The day has finally come!
You have gone through the process of listing your mobile home with a qualified mobile home broker, they have listed, marketed, and shown your home and now you have an accepted offer!
But, wait… you still need to pack your things and move!
How long do you have to do this?!
Once the excitement has died down and you are ready to start going through the process of getting your belongings packed up to begin your next adventure how long is too long to ask when moving your things?
This is a common question that we run into on a regular basis here at The Mobile Home Dealer and one that we feel needs to be addressed both in the reasonable sense as well as the real world of mobile home buying and selling.
Many times Sellers who are looking to sell their mobile home do not review the question of how long they will need to move until the home is sold.
This is one question that we need to have answered during our initial listing appointment and not wait to get this answer until the home has been had an accepted offer on.
The reason for this is we need to express this time frame to all Buyers who are inquiring about the home as many times the Buyers who are looking to purchase a mobile home throughout the greater Sarasota area are looking to purchase and move in sooner rather than later and by explaining to them how long the Seller needs to move out will greatly help them in making their decision on whether to they will buy the property.
Many times Buyers will want to move in and begin enjoying their new mobile home right after they have signed the purchase paperwork and have park approval on file with the park. Although this is a great idea one that can certainly be done if the home is vacant it can not be achieved if the home is currently being lived in.
Most Sellers will request a thirty-day window for them to pack and move their belongings if they are currently living full-time within the mobile home that is being sold. Thirty days is a reasonable time frame but one that should not be extended past this date as anything longer than this time period will drag on the closing and could certainly lead to losing the sale due to the urgency that the Buyer has to move in.
The time for which the Seller can move out is a major negotiating factor during closing as this will determine what day of the month the Buyer will take over the property and who will be responsible for the month’s lot rent.
If the home is vacant we always suggest allowing the Buyer to move in as fast as possible but if the home is currently being lived in full time then thirty days or less is a reasonable time frame to pack up and be ready for the new Buyers to begin enjoying their new home.
We, here at The Mobile Home Dealer, strongly suggest every Seller who needs to move out of their mobile home not take any longer than 30 days to do so upon an accepted offer and park approval has been granted to the new Buyer of a mobile home.
The reason why we suggest 30 days be the maximum is because when the Buyer of your mobile home decides to make the purchase of your home they are ready to pay for it and move into it right away. The Buyer is ready to move forward and separate from their money in order to begin making memories in the home they just purchased. Delaying this any longer than 30 days could create a separation from the Buyers excitement and can very well lead to a Buyer not wanting to close on your mobile home.
We strongly suggest that before you ever put your Sarasota mobile home on the market make sure you have located your title for the home and have laid out an easy-to-follow plan for a timeframe you are able to be moved out of your mobile home. Forgetting to do this may cause you issues that you could have easily avoided if you would have taken the time lay things out on the front end.
In addition, when you decide to sell your mobile home and you have enough time to declutter, it is always better to leave everything clean as some buyers can be distracted and turned off by things they didn’t want to see. Yes, the documentation is the most important thing to secure and prepare, but the house itself should be presentable so anyone can move without delays.
If you need more time, this can always be negotiated as long as you tell your broker in advance. If you already have a buyer, make sure that both of you agree on everything and everything must be put in writing.
We have seen a lot of sales end up unsuccessful because the seller changes their mind, won’t cooperate, or is not ready. If you are really serious about selling your mobile home, avoid these issues and focus on complete preparation.
This is Mark Kaiser with The Mobile Home Dealer and we help mobile home Buyers and Sellers get to a better place in life.