How can I tell if a Mobile/Manufactured Home will Pass a Foundation Certification Inspection?
The HUD-code, to which mobile/manufactured home setups need to adapt, is unusual in two facets:
1). it is the only across the country building ordinance in the U.S. as well,
2). it is an "efficiency" based code. Many building codes are "authoritative," which means they layout particularly what products and techniques are acceptable and what are not. Efficiency codes set a valuable demand that can be met by suppliers and installers with their own ingenious and different materials and methods—as soon as they are examined and approved by HUD. So, to utilize a corny old stating, there are more than one means to skin a pet cat when setting up a mobile home.
This implies you would need to know the multiple different kinds of piers, tie-downs, bands, as well as proprietary anchoring systems to review a structured system properly. So we can not create a list of points to look for that will ensure that you pass the foundation inspection.
Yet there are a number of locations you can look for things that would absolutely make you fall short:
Drawbacks and/or axles need to be removed.
Tie-downs reducing the lengthy side of the house should certainly be around 6-feet apart. Older mobile homes had the tie downs at 8-feet apart or extra, which will not be offered.
At the very least one tie-down at the end of each area along the brief side.
Anchor bands should be galvanized, tight, and also not deeply corroded. Loosened or rusty bands will not do.
Piers should not be harmed or leaning out of plumb, and ought to be in touch with the undercarriage.
No washouts or rivulets showing water runs under the residence.
House has not been relocated from the site where it was initially installed.
Additionally, if your mobile/manufactured home was set up after 2000, it is more probable to pass the examination.
The Author Kevin Maxwell is the owner and operator of Maxwell Home Inspection Services, LLC. Kevin Maxwell is a certified Home Inspector located in Albany NY that has performed over 6000 Inspections.