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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  14. What is a Park Model mobile home?

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

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

  17. How much does a mobile home inspection cost?

  18. Can I install a mobile home myself?

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

  20. How fire-resistant is a mobile home?

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

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

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

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

  25. What is a pit set mobile home?

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

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

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

  29. Why is the floor tile cracked in my 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 life expectancy of a modular home?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  43. What is the right price for a used mobile home?

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

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

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

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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.

  1. 2)A 120-volt circuit in the panel serves multiple outlets in different rooms, and sometimes also the lighting in the rooms. If there is a loose or damaged connection or broken hot wire at the beginning of the circuit, the whole string will be dead. While a single circuit would not actually disable half of the double-wide, it might appear that way at first.

  2. 3)The electricity returns to the panel from 120-volt outlets, lights, and appliances on a white, neutral wire. Any broken connections or loose neutral screw-set connections in the panel will also disable a circuit.

    We recommend doing this first: throw all the breakers off and then back on, including the main breaker, at both the main service panel outside the home and the distribution panel inside the home. Any breaker that will only go back half-way between off and on indicates a problem circuit. Listen for any arcing sound or visible sparks as you reset the breakers. Also, push the test button and then the reset button at the GFCI-receptacles in the kitchen, bathroom, and exterior walls of the home. Then, if all of these simple checks do not fix the problem, call an electrician.

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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