Originally Posted By: janderson
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There may be several seals and of course the dataplate. One seal will state that the home conforms to standards imposed by HUD. HUD started regulating manufactured and modular type homes in 1976 and each manufactured or mod home must conform to those standards.
Some states, like here in Minnesota, take it a step further and require a state seal to be applied to the home stating that the home and anchoring system complies with state regulations. Representatives from the State here supposedly tour the factories periodically and verify that the manufacturing process and anchoring system are in compliance with HUD and state standards. The seals are verified at the time of installation by the local city or county inspector when installation inspections are completed. However, after a couple of years the seals usually fall off as they are simply small 2 inch square vinyl stickers.
The dataplate is a must find as it basically contains all the pertinent information, however, sometimes they get removed or cannont be located. Kind of like the DNA code for the home, no two homes will have all the same information in the dataplate.
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