Mobile Home Inspection

Home Inspector Serving Gainesville, Ocala and The Villages

Team Inspection by Two Licensed and Experienced Building Contractors
Also Offering Insurance, Roof, and Termite Inspection

McGarry and Madsen

Home Inspection



If you are buying a used mobile home, don’t have a lot of money, and can’t afford to make a mistake—then be sure to get it inspected. We have evaluated hundreds of manufactured homes in Gainesville and the surrounding rural communities, done extensive research into HUD standards for mobile home manufacture and installation, and are familiar with the recurring issues in mobile homes as they age. When you choose McGarry and Madsen to inspect your future manufactured home you get a team inspection by two licensed building contractors and home inspectors, and a detailed report with photos to help you make your buying decision. 

   You can educate yourself about mobile homes and
what to look for when buying one by reading our blogs
listed at the bottom of this page. Click one of the blog
questions listed further down to go directly to that
blog post.

   Part of our home inspection is identical to evaluating
a site-built home; such as checking the electric panel
and wiring, a/c system, plumbing piping, roof, switches
and faucets, an infrared scan for moisture intrusion,
and so forth. But we also look at some additional items:

  1. 1)We find the manufacturer’s info sticker, usually
    located in the master bedroom closet or inside the door of a kitchen cabinet, to confirm that the home was designed to meet the wind loads and roof loads specified by HUD for this area.

  2. 2)We check for missing or loose trim, skirting (with
    proper ventilation) or siding panels.

  3. 3)We evaluate any site-built additions. Since a mobile home is designed to support only its own weight, any additions should be freestanding and not bearing on the walls of the mobile home, and should be properly flashed at areas of contact.

  4. 4)The frame of a mobile home is interconnected large I-beams. We verify that they are not bent or heavily rusted.

  5. 5)We check the foundation piers, to confirm that they are not damaged or leaning, they are in bearing contact with the mobile home frame, that the holes in the pier blocks are facing upward, and the pier caps are not rotted or cracked, and any leveling shims are secure.

  6. 6)Examine the vapor barrier (belly board) under floor framing for tears, deterioration, sagging.

  7. 7)Confirm that there is perimeter blocking under any large wall openings, such as a sliding glass door.

  8. 8)Determine the type and spacing of the anchor straps, and how they are attached to the frame, to confirm that they meet the standards in place at the time the home was installed.

  9. 9)Look for any loose or corroded anchors or straps.

  10. 10) Locate and note serial number on HUD plate.

   By the way, we do not charge additional for inspecting a mobile home. It’s the same price as a site-built home inspection. Click on “What It Will Cost” at the top of this page for our complete rate list.

Mobile Home

with photo documentation


homes to 1,750 sq. ft.
of conditioned space,
$10 per additional 100 sq. ft.

$25 to $50 surcharge to
outlying areas

Diagrams - IBHS

Fanning Springs, Florida

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

  1. Bullet How do I find a good mobile/manufactured home inspector?

  2. Bullet What is a manufactured home?

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

  4. Bullet Is it safe to go under a mobile home?

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

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

  7. Bullet How can I make sure I don’t get screwed on my next home inspection?

  8. Bullet What is the life expectancy of a mobile home?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  17. Bullet What are the warning signs of a dangerous deck?

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

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

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

  21. Bullet What is a Park Model mobile home?

  22. Bullet How can I remove water under my mobile home?

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

  24. Bullet How much does a mobile home inspection cost?

  25. Bullet Can I install a mobile home myself?

  26. Bullet Which are Wind Zone III counties for mobile homes in Florida?

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

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

  29. Bullet What do you look for when inspecting vinyl siding?

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

  31. Bullet How fire-resistant is a mobile home?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  41. Bullet Is there a maximum SEER rating for a mobile home air conditioner?

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

  43. Bullet What is a pit set mobile home?

  44. Bullet Do I need a plastic sheet on the ground under my mobile home?

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

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

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

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

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

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

  51. Bullet Does a modular home have a serial number?

  52. Bullet What is the average lifespan of a wood deck?

  53. Bullet How can I tell if a manufactured home is a doublewide or singlewide?

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

  55. Bullet What is a D-sticker mobile home?

  56. Bullet What is the life expectancy of a modular home?

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

  58. Bullet When were the first double-wide mobile homes manufactured?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  67. Bullet Where can I buy a new mobile home that is only a shell, so I can finish the interior myself?

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

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

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

  71. Bullet How much is a used mobile home worth?

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

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

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

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

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

  77. Bullet What is the definition of a manufactured home?

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

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

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

  81. Bullet How long does it take to build a mobile/manufactured home?

  82. Bullet Can I put a new asphalt shingle roof over an existing shingle roof on a manufactured/mobile home?

  83. Bullet How far away should trees be kept from a mobile/manufactured home?

  84. Bullet What are the tie down requirements for a modular home?

  85. Bullet Are park trailers and park model recreational vehicles required to have a data plate?

  86. Bullet What is the difference between a park trailer and a park model recreational vehicle?

  87. Bullet How much hurricane wind speed can a mobile home survive?

  88. Bullet What are the requirements for installing a chimney stack on a mobile/manufactured home?

  89. Bullet Can you move a Wind Zone 1 mobile home to Zone 2 or 3 in Florida?

  90. Bullet Can you move a Wind Zone 2 mobile home to Zone 3 in Florida?

  91. Bullet What is the purpose of a stabilizer plate for manufactured/mobile home tie-downs?

  92. Bullet What is a “HUD Data Plate/Performance Certificate” for a mobile/manufactured home?

  93. Bullet What is a “HUD Label Verification Letter” for a mobile/manufactured home?

  94. Bullet Is a ground cover vapor barrier (plastic sheet) required under a new mobile/manufactured home?

  95. Bullet Why does Florida have mobile/manufactured home installation standards that exceed HUD requirements?

  96. Bullet What are the most common defects in mobile/manufactured home foundation piers?

  97. Bullet Where can I file a complaint if I have problems with my new or used mobile/manufactured home in Florida?

  98. Bullet Do piers and tie-down anchors have to be approved by the state for mobile/manufactured home installation in Florida?

  99. Bullet Is a metal roof allowed for HUD Wind Zone 3?

  100. Bullet How can I tell how well my mobile home is insulated?

  101. Bullet What is a “second set” mobile home?

  102. Bullet How do I find a good mobile home inspector?

  103. Bullet Is it illegal to remove the HUD tag (verification label) from a mobile/manufactured home?

  104. Bullet Do all mobile homes have wheels?

  105. Bullet What are the HUD requirements for site drainage when installing a mobile/manufactured home?

  106. Bullet How deep should a mobile/manufactured home anchor rod be set?

  107. Bullet How do I determine the age of a very old mobile home?

  108. Bullet What causes a crowned floor in a mobile/manufactured home?

  109. Bullet What is the maximum spacing for mobile/manufactured home tie-downs in Florida?

  110. Bullet How do I shut off the main water service in a mobile/manufactured home?