Quick Tips for Finding the Perfect Mobile Home to Rent

Finding mobile homes for rent can be difficult.  That’s why MHVillage has several tools on the site to make it easier. In this article we will show you how to quickly search and find rental homes in your area. Here’s one thing you should be aware of – the location where you want to live can determine how many manufactured and mobile homes for rent there are on the market.

Some warm weather states like Florida, Arizona and California have areas where many homes are available, as they have large populations of vacationers and snowbirds.Other areas may not have as many. We’ll show you how to find homes, and then use the MHVillage tools to narrow down the listings to exactly what you are looking for.  If you are in an area with fewer available homes, we’ll show you how to easily set up an alert so you are emailed the minute one comes on the market.
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Photo Tips and Tricks for Your Home Listing!

We often have sellers ask how they can improve their home listing on our site. More often than not, we start by looking at the photos of the home. We know that when we talk to home buyers on our site, their number one request is: “More pictures please!”

Statistically, we have found that homes with over 30 photos receive 25% more clicks to view than similar homes with fewer photos.

Yes, you read that correctly! So there really is no such thing as too many good pictures! The important word being “good”. While your bathroom might have really lovely tile, and you may have recently replaced the shower curtain, there are only so many good angles you can capture of this space.

However, the exterior of the home, the layout of the living spaces, the community the home is in, these are all areas that have a variety of different angles which would be very beneficial to your buyer.  You would be surprised how quickly you can surpass that 30 photo mark!

Pro tip: Try having your first photo be of the exterior of the home since if the buyer was coming to see it, that would be their first impression in person too!

The goal is to give the customer the experience of walking through the home when they are scrolling through the pictures. Remember, home buyers might be moving from a different state.

Hopefully these few tips will help you be able to present your home to the perfect buyer – because after all, you only need one buyer to close the deal!

If you have any questions about your listing on our site, give us a call or send us an email.

We are happy to help!

Thinking of Buying? Nine Things to Know First!

Considering buying a manufactured or mobile home? Before you take the plunge, there are a few things you should know and some research you should do. Here is a list of some important things to consider before you start to shop.

1. Know where you want to live.

Do you want to purchase a brand new home and have it moved to a site? Or are you looking to purchase a preowned home? There are a wide variety of options for manufactured home living. Some homes are on land you own, others are in communities where the land is leased and you pay a monthly fee. If you wish to own your own land, your first step is to check on your local area zoning laws – these vary by area. You will also need to look into water, electric, gas and sewer connections with local utility companies. If you move into a manufactured housing community, these will be taken care of for you. In addition, communities frequently offer many other amenities like pools, clubhouses and snow plowing, (Each community is different, so check with the managers to see the benefits of each one.

2. Plan ahead for how much home you’ll need.

Consider how many people will be living in the home, their ages, their requirements and how the rooms will be used. Do you have small children? Need a home office? Have a lot of overnight guests? Before you start home shopping, take some time to think about your current – and future needs. Manufactured homes come in a wide variety of designs. Square footage can be from 900 to 2,500 square feet – make sure you have the room you need.

Tip: Manufactured Floor Plans.com is a great site to learn about home floor plans and new homes.

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Buying or Renting a Mobile Home? Here’s How to Contact the Sellers.

Here at MHVillage, we hear this a lot:

I found a home that I am interested in on MHVillage.com. How can I get more information about the home?

MHVillage.com does not own or directly sell the homes on our site. To get more information, you will want to contact the seller of the home directly. They have provided a phone number and/or an email option on their home listing page that you can use to reach out to them.

Looking to find a home to buy? Searching MHVillage is a great place to start. Each home on MHVillage has it’s listing page. This page has all the information provided by the seller – plus photos of the home. If you have questions, this is where you will want to look for contact information to connect with the seller.Home for Sale

There are two easy ways to contact a seller. Below you will find tips on how to find and use these features:

Email: Email Seller button

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To the right of the photos of the home on the listing, you will see a button that has an envelope icon and says “Email Seller.” Click this and a box will pop up. You will then want to include your contact information and you can add a short note. Information provided here will be sent directly to the seller.

Have a list of questions handy, and don’t forget to include your contact information so the sellers can contact you back right away. Keep in mind that email responses can take a little longer, so if you see a home you want more information on right away – give them a call.

Phone: View Phone # button

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To find the seller’s phone number, you will want to scroll down the page until you see a heading in red that reads “Contact Information.” Click on the button that says “View Phone #” to reveal the number. You can then contact the seller directly via phone to ask more questions.

Again, have your questions ready. What is important to you – do you need to know if the community allows pets? If it is an age qualified community? How about the school system? Be prepared when you make that call.

A few other options: If a seller has provided a link to their website there will be a button above the “View Phone #” button that is marked as “Seller Website.” This may also provide you with additional forms of contact.

Good luck and happy house hunting!

7 Cost Saving Tips to Staging Your Home

Is your mobile home for sale? We’ve compiled 7 easy tips for staging your home that will help you impress home shoppers and save you money. These are simple things you can do to help make your home more marketable.

Seven Easy Tips for Staging Your Home for Sale

1. Impress the Drive-By – If you have your manufactured home for sale, you may have seen these folks slowly driving by in their cars checking out your community. It’s a common weekend activity for those shopping for a new home. When your manufactured home is for sale, make sure you impress those drive-bys in the 30-45 seconds you have their undivided attention! Your lawn should be well maintained and landscaping tidy. Move trash and recycle containers out of view, and make sure sidewalks and stairs are well swept. Stand in the road outside your home and try to look at it with a buyer’s eye, what can you do to make it appear more inviting?

Tip: Make sure people driving by have your phone number. A well placed, clearly written For Sale sign can really help. The MHVillage Seller’s Kit (Free with your listing) includes a big window sign for your home.

2. Clean Up Outdoor Structures – Don’t forget to shine up your outdoor areas. These areas can be easily forgotten, but when buyers come to your home they will be seeing them for the first time. Now is a great time to clean up the shed and make sure tools are neatly put away. Look at the carport, especially up near the roof. This is an area that attracts dirt – and bird’s nests. Have deck or patio? Make sure they are clean and look welcoming. In warmer climates, spruce them up with flower pots, in colder areas, make sure the walks and structures are free from snow and ice. Continue reading

Effective Descriptions To Help You Sell Your Home

MHVillage is the number one place on the internet to list your manufactured or mobile home for sale or rent. Thousands of people have listed, and sold, their homes using our site. We want to help you make your listing as effective as possible, so this month we bring you this helpful article on Writing Effective Home Descriptions.

So youʼre trying to sell your manufactured home. You know the basic facts – number of bedrooms, bathrooms, etc… but how do you know what other information is important to buyers? Does it really matter what you write in the Home Description of your listing? Yes, it does! The Home Description of your MHVillage listing is where you get the chance to really sell your home.

Consider the following two Descriptions:

Nice home, good condition. Large master bedroom. Many upgrades. Garage: 24ʼx30ʼ. Quiet senior community. Low lot rent.

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