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  1. 5)We check the foundation piers, to confirm that they are not damaged or leaning, they are in bearing contact with the mobile home frame, that the holes in the pier blocks are facing upward, and the pier caps are not rotted or cracked, and any leveling shims are secure.

  2. 6)Examine the vapor barrier under floor framing for tears, deterioration, sagging.

  3. 7)Confirm that there is perimeter blocking under any large wall openings, such as a sliding glass door.

  4. 8)Determine the type and spacing of the anchor straps, and how they are attached to the frame, to confirm that they meet the standards in place at the time the home was installed.

  5. 9)Look for any loose or corroded anchors or straps.


While we hope you find this series of articles about home inspection helpful, they should not be considered an alternative to an actual home inspection by a local inspector. Also, construction standards vary in different parts of the country and it is possible that important issues related to your area may not be covered here.
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