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Tips for the New Home Buyer

tips-for-buying-a-mobile-homeIf you’re looking to purchase a manufactured home, whether it’s new or previously owned, in a community or on private land, there are a few things that people with experience want you to know.

Do your research. When a make, model or design is suggested, find out about the competitors. This holds true, too, for associated services, like financing, transport or setup.

For a previously lived in home, check the roof, water heater and furnace – these are expensive components to replace, and you should know that there is significant life left in them at the time you’re looking to purchase.

Think about drywall versus wall board. Step heavily on high-traffic areas to ensure the floor is solid. Check windows for leaks. Check skirting for holes and moisture underneath the home. None of this is very pleasurable, but all of it is necessary.

Being your own advocate is important.

Maralee Dougherty, of Leesburg, Fla., recently lost her husband and moved to a new home in a new community. She moved to a resident-owned community, so she could own the land beneath the home, and to a home that was a bit smaller in size. Beyond the expanded amenities in the new community, Hawthorne at Leesburg, Dougherty said the home “showed very well”, and that an inspector and friendly contractor helped assure her of the value.

The exterior of a new Champion home

“It’s very open,” Dougherty said of the new home. “The living and dining rooms are one big L-shape. A lot of the more expensive stuff has been replaced, including roof, windows and siding. There also was new laminate floors. Everything the previous owners had done, they seem to have bought the best.”

It’s always best that you watch for problems, or have someone you can trust do it for you.

David Murphy, of Las Vegas, Nev., said he prefers to live in an all-ages community as opposed to a senior park, and that he’s mindful of staying above flood level to help protect his investment.

“I like new-from-the factory,” Murphy said. “It is vital that the roof is sealed and taken care of. The home would be no good if it leaks on the beams… then the heat and AC need to be working well, with plumbing up to date and electrical up to date.”

On the more pleasurable side, every home shopper has a unique interest in amenities.

Pick your package

Bruce Thelen is director of sales and development for Champion Homes, one of the largest

The interior of this Champion home shows the design of the kitchen area has been a central focus for the maker.

makers in the market. He has detailed what Champion and its product designers have implemented in the way of customer demand.

“Our consumers want to see the features and color pallets and design elements that they see on HGTV, and that they see in higher price stick built homes,” Thelen said.  “We spend a lot of time figuring out features and colors that go into our homes while maintaining the price points everyone is accustomed to in our industry.”

Pink remains a popular color in Florida. Darker tones play well in the Midwest and Great Lakes, while much of the rest of the country is going to lighter brown-beige and off-white tones.

“We try to offer the consumer as much choice as possible,” Thelen said. “There are two ways we do that. One is in the actual design of the house. We create a ‘family of homes’, focusing on the living area, kitchen and bath. We perfect those as much as we can, and then build the remainder of the house around it in multiple dimensions.

The dining and main living area in a new Champion home.

“Maybe it goes from a three- to four-bedroom, or turns a 56-foot house into a 60-foot house,” he said. “We can offer the consumer this variation, along with three different bathroom designs and maybe certain cabinets, varying roof pitch or an optional dormer.”

Champion customers want to see built-in components – architectural designs that look somewhat like free-standing residential furniture. For instance, a kitchen island that uses table legs on one side rather than a full cabinet, or a fixed computer desk, or storage cubes in an entry “mud” room.

Customers want deep, stainless steel farmer sinks, “rainfall” showerheads, wide ceramic showers with no tub, and bright-open layouts.

And overall home design, inside and out.

“A cleaner and streamline look,” Thelen said. “We’ve really followed that trend. It varies somewhat by region, but it’s been more distinct in recent years.”

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

Staging Your Mobile Home To Sell Quickly

BY: DAWN HIGHHOUSEDutch Housing Barclay

Thinking about selling your manufactured or mobile home? Here at MHVillage we frequently recommend that you work with a professional to help you through the sales process, but whether you are working with someone or doing it on your own, here are some simple tips for preparing your home to sell:

1.) Gather the Paperwork

It might not sound like an important staging tip, but this is probably one of the most important things you can do. Start with your own files and pull together the information you have on your home – title, insurance, etc. Then talk to your community manager. Some communities have specific rules about home sales, better to know them right at the start. (For example, can you or your agent post a sign that the home is for sale? Can it be a yard sign? Window only?) It’s also a good idea to get a current copy of your community rules. Prospective buyers will need to know the qualifications and rules, right up front. If your community does not allow pets don’t make the mistake of selling it to someone who has three dogs, two cats and pet snake!

2.) Clean the Clutter

All of us have busy lives, and let’s face it, clutter seems to multiply every time we turn our backs. If you are thinking of selling your home though, this is the time to tackle it. I’m not talking about packing to move (although you may end up filling several boxes), I’m talking about walking into each room and looking for ways you can tidy and organize the space. Don’t wait on this! One of the first steps in selling your home online is to take photos, and you want your home looking as ready for the new owners as possible.

Here’s a tip: start small. A kitchen counter where the mail piles up or the off-season coat closet is a great place to begin. Have a trash bag and a box for donated items nearby. Take breaks and don’t feel you have to tackle everything in a day. You’ll get there!

3.) Wax on!

Now that the clutter is up, it’s time to clean. It’s time to make your home shine like your favorite movie star is coming to stay for the weekend! This is also a good time to see if there are any small repairs you can make (like repainting register vent covers or replacing light switch plates) that will improve the look of your home. Don’t forget the hard to reach nooks and crannies – look at ceiling fan blades, light fixture covers, baseboards and door jams.

One more spot to hit – don’t forget the appliances! Make sure to clean them thoroughly, especially the top of the stove.

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Outdoor Smarts for Sellers and New Home Owners

Everyone likes to make a great first impression. Both sellers and new home owners can agree that this is especially true when it comes to their mobile home. A new home owner will want to impress their friends and family with their purchase. Similarly, a person selling their home will want perspective buyers to be instantly impressed by what they see.

Let’s face it, the first thing anyone notices about a home is its exterior and yard. You want to make sure that these features are at their best when showing off the home.  Whether you are trying to sell your home or are the new home owner, there are a few steps you can take to keep it marketable or maintain the fresh glow of your new purchase.

Let’s take a look at how to make your home look great from the outside in!

 
 
  • Trimming bushes and overgrown tree branches can help to make your outdoor space appear more organized and visually appealing.
  • If there are debris or leaves that have fallen into your yard, a good raking can spiff the place up in no time.
  • Keep extra tools, toys, and non-outdoor items off the lawn and deck area.
  • A potted plant or shrub at your entry way can add an extra pop of color to the space. Live or fake plants provide a fresh look and livelihood to your front door.
  • Keep your windows and glass doors clean and smudge free. Wiping them down every once in a while will give your home extra sparkle.
  • Add a Welcome mat to your doorstep and you will be ready to welcome in your potential buyers or family guests!

Keeping up on these simple projects will help you to make a great impression on your buyers or new neighbors.  Now you are ready to search for a home to try your newly learned skills on. Or, you can prep your home for pictures that you can use to sell your home on MHVillage.com.

 

 

Tips and Tricks for Buying a Mobile Home

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With so many factors requiring consideration when buying a home, the whole process can seem stressful. From financing & insurance, to the location or condition of the home, there are a whole host of items you need to keep track of.  You may not know what you need to do, or where to look for help.

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If you are lost in the buying process and need a little guidance, MHVillage’s Home Buyer’s Survival Kit can help you with just that. Inside our guide you’ll find tips to avoid costly mistakes, choose insurance, select the right home, and so much more. Sample forms for sellers and purchase agreements for buyers are also included. Just click here to download your guide today.

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MH Community Living – 3 Tips for Maximizing Your Home’s Value

TONY KOVACHBY: L.A. ‘TONY’ KOVACH:
Manufactured Housing Marketing Sales Management
Publisher of www.MHProNews.com and www.MHLivingNews.com

I began living in MH Communities in the mid-1980s. Previously, I’ve also owned and lived in brick veneer houses in nice and pretty expensive neighborhoods. Listen to the voice of experience: if you want to protect and grow your home’s value, think about these three facts.

  1. Location, location, location. Real estate agents say this is huge to your home’s value. The nicer neighborhood has more value than one that is poorly kept. Keep your home-site, steps, decks and the exterior of your home looking great. Help your neighbor, starting by example, to do the same. Even if you live in the nicest community in your area, never stop improving. It’s fun, builds community pride and adds value to your home by enhancing your curb appeal.
  2. When your community is full, values go higher. I always picked the nicest MH Community and the one that was the most full to buy or place my manufactured home in. If there are vacancies, help management fill them by referring friends, family and co-workers who are looking for a new place to live. When your MH Community is 100% full, the only way for someone else to get into that location is to buy an existing home! Supply and demand…that pushes MH values higher. By the way, the same is true for conventional housing in residential neighborhoods.
  3. What’s in a name? Plenty. Get in the habit of saying “manufactured home,” not “mobile home” or the “t-word.” Yes, “mobile home” is easier to say, but legally there have been no new mobile homes built in the U.S. since June 15,1976. When the federal manufactured home construction standards went into effect that day, there was big safety, quality and energy-savings improvements. Apples-to-apples, a manufactured home is worth more money than a mobile home. So if your home was built in or since since that 1976 date, get in the habit of calling it what it is. Ask yourself this question. If you needed to sell your home some day, which would bring you more money? A “trailer,” a “mobile home,” or a “manufactured home”? Which sounds classier?

Enough said for today!

You live better when your home costs you less. Enjoy your home and community!

LATonyKovach-Louisville-2015-mhpronews-com-275x156L.A. “Tony” Kovach is the editor of MHLivingNews.com and the host for Inside MH video interviews, featuring real home owners and experts. Check MHLivingNews.com out, and share it with others.