Mobile Home Inspection

Home Inspector Serving Gainesville and The Villages, Florida
Also Offering Insurance, Roof, and Termite Inspection • Radon Testing

Over 7,000 Inspections Since 2002

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,
in Gainesville metro area,
$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. What is a manufactured home?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  27. What do you look for when inspecting vinyl siding?

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

  29. How fire-resistant is a mobile home?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  41. What is a pit set mobile home?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  49. Does a modular home have a serial number?

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

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

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

  53. What is a D-sticker mobile home?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  69. How much is a used mobile home worth?

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

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

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

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

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

  75. What is the definition of a manufactured home?

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

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

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