Dealing with mobile home park owners can be intimidating. But the question is, does it have to be? Is there any reason to fear park owners? Do they actually pose a threat to you selling your mobile home? Are all park owners difficult to work with? Today we’ll be answering those questions and more.
If you’re nervous about preparing to sell your mobile home, you’re in the right place. These seller sit-downs are designed to help take the fear out of the process, and we’re going to start the discussing by taking a closer look at park owners and how they affect your selling experience. So let’s get started!
What is the Seller Sit-Down Series?
Last time, in our introduction to this series, we talked about our vision as a company and why we launched this “Seller Sit-Down” series of articles. Basically, we know selling can be difficult. There are so many hurdles, and sometimes even full-blown obstacles. These include (but are not limited to) park owners, time, money – and the list goes on.
We want to take the fear out of selling and enable you to have the best selling experience possible. A sit-down series seemed like the best way to tackle these problems. What is a sit-down, you ask? A sit-down is a leisurely talk among friends where experience and wisdom are shared. That’s what we want this to be, so sit back and relax!
We have a lot of questions to answer and fears to unmask.
Owners and managers: friends or foes?
Let’s chat a little bit about mobile home park owners. The biggest question is “What is a park owner’s role?” More specifically, are park owners friends or foes to the mobile home owner?
Obviously, there is no hard and fast answer. All park owners (and managers) are different. They have different personalities. Not all park owners use the same methods, either. Some may take a hands-off approach, while others like to get to know their tenants personally. Of course, there is no such a thing as a perfect park owner! They all have their flaws.
But mobile home park owners, as we’ll see in a minute, are actually there to help. They’re the landlords, and they have vested interests in what happens on and to their properties. So really, they aren’t as scary as they seem. If you’re selling your mobile home, they, at the same time, are either losing or making money. That’s a big deal to them, so they want to have a role in the process.
Dealing with a difficult park owner
We don’t want to understate some very real problems, however. It’s true that there are park owners who exploit their tenants and act in underhanded ways. There’s a lot of fear among park residents around the country that their landlords aren’t regulated by strict laws and can do pretty much whatever they want.
And those park residents could be right. Not everyone is an angel! However, you aren’t responsible for how the park owner acts. You can’t really help it if he decides to let the park fall into disrepair. And yes, he or she could be acting in unethical ways in order to get more money. But do you, in return, have to be angry and disagreeable? Not at all! You can make an effort to work with the park owner when selling your home, even if your efforts aren’t returned.
If you’re dealing with a difficult park owner or manager, the best response you can have is patience. Move out of the park at your earliest convenience and find a better one. However, even if your park owner is hard to work with, there still isn’t any reason to fear him or her. Let’s move on to the main point of our discussion today: reasons you don’t have to fear park owners.
5 reasons not to fear park owners
Grab a pen and take notes! Here are our top five reasons you don’t have to fear a park owner when selling your mobile home.
#1 You own your mobile home, they don’t
If you live in a mobile home park, most often you only rent the lot that your mobile home sits on. There are exceptions, of course – such as if you’re renting your mobile home from a landlord, for instance.
This is good news for you because the park owner doesn’t have any right over your actual home. You own your mobile home, and you can basically do whatever you want with it. You can sell it, move it, or keep it where it is, provided you haven’t violated your lease. For the most part, though, when you’re selling your mobile home, your park owner will let you handle it. He doesn’t own the home, so he has no say in the matter if you intend to sell it.
#2 Park owners are there to help
On the other hand, there are times when you should definitely consult the park owner or manager. For instance, if you can’t sell your home for lack of time or funds, often a park owner will be glad to call in a company to buy it or haul it away for scrap.
Park owners have connections. If you need help finding a buyer, they could give you some advice. This is a great reason to stop fearing what your park owner will say or do. Enlist his help instead. Ask for his advice and expertise, and you’re sure to win him over!
#3 You can educate yourself on your legal rights
The only time a mobile home park owner should intervene in your business is if you’ve damaged his property. Or, of course, if you’ve directly violated park rules or the terms of your lease. For example, if you’ve done something like added an addition to your home when your lease specifically prohibits it, then it makes sense that the park owner can get involved.
Even though this might not directly affect you when you’re selling your home, knowing your legal boundaries and freedoms under the law is a great place to start. Dealing with park owners will be easier for you now and in the future if you educate yourself on local and state laws concerning mobile home parks, landlords, and tenants.
And if for some reason, you’re worried about legal trouble with your park owner when you go to sell your home, knowing your rights will help give you peace of mind. The tools you need to present your case, whether in private or in court, will be at your disposal if you take the time to educate yourself.
#4 Park owners have their best interests in mind
You’re probably wondering how park owners having their own interests in mind is supposed to be a good thing. Don’t all park owners just live for rent checks, leaving their parks to deteriorate? Sometimes, yes. If that’s your experience, see our above tips on how to deal with a difficult park owner.
But actually, when park owners have their own best interests in mind, it can be a very good thing. A good park owner wants his park to look fantastic and to be a home for tenants with integrity. And most importantly, he wants to attract new tenants.
With this in mind, it’s easy to see why enabling you to sell your mobile home is in his best interests. He wants long-term, loyal tenants, and if you’re not one of those, that’s fine. He lets you move out and gets another tenant in your place. Probably one who wants to stay for at least a few years.
#5 Improving the park’s aesthetic appeal is important
As you can see, park owners are looking to move forward with making their parks the best they can be. Mobile homes have an expiration date. They aren’t meant to last more than about 30 years at the most. And if you’re ready to move on to a newer home, you can bet that your park owner is happy about that! He gets the opportunity to replace your used mobile home with a newer, more aesthetically appealing one.
Obviously, your park owner wants you to stay if you can. But if you’re determined to move, then it’s in his best interests to help you do that. Even if he’s on the losing end of the deal, if he’s gracious about it, his park gets a good reputation via your word-of-mouth.
And this also goes for those of you who intend to keep renting your lot, sell your old home, and purchase a new one for the same spot. A park owner should be happy to assist you in bringing in a new mobile home to freshen up the place!
Working with park owners
A pattern appears out of these five reasons you don’t have to fear park owners. Mobile home park owners don’t control your private business, and a lot of problems can be smoothed over if you agree to work together.
Don’t be afraid to approach the owner or manager with your concerns and questions. It’s his or her job to help you feel at home in the community. And a responsible owner will be only too glad to foster a good reputation by building trust between himself and his tenants.
And if you deal with a neglectful or irritable owner, there are legal safeguards. Also, you can educate yourself on the best ways to sell your home quickly so that you can move on to a better situation for yourself and your family. Incidentally, that’s where we come in.
How we can help
We want to help you to sell your home by giving you advice via these sit-downs. But we want to go even further and let you know about our other services.
We buy used mobile homes fast, and for cash. Not only that, but we operate in almost every state in the US. Why does this help you? Because we can walk you through the selling process. Including, of course, dealing with your park owner.
And it’s not just us. There are many buying companies like ours around the country who will be more than happy to do the same. So if you’re not in our area, research mobile home buying companies.
Experience cancels out fear
When you sell to a buying company, you’re enlisting the help of some very knowledgeable folks. Here at US Mobile Home Pros, we buy and resell hundreds of mobile homes per year. That’s a lot of experience we can share with you.
If you’re having trouble working with your park owner to sell your home or if you’re nervous about working with him or her, no worries. We’ve probably dealt with a situation similar to yours before. Experienced mobile home investors know just what to say – because that’s their job. Your job isn’t that. Your job is to get your home sold fast and for a good price.
Experience cancels out fear. Of course you’re nervous about moving out of your mobile home, dealing with park owners, and getting a good deal on your house (and trying to do all three at once). You don’t have as much experience. The good news is, if you tap into a buying company’s knowledge, you’ll be better equipped for next time.
Handle with care
You’re all set to sell your mobile home, and it’s time to alert the park owner and call up a buying company to help. And if you care about your mobile home, your park, and the community around you, there’s no need to fear that a park owner will stand in the way of that.
The best you can do is be a good tenant right up to the day you move and handle the entire situation with care. Hopefully, there will be a good response from the park owner if he or she sees that you have integrity.
So don’t fear park owners! Know that if you are friendly and respectful, there shouldn’t be a problem when it comes time to sell your mobile home. And for more tips on how to handle fear of selling your mobile home, check out our 12 ways to combat fear when selling. Be sure to stay tuned for next week’s installment of the Seller Sit-Down Series. We’ll be debunking more myths and bidding all those selling fears goodbye.