Camp Atterbury auctioning surplus mobile homes

EDINBURGH, Ind. (WISH) — People looking to buy a mobile home can get one for as little as $25.

The Indiana National Guard’s Camp Atterbury will auction off more than 200 surplus duplex mobile homes.

The first group of 51 mobile homes is going up for online auction this week at www.govliquidation.com with starting bids of $25. Bidding ends at 5:00 pm Friday.

Organizers say bidders are encouraged to look at photos of the homes because some need more work than others. The homes are 60 feet long and 14 feet wide.

“It’s kind of like walking into a mobile home park,” said Capt. Jessica Cates as she weaved between the homes.

All are have white siding, two doors, and windows all around. But take one big step inside and the possibilities are endless.

“This one’s actually got part of a kitchen in here,” Capt. Cates said as she gave us a tour. “Some of them are also wired and have internet access on them.”

“It’s like a candy store I guess for homes,” joked prospective buyer James Agee. “Pick and choose what you want, some of them have better favors then others.”

For Agee’s taste, that means finding one that requires the least amount of work. “I basically make sure that there is no rot, no major, major damage, nothing that can’t be taken care of.”

Agee hopes to take home a home, just like dozens of others who hope their bid holds up through an online auction on Government Liquidation, an online-market place where scraps and surplus from the Department of Defense are sold.

“I’m pretty confident that most of these will go given the low price,” said Capt. Cates.

That price starts at $25, a steep discount that lured in Agee who already owns a mobile home that’s in need a repair.

“It may be less expensive to buy one of these and putting it into place and repair then whats there now,” he said.

The homes haven’t been occupied by people for several months. Many were used as barracks for soldiers. But Capt. Cates said when Camp Atterbury lost its mobilization mission last fall, fewer troops were at the base making the mobile homes expendable, or enticing depending on how you look at it.

“Power wash it and make it look good as new,” Capt. Cates suggested when pointing at the siding on a home.

“It just depends on what skill level you have I guess as far as repairing them, what you have available,” said Agee. “As long as you have friends and family I guess it would help support the situation.”

Although the starting price is $25, it doesn’t stay there very long. Some of the homes sell for $2,000-3,000, but others are going for much less because they might require more work.

Auction winners have to tow the homes off the property, something could costs hundreds if not thousands of dollars depending on where it’s going.

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