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    All manufactured/mobile homes are required to be secured according to the manufacturer’s installation specifications. In the case of a used mobile home, or where the manufacturer’s specifications are not available, the home must be tied-down in accordance with the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles specifications. Each AHJ (Authority Having Jurisdiction), typically a county or city building department, is responsible for enforcing the regulations through permitting and on-site inspection. To learn more about the tie-down requirements, see our blog post “What are the tie-down requirements for a mobile home?”

    If you are moving an older mobile home to a new homesite, many Florida counties require that it pass an inspection before being allowed to be moved to the new location. See our blog post “Can you move a mobile home that is 20 years old in Florida?” for more information.

    Not all homesites are zoned for manufactured/mobile homes. Because of the bad name that mobile homes acquired in the past, many counties and cities have limited or no zoning designations where a mobile home can be sited. After checking to confirm that the county or city zoning allows a mobile home on the site that you want, the second hurdle is to get a copy of any deed restrictions if the land is part of a subdivision, which may include minimum standards for the age, size and construction of the home. To find out more, visit our blog post “What are the limitations on homesites where a manufactured/mobile home can be located?”

    Connection of the local electric, water, sewer, and gas utilities must comply with the Florida Building Code (FBC) and be inspected by the local building department. The installation of a well and septic system is under the supervision of the Florida Department of Health and the local water management district. See our blog post “Does a homeowner need a permit to drill a well on their property in Florida” for more on this.

    Although all of this may seem like “endless governmental red tape,” the process is simpler and faster than constructing a site-built home on the same property.

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.
© McGarry and Madsen Inspection

More blog posts about mobile homes:

  1. What is a manufactured home?

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

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

  4. Why are there two VIN numbers on some mobile home titles?

  5. Can I install a mobile home myself?

  6. How can I know if my mobile home meets HUD Code?

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

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

  9. How do I remove cigarette odor in a house?

  10. What is a Park Model mobile home?

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

  12. What is an air conditioner for a mobile home called?

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

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

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

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

  17. Where are Wind Zone 2 and Wind Zone 3 for mobile homes located?

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

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

  20. What is a pit set mobile home?

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

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

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

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

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

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

  27. What is a D-sticker mobile home?

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

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

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

  31. How energy efficient is a mobile home?

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

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

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

  35. Can a mobile/manufactured home get termites?

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

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

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

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

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

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

  42. How much is a used mobile home worth?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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