How to Sell a Mobile Home in Pennsylvania

How to sell a mobile home in Pennsylvania

If you are planning to sell a mobile home in Pennsylvania, you are in luck. Pennsylvania is an excellent place to do so in today’s market. Thanks to the surrounding states, Ohio, New York, and West Virginia, you will have a considerable pool of interested buyers in search of a home just like the one you are listing. How come, you may wonder. The answer is simple: they can’t find the home for sale they like. Now, although it seems that many people are selling around you, they are probably not marketing their house in the right way. What they and you should do is take steps to maximize your home’s exposure. 

For example, some people put a “for sale” sign on the front porch or in the window and call it a day. However, that will not work anymore. Especially now, when we are battling the pandemic, but even before the breakout, people have been looking for their new homes online. And so, if you want to sell something, you should also exploit all the wonders of the Internet. 

Therefore, if you want to ensure your mobile home in Pennsylvania sells fast, keep on reading. We have some handy advice for you.

Who will sell your manufactured home?

The first decision you have to make when you know that you will be selling your mobile home is who will be selling it. There are several options at your disposal. You can:

  1. Sell your mobile home with the help of a real estate agent
  2. Resort to “for sale by owner” option
  3. Sell directly to a mobile home dealer

Selling through an agent

Firstly, if your home is in a mobile home park in Pennsylvania, you should let your park manager know about your intention to sell. These communities often have a sales agent with whom you can work. They will help you prepare your home for showings, make it more attractive, get all the paperwork ready, and organize the showings. 

However, if your mobile home is located on land that you own, you have other options. You can either sell your home yourself or hire a real estate agent of your choice. Should you opt to go with an agent, be advised to employ the one specializing in selling mobile homes. A real estate agent with such expertise will know how to sell your house most effectively. 

Hiring a real estate agent to help you sell your mobile home will save you a lot of leg work.

For sale by owner (FSBO)

On the other hand, if you choose the for sale by owner route, you will save yourself a considerable amount of money that would otherwise go to the agent’s fees. Remember, though, that this will require much more legwork on your behalf. Therefore, consider these questions:

  • Do you have enough time to deal with all the necessary aspects of selling a house?
  • Do you have the necessary knowledge and experience with regard to selling a home?
  • Is it really the most profitable option to avoid an agent?

Finally, there may be the possibility of selling your home directly to a mobile home dealer. It is probably the fastest and most straightforward way to sell a mobile home. Nevertheless, there is a significant chance that a dealer will pay less for it than a private buyer.

Appraisal and inspection

It is absolutely essential to get your home appraised and inspected when you decide to sell it. MHVillage will make it easy for you with a free manufactured home value report for all homes listed on our site. Still, it’s highly advisable to get a professional appraisal. It will help you determine the accurate value of your home so you can set a reasonable price. 

Also, it’s wise to get your house professionally inspected. If there are any significant issues with the house that require your attention, an inspection will reveal them. This is beneficial as potential buyers will have more confidence when deciding whether to invest in your home if they see that the house is in adequate condition.

Selling your mobile home as is or doing some repairs?

After the home inspection, you can decide which repairs will be worth handling. Extensive repairs can be costly and delay the sale of your mobile home by several months. Fixing the leaking roof, damaged walls, updating electrical installations and plumbing can lead to tens of thousands of dollars spent on repairs, only to wait for additional few months to locate the buyer ready to commit. Some mobile home dealers may be interested in buying your home as-is. Albeit for less money, but you will save yourself quite a lot of trouble. 

On the other hand, if the big things in your home are fine, you can do some cost-effective repairs that may even increase your home’s value. Focus on your home’s aesthetic appeal. The simplest changes such as a fresh coat of paint and new doorknobs and faucets can make a world of difference. Moreover, invest some time and effort into staging your home in a way that will enable the buyer to imagine living there. 

Marketing your mobile home

Once you have decided to sell a mobile home in Pennsylvania and how you will sell it, you must focus on proper marketing. An agent will do most of the work if you have hired one, but if you haven’t, here is what you must do:

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  • Include as much information as possible. It will attract more buyers.
  • Work on the curb appeal. First impressions are crucial and can make or break your sale. 
  • Hire a professional photographer. Even if you have hired an agent, you will need some fantastic photos to sell your home fast. A professional photographer will know how to deal with areas of your home that don’t photograph well. 
  • Add incentives. Create an excellent offer. For example, leave the furniture if it’s in good condition. Offer some credit if certain things need replacing. 

Hiring a professional photographer is a smart idea if you want to sell a mobile home in Pennsylvania fast.

Important note: If you offer $1000 credit because the floors are in bad shape, remember to include that in your price. You don’t want to end up losing money. Selling a mobile home means that you will have to move to another one, and you need to have your relocation needs completely covered. This whole process will require detailed planning and budgeting, so make sure you consider everything. 

Pennsylvania mobile home paperwork

This is the list of paperwork necessary if you are selling your Pennsylvania mobile home yourself:

  1. Title(s)
  2. Clear tax certification from the county
  3. Bill of sale

Although only the buyer must be present at DOT to transfer title when you sell a mobile home in Pennsylvania, it’s advisable that both the buyer and the seller be there should any unexpected issuer arise. That way, the entire procedure can be expedited. Also, make sure you bring pre-signed documents. A notary is not needed.

Let’s Get Your Home Sold

Selling any manufactured home in Pennsylvania is both a simple and rewarding journey when you use MHVillage. Our mobile home listing process makes it easy and affordable to get your home on the market quickly.

For more in-depth selling tips and advice, take a look at our new comprehensive guide on how to sell a mobile home.