Originally Posted By: jkiesecker
This post was automatically imported from our archived forum.
Brandon, Just a word of caution. On Mobile Homes always set the parking brake!
Seriously, Mobile Homes are very similar to any other inspection. I have a lot here in NY. Pay particular close attention to the flooring especially in baths and kitchens, water heater area,wash machine etc. as it’s usually flake board and you know what happens to it when it gets wet.
The water heaters are hidden behind panels in closets. The GFCI’s outside are generally off one of the bathrooms. Do your exterior inspection, then inside. Run plenty of water in all the sinks, tubs etc then return outside and inspect underneath. Many times plumbing leaks don’t show up immediately due to all the insulation and vapor barrier beneath. Check for cracking, settlement, especially at the center of double wides where they’re joined together. Pay close attention to roof top elements, many times there’s wind damage to the roof from the 70mph trip to location. Vent stacks are usually too short (made to fit under bridges etc). The chimney is usually also a combustion air intake so advise customer to keep clear of heavy snow (if it snows where you are, I didn’t catch address)
Roof vents are usually plastic junk and often crack as do the cheap plastic skylights. Also check for tie downs, typically stainless steel straps around the frame and anchored to the concrete slab. Also pay close attention to the windows as they are usually cheap junk and they leak, plastic parts break, thermal seals go bad etc. Beware of home owner add ons additions etc. Did I mention that they’re built like $hi1
. Just keep your eyes peeled.
Good luck and welcome to the HI business
“Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it”