We’ve all been there: moving day is fast approaching, and it seems like there’s no way it’s all going to get done. This is particularly stressful if you plan to sell your mobile home to a buying company like EZ Homes. Are you feeling the pressure to clear out your space so that the empty home makes a good impression? If you are, we’ve got a few pro tips for you today!
Why empty your mobile home?
We mentioned that selling your mobile home to a buying company can be stressful. If you’re not sure what a mobile home buying company is, here’s the deal. Buying mobile homes at a discount, usually for cash, and reselling them is what we do here at EZ Homes. And there are dozens of companies like us across the US.
What a buying company expects of you
Selling to a dealer like EZ Homes is a little different than selling your home to an individual buyer. When you have an individual buyer, it’s typically easier to sell a mobile home that looks lived in and is nicely staged. This appeals to buyers because they are able to visualize themselves living there.
But to a dealer, a messy or lived-in home is only seen as a hindrance. There’s a good chance you could forfeit an offer from a dealer if you are still living in your home. For a buying company like us, it’s all about the speed of the transaction. We want to buy your home as soon as possible, get it up on the market, and sell it to an individual. That person may then remove the home from its current lot and move it to another. Again, this buying and selling process can take a very short amount of time, sometimes just a few days.
In light of this, it’s important that you empty your home before you sell it. Depending on your situation, your moving day could look one of a few ways. If you’re planning to buy a new mobile home and put it on the same lot you’re currently renting, a good option is to rent a storage unit with a company like U-Haul or iStorage Self. You could even get a portable storage unit to set on your property temporarily until you receive your new mobile home and are ready to move in.
If you’re planning to move to an entirely new location, we suggest moving all of your belongings into your new home before you contact a dealer and start negotiating a deal. And if that seems overwhelming, only take essential items with you to your new home and put the rest in a storage unit. This way, you can move into your new space without much ado and still empty your mobile home quickly.
Tips for a stress-free moving day
Organization is key to quickly and efficiently emptying your mobile home. Here are some tips to make sure the process goes smoothly:
- If you aren’t moving your belongings into a new home right away, plan well in advance to have a place to store them.
- Make a packing plan and start with non-essential items, moving on to essential items the day before the move.
- Label each box with detailed lists of the items inside. You’ll be glad you did! An alternative is to color-code or number each box and keep a master list in a notebook of each one’s contents.
- Don’t pack your cleaning supplies! Those are essential to the next step.
Clean your mobile home before a sale
To make an especially good impression on a dealer, clean your home from top to bottom after the move. A sparkling clean mobile home is easier to sell to a dealer than one with dirty windows and crumbs under the kitchen cabinets. Since most mobile home buying companies are looking for homes they can sell quickly, they typically don’t do any renovation or clean-up work themselves.
If a dealer rejects your mobile home, it may be because it’s not worth the time it would take to clean it. Tidy up landscaping, wash windows (inside and out), sweep your porch, mop the floors, and clean the walls and molding. Wipe down appliances and cabinets. Give the bathroom a deep-clean and use air-fresheners to ensure that the home smells great even after being shut up for a few days.
Go from overwhelmed to organized
Selling your mobile home to EZ Homes or a similar mobile home company can be a breeze. As long as you know what to expect, make a good impression, and stay organized, you shouldn’t have a problem. Also, if you’re only just starting to consider selling your mobile home, you’ll love these tips on how to make top dollar by adding value to your home.