Originally Posted By: dharris
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There is a Fix It Mobile Home Guide , by foremost insurance that is helpful, for apx 25.00, it has a fold out in it showing the “blueprint” of a mfg home describing how the home is built from the frame up, in addition to fix it descriptions that will also help show how the home is constructed
Dennis covered a few good items, a couple more include, Most of the homes use partcle wood flooring check around toilets for floor damage,
Look for water stains at bottom of wood paneling or drywall especially on homes with pb piping,
The crawl space is almost a must to enter and thourgly inspect, Elec and plumbing Cross over lines, duct work insulation torn not supported off ground , torn or missing under carrage insulation, bonding btwn 2 units on dbl wides, heat tapes on exposed water service lines in the cold county , hitch is required to remain with home,[you will often find the serial # painted on the hitch[s] sewer lines properly suported to drain properly, wood stored under home, water entry and erosion and a lot more , Yes they are built to HUD requirments but I found like on site built homes homes If it doesn't look rite its probley not right,
Be careful walking on older homes with metal roofs, A lot of them use 2X2 trusses with cardboard gussets, if you dont't break the trusses you can loosen the ceiling with the movement, ceilings are not cheap to repalce and the patterns and styles are hard to match often after 5plus years.
Don't try to determine costs or what is involved in correction unless you are real familure with the construction, It is different in many ways
I always refer repairs to a qualifed mfg home repair contractor opposed to a site built home contractor, around here most non mfg home contractors don't have a clue how to make proper corrections or won't repair mfg homes
I worked on the darn POSs [some times ] for 20 plus years and I have a Mfg Home check list report form that I made up apx 10 yrs ago
If it would help send me a email with your address and I'll mail you a copy