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More blog posts about mobile homes:

  1. How do I find out how old a mobile home is and who manufactured it?

  2. How can I make my mobile home look more like a house?

  3. How can I tell if a mobile home is well constructed?

  4. What do I need to know about buying a foreclosure mobile home?

  5. What can I do to prevent moisture problems in my mobile home?

  6. Does it make sense to buy an older mobile home and remodel it?

  7. How can I tell the difference between a manufactured home and a modular home?

  8. Can I paint the vinyl covered wallboard in a mobile home?

  9. Why are there two VIN numbers on some mobile home titles?

  10. How fire-resistant is a mobile home?

  11. What is an air conditioner for a mobile home called?

  12. How much does it cost to move a mobile home?

  13. How can I know if my mobile home meets HUD Code?

  14. Can I install a mobile home myself?

  15. Do I need stairs at all exit doors from a mobile home?

  16. Does an addition to a mobile home have to comply with with HUD Code?

  17. What size air conditioner is right for my mobile home?

  18. What is a Park Model mobile home?

  19. What does the HUD tag look like and where do I find it on a mobile home?

  20. What’s the difference between a manufactured and a mobile home?

  21. What are the most common problems with older mobile homes?

  22. Why are there cracks in the wallboard in a mobile home after its moved?

  23. Can you move a mobile home that is 20 years old in Florida?

  24. What is a pit set mobile home?

  25. Does a single-wide mobile home have interior bearing walls?

  26. Is 7 feet a normal height for a wall/ceiling in a mobile home?

  27. Do you have any tips for buying a used mobile home?

  28. Why is the floor tile cracked in my mobile home?

  29. Why is it important that a mobile home stay level throughout its lifetime?

  30. What do I need to know about building an addition to a mobile home?

  31. What is the average lifespan of a wood deck?

  32. What is the best air conditioner for a mobile home?

  33. What is a D-sticker mobile home?

  34. What is the life expectancy of a modular home?

  35. How do I upgrade my old (pre-1976) mobile home to meet HUD standards?

  36. Why is my double-wide considered a HUD home?

  37. How energy efficient is a mobile home?

  38. Can I tell the year of a manufactured/mobile home from the HUD tag (red tag)?

  39. Can a mobile/manufactured home have a high radon problem?

  40. What are the HUD requirements for selling a remodeled or renovated mobile home?

  41. How many mobile/manufactured home manufacturers are licensed to sell their homes in Florida?

  42. Can a mobile/manufactured home get termites?

  43. What are the limitations on homesites where a mobile/manufactured home can be located?

  44. What does a home inspector look for when examining a mobile home crawl space?

  45. How do I look for mold in my mobile home?

  46. What is the difference between the electric service to a mobile home and a site built home?

  47. How can I make my mobile home more energy efficient?

  48. What are the ventilation requirements for bathrooms and kitchens in mobile homes?

  49. How much is a used mobile home worth?

  50. What would cause half of a double-wide mobile home to lose electric power?

  51. How many manufactured/mobile homes are there in the United States?

  52. Can I convert a shipping container into a HUD-Code manufactured/mobile home?

  53. Where do I find the water heater in a mobile home?

  54. How do HUD-code mobile/manufactured home standards compare to the IRC building code for site-built homes?

  55. What are the right words for the parts of a mobile/manufactured home?

  56. What is the right humidity level in a mobile home?

  57. Can you do a mobile home inspection with no electric power or water?

  58. What is the difference between a manufactured/mobile home water heater and a regular water heater?

  59. What is an “RP” sticker for a mobile home?

  60. What is a manufactured home?

  61. What is the building code for mobile/manufactured homes in Florida?

  62. Where do I find the VIN/serial number on a very old (pre-1976) mobile home?

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You should expect to pay several thousand dollars per step to upgrade to each higher wind zone. And, although you can’t place a mobile home constructed to Zone I standards in Zone II, you can upgrade to higher than the required rating: Zone II homes can be sited in Zone I, and Zone III homes can be put in Zone II.

   Want a sturdier mobile home? Upgrade to the next higher wind zone rating. If you are checking out a used mobile home, the wind zone rating is noted on the home’s data plate. Click on the link below to “How do I find out how old a mobile home is and who manufactured it?” to find out where to find the data plate.

   There is also a special category for manufactured homes to be sited within 1500 feet of the coastline in hurricane-prone areas of the country. It’s called a “D-sticker” home, and means that it has been designed to meet the wind resistance requirement of ASCE 7-88,  Exposure D—which is a standard referenced in the HUD Code.


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Here’s links to more of our blog posts with useful information about buying and owning a mobile home:

  1. Does it make sense to buy an older mobile home and remodel it?

  2. Where do I find the vehicle identification number (VIN) on a mobile home?

  3. How do I find out how old a mobile home is and who manufactured it?

  4. What is the life expectancy of a mobile home?

  5. What are the most common problems with older mobile homes?

  6. What is the right price for a used mobile home?

  7. What does the HUD tag look like and where do I find it on a mobile home?

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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