Thinking about buying a mobile home in Indiana? Our state guide series offers many of the resources buyers need before and after their purchase. Whether it be where to find a reputable dealer, or who to contact if there is an issue, we have you covered. You can also visit our Mobile Home Resources Section to see if we have shared information about buying a mobile home in your state!
Mobile Home Living in Indiana
There are over 6.6 million people living in Indiana. And, according to the World Population Review, it appears to be experiencing healthy growth every year. So, it should come as no surprise that mobile homes are a popular option in the state. Mobile Home Village shares the following about mobile homes in Indiana:
The average price of a pre-owned home: $47103
Average model year of a pre-owned home: 2007
Average pre-owned home size in square feet: 1228
Average sites in a manufactured home community: 120
Average year a community was developed: 1988
Number of age-restricted communities: 38
Number of all-age communities: 605
Things to Know When Buying a Mobile Home in Indiana
Finding the Right Home
Finding the right mobile home can be quite a job. There are so many choices out there it’s tough to know where to start. The Indiana Manufactured Housing Association-Recreation Vehicle Indiana Council includes over 400 members including manufacturers, retailers, installers, parks, suppliers, insurance and finance companies. If you have questions about a retailer or manufacturer they can help point you in the right direction of your new home. Visit their website or give them a call with any questions!
3210 Rand Rd.
Indianapolis, IN 46241
Registering Your Mobile Home
When buying a mobile home in Indiana, whether it is new or used, it will need to be registered in the state. If you are buying a new mobile home from a dealer, the titling paperwork is usually submitted by the dealer for you. If you are buying a used mobile home from a private seller you will want to visit the Indiana.gov site to learn what documentation is needed and visit any Indiana local bureau of motor vehicles to submit the paperwork.
If you are placing your mobile home on real estate that you own you will want to apply to transfer your home to real estate. You can find all that is required for this application on the Indiana.gov site.
During the first year after buying a new mobile home, if there is an issue from the manufacturer or something isn’t right from installation, you have options to get those problems resolved. First, contact your dealer, preferably in writing, and let them know. Most dealers have a whole staff that handles problems after the sale. Don’t be afraid to reach out, the one year warranty is in place to handle your issues.
If you aren’t able to get the dealer/manufacturer to take care of your issues, your next step will be to file a complaint with the HUD Dispute Resolution Program. Indiana does not administer its own HUD dispute resolution program for mobile homes. However, if you have an issue with a manufacturer or installer that cannot be resolved, the National HUD dispute resolution program can help. It’s important to remember the following if you are considering filing a complaint:
The retailer, manufacturer, installer, HUD, or the State Administrative Agency was notified of the alleged defect(s) within one year after the date the home was first installed. The home was not reinstalled.
You can submit your request in the following ways:
Mail (preferably certified)
ATTN: Manufactured Home Dispute Resolution Program
1676 International Drive
McLean, Virginia, 22102
The Mobile Homes of Indiana
As we mentioned before, Indiana is currently experiencing a big growth in population. And, with over 500 mobile homes available on Zillow alone, mobile home living in Indiana is a budget-friendly home choice for many. Take a look at a few that are available for sale.
As the state continues to grow, buying a mobile home in Indiana will become a common choice for potential homeowners. Not only are mobile homes a budget-friendly choice, but they also offer many of the same options as stick-built homes, including floor plan designs and custom options. The stigma that has long been attached to mobile homes seems to finally be fading!
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