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More blog posts about mobile homes:

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

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

  3. What is the plastic sheet called that covers the underside of a mobile home?

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

  5. What’s the difference between a trailer, a mobile home, a manufactured home, and a modular home?

  6. Why is there such a big gap under the doors inside a mobile home?

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

  8. What is a Park Model mobile home?

  9. How fireproof is a mobile home?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  20. What is a pit set mobile home?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  29. What is a D-sticker mobile home?

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

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

  32. How energy efficient is a mobile home?

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

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

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

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

  37. Can a mobile/manufactured home get termites?

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

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

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

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

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

  43. How much is a used mobile home worth?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  52. What is a manufactured home?

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

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

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We want you to be an informed homebuyer, and each blog post is a question that we have answered for our friends and customers over the years. Hope they help you make a good choice for your next home.

  1. 1) Roof Pitch - Budget models have a low roof pitch of 2/12 (2 inches of rise for every 12 inches of length). This is best gauged when looking directly at the side of the home, like in the photo below. As the quality increases, the roof pitch does also.

  2. 2)Roof Overhang - The most basic homes have zero or minimal roof overhang at the front and back. This means that water runs down those walls every time it rains—not good for longevity. Again, as the overhang increases, so does the quality of the home.

  3. 3)Ceiling at exterior walls - Budget homes have a 7-foot ceiling height, measured where the ceiling meeting the front and back walls. Because door height remains constant at 6-foot 8-inches, you can get a good idea of the ceiling height from the outside, by checking the distance from the bottom of the fascia (the board that wraps around the edge of the roof) to the top of the door. Just a few inches means a 7-foot ceiling inside. About 2-feet means a 9-foot ceiling, and a premium home.

  4. 4)Siding - Panels of wood or particleboard were used as siding on the cheaper homes in the 1980s to early 1990s. Older mobile homes have metal siding regardless of price range. Nowadays, budget homes have economy-grade vinyl siding. Better quality homes have heavier vinyl siding or fiber-cement (such as Hardi-Plank). A particleboard sided home, combined with no roof overhang, always seems to develop moisture intrusion problems and wood rot.

  5. 5)Front Door - Lesser quality mobile homes have a front door like you might expect on a travel trailer: thinner and lightweight compared to a regular entry door, and usually aluminum. Better quality homes have a steel front door that closely resembles what you would find on a site-built home.

  6. 6)Roofing - Lower-priced homes have lightweight, economy grade shingles, which are a little difficult to tell from regular 3-tab shingles unless you see them both side-by-side. But premium roofing of what is called “dimensional” or “architectural” shingles is easy to spot, based on the extra thickness at the edge, and adjacent shingles that sit slightly forward or back from each other along the front edge. Economy grade shingles have a shorter lifespan and are more prone to wind damage.

  7. 7)Interior walls - Budget homes have vinyl-covered wallboard that is butted at the sides. Better quality homes have battens covering the seams at the sides of the boards, and the best quality homes have finished drywall.

  8. 8)Windows - Years ago, all mobile home windows were were a single thickness of glass. More recently, better quality homes have double-pane insulated glass windows.

   This is not intended to be a rigid guideline. We recommend that you check these eight construction details, then use them as a jumping-off point for your own assessment of the quality of the home. Some homes will straddle two categories based on their combination of features.


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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