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Here’s links to some of our 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 is the life expectancy of a mobile home?

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

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

  8. How often should I pump out the septic tank?

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

  10. Should I call a plumber or septic tank contractor when my septic tank backs up into the house?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  18. What is a Park Model 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. Can I paint the vinyl covered wallboard in a mobile home?

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

  25. How fire-resistant is a mobile home?

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

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

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

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

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

  31. Can I use Tyvek as a belly wrap replacement for a mobile home?

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

  33. What is a pit set mobile home?

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

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

  36. Does wood rot spread? Is it contagious?

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

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

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

  40. What is a D-sticker mobile home?

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

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

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

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

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

  51. How much is a used mobile home worth?

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

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

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

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

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

  57. What is a manufactured home?

  58. 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.

   We recommend that you check that your home has continued to stay level about three months after installation, then every year or two afterwards. A three or four-foot long spirit level is the right tool to use. Lay it across both the long, short, and diagonal directions around the floors of each room of the home, making sure you get a centered bubble in the vial everywhere.

   If you do find that your home is developing a dip or hump in the floors, further evaluation and repair below the home at the steel-beam frame is required. There are instructions for do-it-yourselfers on several websites around the internet, but if it involves more than just tightening the shims at a couple of piers, this is not something we recommend that you tackle unless you have experience with foundation repair. A dip at one location, for example, can sometimes be caused by heaving ground at another location, and jacking up the beam at the dip can cause structural stresses that create new problems. Evaluating the level of the steel beam at each pier with a water level, then planning a strategy from the findings, is required. Hire a licensed professional installer, preferably one recommended by a friend.

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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