Mobile or Manufactured Home Inspections
Your mobile or manufactured home will be inspected for defects that are specific to those types of structures, including fire safety issues, as well as the plumbing, heating, and electrical systems, including the home's body, frame and foundation requirements. It will also be checked for affixed seals that certify that the home was built in compliance with U.S. Federal Housing Codes.
Manufactured homes are constructed differently than a site-built home. These differences can create unique issues that a typical homeowner wouldn’t know. For example, in some manufactured homes, the floors may hang out beyond the width of the home’s I-beams. If steel outriggers aren’t attached to the I-beams to support the weight of the extended floors, then the walls may separate from the roof. This separation is called crowning, and it is not easy to repair. You would not want to buy a home with this issue.
If you are buying a home, an inspection is an investment that can save you hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars. In addition to saving money, hiring an inspector can save you a lot of time and headache in the future. Inspectors have tools that can give you information not available with the naked eye. These tools, combined with a licensed inspector’s knowledge, are invaluable to a home buyer.
Mobile and manufactured homes differ in many significant ways from standard, permanent built homes. Walls and ceilings are manufactured thinner and must meet a different level of inspection and contain less insulation than that required in standard homes. Ceilings and walls not insulated properly result in excessive use of your water heater and or air conditioner, resulting in higher electric expense.
Winds are a big issue with mobile homes than traditional homes. Wind can cause damage to a mobile home easier than a standard home because the foundation is not as secure. Mobile homes are strapped to the ground to resist wind damage. Florida has segmented wind zones, the strongest being level 3 and covers most of South Florida. The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) utilizes special wind zones to establish the severity of high winds in the area that could affect the stability and integrity of a manufactured mobile home.
If you are selling a home, hiring an inspector to look over the home before you put it on the market can help you find and make repairs. Having these repairs done before a buyer enters the equation can help sell a home faster and possibly at a higher price. For example, a manufactured home inspection would see that the belly wrap was ripped and the insulation was loose. Belly wraps are vital to a healthy manufactured home.
Call Elite Inspections, LLC today at 954-255-3330 to schedule your mobile home inspection.