Yesterday, Ryan found a mobile home on Craigslist for $225 a month. That's right, per month. According to the add, the mobile home is "free" to live in, and the monthly rent is for the lot it sits on. After 10 years of payments, the owner will sign over the deeds to both the land and the mobile home. They were very clear when they said that it was a fixer upper, and that they would not do any repairs. Our curiosity peaked, we just had to go look at it.
The lot itself was really nice. Lots of trees providing shade, and a paved driveway. It was on a dead end street, in what seemed like a quiet neighborhood. All the kids would be able to stay in their current schools, which was a plus.There was plenty of room for the kids to run around in the yard, and our storage building would fit without a problem.
That said, there is no way that I would let my kids live in the mobile home in it's current condition. There is no A/C, several of the windows were cracked, and the carpet 9what there was of it) was beyond cleaning. In the living room, the "carpet" consisted of several area rugs sewed together. The kitchen was missing all the drawers, and most of the cabinet doors. The walls were okay (no holes) but I am sure there are all kinds of bugs running around. We only peeked in the windows.
Junior was thinking that for $225 a month (which is way less than the $650 we're paying now) we could put carpet down and fix the kitchen. Maybe even put up an awning or two after putting in new windows. We could probably paint the walls and fumigate, but I am hesitant. I usually have gut feelings about things, and I don't have a good feeling about this place.
So we're going to pass, and stay where we are. For now.