Whether you’re thinking of selling your manufactured home or you just want an upgrade for yourself and possibly your energy efficiency, understanding your home’s value is important. In manufactured housing, as your home ages, its value decreases, but there are plenty of budget-friendly manufactured home improvement projects you can do or have done by a professional that may help balance out depreciation.
Add a fresh coat of paint
One of the most cost-effective ways to increase the look and value of your home is a fresh coat of paint—and this is a DIY home project you can do over the weekend! Options include painting your full interior, adding an accent wall for style, or just painting your kitchen cabinets for an aesthetic upgrade.
Upgrade the kitchen cabinets
This can be a big, professional project or a budget-friendly DIY depending on your skills and what your kitchen needs. If you want to change the layout of your kitchen or if your cabinet boxes need updating, consider replacing the full cabinetry. If you just want to update the look or need higher quality cabinet doors, think about refacing. The major difference between the two is cost; for an in-depth look at both, check out this article that compares refacing and replacing kitchen cabinets.
Replace the light fixtures
Whether they’re broken or just outdated, an upgrade to your home light fixtures can change the entire style of your home’s interior design. This can improve the lighting itself for a brighter environment while also providing a more modern aesthetic—or minimalist or industrial or rustic, whatever style you love the most.
Get energy-efficient windows and doors
Replacing your home’s windows and doors can add value to your home while instantly improving your energy savings. Replacement windows and newer materials like insulated glass can help reduce drafts and keep your heat and air conditioning indoors.
According to Energy Saver, gaining heat through windows in the summer and losing heat through them in the winter are responsible for 25-30% of residential heating and cooling energy use.
For minor fixes on windows and doors in good condition, you can even go the budget-friendly route and update the weatherstripping and caulk or add storm windows and exterior shading.
Replace your home siding
Curb appeal is a major factor in all real estate, and installing new home siding to your manufactured home can instantly update the look, value, and energy efficiency. There are several mobile home siding options to choose from, including stone, wood, cedar, metal, and vinyl. With so many possibilities, your mobile home customization options are endless.
For more information, check out our blog post Benefits of New Mobile Home Siding.
Upgrade the roofing
Updating your manufactured home’s roof can be as simple as replacing a few shingles to a budget-friendly roof-over all the way to a full pitched roof replacement. With your mobile home value in mind, be sure to compare the cost of each project with the value of your home. According to HomeAdvisor, mobile home roofing costs between $1,000 and $3,000 to replace.
A roof-over is the installation of a new roof or layer of roofing material over the existing roof system. These can add a layer of protection and insulation to help increase the strength and energy efficiency of your manufactured home. But keep in mind that structural roof problems should be fixed before adding a roof-over.
For a more in-depth look at roofing options for manufactured homes, check out this article on repair and replacement solutions.
Add exterior home design
Anything from applying stone veneer and painting trim all the way to adding a porch or deck to your manufactured home—updating your home exterior can majorly increase your home’s curb appeal and value.
To add a deck, make sure you have the proper licensing, and make sure your project aligns with the HUD code and local building code. Then, check out this step-by-step guide on building your own.