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Here’s links to some of our other 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 make my mobile home look more like a house?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  17. What is a Park Model mobile home?

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

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

  20. How much does a mobile home inspection cost?

  21. Can I install a mobile home myself?

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

  23. How fire-resistant is a mobile home?

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

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

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

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

  28. Are house numbers required by law in front of a house?

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

  30. What is a pit set mobile home?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  42. What are the limitations on homesites where a mobile/manufactured home can be located?

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

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

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

  46. How much is a used mobile home worth?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  54. What is a manufactured home?

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We want you to be an informed homebuyer, and each blog post is a question that we have answered for our friends and customers over the years. Hope they help you make a good choice for your next home.

3) October, 1994, to Present - The “Energy Policy Act of 1992,” which went into effect in October, 1994, required HUD to upgrade its standards, and the minimum R-value of insulation was raised by approximately 50%, along with other energy efficiency improvements. Also, Climate Zone 3, which sets the highest level of insulation and was formerly limited to only Alaska, was expanded to include most of the Northern United States.

    At some point soon, the DOE will issue new energy standards for manufactured homes, which was mandated by Congress several years ago. The final comments and reviews appear to be winding down now. In the meantime, there are EnergyStar certified mobile homes offered by some manufacturers that give you not just more energy-efficient insulation, windows, and duct-sealing, but also high efficiency water heaters and heating/cooling equipment.

   In the meantime, if you want to know what you can do right now to have a more energy-efficient manufactured home, go to our blog post “How can I make my mobile home more energy efficient?”

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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