How do you prepare a Sarasota mobile home for sale?
Sellers ask us all the time what they need to do in order to get their mobile homes ready for sale.
We find that many times Sellers don’t exactly know what to do in order for their home to show well for photos, videos, and actual in-person showings.
So without further delay, let’s go through just a few of them.
Choose an agent, determine the correct sale price, and organize your home: when it comes to selling your home, a lot of work happens behind the scene before the “Sale” sign appears.
If it is the first time you sell a house, the process and all its initial steps can be a surprise. While you can bring a mobile home agent to take care of the details, you and your family are still responsible for much of the heavy work that involves the preparation of your mobile home for sale, especially if you want to make the most of the sale.
To help you prepare for what you can expect, then we present the first steps you need to know to sell your mobile home successfully.
Choose your mobile home Broker
While you can do it alone, 91 percent of vendors work with mobile home brokers during the housing sales process, according to the National Manufactured Home Owners Association (NMHOA). It is not surprising that most owners choose an agent: they know the complexities of the mobile home housing market and all the particularities involved in the preparation of their mobile home for sale.
However, do your homework by selecting your agent. The ideal is an agent who is familiar with his neighborhood and who has a great experience in the industry to do the job. Look at the agents’ websites, read their online comments, and request references from neighbors. Ask about their commission rates, how they operate, and what to expect from their services.
The choice of your agent is the first fundamental step: ultimately, they have the fiduciary liability to ensure their best interests in the housing sales process and guide it in the next steps. Keep in mind that you do not have to use a mobile home agent; For sale by owner is another route that one can also take.
Determine the value of your mobile home
Mobile homeowners may be tied to the nostalgia of their home, but they must decide carefully when setting the price of their property to sell. The strategy is to find that optimal point in a price that attracts the most prospective buyers while preparing the stage to maximize their profit margin.
If the price of your mobile home is too high, it will scare buyers, but if the price is too low, you may think that something is wrong at home or that you are pointing to a war of offers.
Fix your mobile home
Now is the time to rise and get to work so that your home is worthy of a successful sale.
Among the recommendations of your agent after a tour and an inspection list prior to the list, it can concentrate on the most necessary repairs and renovations. (Prelisted mobile home inspections are an optional step, but they provide an invaluable vision of how you will go home in an official inspection later and give you the opportunity to solve the problems proactively).
Other major tasks to do
Make sure your mobile home is cleaned up!
We can’t tell you the number of times we have scheduled showings for prospective Buyers only for the home to look like a fraternity party just finished moments before we arrived!
Now, although I am joking, I am serious when we say it should be cleaned up for all media and showings. This means taking out and getting rid of all of the excess clutter in the home. Make sure the bathrooms and kitchen are clean and present well and always look to have the floors and carpet steamed or at the very least just vacuumed.
Check and make sure all animals are out of the home!
Just last week, I showed a home to an interesting couple and the Owner forgot to take the two dogs out with them. The dogs were left in the home without me knowing they were even there. When I walked into the home to get the lights on before the Buyers showed up, I had to figure out how in the heck am I able to handle these two dogs!
At another showing a few months ago, the Owner had a parrot, and the bird was squawking the entire time I was showing the house!
As an animal lover myself, I have no issues with these furry friends or feathered little guys being around, but that does not mean that the Buyers want to have this as their first introduction to your zoo!
Always have your mobile home cleaned out of any bad smells prior to a showing.
Although this obviously will not come up in any photos or videos, this can be a huge turnoff to any excited Buyer who comes in to see your home.
Common odors that we run into all the time are smoke and animal smells and, what we refer to as, just a stale smell.
We found the best way to combat these odors is to get the windows open and have as much fresh air in your home as possible.
If you know there is a showing happening later in the day, make sure to open the windows and turn on your fans as this will help in getting the odors out of your home so that when an excited Buyer comes to look at your home, they will not run out whenever they walk in!
And last but certainly not least, always make sure you are doing all that you can to make it easy for the Buyer to buy your home!
This is Mark Kaiser with The Mobile Home Dealer, and we help mobile home Buyers and Sellers get to a better place in life.