More blog posts about mobile homes:

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

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

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

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

  5. What is an egress window?

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

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

  8. What are the warning signs of a dangerous deck?

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

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

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

  12. Can I install a mobile home myself?

  13. How difficult is it to change a window to french doors or a sliding glass door?

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

  15. What is a Park Model mobile home?

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

  17. Can I use Tyvek as a belly wrap replacement for a mobile home?

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

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

  20. What is a pit set mobile home?

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

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

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

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

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

  26. What is a D-sticker mobile home?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  1. There must be a handgrip on at least one side of the stairs. The handgrip must be small enough to easily wrap your hand around. If it is separate from the railing, then the ends must return back to the railing cap, wall, or end post so that it is not possible to snag a handbag or sleeve on the end and tumble down. Handgrips must be between 34” and 38” above the nosing (front edge) of the treads.

  2. Risers should not exceed seven and a half inches high, with not more than a quarter inch variation in height between risers. The first and last risers are where we typically see any change in riser height.

  3. Landing at top of stairs minimum three feet square.

  4. The stair structure must be freestanding. It should not be connected to the mobile home in a way that the home provides structural support for the stairs.

   Because there is less risk of falling, steps have no railing or handgrip requirements. Although a landing is not required at the top of steps by some codes, it is a recommended safety feature, especially where a door opens out over them.

   Also, while it is not specified by the building code, there should be a ratio between the height of the risers and the width of the treads that makes it comfortable to walk the stairs or steps. A generally accepted standard is that the sum of the width of one tread and height of two risers should be between 24 and 26 inches.

   One defect we occasionally find is a sliding glass door that has both sections moveable, but stairs across only one side. Either one door panel should be permanently fixed in place, or the stairs should span the entire width of the door.

   Falling down even a short run of stairs can cause serious injury, and falls are the leading cause of hospitalization for children and the elderly. So we urge you to take the safety of your stairs and steps seriously, and check them regularly for any damage or loose connections.


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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