Welcome back to the third installment of “What Is My Sarasota Mobile Home Worth?”

Before we discuss today’s topic, let’s briefly review what we have covered over the past few weeks so we are all on the same page.

Two weeks ago, we discussed the pros and cons of selling your mobile home fully furnished.

Here, we discussed that even though the mobile home will often sell faster when fully furnished, it does not necessarily mean that it will sell for any more money once the house gets to the closing table.

Last week, we discussed the importance of keeping up with your air conditioning service, regardless of if it is a window unit or central air conditioning system that cools your home. We further discussed that the cost of a new air conditioning system will not necessarily convert to more money at the closing table for you.

Remember, a large part of the value derived from a new air conditioning system is staying cool during the many Florida hot months throughout the year!

Today, we are going to review the importance of selling your home with all the appliances included.

Many times we at The Mobile Home Dealer find Sellers who are looking to recoup as much money as they can when they go to sell their mobile home. We all can understand this thought process since we all want to make sure that we sell our homes for as much money as possible when it comes time to move on to the next step of our lives.

Some mobile home Sellers we have encountered will get flustered with the sales process and go to remove their appliances to either move them into a new place they’re living in or sell them outright themselves before the sale of their home.


Although I can certainly understand the desire to get the most money for everything in your home at the time of sale, I cannot suggest or condone removing your appliances from the home to try to make more money.

Palm Terrace Mobile Home Worth

Palm Terrace mobile home

This is such a problem because, like our previous topic of selling your home fully furnished, if you do not have appliances, the home will have a more difficult time selling!

Mobile home Buyers can understand that they may need to purchase furniture if the home does not come fully furnished, but very few, if any, Buyers that we have ever sold to can wrap their heads around buying a mobile home without the basic appliances included.

Not providing appliances in the sale of your mobile home will force the Buyer to make yet another purchase at the time of closing, and worse yet, during the time they see the home, it makes it that much more difficult for them to see themselves enjoying their new home right when they move in!

Can a fully furnished mobile home sell fast? Based on our years of experience selling mobile homes, YES!

Remember that most mobile home Buyers in the Sarasota, Florida, area are from other states, and buying furniture, or bringing their own, is not part of their buying plan. Of course, a fully-furnished home will sell faster than an unfurnished one if both are at almost the same price.

Consider our suggestion if you want to sell your mobile home fast and avoid paying monthly lot rent. If you want to pay monthly lot rent and wait for a miracle to happen, do not buy any furniture.
In addition, take note that buying furniture to fill the mobile home so the next owner can use it, is different from mobile home upgrades.

For example, if you are looking to paint the home a fun beachy color, change the over-flooring, add custom shelving, or change out the bathroom fixtures, these certainly can liven up the home. However, although nice in nature, these upgrades are based on the owner’s personal preference and do not upgrade the structural integrity of the mobile home itself.

Sure, these will make the home look newer or “beachy,” but it does not mean that the upgrades you put in here will bring you any more money when you look to sell the home.
The reason is that there is no tangible value that can be passed on to the next owner.

Most mobile home Buyers are looking for a turn-key property where they can buy the home, toss their keys on the counter, and get to the outdoor activities they have been dreaming about!

No, going to the furniture store does not factor into this excitement.

When looking to sell your mobile home for the most money, look to provide it fully furnished. We have seen that the home will sell faster, saving you several thousand dollars in possible lot rent payments. This additional income on the sale of your mobile home won’t exactly come to you in a cash payment, but it will stay in your bank account, which is all the more reason to consider selling your Sarasota mobile home fully furnished!

Remember, guys, always make sure it is easy for a Buyer to buy from you, but not difficult!

This is Mark Kaiser with The Mobile Home Dealer. We help mobile home Buyers and Sellers achieve better lives!

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