogether.

Vinyl Skirting Repair

Vinyl skirting usually gets roughed up by weed eater lines. To avoid this try a skirt guard. This clips into the bottom of the skirting and protects the bottom edge from being torn or damaged by yard tools. There are different types with varying lengths – choose what fits your needs.

If your skirting is damaged you may try repairing small damaged areas yourself pretty easily by using either weather resistant tape or tape made for outdoor use.

You can also purchase skirting panels to replace a damaged section instead of having to replace the whole.

For brick, concrete, or lattice skirting, you’ll probably want to consult a professional as these may involve a little more effort. Vinyl skirting is traditional and can be easier to repair.

We hope this helps you decide on a change for your siding or picking a certain kind!

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