Mobile and manufactured homes need an inspection just like any traditional house. Since mobile homes are more at risk of damage, they require a proper inspection from the roof to the ground which focuses on specific areas, such as plumbing, electricity, and flooring. However, there are a few additional features a home inspector needs to closely analyze to ensure the new owner of a mobile home is moving into a safe and sound structure. Let’s review some of the ways mobile home inspections differ from conventional houses.
1. Mobile Home Undercarriage Inspection
Mobile homes don’t have your standard foundation, and depending on what local codes allow, they can stand atop concrete block supports and crushed rock or on a pier and beam foundation. A home inspector will ensure the mobile home lays sturdy atop the foundation and that the beams or concrete supports are not sinking into the ground. They will also inspect the undercarriage of the mobile home, looking for signs of leaks – such as pooling water on the ground – or damaged or sagging bottom insulation.
2. Vapor Barrier Condition
A vapor barrier protects a mobile home from elements beneath the structure. Since most mobile homes don’t have conventional foundations, a vapor barrier is required to keep moisture from entering the home from below. A home inspector will ensure the vapor barrier is properly secured to the bottom of the home and stretches the entire extent of the undercarriage. They will also make sure there are no signs of damage or mold issues.
3. Tie-Down Component Inspection
Tie-downs are heavy-duty straps and anchors that stabilize the mobile home to protect it against strong winds. Improperly installed or maintained tie-downs can result in sliding or even overturning of the home since mobile homes are so lightweight. A home inspector will inspect the components of the tie-downs, including the frame or ground anchors, hook-up and tension devices, and roof protectors. An experienced home inspector will even ensure the anchors are rated for the type of soil on the property.
While mobile home inspections differ from conventional houses in some small ways, the checklist still covers all the essential areas of the home, such as plumbing, electricity, and roofing. Just like any traditional home, it’s vital to ensure a mobile home is safe for its occupants. At Homeinex Corporation, our home inspectors have experience providing our services for everything from mobile homes to commercial buildings. If you’re seeking a home inspector for your next investment, contact us today.