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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.

    Foreclosures often have an amazingly low price that can be hard to resist, especially for a first-time homebuyer. But a cheap price does not always equal a good deal. It may require extensive repairs in order to be livable. If the purchase price plus the cost of repairs is less than the value of the repaired home, then you have definitely found a good deal. If not, walk away. HUD foreclosures, in particular, tend to be both really cheap and in really bad shape.

    Determining what’s wrong with the home, how to fix it, and what it will cost requires a serious investment of your time. Even a mobile home that does not have damage that is readily visible may have problems related to sitting vacant and without electricity for an extended period of time during the foreclosure process—such as mold growth from a combination of minor water intrusion and lack of air conditioning, roots clogging the septic system, bacteria contamination of the well water, major appliances that are no longer functional, and damage to the belly board under the home from raccoons or other small animals taking up residence below.

     Getting a report from a home inspector with mobile home experience after you sign the sales contract can be extremely helpful. But, before making your offer, we suggest reading a few of our other blogs about evaluating a mobile home to get a good sense of what to look out for:

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

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

  3. How do I find out how old a mobile home is and who manufactured it?

  4. Is it still possible to do a mobile home inspection if there is not electricity or water?

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

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

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

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

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

Even more blog posts about mobile homes:

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

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

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

  4. Can I install a mobile home myself?

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

  6. Can I paint the vinyl covered wallboard in a mobile home?

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

  8. What can I do to prevent moisture problems in my mobile home?

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

  10. How much does a mobile home inspection cost?

  11. What is a Park Model mobile home?

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

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

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

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

  16. Why are there cracks in the wallboard in a mobile home after its moved?

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

  18. What is a pit set mobile home?

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

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

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

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

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

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

  25. What is a D-sticker mobile home?

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

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

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

  29. Why is my double-wide considered a HUD home?

  30. How energy efficient is a mobile home?

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

  32. Can a mobile/manufactured home have a high radon problem?

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

  43. Can I convert a shipping container into a HUD-code manufactured/mobile home?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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