Buying a Pre-Owned Home
Buying a pre-owned home can often be the solution to your manufactured or modular housing needs. However, there are certain details that need to be carefully weighed when considering purchasing a pre-owned or bank-owned home. On this page, you'll find helpful hints and friendly suggestions to consider when shopping for a pre-owned home. Most NCIRG dealers also specialize in helping customers find and negotiate deals on pre-owned homes, so be sure to contact your local NCIRG dealer when considering purchasing a pre-owned home in your area!
Tips for Shopping for a Pre-owned Home
As always, it's "caveat emptor" when buying anything used, and this is never more true than when shopping for a pre-owned home! Below are a few suggestions to consider when looking at used homes, but if you need further help in evaluating a home, please contact your local NCIRG dealer!
- Check the exterior vinyl or metal siding for damages or possible leaks.
- Check the asphalt shingles or metal roof for any damage or possible leaks.
- Check the interior floor system for soft or damaged floor, most often along the exterior walls and/or wet areas in the kitchens, bathrooms and water heater.
- Check for damaged vinyl flooring/carpet.
- Check tubs and showers for damages or cracks.
- Check for missing or damaged interior/exterior doors.
- Check for damaged cabinet doors in kitchen/baths.
- Check to make sure home does have a water heater, and appears to be in good working order.
- Check to see if the home has electric or gas furnace and that it appears to be in working order.
- Check to see if the home purchase includes a central air conditioning system or central heat pump system.
- Check for broken or cracked glass in all windows.
- Check for holes in the interior wall panels
- Ask if the purchase price includes delivery to the building site.
- Ask if the set up of the home is included, and meets all requirements of the county you plan to take the home to. (i.e. - wind zone)
- Determine who will be responsible for the following items that may be needed: steps, decks, porches, vinyl or masonry siding, permit fees, skirting, grading or lot clearing, driveway, well or water hook-ups, septic or sewer hook ups, electrical wiring for home, AC/HP, well pump/pressure tank, plumbing connections.
For more information about buying pre-owned manufactured or modular homes, or to find a pre-owned home for sale, contact your local NCIRG Member Retailer.