Coach62, Congratulations on your MHP! It looks like it has great bones.
It is amazing what a little hard work on the outside of your MH will do.
In the past we have purchased MH metal siding from our Mobile Home Supply Company. One of our small MHs had 3 doors, so we selected to close one of the doors. We then used the MH metal siding on the exterior to cover up the previous door openings.
As you mentioned you can also vinyl the outside. We have an older MH that one of the previous Tenants put vinyl siding on and it looks nice. For this particular MH we actually removed a non-working sliding glass door and replaced it with a new, large picture window. The area on the exterior where the siding was missing was just replaced with new siding. It looks good.
Hardi Plank would look very nice on your homes near the entry. However, we have not gone this route so I am not sure if it would be more difficult to install as it is heavier than the vinyl siding.
For your windows you can get new, window glass cut to replace the broken glass. You can also get new Mobile Home windows from the Mobile Home Supply Store. If you are going to replace the siding anyway and the window is an odd shape (has to be ordered at a higher price), you might want to consider buying an in-stock MH window instead.
Just the new skirting and new wooden stairs alone will be an incredible transformation.
Since you have some great cement pads, I might just have new, wooden stairs installed and cut the expense of a deck unless it overlooks a green space.
Another suggestion is to add shutters to the visual, high impact sides of the MH. You can just go to Lowes and purchased their in-stock shutters. They have basic colors such as: Black, Brown, Red. They also have two styles of shutters.
Coach62, with a little money, hard work and TLC you will have some great basic housing for some hard working people.
Below is a picture of one of our Before and Afters with just the following for the exterior:
- New Underskirting
- New Wooden Stairs
- New Paint Job
We did not add any shutters on this one as it is between two existing MHs and is not highly visible. Plus it has the ‘fake’ metal shutter on the end that we selected to paint. This MH also had some denting that we just painted over. We did quite a makeover on the inside so we used our pennies for that portion. I have also included a before and after of the interior.
We wish you the very best!