If you are shopping for a pre-owned mobile home, there are a few important things you need to check out before you buy.
Knowing what home inspectors look for in advance can help you as you take a look at any mobile homes for sale that catch your eye.
Most manufactured housing inspections are done by your lender, but you can do a check too, if you know what to look for:
- Look for the manufacturer’s sticker located in the master bedroom closet or inside a kitchen cabinet door. Doing a search using the serial number on this sticker will provide you with information about the manufacturer and year the home was built. It will also confirm that the home was designed to meet Indiana-appropriate wind and roof loads specified by HUD.
- Look for any on site additions. Mobile homes are designed to support only their own weight, so any additions should be freestanding and be properly flashed at areas of contact.
- Check the frame of the home. The interconnected large I-beams that support it should never be bent or heavily rusted.
- Check the foundation piers for rot, damaged or leaning. The pier caps should not be rotted or cracked, and all leveling shims should be secure.
- Lastly, check under the home. Take a good look at the vapor barrier under floor framing for tears, deterioration or sagging. Make sure the skirting is firmly attached with no tears.
At RoseLake Estates, we always check these 5 important things before we put our pre-owned homes on the market. That’s because we want to keep you in the loop and in the know – from the tip of your roof to the bottom of your crawl space. We want to be sure the mobile home you purchase from us is in tip-top shape!