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Top Tips to Get Your Manufactured Home Ready for Trade-In

As we discussed previously in how manufactured home trade-in works, your home’s condition is not a pre-requisite to trading it in. However, the condition of your home can impact your trade-in options as you and your family search for your new dream home!


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What is my mobile home worth in a trade?

Many factors besides your home’s condition could impact your trade-in value such as your home’s foundation, year, NADA value and the cost of home transportation.  In short, many factors in addition to your home’s condition can contribute to trade-in value.


Like we’ve said before, if your manufactured home is in poor condition or has depreciated in value, it could still be used in a trade. In many cases, the home center can take your current manufactured home off your hands at no cost to you without you receiving any trade-in value toward your new home.


Since your home's condition can contribute to the trade-in value, we've put together some tips to help you and your family get your home ready for trade-in as you look forward to your new, personalized manufactured or modular dream home!


How Your Home’s Condition May Be Evaluated


Some of the factors that your local home center may look at and consider include:

  • Will the home center have to replace the carpet?
  • Will the home center have to paint the walls?
  • Will the home center need to paint the ceiling?
  • Will the home center need to run new plumbing?
  • Does all the electrical wiring work?
  • Are the appliances still in good condition?
  • Are all the windows intact?
  • Are there any major air leaks?
  • Is your heat pump or water heater still there?
  • Are there any leaks in the roof?


Your friendly local home center handling your trade may also look for other key factors in your home, so maintaining every part of your home is important!


Some Practical Trade-In Tips

Maintaining your home from the day you purchase it, just like any homeowner, is important to keeping it beautiful and in great condition. On top of your routine maintenance on your HVAC system, flooring and exterior, we have compiled some practical tips for getting your home ready for trade-in.


  • Keep your front door in good shape



Curb appeal is important for all homes and your front door makes a first impression. Ask yourself if your home says “Home Sweet Home” or “Beware”?


  • Clean or update your living room flooring

El Grande Manufactured Home Living Room Carpet The El Grande model by SEhomes 


Again, consider what people see first. When they walk in your home, do they see clean, well-maintained carpet or hard surface flooring? Or do they see worn out and dirty flooring?


  • Keep your window sills guarded from the weather

Smart Buy Mobile Home Kitchen WindowSmart buy model by Schult


When rain, snow and sleet come around, they can stain and damage your windowsills if windows are left open. Be sure to close your windows prior to bad weather!  Your local home center will notice the condition of the area around your windows!


  • Repair any leaks in your home

Caulk Window Leak Repair


Leaks left unrepaired in your home can cause both short and long term damage. The home center handling your trade will thoroughly inspect for leaks. You should repair leaks and any associated damage as soon as you find them!


  • Don’t add to your home (and don't keep add-ons if you already have them)

Toscana mobile home model built-in porch

Opt for a built-in porch, like the one on the 45MCT32764RH model by SEhomes


Many do it yourself attachments such as decks, awnings, porches and other add-ons are not only costly to remove, but can also damage the integrity of your home’s structure. If an add-on damages your home’s structural integrity, it can cause your home to lose value. You also should not keep any additions from one home with the intent of adding them onto your new manufactured or modular home for the same reasons.



We can’t wait for you to get ready to trade in your home!  We want to help you and your family find the dream home you’ve always imagined.  Whether you’re growing out of your current home or getting ready to downsize, our friendly home consultants will walk with you through the entire home buying process.  


Let us help you create the perfect trade-in package so you can enjoy the home of your dreams for a lifetime!


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