Mobile house - an alternative for a caravan?
Dutch, English, or modern modular house is an interesting alternative to more mobile solutions, such as motorhomes or caravans. If you have a piece of land in a nice location and prefer spending holidays in one place, perhaps this option is for you.
Mobile homes are often offered by the same companies that sell camping vehicles. It’s true that such house can also be relatively easy to transport, but let's face it, it expresses a completely different approach to the rest.
It’s hard to imagine that someone could travel the world with such a vehicle. Mobile house can be a good option especially for those, who have their own plot of land in a desirable location or use someone else's plot temporary, because of what they cannot put their house there permanently.
What to expect?
Dutch and English mobile houses are only slightly different from each other, both in terms of the equipment and appearance, so this distinction is not that significant now.
The new house will cost around 50 000-100 000 PLN (12 000 – 24 000 EUR), due to which used houses enjoy quite a huge popularity, available at prices from 10 000 zł (2400 EUR). Such house can be equipped like a caravan. Usually we buy it with all the equipment (including gas installation and plumbing) and furniture. What’s important, putting it on the ground doesn’t require a building permit.
Compared with a caravan or motorhome, its size is a huge advantage. Popular houses have usually a surface covering 20 to 40 square meters. So inside we can count on a greater amount of space both in the living room, kitchen and bathroom, compared with a typical camping vehicle. Some houses have even several bedrooms. All year houses have a heating system (gas or electric), which cannot be found in seasonal, they’re also better insulated.
Used Mobile house
What to focus on when buying Dutch or English mobile home? Certainly the price. The more that it can turn out different than expected, if you won’t take into account the transportation costs. When comparing prices, we should take into account all the components.
An additional attention should be paid to used houses. The biggest problem relates to their susceptibility to corrosion, so you should carefully inspect the house before buying it, both inside and outside.
Any signs of rust or rot should be alarming. The walls and ceiling must be clean - traces of fungus or moisture are unacceptable. Particular attention should be paid to the corners, because that’s where the unpleasant surprises can be found easily. All installations should be tested before you decide on the purchase.
An interesting solution are also other types of houses, for example modular homes.
By using materials such as fiber-cement panels, composite deck panel or aluminum joinery with double glazing, a ready module looks very modern. All components of the system (such as, for example, gutters) are carefully hidden, and thus invisible from the outside. Large windows and flat surfaces give the impression of a designer apartment.
How much such a luxury costs? Polish company, Smart Mod, offers modules with sizes from 25 to 50 meters at prices ranging from approx. 70 000 PLN (16 500 EUR). The module is equipped with heating system so it can be used throughout the year, but in this case, as in relation to the Dutch mobile homes, you don‘t need to apply for a building permit.
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