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Here’s links to some of our other blog posts about mobile homes:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  16. What is a Park Model mobile home?

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

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

  19. How much does a mobile home inspection cost?

  20. Can I install a mobile home myself?

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

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

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

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

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

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

  27. Are house numbers required by law in front of a house?

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

  29. What is a pit set mobile home?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  42. How energy efficient is a mobile home?

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

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

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

  46. Can a mobile/manufactured home get termites?

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

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

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

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

  51. How much is a used mobile home worth?

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

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

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  1. 2)Install additional alarms in the bedrooms, especially if anyone in the home sleeps with the bedroom door closed. Twenty years ago, smoke alarms were only required to be installed in the hallway or access room to
    each bedroom; so most mobile homes had a hard-wired smoke alarm at each side of the living room. Today they are required to be in each bedroom too; plus, the smoke alarms must to be interconnected, so that when one senses smoke they all go off. An easy safety upgrade in an older mobile home is to install a battery-powered smoke alarm in each bedroom.

  2. 3)Have an escape plan. Every mobile home is required to have two doors to the outside with an open path to get out of the home without any lockable doors between each bedroom and the exit door. No interior remodeling should interfere with the dual escape passageways. Homes manufactured to the post-1976 HUD standard are also required to have windows in each bedroom that are openable and large enough to use as a secondary escape route. Make sure the windows still open easily, and do not have any locks or bars on them. If you must have security bars over the windows, they should have a quick-release device that makes them openable from the inside without a tool. And, yes, hold a real fire drill with the kids once a year.

  3. 4)Hire an electrician at the first sign of any electrical problems, like circuit breakers that keep popping, lights that flicker, or any electrical burning smell. Don’t try to fix it yourself. More fires are caused by homeowner electrical repairs than by the original problem.

  4. 5)Smoke outside. Keep a large, non-tip ashtray nearby on a stable surface and empty it regularly.

  5. 6)Keep your skirting intact with no openings that a small animal can get into.

  6. 7)Don’t store wood under or next to the home, or any flammable items such as charcoal lighter fluid or gasoline.

  7. 8)Stay in the kitchen when the range is on. Unattended cooking is a leading cause of house fires. Having a small fire extinguisher rated for kitchen fires near the range is always a good idea too.


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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