When buying a used mobile (manufactured) home, you can’t afford to make a mistake. Protect yourself and be sure to get it inspected. We have evaluated hundreds of mobile homes in greater central Florida 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 Sunshine State Home Inspections to inspect your future mobile home you get a detailed report with photos to help you make your buying decision. Part of our mobile home inspection is identical to evaluating a site-built home; such as checking the electric panel and wiring, a/c system, plumbing, roof, and an infrared scan for moisture intrusion.
Mobile Homes are regulated by the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles. We verify that the following standards are followed:
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) Look for any loose or corroded anchors or straps.
3) Locate and document serial number on HUD plate.
4) We check for missing or loose trim, skirting (with proper ventilation) or siding panels.
5) 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.
6) The frame of a mobile home is interconnected large I-beams. We verify that they are not bent or heavily rusted.
7) Examine the vapor barrier (belly board) under floor framing for tears, deterioration, sagging.
8) Confirm that there is perimeter blocking under any large wall openings, such as a sliding glass door.
9) 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..
10) 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.