Re: Mobile Home Question - Posted by Karl (Oh)
Posted by Karl (Oh) on March 04, 2000 at 01:08:36:
Going to start out with an really fun one, aren’t you Dee?
In Ohio, the mobile homes are part of the BMV, like a car title. I call down to the county treasurer’s office, give them the name of the owner and address, and they tell me if the taxes are paid. (I spent an hour on the phone the first time calling everyone at the courthouse until I found the two women that handle all the mobile home stuff.) They have on record the make, year, etc., of every trailer. Don’t know how it works in Texas, but how’s the owner going to sell the home without being able to give you the title? Make sure there are no liens on the property.
I just bought one that didn’t have the propane tank hooked up to the furnace, cause the owner was paranoid it might blow up and kill her. So she had several plug in baseboard heaters. If you wanted to add them, they could plug in or be hardwired. (Not sure if thats a code violation or not). It doesn’t get very cold down there anyway, right? Maybe your buyer won’t even care, since summers on its way.
Why would you scrap a new porch? Doesn’t your husband own a construction company? Tell him to send a couple of his guys over to tear the porch down and take it to the new park. I’m getting ready to have one moved that has a nice big deck with an awning. Tomorrow morning I’m taking a buddy with me and we’re going to tear it all apart and take it to the new park. Its really nice and will help sell the home. Sures its a lot of work, but I sit behind a desk all week and need to swing a hammer every once in a while to feel like a real man. (Plus I don’t have the money to pay someone to do it for me, yet). I’ll also take a half hour to tear off all the skirting and pitch it, For $250 I can buy new skirting and I’ve got a guy that will install it for $100, it looks a lot better than saving the old stuff. Basically, I just want the mover to move it, block it and level it, and hook up the utilities. I save some money by doing the others things myself. Right now I’ve got more time than money (hopefully that will change soon). While those guys are working on the porch, have them rip off all the skirting, too.
Have your mover break down his charges, see where you can save a little. My mover is giving a little price break because I told him I was going to use him a lot. He’s giving me the price he charges my park, which is a little less than his regular rate.
Does the park you’re moving the home to have a maintenance guy? See if you can sweet talk him into taking on a little of the work to get it there.
These may sound like weenie little tips, but I’ve moved two homes, and am moving another one next week, and these little things have helped it go a lot easier, involve the folks that have done a lot of this and it should go smoother.
Why would you want to rent the trailers? Sell them on a note. Do you think a renter will take care of that home? If you sell them, you don’t have the liability in case those baseboard heaters burst into flames!
Hope this helps. Let me know how it goes.