Modular Home With Finished Basement

I inspected a house yesterday where the owners and agent were unaware the home was a manufactured home that used to be a ranch and was lifted and had a basement foundation poured.
Any insight to where I can find information on how I can determine the if it was done right? I couldn’t find what I was looking for on google and searching for the serial number on google isn’t getting me anything either. Or, should I refer the whole thing out to an engineer? There’s a lot going on.
Pics here:

Where did you get this information from?
Kinda looks like a Modular Home to me, but I’m not there to investigate more in depth.

The agent “heard from the seller” that it was raised a few years back. She “figured” it was a modular home because of the data plate but did not think anything of it.
The original owner passed away years back and it’s been sitting for years now. The daughter has kept the utilities on and now is selling it.
Here’s a few snap shots of the attic space.

Looks like every modular home that I have ever been in that was on a basement. Normally there is a sticker with all of the information near the electrical panel or inside the kitchen sink base.

Negative on the information on both of those.

Learn the Differences: Site-Built, Modular, Manufactured/Mobile Homes

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That is a modular home Jacob. manufactured will have a metal frame…

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Yes siree, Bob, it will.

Honestly, I keep confusing these two. I’m trying to get this terminology burned into my brain lol.

I have a soldering iron… :sunglasses:

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Haha I have a few welding machines here at my work. Thanks though!

Post pictures…please. :grinning:

Even though I think the title is misleading using "Mobile Home’

If you want to get technical, that is an industrialized manufactured home. More commonly known as a modular.
Generally there is a data plate somewhere in the house. I generally find them in closets or under a cabinet. Of course, if reno work has been done, the data sheets are likely gone.
The typical double wide manufactured home, as others have stated, would have steel beams, resting on piers. However, I have seen one that was sitting on steel girders over a basement. POS by the way.

I’ve seen manufactured homes with the metal/steel framing/substructure components completely removed

You can be forgiven for confusing them because the published information can be confusing. One of the big clues to look for is the HUD tag. That is only on manufactured (mobile) homes. Manufactured homes are built to federal standards and have the HUD tag usually in the kitchen sink cabinet or main electrical panel closet.
Modular homes are built to state codes and have a state tag (in Colorado, the tag is always on the outside).
Manufactured also will have the remnants of axles and the HUD number stamped on the front metal yoke.
Identifying this is usually beyond our inspection and is the responsibility of the appraiser, but clients and agents often ask us about it, so it is useful to recognize what you are looking at.

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Modular home constructed like a normal house except split down the middle. The connection and support of the main beam in the basement, how it’s connected to the foundation and the center truss connection are the most critical spots to check. I would bet money that foundation was built specifically for that house and was never raised.


I have never seen that, How in the world would they separate it from the steel frame without destroying the place?


Agree Jim, they usually just remove the axels at best and I have seen where they just remove the wheels.

I have worked in a modular home and a mobile home factory and I was also on a set crew. I agree with Randy. When the home is set on a foundation the frame is removed and set up like a typical home with lolly columns supporting the main beam. New England Homes and Oxford Homes.