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How to buy or sell a mobile home in OK Mobile Home Park

Posted by Susan Faw on March 3, 2017 at 12:05 AM Comments comments (783)

Buying OR Selling A Mobile Home in the park


1. When you find a buyer for your mobile home before they purchase the home they must be approved to live in the park. Inform them of any back balances due. Call if you need your balance 208-318-4052


2 They can fill out an online application found on park website

$39.95 Credit,background check


3. If they are approved, they must fill out and sign the lease and pay their security deposit $350 or single $375 for double. And all back balances due must be paid.


Print lease & rules- (Can be found at right side of page on the park website) Sign lease & rules

Mail to : Wilder Property Management P.O. Box 171 Wilder. ID 83676



How do I change ownership on my manufactured home?

When a manufactured home is sold, many people just sign off on the title, exchange it for money from the buyer and be on their merry way. This is a dangerous thing to do. The title is the legal ownership. Even if you sell the mobilehome, you are responsible for the taxes until the title is legally transferred in the Assessor's office. To ensure that you don't get surprised with a tax bill, follow the steps provided below.

Signing a release of liability does not transfer the title and does not release you from your property tax liability.

Obtain an Ad Valorem from the Assessor’s Office.

If the title is changing hands, the current year’s property taxes on the home must be prepaid. Who pays these taxes is negotiated between the buyer and seller. If adding a name or life estate, without removing the current owner's names, prepaying taxes is not required.

The new owner takes the Treasurer’s prepaid tax receipt to the Department of Motor Vehicles to have the title changed.

If the manufactured home is the primary residence of the buyers, apply for the Homeowners Exemption with the “Mobile Home” Department of the Assessor’s Office.

For questions or more information about the above procedures, contact the Mobile Home Department of the Assessor’s Office at or (208)454-7447.




French Country Gourmet Kitchen Remodel in a Mobile Home

Posted by Susan Faw on February 16, 2015 at 8:25 PM Comments comments (116)

Some people don’t believe you can have a true gourmet kitchen in a manufactured home. This kitchen remodel in a mobile home proves them oh, so very wrong!

This manufactured homeowner from Albuquerque, NM proves that you can absolutely have whatever dream kitchen you desire in your own manufactured home, regardless of the size, the make or model or the age. If you want something bad enough, you can always find a way to get it!

Her dream was to have a French Country Gourmet kitchen in her manufactured home. She prepared with thoughtful planning, shopped for materials, appliances and items on Ebay and hired some talented cabinet makers. The results are amazing!




She shared her beautiful room on the HGTV Rate My Space blog, which is where I found it. Her summary explains:


Ok, I live in a manufactured home but wanted a gourmet kitchen. I knew it would be a challenge to get what I wanted so I hired a talented local cabinet maker to accomplish my dreams (thank you Enchantment Cabinetry & Design!! As you probably have heard manufactured homes aren’t the easiest remodel. Bought all appliances, sink, faucets on Ebay to keep cost down. But I now enjoy all the bells & whistles of a custom kitchen!



All the cabinets and pull outs are designed for optimal storage and convenience. Pull out spice racks on both sides of the stove and pull out racks for small appliances give each item a home that is out of sight yet, easily easy to get to. The appliances are already plugged in and ready to go, all she has to do is open the cabinet and pull! Each cabinet pull out can hold up to 100 pounds! Custom panels hide the dishwasher and give the outer island a cohesive look.

Detail molding is used as a great detail throughout the room. Molding can be one of the easiest ways to add depth and detail to any room.


Santa Cecilia granite by Rocky Mountain Stone with waterfall edging was used for the counter tops. The rich colors plays off the butter colored custom cabinetry perfectly.


Kitchens are not the easiest rooms to remodel, regardless of what type of home you live in. There are so many styles, options and materials to choose from that it can quickly become an overwhelming experience. If your dream is a gourmet kitchen with that French country and Tucson flair, this is great example of what you can do in your own home. The owners absolutely nailed it!

Buying A Used Mobile Home

Posted by Susan Faw on February 16, 2015 at 8:10 PM Comments comments (114)

So, you’ve decided to go for the more budget friendly version of life and you’re ready to buy your first used mobile home. You have figured out where you’re going to put it or you’ve decided to live in a park, you know how much you can spend and what you want in it.


Now, the only thing left to do is actually find and buy the home!


One of the hardest parts of mobile home living is choosing the best home for you and your family from all the great choices in today’s market.


Don’t limit your options, look at as many different choices as you can. Search Craigslist, local trading papers, newspaper classifieds, local real estate channels, internet classifieds or even Ebay. The more choices you have the better chance of finding the perfect fit for your lifestyle. There have been hundreds of different models and layouts designed throughout the years, some will work for you and some won’t.


Buying a Mobile Home: First Impressions Count


First impressions will be one of your most powerful tools when buying a mobile home. You can tell if the home and the property have been well cared for and maintained. If you see that it hasn’t been cared for you need to be extra cautious. Unless you plan to completely gut a home and re-new it you’ve got to ensure you buy a sturdy and safe home while getting the most bang for your buck.




Inspecting the Mobile Home


You have to to know, at the very least, the basics to make a good mobile home purchasing decision. Here’s a few things to look for when inspecting a possible home:


Will it pass all necessary codes?


There’s plenty of different codes that may have to be passed depending on your location. Transportation, structural, electrical, plumbing, foundation, and several others may have to be permitted for or inspected on.


New Wiring. If the home is older than 1976, it should have already been re-wired and a new breaker box put in place. If not, you will need to re-wire the home. HUD standards did not take effect until mid-1976 and those old aluminum wires are not safe. If the home is newer than 1976, check out the breaker box for ample, organized circuitry and check all the wall switches. They should all work and GFCI switches should be utilized at all water sources.

Water leaks. Look under every water source, look above and around windows and doors. Water will always be a mobile homes worse enemy.

Does it have sagging floors or ceilings?


Sagging screams out that something isn’t right, usually that the home is un-level or that water has damaged the material and caused rot.


How’s the Plumbing?


Look for leaks at all water sources. Look at the water heater and the floor under it for leaks. Flush the toilets while running water in the sink, look for pressure loss. Look under the sinks and also the home to see if anything is leaking. Bathroom floors are the most commonly damaged and replaced areas. Some manufactured homes even had carpet in the bathrooms, an unsanitary practice indeed.

Do the doors and windows open and close properly?


If the kitchen cabinets or interior doors won’t stay closed (or opened) without help you may be in a home that is un-level. A mobile home that is not sitting properly will put stress on the home and ultimately destroy it.


What’s it look like under the home?


By looking for certain issues under the home you can save yourself a lot of issues in the future. Look at all the piers (usually cinder block) that the homes beams sit on. Every pier should be holding beam. If you see space between the beam and the top of the pier, the home could be stressed and compromised. While your there look for consistent plastic sheeting, no tears or holes.



Sealing a flat roof is a necessary routine!

What’s the roof look like?


If the roof was not properly cared for, the home will suffer immensely. Each type of roof has its own issues to look for. Flat roofs need sealed on a regular schedule to remain effective. If you end up purchasing a flat roofed home, you will need to seal it immediately after the move. The trip will have caused the sealant to break bond. Metal roofing should be dent free and trimmed properly. All seams should be water tight and sealant used around all cuts. Shingled roofs require re-roofing eventually. Check that all shingles are in place and all angles and cuts are water tight.


Even more considerations..


There’s lots more to consider than just whats on this list. Buying a used manufactured homes is a big decision. To effectively use your purchasing power you should research as much as possible from several different sources. A post we wrote, “15 Tips For Buying A New Manufactured Home,” has some good points for both new and used home purchases.


With careful inspection and proper research, you can be guaranteed a solid and affordable home that meets your needs.


Living in a used manufactured home is a great way to save money and still live comfortably and stylishly. Making a great foundation to your future dream home or to peruse only as temporary shelter, an older manufactured home is a great choice for anyone under any circumstance.


If you have anything to add, please let us know in the comments. I can update the list and we will be able to help those looking to buy a used mobile home!


Posted by Susan Faw on February 16, 2015 at 7:55 PM Comments comments (108)

Change your address with the USPS. This is usually my first step when moving. Once your offer is finalized or lease is signed, it's time to make it official and get your mail moving in the right direction. It's important to note that changing your address with the United States Postal Service does not notify all of your important important contacts that you have a new address (unfortunately, that's your job), but instead it forwards your mail for up to a year in the event that perhaps you missed notifying someone. You can either pick out a change of address packet at your local post office for free, or you can change your address online where they will charge you a $1 verification fee. After you move, be sure to change any addresses with payees as bills, etc come through the mail. One year seems to be plenty of time to get everyone in the loop about your new location.

Change your mailing address for all of your bills, even if you are using automatic bill pay. If someone tries to send you something via snail mail and it hits the USPS forwarding system - it can be delayed by a couple weeks. So if you do have paper bills, this is especially important to do and have set up before you order your moving truck. Be sure to change the following:

Credit cards


Investments/Retirement Accounts



Cable/Satellite TV

Car payments

Bank statements/accounts


Your children's schools

Gym membership



Transfer/start/stop utilities including gas, electric, water, sewer, garbage/recycling. I wish I could post a link to every gas, electric, water, sewer, and garbage/recycling company out there for each and every one of you, but that would make for a long winded post. Instead, I'll tell you that most utility companies allow you to transfer, start or stop service online. Just have your new address, account numbers, and the dates in which you would like your service changed on hand and it will be quick and painless! Promised. A couple more tips:

When you change your address, the USPS will often give you coupons in your area for utilities, cable, internet, phone, moving trucks, storage, etc. I got two FREE months of garbage/recycling with a coupon code! Just another reason to start your move by changing your address.

When you turn on new services, be sure to ask for new customer promotions. Even if you don't have a coupon or promotional code, it doesn't mean they won't hand you over a deal. Sometimes all it takes is asking for it :)

For services like water and garbage/recycling, you can get an even bigger discount by paying quarterly or even for the year. My garbage/recycling was an extra 15% off for paying the year up front.

Buy new checks. Checks may seem like they are from the age of the dinosaurs, but I still find myself penning them every now and then. If you do find that you have to use a check, they often want it to match your drivers license, which brings me to the next item on our checklist...

Get a new drivers license with your new address. I'll admit that I usually sleep on this one. The DMV can be such a long wait, can't it? But in some states, law enforcement can slap a fine on you if you are busted with an outdated address on your license. I think it may also link in the system to your car tabs (if your state charges annually for this), so be sure to do it shortly after you move. In Minnesota, for example, you will need the following when you show up to change your address:

A check for $13.50. (See...a check!)

Photo ID to verify your identity.

Proof of residence: paper bill to your new address or your closing/lease documents.

If you haven't already done so, please check out my Tips to Simplify Your Life When Moving. I give you some things to keep in mind as you begin to sort through your belongings and decided what stays and what goes. Why not make your fresh start one with clarity!?! To further simplify your life and have less clutter, consider these tips too:

Want to go green?

Remove yourself from the paper phone book list. It saddens me to see all of the paper phone books when they are delivered in my neighborhood. If you thought checks were of the dinosaur ages - then I'd be excited to see what you thought about the paper phone book! It's a waste of trees if you ask me. That's why they invented smart phones! To remove yourself from the delivery list, try Catalog Choice for many junk mail items (catalogs, etc) or check out the National Yellow Pages Consumer Choice & Opt Out Site.

Check to see if you have a local county or city environmental center. Once you have an official address within city or county limits - many of these centers offer free mulch, recycling for old appliances, etc. to their residents. We recently purchased a rain barrel and compost bin at our county environmental center to use at our new house for a total of $80, when through retail stores could have easily paid double. Also, many environmental centers will have a place where you can bring unused or leftover paint and spray paint cans. Ours keeps them altogether and residents can go there to shop for paint for and take them for free!

Getting or changing your land line number?

Be sure to add your new phone number to the National Do Not Call Registry. If you are like us and still keep a land line.