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February 2021

Selling a Manufactured Home in a Tough Market

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A manufactured home is also known as a mobile home, depending on the year it was built. Basically, one can move a manufactured home or a mobile home around as they wish from one piece of land without breaking it up. While such a home might be useful for many people (a young couple, small families looking for a starter home, or someone who just loves traveling around), there might come a time when you want to move on from your mobile home by selling it. 

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Selling a manufactured home shouldn’t be a difficult feat but the real estate market for selling such homes is still unpredictable. There are also loans and mortgages involved which many sellers may want to avoid. You can choose a cash buyer if a quick process is a goal but there are many options and avenues available today for transferring mobile homes from one land to another. 

Let’s discuss some of these now: 

Selling for Cash

It’s especially tempting to sell a manufactured home or a mobile home for cash. You get the money right away and will probably avoid a lot of legal trouble as well. However, you still have to verify that your mobile home buyer has the required funds before signing anything. Once both parties agree, you should get a deposit in hand. 

Approval from the community

The same precautions apply to other real estate aspects of selling a mobile home. For instance, if your buyer might need to obtain approval from the relevant manufactured home community, they should take that step as soon as possible. Make sure to structure the approval so that the deposit can be refunded if their application process is not successful. 

Moving the home from the land

The buyer might also plan to move the manufactured home away from the current land. In this case, you’ll have to get in touch with the park management to start the procedure. Most communities will require a notice of thirty to sixty days if someone wants to move a home out of their land. No matter what the situation is, you should ensure that your collaboration is with a trustworthy and sincere mobile home buyer. 

Selling through Payments

If you’re selling a manufactured home but don’t need all that money right away, selling a mobile home through payments is also a good idea. This step will turn you into a sort of bank but it’s still important to get a significant amount as the down payment from your buyer. 

The terms for this real estate agreement should also be outlined and understood by both parties well in advance. In the contract, make sure you state the amount of the payment and the duration of the payment terms. 

Staying away from risks

You might also choose to sell one or more homes to a housing community instead of any particular individual. In that case, you don’t really want your manufactured home moved away until the payment is completed in full. See that your agreement contract states this condition in no uncertain terms. A mobile home or manufactured home is at risk when it’s moved from the actual land. A lot can go wrong which is why you should practice some caution and ask a real estate professional for help. 

Selling to the Manufactured Home Community

Another avenue for selling a manufactured home is to have the manufactured home community as the buyer party. This is a logical option if the residents of your home want to move away. Most manufactured home communities would prefer that their homes stay in place, so they’ll probably be willing to buy you out. However, you still have to consider the pros and cons of choosing this process.

Pros of selling to the manufactured home community

If there are any manufactured homes for sale on their land, the relevant community would probably be willing to buy it very quickly. You get the money fast, and the buying party is a reliable one. It’s the same land you’ve probably dealt with before so you know that the home and the land are in good hands. 

Another upside is that the community will usually be the one taking care of any paperwork. The title transfer and other nuances can be bothersome. So, it’s nice to have a real estate manager who can take the responsibility off your hands. 

Cons of selling to the manufactured home community

On the other hand, selling a mobile home or manufactured home has many aspects. With the community, you might get a much lower offer than with some other party. If you’re in a hurry, you might have to make this compromise. 

If you do have time on your hands, it’s probably a good idea to hold off on the sale as much as you can. 

Selling to a Manufactured Home Dealership

Mobile home dealerships or manufactured home dealerships are familiar with selling and buying new or used manufactured homes. They might even take a used manufactured home as a trade-in for credit to purchase a new mobile home or manufactured home. In a way, it’s much like a car dealership that could exchange your old car for a new one at a reduced price. 

You might be on the lookout for a new mobile home. So, check out any local manufactured home dealership to see if they’re interested in a trade-in. Such dealerships might also consider buying used mobile homes and putting them on sale for their buyer list. This list usually includes investors or other homeowners like yourself. 

Pros of selling to a manufacturing or mobile home dealership

Just like selling to a manufactured home community, the main advantage you get by selling a mobile home to dealers is that it’s a quick process. You get the deal done and the money in hand relatively quickly. 

Cons of selling to a manufacturing or mobile home dealership

The main disadvantage of this step is that you get a lower offer than you initially expected. However, make the final decision after getting both the bad and the good about such a deal. 

Selling the mobile home to an Investor

If a manufactured homeowner is in a hurry to sell their property, whether attached to land or not, an investor might be the best way to go. 

Before you make up your mind, though, remember that investors are also interested in profits just like the communities and dealerships out there. With an investor, though, there might be some leeway to make the situation work for both parties concerned. 

Precautions about working with an investor while selling a mobile home

First of all, make sure that any investor you deal with is trustworthy. If they’re reliable and follow up on what they say or promise, that’s generally a green signal. 

In any case, you have to make it clear that the investor needs to get approval from the manufactured home community before taking ownership of the home. If they want to move the home away from the park, the management concerned should be on board with that decision. 

Finding Buyers

If you’re looking for mobile home buyers other than your own manufactured home community or a manufactured home dealership, you’ll have to be a bit proactive. Buyers for manufactured homes or mobile homes are certainly in the market. However, you’d probably have to go through at least one of the following steps to find them: 

Advertising offline

Once you understand the different kinds of buyers in the real estate market, decide how you want to sell. You can then start making signs and advertisements to find buyers. 

First of all, the front window of your manufactured home should have a ‘For Sale by Owner’ sign in it. The sign should have a valid number on it. 

Second, advertise through flyers, billboards, and any other physical form you can afford. You can also ask your social circle to spread the word. 

Advertising online

Your next step is to go online and list your manufactured or mobile home for sale on the relevant selling sites. Facebook is one good platform, Craigslist is another. Try out any other site that has good reviews about a mobile home and has worked for other manufactured homeowners in the recent past. 

Make sure you advertise in the right departments; if you’re selling the manufactured home on a payment contract, advertise your mobile home within the ‘For Rent’ section. The description could include a statement about rent to own mobile homes.

For a cash sale, advertise in the ‘For Sale’ sections on your chosen websites. 

The Takeaway

Selling a manufactured home requires a bit of know-how. So, it’s best to research your requirements and needs as much as possible. Several factors will contribute to this sale and taking a good look at your particular situation is essential. Get a real estate agent with the relevant experience to start with. That way, you’ll hopefully be sailing along to your next move in record time.

How to Design a Luxurious Guest Room on a Budget

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Having guests over to stay is super fun and it is nice to feel as though you can visit them but also host them over at your place.

The only stress involved in having guests over to stay is thinking about where to put them up for the night and how to make their stay pleasant. However, you definitely don’t have to spend a huge amount of money on this – you can quite easily design a luxurious guest room. There are so many simple ways to do this on a budget too, so you won’t have to break the bank while accommodating for guests.

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Here are just a few tips for property owners:

Getting a Comfortable Mattress

Getting a comfortable mattress is essential for having a luxurious guest room and this should definitely be your main priority. If you focus too much on the décor of the room but not on the comfort you provide, you’re going about it the wrong way. The décor is less important to the guests than a good night’s sleep.

grey and white bed

Ultimately you are aiming for your guests to sleep as peacefully as possible, so a good mattress is really important. If you need some inspiration on which mattress would be best for your guest room, take a read through this Newsweek post on the best hybrid mattresses.

Keep the Style Classy and Clean

The first step to achieving luxury in a guest bedroom is keeping everything clean and tidy and avoiding clutter where possible. Sticking to a minimalist theme is probably the easiest way to do this – since if you try and add too many decorations, it can get complex and things may start to clash. Having said this, putting a couple of paintings on the wall can be great for adding a bit of character, but nothing too over the top.

white bedspread on bed near window

You could try and color coordinate everything inside the room by matching the bed, walls, and furniture, for example. This will help make your guest room look effortlessly put together. Doing simple chores such as dusting and vacuuming will also make a huge difference. 

This doesn’t cost much money at all – just look out for items on sale in shops, and eventually, you will manage to build up enough things for the guest room to look fully furnished and great. 

Maximize the Storage Space

When you have guests over to stay, it’s nice for them to be able to put their things somewhere without having to simply put their suitcase on the floor. It will feel much more luxurious for them if they are able to hang up any nice clothes and put items away. In order for them to do this, you need to have sufficient storage space. This ideally should include a wardrobe as well as a chest of drawers and you can find these for cheap prices by looking at flea markets or in thrift shops.

Why not buy a cheap piece of furniture and do it up yourself, so that you don’t have to spend extortionate prices on something brand-new and perfectly done up? 

Don’t stress too much about your guest room, as it is likely that your guest will be someone that is so happy to see you again that they won’t be focusing too much on the small details. They will really appreciate any effort you put in to put them up, so don’t let being on a budget make you feel disheartened. Ultimately, the effort you put into the room is more important than the money you spend on it, so personalizing it a bit and adding some nice scents and pictures will go a long way. 

Key Tips for a Successful Bathroom Remodel in 2021

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The bathroom is the most private room in our home. It is the room we need to use just after waking up in the morning and throughout the day and into the night. Moreover, we use it when we have to freshen up or groom. But, the setup of the other room undergoes frequent changes; the bathroom remains unchanged for a long time. On the other hand, if we go for a bathroom remodel, it will truly impact the environment of our home.

man climbing on ladder inside room

What is a bathroom remodel?

The bathroom remodel is a process in which we modify the internal set up of a bathroom aesthetically, without changing the basic structure. To add massive value to your home, you should consider a modern bathroom remodel in 2021. 

What are the benefits of a bathroom remodel?

The followings are the benefits of the bathroom remodel.

  • Enhancement of the beauty of the bathroom
  • The higher value of your house
  • More convenient bathroom
  • Space management
  • Pleasant atmosphere
  • Increased hygiene level
  • Eradication of pests and cockroaches
  • The refreshed and joyful mood of the user
  • Energy and water conservation
  • The preservation of the environment

What is involved with a bathroom remodel?

Two key factors are involved in a bathroom remodel.

  1. How to get the bathroom remodeled?
  2. What is required to be done in the bathroom remodel?

How to get the bathroom remodeled?

Getting the bathroom remodeled involves two main steps, which are as given below.

Fixing your budget

The bathroom-remodel incurs significant expenses. Hence before going for it, assess the amount that you can spend on it without facing any financial problems.

Engagement of bathroom remodel contractor

You will have to hire a good bathroom remodeling contractor. They are the skilled professionals for this work. They will assess the condition of the bathroom and suggest the required modification or changes and also the expenses involved.

What is required to be done in the bathroom remodel?

Though there may be slight variations in different cases, in general, the following tasks are done in the bathroom remodel.

  • Floor renovation by repairing or constructing a new floor
  • Space management by reinstalling utilities to manage space
  • Walls face-lifting by repairing and repainting in pleasant colors
  • Holes and leakage removing to prevent the entry of pests
  • Installation of energy and water-saving bathroom utilities
  • Storage space management to provide space for toiletries and towels etc.
  •  The proper inflow of the  fresh air
  • Proper disposal of bathroom waste

Final Words

It was a brief explanation to – What is involved with a bathroom remodel? – In general. It is recommended to take the advice of a bathroom remodeling contractor before going for a bathroom remodel.

Use Hanging Art to Add Value to Your Home

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Adding artwork to a home can accent aspects of your current interior design such as furniture, rugs, wall colors, etc. If you’ve ever painted a room, selected furniture, and then stood back to look it over and just felt like there was something missing, a really well-fitting piece of art may have been just what you needed to complete the room.

assorted-color framed paintings on the wall

Maybe your furniture and wall colors are sort of drab and a colorful piece of art would really pop in the room and give the room some character. Or maybe your room is overwhelmed with color and what you need is a simple, neutral piece that provides a sense of calm within the chaos. Finding the right type of artwork that complements your space can help you complete your interior design.

That said, hanging art on your walls is an art in itself. You need to take into account a lot of considerations and small details to seek perfection in this task. Chiefly, the position of your artwork depends on two major things, the size of your smaller canvas (the artwork) and the size of your bigger canvas (the walls). Placing the artifacts rightly requires precise measurements and good picture hanging systems.

The following are the basic considerations you need to check in different cases while positioning your art properly.

Normal Wall Height

Solo Art

Hanging a single artwork per wall does not require a lot of contemplation. Just hang the art parallel to the eye level by using the proper picture hanging systems. The basic reason for this is that the viewer while appreciating your art would not want to crane his neck. Thus, the height of around 56-60 inches would suit the best.

Grouping

While grouping a number of artworks on the same wall, hang the largest frame at the eye level as done for solo. Now place all of the remaining artifacts around this considering it as the center.

Tall Walls

For tall walls, positioning your artwork at eye level is not necessary. In such cases, the placement of frames at the vision level would leave a lot of space on the top and look odd. Thus, you can try a series of art or even some artwork tapestries. This way, you will not only end up filling up those spaces smoothly but will also make the ceiling look less far away. Even here, you should try to keep the larger and catchier frames in the central portion near to the eye level.

Other Cases

Walls close to the dining areas are usually visited as seated. Therefore, the eye level of such regions is lower as compared to other walls. This way, your attention hotspot lowers down to 3-4 feet and thus requires you to place the artifacts in the portions of the wall.

While hanging artworks above your furniture or other home decor items, you must keep a gap of around 5 inches. This is the ideal margin for positioning artifacts. In addition, while doing so, you must also keep in mind that the width of the art should be at least ⅔ of the width of the furniture. For instance, the width of an artwork (or group) placed above a 6′ wide sofa should be at least 4′.

Final Words

Good art pieces require proper viewing to be truly appreciated. Thus displaying them at the right height becomes very important. By considering the above factors while hanging your art pieces on the walls, you can create an impressive effect on the viewer’s mind.