08 Aug Why do mobile homes look so good as compared to houses in a similar (or lower) price range?
My fiancee and I have been house shopping, mostly for fun right now, will probably get more serious in a couple years. We've decided we're okay with a mobile home (no parks though), but they most we'd pay for one is around $50k and the most we'd pay for a 'real' home is around $95k, unless we find something with good land or nearby a river or something like that. Ideally we're looking for something with a modular kitchen, 1-2 bedrooms, and 1-2 bathrooms. I'm leaning toward a 'real' home because the roof will be strong enough to install solar.
We're looking in relatively low cost of living areas, so nothing we're finding is broken down or needs a ton of work, but what we've noticed is that every mobile home we've come across looks like it was designed by Ikea (which we love) and every house we've seen so far has such strange design choices that it's a huge turn off. I'm talking like windows put in diagonally (or all the windows are stained glass church-style), extremely steep A-frames leading into the ground, thick shag carpets in the bathrooms with some questionable stains, every room painted a different shade of dark brown, hallways so small not even a child could squeeze through them, additions that look like the builder just squashed two very different houses together, and quite a few where the entire outdoor lawn has been replaced with either a gravel pit or the kind of fabric you see on mini-golf courses.
I get that in such a low price range we're not going to find anything phenomenal, but I also feel like if people can build mobile homes so inexpensively, it should also be relatively inexpensive to build a house that looks just like a mobile home on the inside. We've been getting to the point where we're describing what we want in a home as "a rectangular box with laminate floors and white walls (and I know we can paint it ourselves), a bathroom with a tub, and simple electrical/plumbing that doesn't make repair people tear their hair out when they see it".
Is this normal or are we just looking in the wrong areas? Have other people had these experiences also?