More blog posts about mobile homes:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  10. Where are the load bearing walls in a double-wide mobile home?

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

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

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

  14. Where do I find the vehicle identification number (VIN) on a mobile home?

  15. How much does a mobile home inspection cost?

  16. How fireproof is a mobile home?

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

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

  19. Can I install a mobile home myself?

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

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

  22. What is a Park Model mobile home?

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

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

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

  26. What is a pit set mobile home?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  36. What is a D-sticker mobile home?

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

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

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

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

  41. How energy efficient is a mobile home?

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

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

  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 can I make my mobile home more energy efficient?

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

  53. How much is a used mobile home worth?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  65. What is a manufactured home?

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

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  1. Bullet Removal of skirting.

  2. BulletA mobile home bounces around as it heads down the highway at 50-miles per hour. Crosswinds buffet it sideways and the suspension is minimal. All interior and exterior breakables—especially glass—should be removed to avoid damage in transit. This includes light fixtures, furniture, housewares and glass cabinet doors. Doors and toilet seats secured.

  3. BulletInstall tow hitch, axles and tires. Remove piers and tie-downs.

  4. BulletPrep new site for home, including electric and water service. Grading of site to avoid standing water below home, paving of driveway, new well, septic tank, drainfield, and power pole may be necessary if not in mobile home community.

  5. BulletPermit and inspection for moving home to new county location.

  6. BulletTow home to new location, including escort car. Move furniture, light fixtures, and other interior breakables, reusable equipment such as package air conditioner, stairs and skirting in separate vehicles to new location.

  7. BulletInstall new piers and tie-downs.

  8. BulletRemove tow hitch, axles and tires.

  9. BulletIf the home is a double-wide, align, reconnect and seal the two halves of home at the marriage line.

  10. BulletConnection of utilities by licensed electrician and plumber.

  11. BulletInstall package air conditioning unit and main supply and return ducts.

  12. BulletInstallation of entry stairs, decks and porch roofs.

  13. BulletInstallation of skirting. Some skirting from old location may be reusable.

  14. BulletReinstall furniture, light fixtures, and other breakables in home.

   While some of the work can be done by a homeowner that’s handy with tools, such as removing and reinstalling the skirting, most of it requires paid professionals. Less than one out of five manufactured homes are moved from their original location. The cost and inconvenience of moving a mobile home means that it often makes more sense to sell the home you live in and buy another one where you want to relocate rather moving your current manufactured home.
   If you are buying a used mobile home that must be moved as part of the deal, be sure to factor in the moving expenses before you decide whether its worth the price. Also, the condition and expected additional lifespan of a “free” mobile home, especially, should be carefully evaluated before attempting to move it.

    Many Florida counties require that an older mobile be professionally inspected to confirm that it is in satisfactory condition before allowing it in their jurisdiction. Each county has slightly different standards for accepting an older mobile home, but they all have the same attitude: mobile homes in poor condition are not welcome to cross the county line. See our blog post “Can you move a mobile home that is 20 years old in Florida?” to learn more.


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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