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

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

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

  6. Can I remodel an old mobile home without a building permit?

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

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

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

  10. Does my home inspection report give me everything I need to evaluate a house?

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

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

  13. What is a Park Model mobile home?

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

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

  16. Where are the load bearing walls in a double-wide mobile home?

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

  18. Can I install a mobile home myself?

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

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

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

  22. What can I do to prevent dampness and mold in my mobile home?

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

  24. Where are Wind Zone 2 and Wind Zone 3 for mobile homes located?

  25. What different types of specialized inspections can I get?

  26. What year were mobile homes required to become more storm resistant?

  27. What are the questions a home inspector won’t answer?

  28. What is the difference between a building inspector and a home inspector?

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

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

  31. What is a pit set mobile home?

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

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

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

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

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

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

  38. How much venting is required for mobile home skirting?

  39. Should the seller be at the home inspection?

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

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

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

  43. What is a D-sticker mobile home?

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

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

  46. When was the first double-wide mobile home manufactured?

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

  48. Can a home inspector do repairs to a house after doing the inspection?

  49. Should I get a home inspection before signing a contract to buy the house?

  50. What makes a house fail the home inspection?

  51. How energy efficient is a mobile home?

  52. Should I only hire an inspector that is a member of a national association like ASHI, InterNACHI, or NAHI?

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

  54. Should I follow the home inspector around during the inspection?

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

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

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

  58. Can a mobile/manufactured home get termites?

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

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

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

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

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

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

  65. How much is a used mobile home worth?

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

  67. What are the common problems to look for when buying a mobile home that is older than 40 years?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  77. What is a manufactured home?

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

  79. Should I buy a house that has been remodeled/renovated without building permits or has open permits?

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  1. 2)How many mobile homes do you inspect each month? In some areas of the country, mobile homes are a small percentage of the housing stock, so it may be unrealistic to expect that an inspector does more than a few.

  2. 3)Do you check the “data plate” for the correct wind zone and roof load zones? The data plate is a paper sticker that HUD requires the manufacturer to place in every mobile home, listing important information about its construction. If they don’t know what a data plate is, move on.

  3. 4)I’m concerned about the “belly board.” How do you do to check it? The belly board is the plastic sheeting that seals the underside of the mobile home. You should expect that an inspector will visually inspect the underside for any openings in the belly board.

   One final note: be sure you get an accurate price quote. Some inspectors (like us) charge additional to travel beyond their regular service area, and other inspectors (not like us) charge to enter a crawl space under a home to inspect it. Also, we know a few inspectors that have a surcharge for older homes because they usually require more time, and everybody charges additional to inspect barns and other buildings on the property if you want them included in the report. Be specific about where the property is located, how old it is, and what services you want--to avoid any surprises in the final bill.


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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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