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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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Even more blog posts about mobile homes:

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

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

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

  4. Can I install a mobile home myself?

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

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

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

  8. What can I do to prevent moisture problems in my mobile home?

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

  10. How much does a mobile home inspection cost?

  11. What is a Park Model mobile home?

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

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

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

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

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

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

  18. What is a pit set mobile home?

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

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

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

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

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

  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. What is the life expectancy of a modular home?

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

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

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

  31. How energy efficient is a mobile home?

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

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

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

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

  36. Can a mobile/manufactured home get termites?

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

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

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

  44. Can I convert a shipping container into a HUD-code manufactured/mobile home?

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

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

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

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

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

  50. What is a manufactured home?

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