How to sell a 1989 mobile home

How to sell a 1989 mobile home

Do you have a 1989 mobile home that you’re trying to sell? There may be several factors that are causing the delay of your sale that you may not have noticed. For this reason, it’s always good to have a second point of view when putting your home up for sale. Here are a few pointers you can take when trying to sell your mobile home.

First, a 1989 mobile home, although fairly new, will not sell for the same price as a 1999. Often, when searching for homes, we come across sellers who are trying to get top dollar out of their older mobile homes. However, with a market flooded with homes for sale, the buyer has too many options to pay full price for a 1989. For example: while searching the local paper for a mobile home I came across two seemingly identical homes for sale, both were double wides, both had three bedrooms and two baths. But there were two things that really stood out to me; the year and the price. One had a 1997 double wide asking $18,000 and the other was a 1989, same size, asking $16,500. Now, I know that this wouldn’t raise any red flags in the stick built market. But in the mobile home world, this is a pretty big deal. Why would a buy a 1989 mobile home for virtually the same price that I could get a 1997 for?

This is the problem. Most sellers have no idea what price to set for their mobile home. They know what they want to get but really don’t know what they can get for it. We suggest, if you are selling your mobile home, that you research the market first. Find out what homes in your area are going for. Set a price that is consistent with homes of your size and age. This will be a great start for you to get this home sold.

Second, give the mobile home a good cleaning. I know it’s a 1989, but there shouldn’t be cob webs that are the same age. I’ve walked into some homes (That I would have purchased) that look like they have never been cleaned. This tells me one thing; they don’t care about this home. And if I think they don’t care about the home, I don’t want to buy it. So make sure you do some deep cleaning beforehand.

Third, soft spots in mobile home flooring is almost inevitable with a 1989 mobile home. As the home ages over time, parts of the floor will begin to rot away. This is very noticeable if walked over and usually occurs near sinks, toilets, washers, dishwashers, etc., basically anywhere there is a source of water. However, depending on where the dryer vent is, this could occur anywhere in the home. What I mean by this is, the dryer vent is designed to blow the air outside of the home. However, in some cases, the vent becomes detached and the dryer air is pushed out beneath the home. This traps moisture under the home and causes the flooring to rot away.

Fixing soft spots is very easy and inexpensive. Simply cut out the flooring from joist to joist and replace it with a new piece. Put the carpet back down and you’re good to go.

Selling a 1989 mobile home is not going to be the easiest thing to do, but it can be done if you think about some of the things mentioned in this article.

We have been buying mobile homes for years and would be happy to take a look at your home. To get an immediate offer from us on your home we ask that you click the “Get Instant Offer” tab up top. We’re currently seeking 1989 mobile homes and will pay cash for them. Check your email immediately following the submission of your information. (No personal info is needed other than your name and address)


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