Measuring a mobile home might sound harder than it actually is.  I get many calls regarding selling mobile homes and when I ask the question of size many people don’t know these figures.  So, this post will help you figure out how to measure your mobile home.  It will give you some tips on how to make it easier because who doesn’t like easier.

 

Knowing where to place the tape measure: Outside corner to outside corner

 

When measuring a mobile home be sure to measure from outside corner to outside corner. Do not include the overhang because this is not part of the square foot of the home.  Your best bet is to get a 100′ tape measure from your local hardware store because most tape measures are too short to be accurate.  These tape measures are pretty affordable usually around $20 and do an amazing job. If you are trying to measure the home by yourself they can be very helpful.  You can also order these tape measures online and have them shipped right to your doorstep and that will save you time.

 

 

Don’t have anyone to help you measure the mobile home: No problem  

 

These tape measures feature a little claw hook at the end that you can latch on to the siding.  If you don’t have someone to hold the other side of the tape measure this little latch comes in handy.  It can help to keep the tape where you want it and that makes this process easier.  

 

Too much clutter and shrubs around your mobile home: Give this tape measure a whirl

Another great tape measure is this one pictured below.  This tape measure allows you to roll it and it will measure the distance as you walk.  If you have a mobile home that has a lot of shrubs or items along side the mobile home this is fantastic. This is a great tape measure because it will get a rough estimate of the length and width of the mobile home without having to be up close.

Once you have the width of your home measured which is usually 14 to 16 ft wide for singlewides and 24 to 28 for doublewides. You will want to run your tape measure down the length of your home again.   Don’t include the overhang of the home because again its doesn’t count.  Hook that latch right on to the outside corner and pull tight.

If your home measures 56’7″ long that is usually rounded up to 57′. Any inch measurement above 5 would always round up to the next foot typically.    

                          FIGURING SQUARE FOOTAGE: THE TOTAL AREA OF YOUR MOBILE HOME 

Now that you know your width and length of your mobile home rounded up to the nearest foot.  Just multiply the 2.

EXAMPLE:  If your home measures 14 ft. wide by 76 ft. wide just multiply the two numbers:​​

                          14 x 76 = 1,064 sq. ft.

 Or, if you have a home that measures 26 ft. wide by 64 ft. long 

                          26 x 64 = 1,664 sq. ft.

Better yet you can use this simple square foot calculator site and just enter in the information and it will do the figuring for you!

TIP:  The data plate located usually inside the mobile home will tell you quite a bit of information about the structure of the mobile home as well.  The data plate will not tell you the measurement of the mobile home so it is important to know how to do that.

  

Measuring a mobile home can be a frustrating task if there are obstacles in the way

When measuring your mobile home you may have structures, shrubs and bushes to deal with.  This can be very annoying…how are you suppose to measure a home that you can’t even get close to.  I always just try to do my best. If you have to stand a few feet away from the mobile home it will help.  Just make sure you are lined up with the outside corners and do your best. 

Another possibility is to get a trimmer and cut some of the branches back. That way you can get the tape measure in there and get an accurate measurement.  

Singlewide or Doublewide Mobile Home: How to know the difference 

A few times a week, I will also talk to sellers who are confused if they have a single or doublewide mobile home.  Singlewide mobile homes tend to look narrow and long from the road while doublewide mobile homes are more wide and typically shorter, the average length for doublewide mobile homes is approximately 56 ft. long.  which is shorter than singlewides which average 60 – 75 feet long.

It’s that simple....

FUN FACT: Most people don’t know about mobile homes  

Now some people experienced with mobile homes will ask you if that includes the hitch to the mobile home.  If you are measuring outside corner to outside corner than no that doesn’t include the hitch.  The hitch to the mobile home always adds roughly 4 ft to the length of the home…So if your home measures 64 ft long technically it’s considered 68 ft. long.  Most people will just want to know the measurements of the home itself!!

Looking to purchase a mobile home know your square footage

If you are looking to purchase a mobile home square footage is important. You have to pick out a mobile home that is right for you and your family.  How many beds and baths will you need?  Will you need an extra bedroom for an office or supply area?  If you are looking to move into a mobile home park having extra storage is important. Many times all your belongings will not fit into the sheds that are provided and having an extra room really can help.

Mobile homes come in many sizes, shapes and stories now a days.  You can custom order mobile homes to fit your every need.  If you are looking for something specific and you can’t find a mobile home that fits your needs set down with a new mobile home specialist and let them help you.

Final thoughts: on measuring your mobile home 

In conclusion, measuring a mobile home is quite simple.  It’s important to know the square footage of your mobile home when selling it.  Each square foot will make your mobile home typically worth more money, in that aspect they are a lot like stick built homes.  The more room you have the more they are worth.  Its simple!