Go Back   InterNACHI Inspection Forum > >

Notices

General Inspection Discussion This is a place for general discussion about the home inspection industry. Try to keep the posts topical, but they need not be as specific as the other areas of this board.

Reply
 
Thread Tools
  #1  
Old 4/5/12, 10:18 PM
Colton Hagler Colton Hagler is offline
InterNACHI Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Shreveport, La
Posts: 148
Default Mobile Home Inspection

I've got a mobile home inspection tomorrow. I've done one before and pretty much treated it like a house and crawlspace. I've read most of the nachi course. Anyone have any mobile home specific advice, what to look for? Thanks
Reply With Quote
Need a home inspection in Arkansas? Check out InterNACHI's listing of Arkansas certified home inspectors. Or, find a home inspector anywhere in the world with our inspection search engine.
  #2  
Old 4/5/12, 11:30 PM
James H. Bushart James H. Bushart is offline
Certified Professional Inspector (CPI)
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Posts: 24,988
Default Re: Mobile Home Inspection

There are significant differences between a "mobile home" and a house on a crawlspace. Start with 24 CFR 3280.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 4/5/12, 11:39 PM
Cameron Anderson's Avatar
Cameron Anderson Cameron Anderson is offline
Certified Professional Inspector (CPI)
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Peoria, IL
Posts: 6,989
Default Re: Mobile Home Inspection

Just be ready to take a lot of photos and notes because they are all crap.



Cameron Anderson
Integrity Home Inspection
Truth. In Real Estate.
Since 2004
Bachelor of Architecture, U of I, Urbana IL
Illinois Licensed Inspector

www.homeinspectionpeoria.com
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 4/5/12, 11:58 PM
Gary D. Rowden Gary D. Rowden is offline
Certified Professional Inspector (CPI)
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Hemet, CA
Posts: 801
Default Re: Mobile Home Inspection

Here are a few of the most common problems.

1. Check the marriage line inside home for alignment with other half.
2. Check the pier spacing, condition, over extended jack heads and wood pads with large cracks.
3. Check that utilities are supported and not resting on the ground.
4. Check that moisture barrier is properly installed without any tears or sections missing.
5. Check for soft spots on particle board flooring throughout.
6. Check water heater and furnace flooring in compartment they get damaged easily.
7. Modulux ceiling panels sagging (caused by broken 1x2 or 2x2 rafter).
8. Roof structure is sagging.
9. Some homes have 4’ to 5’ outriggers causing outside edges to sag from the weight.
10. Toilets loose at plastic flange.
11. Squeaky floors caused by loose sub flooring, loose pier, loose lag at joist frame connection.
12. Damaged or missing molding.

Mobile homes are a different type of beast then the typical home construction. It will take a little time to familiarize yourself with what is acceptable and what is not.

A similar topic was discussed
Modular home inspection
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 4/6/12, 12:40 AM
Joe Funderburk, CMI's Avatar
Joe Funderburk, CMI Joe Funderburk, CMI is offline
Certified Master Inspector
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Hickory Grove, SC
Posts: 10,185
Send a message via Yahoo to jfunderburk
Default Re: Mobile Home Inspection

http://www.aohomeinspection.com/pdf/mobile_home.pdf



“The things that will destroy America are peace at any price,
prosperity at any cost, safety first instead of duty first,
the love of soft living, and the get-rich-quick theory of life.”
Theodore Roosevelt


Joe Funderburk, CBO, CMI
Alpha & Omega Home Inspections, LLC
Inspecting Upstate SC & Charlotte Metro, NC
Angie's List Super Award Winner 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010.
Ph: 704-351-1776
www.aohomeinspection.com

Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 4/6/12, 1:30 AM
Nick Gromicko, CMI's Avatar
Nick Gromicko, CMI Nick Gromicko, CMI is online now
Active Poster
 
Join Date: Aug 2002
Location: Nederland, Colorado
Posts: 60,639
Default Re: Mobile Home Inspection

https://www.nachi.org/manufactured-mo...mes-course.htm
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 4/6/12, 1:50 AM
Greg W. Mathias, CCHI, CMI's Avatar
Greg W. Mathias, CCHI, CMI Greg W. Mathias, CCHI, CMI is offline
Certified Master Inspector ®
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Lloydminster,Ab
Posts: 3,267
Default Re: Mobile Home Inspection

Quote:
Originally Posted by growden View Post
Here are a few of the most common problems.

1. Check the marriage line inside home for alignment with other half.
2. Check the pier spacing, condition, over extended jack heads and wood pads with large cracks.
3. Check that utilities are supported and not resting on the ground.
4. Check that moisture barrier is properly installed without any tears or sections missing.
5. Check for soft spots on particle board flooring throughout.
6. Check water heater and furnace flooring in compartment they get damaged easily.
7. Modulux ceiling panels sagging (caused by broken 1x2 or 2x2 rafter).
8. Roof structure is sagging.
9. Some homes have 4’ to 5’ outriggers causing outside edges to sag from the weight.
10. Toilets loose at plastic flange.
11. Squeaky floors caused by loose sub flooring, loose pier, loose lag at joist frame connection.
12. Damaged or missing molding.

Mobile homes are a different type of beast then the typical home construction. It will take a little time to familiarize yourself with what is acceptable and what is not.

A similar topic was discussed
Modular home inspection
Great list.
I know in Canada the insurance company need verification that the trailer is tied down on the four corners and in the center. They need to know how it is tied down. I.E. helical, driven post, concrete piles.....
Also the size of the cable and if the clamps are installed correctly.



Greg Mathias, CCHI
Journeyman Carpenter
Level I Thermographer
Certified Master Inspector
Global Property Inspections
(780)205-9912
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 4/8/12, 5:29 PM
Colton Hagler Colton Hagler is offline
InterNACHI Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Shreveport, La
Posts: 148
Default Re: Mobile Home Inspection

Update:
The mobile home was a complete disaster. The underbelley (or under wrap) was full of water in multiple areas. Floor was water damaged at most visible points where the wrap was deteriorated and insulation fell out. There was an active leak under the kitchen, water pouring out. There were a lot of soft spots in the interior floors because of it. Part of the dining room wall was falling apart because it was saturated. The plumbing connection from the kitchen to the main sewer line was completely disconnected. Block column supports falling over. I'll post some pics when I get to the office...............and all that lady asked at the end was "but is it livable". What the........ some peoples idea of livable is different that mine.
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 4/8/12, 8:08 PM
Cameron Anderson's Avatar
Cameron Anderson Cameron Anderson is offline
Certified Professional Inspector (CPI)
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Peoria, IL
Posts: 6,989
Default Re: Mobile Home Inspection

Quote:
Originally Posted by canderson5 View Post
Just be ready to take a lot of photos and notes because they are all crap.
Situation normal... You know the rest.



Cameron Anderson
Integrity Home Inspection
Truth. In Real Estate.
Since 2004
Bachelor of Architecture, U of I, Urbana IL
Illinois Licensed Inspector

www.homeinspectionpeoria.com
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 4/9/12, 4:58 PM
Colton Hagler Colton Hagler is offline
InterNACHI Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Shreveport, La
Posts: 148
Default Re: Mobile Home Inspection

Just some sample pics of this mobile home. Seemed like everything was wet.
Attached Thumbnails
Mobile Home Inspection-p4050056-jpg   Mobile Home Inspection-p4050070-jpg   Mobile Home Inspection-p4050093-jpg   Mobile Home Inspection-p4050065-jpg   Mobile Home Inspection-p4050111-jpg  

Reply With Quote
  #11  
Old 4/9/12, 6:40 PM
Greg W. Mathias, CCHI, CMI's Avatar
Greg W. Mathias, CCHI, CMI Greg W. Mathias, CCHI, CMI is offline
Certified Master Inspector ®
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Lloydminster,Ab
Posts: 3,267
Default Re: Mobile Home Inspection

Quote:
Originally Posted by chagler View Post
Just some sample pics of this mobile home. Seemed like everything was wet.
Look like a typical trailer. I have a 1971 trailer tommorow. Can't wait!!



Greg Mathias, CCHI
Journeyman Carpenter
Level I Thermographer
Certified Master Inspector
Global Property Inspections
(780)205-9912
Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
New Alberta home inspection regulations rcooke Canadian Home Inspectors 13 8/31/11 2:30 PM

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 8:18 AM.
no new posts