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Finding Mobile Home Insurance – in 30 Seconds (or less!)

No one likes to think about home insurance… until you need it. But your home is likely the most expensive asset you own, and it makes sense to protect it. Plus, your home is more than just the outside structure. Your home includes your appliances, your clothes, furniture, tools, and even your personal jewelry.

MHQuoteIf you are purchasing a manufactured home, your lender may require that you have insurance. If you are searching for, or already own, a vacation home, having insurance that protects your vacant property while you are away is smart.

30 second mhquoteYet, finding insurance designed specifically for manufactured and mobile homes can be hard. MHVillage knows more about mobile and manufactured homes than anyone. We are proud to have partnered with companies that can help you find the best in policies to protect you and your home. It’s even easy – we have form that will give you a 30 second estimate!

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Frequently Asked Questions About Manufactured and Modular Homes

Have questions about manufactured and modular housing? We can help. Here are some commonly asked questions answered by the Michigan Manufactured Housing Association. The Michigan Manufactured Housing Association is a nonprofit trade association representing the manufactured and modular home industry in Michigan, and MHVillage.com has been a member for many years. However, these questions can be valuable information for any home buyer.

From www.michhome.org:

Manufactured and modular homes continue to be a compelling opportunity for numerous people and families. If you have decided a manufactured or modular home may be the right choice for you, but you still have questions and want to know more about the purchase and move-in process, take a look at these most frequently asked questions.

Why do manufactured and modular homes cost less than site-built homes?

Manufactured and modular homebuilders purchase construction materials, including interior features and appliances, in large quantities, and many retailers offer discounts for such orders. Costly delays because of weather conditions, damaged materials, vandalism and theft are minimal because these homes are built in a secure, factory setting. Additionally, because of the streamlined process these factories have perfected, manufactured and modular homes can be completed quickly. All of these benefits pass savings on to the homebuyer.

What is the inspection process for manufactured and modular housing?

Construction is continually inspected to ensure a manufactured home meets the standards of the federal Housing and Urban Development (HUD) code and modular homes meet the standards of the State of Michigan Residential Building Code, which is the same code for site-built homes. Each home is engineered and inspected to meet wind safety standards and energy efficiency requirements.

Can I customize a manufactured or modular home to make it my own?

Manufactured and modular homes have many beautiful options available to the consumer to define style and allow for great diversity in home design. Select from spacious floor plans, vaulted ceilings, walk-in closets, fireplaces, name-brand appliances, customized packages, whirlpool tubs and upgrades. In addition, available exterior designs are compatible with almost any neighborhood.

I want to purchase a manufactured or modular home and place it on private property. How should I begin the process?

Placing a manufactured or modular home on private property is not as complex as you might think. Many home retailers will help you find property. If you already own land, contact your municipality to make sure you can legally place a manufactured or modular home on the property. Your retailer will arrange for transporting and setting the home on the site.

When can I move into my new home?

Your home can be available for placement in as little as a few weeks to a few months. Moving in-stock homes from a retailer to a land-lease community generally takes less time than special ordering a home from the factory or choosing a modular plan that involves constructing a basement. Mortgage/loan approval and site work may extend the timetable several weeks. The typical time period from purchase to move in is three to five months.

Looking for more information? If you are a Michigan resident thinking about manufactured home living, the MMHA is a great place to start! They have a ton of great information on their site. You can also search for home for sale or rent on MHVillage.com, and research local manufactured home communities.

 

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!

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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Walk right into this beautiful Palm Harbor home with an open floor plan! The home is in excellent condition, with fresh interior paint and new vinyl siding last year. The spacious master bedroom has a walk-in closet and private bath. The kitchen boasts upgraded countertops, Continue reading