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More blogs about wood destroying organisms and mobile homes:

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

  2. Does a home inspector also check for termites?

  3. Does the presence of carpenter ants in a house mean that there are probably also termites?

  4. How do termites get into a concrete block house?

  5. I’m buying a concrete block house. Do I still need a termite inspection?

  6. Why is the inspector calling out rotten wood on a termite inspection?

  7. I saw a little termite damage on the baseboard. Should I be concerned?

  8. What causes wood rot on a home?

  9. Do I need a termite-WDO inspection?

  10. What’s causing those holes in the fascia?

  11. I think I saw a termite. What do they look like?

  12. How can I know how much damage there is inside a wall if the inspector found termites in the baseboard?

  13. Does wood rot spread? Is it contagious?

  14. How does a home inspector evaluate wood rot?

  15. What are the green plastic discs in the ground around the house?

  16. Do I have to tent the house if I have termites?

  17. What is the difference between a subterranean termite and a drywood termite?

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

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

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

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

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

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

  24. How much is a used mobile home worth?

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

  26. What does roach poop (fecal pellets) look like?

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

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

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

  30. Does an inspector have to find live termites to recommend treatment of the home?

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

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

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

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

  35. How do termites infest a house and remain hidden while doing major damage?

  36. What is a manufactured home?

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

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

    Mobile homes tend to have more moisture intrusion issues as they age compared to site built homes and wet wood is a favorite for termites. The "belly wrap" vapor barrier that covers the underside of the floor framing on a mobile home can obscure the view of evidence and damage from termites and easily retain moisture from plumbing leaks.

  Loans secured through VA (Veterans Administration), and sometimes FHA (Federal Housing Administration) and USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) require WDO inspections on mobile homes, just like site-built homes and condominiums. Because these agencies oversee the purchase of safe livable homes for their buyers, it is a clear indicator that termites and other wood destroying organisms are a threat to mobile homes. 

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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