How to make a double wide look more like a house

Updated April 17, 2017

Double-wide trailer homes are a budget-friendly housing choice, but they do not have quite the same appearance that a house does. Houses often come with amenities that double-wide trailers don't come with. These can sometimes leave your mobile home feeling more like a structure and less like home. With a few additions, however, you can make your mobile home look more like a house.

Keep the exterior updated. Faded paint colours, missing shutters, and siding that's falling off make a motor home look unkempt. If its exterior is in good condition, it will look more like a permanent home rather than a quick fix for your housing needs.

Fence off your land if you own the property the trailer's on. Adding a fence gives the space around your mobile home some boundaries. And a white picket fence makes the home look more charming--more like a house found in a neighbourhood.

Build some other permanent structures. Double-wides usually do not have garages or sheds in the near vicinity. The lack of other permanent structures makes it look like temporary housing. Add a swing in the front yard; even a garden makes a trailer look like home.

Build a deck, walkway or driveway. Typical houses have some sort of paved walkway and driveway, so adding one around your mobile home makes it look more like a house. A deck is also an option.

Add some detailed decor. If you can, have a nice-looking mailbox. Put up a bird bath or squirrel feeder to attract the local wildlife. Plant some bushes and trees around the house.

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Erika Sivils began writing professionally during the fall of 2009. She currently works as a freelance journalist for Demand Studios. She has also been published in Travel BIGO. Sivils is currently studying and taking courses at Lonestar College. She plans to enroll at Thomas Edison State college for the fall 2010 semester to earn a Bachelor of Arts in communications.