With the explosion of tiny homes and television shows dedicated to the lifestyle, manufactured and mobile homes are more popular than ever. For many, ownership and living in a manufactured or mobile home is more realistic than an actual tiny home.
Florida has always had an abundance of manufactured home resorts because they provide people with the opportunity to own their own slice of paradise while not having to deal with the chores and home maintenance issues of a site-built home. Regardless if living there full-time, as a snowbird part-time or using the home as a secondary vacation home, more and more people are enjoying the freedom and active lifestyle owning a manufactured home provides.
Why Should I Have My Manufactured / Mobile Home Inspected?
Any home that you intend to purchase should always be inspected to protect your investment. A manufactured home has their own unique inner workings and is no exception to the inspection process.
Manufactured homes are homes that are built off site at a factory, brought into a location and literally placed onto a foundation. They are supported by piers found underneath the home and in some models, the floors overhand beyond the home’s I-beams. Inspectors will look to verify if steel outriggers are attached to support the weight of those extended floors. If not, the walls might crown (separate from the roof) causing costly and difficult repairs.
Because manufactured homes are built in a factory and transported to a homesite, they have their own unique concerns. As such, it’s important that you hire a licensed inspector that is certified in manufactured/mobile home inspections. A certified mobile home inspector has a knowledge base that allows them to recognize potential issues that are specific to a mobile home that a buyer should be aware of. Only Mobile Home certified inspectors can legally use InterNACHI's Mobile Home Inspector Logo.
A manufactured home inspection is a complete, non-invasive, visual inspection of the home, from the roof to the ground. There are specific areas that are thoroughly inspected such as roofs, plumbing, electricity, heating and cooling, and flooring.
According to InterNACHI’s forum, here are some of the most important things in a manufactured home inspection in addition to the above:
Proper marriage line alignment
Overextended Jack heads
Wood pads with cracks
Squeaking floors, warped or bowing floors that could mean water damage
Toilets with bad wax rings, loose flanges, or a wobble
A moisture barrier, belly wrap is present and healthy with no tears
Damage around water heaters and furnaces
Healthy outrigger with no visible sagging
Sagging ceiling panels (caused by broken 1″x2″ or 2″x2″ rafters)
Check the belly wrap for tears or holes
Home inspections protect all parties
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 such as moisture readers and thermal cameras 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.
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.
Manufactured Home Inspection Report
As with any home inspection, when the inspector is finished you will receive a multi-page report filled with photos and details of any issue they have found during the inspection. This makes you a more informed buyer or seller. A report from an inspector should be thorough. Expect several pages and dozens of photos.
State Requirements & Associations for Home Inspectors
Anyone can claim and unfortunately, many do claim to be a home inspector. To protect yourself from fake home inspectors, you will want to verify that the inspector is certified and licensed in the State of Florida.
Orgova Home Inspections is certified through InterNACHI
InterNACHI is the world’s largest association of professional home and commercial property inspectors. As part of their membership requirements, InterNACHI inspectors must complete dozens of inspection -related courses and pass hundreds of quizzes and exams. More than half of who apply are turned away because InterNACHI front loads all of their requirements and to be blunt, many cannot pass the exams. Unlike many associations that members pay a fee to belong to, you cannot become a member of InterNACHI without completing their rigerous certification coursework and exam.
It is important to have your manufactured home inspected to determine the home's current condition. Manufactured home inspectors look for visibal signs of things such as roof leaks, pier damage, moisture, and condensation issues that are not easy to spot. The bottom line is a manufactured home inspection is well worth the time and money. A home inspection can literally save you thousands of dollars!