More blog posts about manufactured/mobile homes:

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

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

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

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

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

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

  7. What are the warning signs of a dangerous deck?

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

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

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

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

  12. What is a Park Model mobile home?

  13. How can I remove water under my mobile home?

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

  15. How much does a mobile home inspection cost?

  16. Can I install a mobile home myself?

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

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

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

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

  21. How fire-resistant is a mobile home?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  29. What is a pit set mobile home?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  37. How energy efficient is a mobile home?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  49. What is a manufactured home?

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

  51. Where do I find the VIN/serial number on a very old (pre-1976) mobile home?

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  1. 2)While an aging mobile home may still be habitable, there are several downsides to continuing to maintain it. Lack of adequate insulation is one problem. Older mobiles are notorious for high utility bills during the winter heating or sweltering summer seasons. Many have 60 or 100-amp electric panels, which are marginally adequate for today’s higher electric usage. Also, the floor plans often feel cramped by modern standards, with narrow hallways and tiny bathrooms.

  2. 3)The budget models that offered lots of square footage at an amazingly low price when they were originally purchased will not last as long the more expensive, better quality homes. Lower-priced mobile homes can start to show signs of age within 10 years if poorly maintained. To understand how to tell the difference between the several levels of quality of mobile home construction, go to our blog “How can I tell if a mobile home is well constructed?”

  3. 4)The conditions at the homesite also affect the longevity of a manufactured home. If the home is installed over ground that is wet for part of the year or the site is not graded so that rainwater will flow away from the home on all sides and it’s prone to puddling water under the home, then moisture will begin to deteriorate the underside of the home prematurely, especially if the bellyboard has been torn open in places. Homes built during the 1980s with fiber-board siding are especially vulnerable to high moisture. To find out how to avoid the mold and wood rot that result from a wet site or other moisture-intrusion problems, visit our blog “What can I do to prevent dampness and mold in my mobile home?”

  4. 5)Remodeling an older mobile home can be a sensible strategy for extending its life, especially if a large part of the budget goes to roofing, siding, insulation, windows, and interior upgrades that will improve both the weather-tightness and livability of the home. For more on remodeling, see our blog “Does it make sense to remodel an older mobile home?”

   In summary, selecting a better quality manufactured home and careful maintenance of both the home and its site are the keys to reaching the 50+ years of longevity for your mobile home that HUD predicts. To avoid some of the recurring  problems with older mobile homes, go to our blog ”What are the most common problems with older mobile homes?”

  To understand the basis, potential use, and limitations of lifespan ratings, see our blog post “How accurate are the average lifespan ratings of home components? Are they actually useful?”

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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