Get a Motorhome Habitation Check Done Before You Sell
If you are thinking of selling your motorhome, getting a habitation check done before you sell, may seem counter intuitive. After all, it's up to the buyer to do that once they've bought your motorhome isn't it? Well actually, there are some very good reasons to get a habitation check done yourself before you sell. Here we look at exactly what those reasons are, how they can help you secure a sale and maybe even, get a better price.
Get Buyers Onside
The first reason to get a habitation check is about making human nature work in your favour. To a buyer, if you are offering a motorhome for sale with a current habitation check, it reassures them that you are honest and trustworthy. You have nothing to hide. You are saying, here is my motorhome and here is an independent report about it. Cast your mind back to when you bought your motorhome. Unless it was new at the time, your natural instinct is to be wary of the seller and be on the look out for hidden faults - it's human nature. So imagine the positive impact it has on a buyer to be presented with a detailed independent report on the motorhome they are considering purchasing.
Provide Certainty in an Uncertain World
Secondly, it enables the buyer to see exactly what they are buying. You may decide to rectify some or all of the problems identified in the report. In which case you can present the original report and evidence of the action you've taken regarding any observations made in the report. Or you may decide not to take any action on the report. Either way, the buyer can see exactly what they are getting. This provides a level of certainty and confidence for the buyer. Most buyers don't mind faults - what they hate is the uncertainty of not knowing.
Stand Out From the Crowd
Next, having a motorhome habitation check prior to selling, helps you stand out from the crowd. That is, in comparison to similar motorhomes for sale at the same time. Given the choice between two similar motorhomes, which one would you go and look at first - the one with the independent report or the one without? That is why, if a seller lists a motorhome for sale with us and it has an up to date habitation check with it, we will include it as a top feature in the sales description!
Now You Can Stand Firm on the Price
Finally, the fact that the buyer knows exactly what they are getting means you are able to stand firm on the price. Your broker doesn’t have to put up with buyers sucking the breath in between their teeth and speculating about potential problems. They can simply give them a copy of the habitation check and discuss any issues in rational a way. If some problems have been highlighted, that’s fine. They can be resolved at a known cost. Everyone is dealing with certainties and speculative offers are removed from the process.
Why don't more people get a habitation check done before putting their motorhome on the market? Two main reasons: cost and convenience. Regarding cost, as discussed above, the benefits outweigh the costs. If it helps you attract a buyer and hold firm on price, a habitation check can more than pay for itself. With respect to convenience, yes getting your motorhome booked in for a habitation check can be a nightmare. However, our sister company Habcheck provide a mobile service. They will come to your home or wherever you store your motorhome to carry out the check – it couldn’t be easier.
If are thinking of selling your motorhome, start with a free motorhome valuation. Once you have completed the form your local Motorhome Depot broker will be in touch and answer all of your questions about us, your motorhome, the market and anything else to do with selling your motorhome.