Johnny Hardesty

More blog posts about mobile homes:

  1. What is a manufactured home?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  19. What is a Park Model mobile home?

  20. How can I remove water under my mobile home?

  21. Where do I find the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) on a mobile home?

  22. How much does a mobile home inspection cost?

  23. Can I install a mobile home myself?

  24. What is the stuff you paint on an old mobile home metal roof to extend its life?

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

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

  27. How fire-resistant is a mobile home?

  28. What are the tie-down requirements for a mobile home?

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

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

  31. How can I upgrade a wind zone 1 mobile home to wind zone 2?

  32. Can I put a zone 1 mobile home in Florida?

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

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

  35. What is a pit set mobile home?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  44. What is a D-sticker mobile home?

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

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

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

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

  49. How energy efficient is a mobile home?

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

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

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

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

  54. Can a mobile/manufactured home get termites?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  1. 2)Are you handy with tools and willing to devote most of your weekends and vacation time to a remodeling project? If not, and you plan on hiring contractors for most the work, then remodeling will likely not make financial sense when compared with buying a new manufactured home.

  2. 3)Buying a fixer-upper for a low price, then adding $10,000 worth of materials plus plenty of your own sweat equity, can get you a handsome home that will be comfortable and enjoyable to live in for years to come. It will be a great value for you, but not necessarily be a good investment in terms of resale. Mobile homes depreciate as they age, no matter what their condition. While a remodeled, upgraded older home will have increased value in the marketplace, don’t expect to make a nice profit if you sell it a few years later.
       Yes, there are pros that buy, fix-up and flip mobile homes for profit. But they have years of experience and resource connections, along with the hard-knocks of a few flips that flopped already behind them. And if you believe any of the “get-rich-quick when you buy my amazing 7-step, can’t-fail mobile home investment video course”—well, good luck.
       For help determining the right price to pay for an older manufactured home, see our blog post “How much is a used mobile home worth?”

  3. 4)While a new manufactured home is a little more difficult to finance than a site-built home—and the term of the loan is typically shorter, along with a higher interest rate and closing costs—finding financing for a used mobile home through regular lenders is just about impossible. There are occasionally private lenders (often the seller of the home) that will finance your purchase, but not the improvements.

  4. 5)Very important: get the mobile home inspected by a professional home inspector to make sure you’re buying a fixer-upper project with “good bones”—and not bulldozer-bait.

  5. 6)If the mobile home that you plan to remodel has to be removed from its current location as part of the deal, get a price from a licensed mobile home mover/installer before negotiating the purchase. Moving a home even a few miles is an expensive and complicated process. For more information on moving a manufactured home, see our blog “How much does it cost to move a mobile home?” A “free” older home that needs to be relocated is not really free.

  6. 7)Is the existing floor plan close to satisfactory? If you want to remove an interior wall to “open up” the space, it’s usually not a problem because only the exterior walls, and posts or walls along the marriage line of a double-wide, are structural supports for the roof. But rearranging the whole floor plan or moving a room with plumbing, like a bathroom or kitchen, will blow a modest remodeling budget.

  7. 8)If the mobile home you’re considering is in a park, be sure to review their restrictions on both remodeling and replacing a home before making your decision. There may be size restrictions (both minimum and maximum), design standards, and other issues to contend with. For example, some parks do not allow site-built additions.

  8. 9)You have probably seen one of the mobile home makeover TV shows. Our favorite was MTV’s Trailer Fabulous, with Johnny Hardesty. They focus primarily on cosmetic issues, and turn a dismal, battered mobile home into a designer showplace. Also, you get the impression that the work is big fun.
       It’s not. And while a slice of your budget should be devoted to making the home look more appealing, the bigger part of the money typically needs to go for unglamorous things like roof repair or replacement, siding repair, caulking, replacement of older plumbing and light fixtures, and perhaps repair of a couple of soft spots in the floor.
       To learn about how to fix roof leaks, add insulation, repair flooring, stop air leakage, replace windows, and other improvements, we suggest getting a copy of  Your Mobile Home - Energy and Repair Guide For Manufactured Housing, by John Krigger. You can also find helpful tips and resources at

  9. 10) After you slog through the nitty-gritty list of repairs and start searching for creative ideas to make your remodeled home look like a page out of a design magazine, go to Lots of before-and-after photos of mobile remodeling projects, and great design inspiration free for the taking.


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

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

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

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

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

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

  6. 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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