What to Know When Buying a Mobile Home in Colorado
Thinking of buying a mobile home in Colorado? Our state guide series takes a look at the most important information you should know before buying a mobile home in each state. Last week our attention turned to Buying a Mobile Home in Alabama. We continue this week with a look into buying a mobile home in Colorado.
Facts About Mobile Homes in Colorado
Over 5.5 people call Colorado home. And with the rising costs of stick built homes a larger number of these people are turning to mobile homes as a cost-effective alternative. Mobile Home Village offers these statistics about Mobile Home Living in Colorado:
- The average price of a pre-owned home: $83,984
- Average model year of a pre-owned home: 2001
- The average pre-owned home size in square feet: 1336
- Average sites in a manufactured home community: 127
- The average year a community was developed: 1973
- Number of age-restricted communities: 44
- Number of all-age communities: 346
Resources You Should Know About When Buying a Mobile Home in Colorado
Contacting an Expert
The Rocky Mountain Home Association is a good place to start when buying a mobile home in Colorado. Their resources page include links to the Better Business Bureau, registered dealers, installers, as well as inspectors. They also offer multiple ways to contact them and encourage feedback.
Rocky Mountain Home Association RMHA
1151 Eagle Dr., #111
Loveland, CO 80537
Registering your Manufactured Home with the Colorado DMV
When purchasing a new manufactured home in Colorado, it’s important that it’s registered with the Colorado Department of Revenue.
There are different requirements that must be met when you register your home with the Dept. of Revenue, and the filing depends on the location of the mobile home. For instance, if the home is permanently affixed to the land the Certificate of Permanent Location would be used. There are also Certificate of Removals and Certificate of Permanent Location for Manufactured Home Subject to a Long-Term Land Lease.
You can read more about the specific requirement here: Colorado Department of Revenue, Manufactured Homes Division.
Keep in mind, if buying a new manufactured home, the dealer should typically handle all the paperwork and filing for you. Just be sure to double check that it is done.
1 Year Warranty on ALL New Manufactured Homes
When you buy a new manufactured home it always includes a 1-year warranty from the manufacturer. This is a national regulation.
Issues that occur within the first year will be solved by contacting the dealer. Make sure every communication is in writing and mail the complaint via certified mail so there is a paper trail proving you notified the proper companies within the first year.
If the Issue is Not Resolved Properly
If you are unable to get your issue resolved by the dealer or manufacturer your next step should be filing a complaint in order to see the problem resolved.
Colorado is one of 26 states that manage their own HUD Manufactured Housing Dispute Resolution Programs. An official complaint form was not found on the state website, but there is a list of what each complaint should include:
- Mailing Address
- Home Location (if different than mailing address)
- Telephone Number
- HUD Label Number
- Serial Number
- Date of Purchase
- Date of Manufacture
- Name of Manufacturer
- Detailed List of All Problems with the Home
- Copies of All Correspondence with the Manufacture and/or Dealer
This information should be forwarded to the following address or emailed directly (be sure to keep a copy for your records as well).
Colorado Division of Housing
Building Codes & Standards Section
1313 Sherman Street, Room 320
Denver, Colorado 80203
Beverly Bayley, firstname.lastname@example.org
There are So Many Gorgeous Mobile Homes in Colorado!
We found over 400 listed for mobile and manufactured homes for sale on Zillow. Many of these were tiny homes that were found in beautiful mountain settings or mobile homes that included large properties.
We featured a cute single wide in Colorado and shared 16 great decorating ideas along with it.
There is a mobile home to fit any family’s situation in Colorado!
Unique Stoned Manufactured Home
Related: Thinking of updating the siding on your mobile home? Check out our Guide to Mobile Home Siding.
If you are thinking of buying a mobile home in Colorado, we hope these resources will help you with your purchase. If you have a question or comment, we want to hear from you. Comment below! Next week our series continues with buying a mobile home in Kentucky.
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