Selling a mobile home is not an easy task, and the process can get quite lengthy. Whether you’re planning on moving to a permanent structure or you’re planning on relocating somewhere else, here’s a checklist you should use as a guide.
Mobile Home Title
If you’re selling the mobile home to the buyer, you’re going to need a mobile home title. The easiest way to get a mobile home title is by acquiring a property tax deed. You can get these from your county tax office. When you get them, make sure to get the ones for the past ten years. You or any would-be buyer will be required to have these before the sale.
Those in the process of applying for a property tax deed, you’ll need to provide the county tax department with all of the information regarding your property.
Purchase or Contract of Sale
The purchase or contract of sale agreement is essential in the mobile home selling process. This document will be used as the legal binding between you and the buyer. Without it, there will be no formal agreement between you and the buyer.
The purchase or contract of sale agreement will be the document used to determine the terms and conditions of your sale. It will also cover everything from the mobile home price to the buyer’s responsibilities if they fail to keep up with the payments.
A lender will also require the purchase or contract of sale agreement to serve as collateral if the buyer cannot make any payments. Without it, a lender won’t be able to grant the buyer a loan for the mobile home.
Bill of Sale
If you’re planning on selling your mobile home in a different state, your mobile home will require a bill of sale. The bill of sale is crucial in the mobile home selling process as it gives all of the documentation that a mobile home needs to be moved across state lines.
The bill of sale is required for both the buyer and the seller and must be signed by a local state official. The bill of sale does not have a certain form and can be done on regular paper.
Tax Clearance Certificate
Some states require a tax clearance certificate. This certificate is needed to prove that the mobile home is free of property taxes. The certification proves that the taxes have been paid, and the mobile home is ready to be sold. The certificate is often provided by a county tax office and is a part of the mobile home title.
You can also get a tax clearance certificate online. Most local government websites have a section that shows the status of property taxes. You’ll be able to see whether or not your mobile home has any outstanding property taxes on it.
Manufactured Home Moving Permit
Before obtaining a license for a mobile home to be located in any county in South Carolina, the licensing agent is required either a copy of the certificate of title to the mobile home or a copy of the completed application for a certificate of title submitted to the Department of Motor Vehicles from the person applying for the license.
The county licensing agent will need to give the license applicant a certified copy of the application form, indicating that the licensing requirements have been met, upon satisfaction of all county licensing requirements, including payment of any licensing fee.
The Bottom Line
Selling a mobile home can be a complicated and lengthy process, but it’s not impossible. Be prepared to spend a lot of your time doing paperwork and paperwork alone. Don’t let all of the paperwork faze you, though. Remember that the more paperwork you get out of the way, the less paperwork you’ll have to face later.
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