Manufactured Home Inspection Report

Checking a Manufactured Home’s Condition

Reid Kurtenbach

It’s always a good idea to check the quality of whatever it is you’re buying, no matter if it’s something simple like a new phone or if its a bigger investment like getting a car. When looking at a manufactured home’s condition, there are certain differences in comparison to checking out a permanent home. We’re here to help explain the differences and make sure that your manufactured home (also called a mobile home), no matter if its single wide, double wide or triple wide, will always be in the best condition possible.

The price is right

While you’re definitely not going to be spending as much on a manufactured home as you’re on a brick and mortar home, the price they’re telling you won’t necessarily be genuine. If the price is too low, it’s probably because there’s something the sellers are not telling you. If you’re unsure about the price, here is a guide that will give you the most important information.

Possible damages to a manufactured home

Even if you’re not expecting to find a manufactured home that is as solid as a permanent home, it doesn’t mean it needs to have a flimsy build. If the price seems like it’s too low, you should check for some kind of problem or external damage. It could be that a tree limb once fell on it or that it has a shoddy heating system.

Checking the structure

Whenever you’re going through a manufactured home for sale, you need to be as careful in checking the stability of the manufactured home’s structure as you would be in case of a brick and mortar or stick-built home. There are two critical components that you need to check, the walls and the roof. You shouldn’t expect anything less than the sturdiest of construction for these.


When looking at the exterior walls of the manufactured home for sale, you should expect the studs to be built 16 inches apart so the home gets enough ventilation. The walls themselves should be built out of 2×6 inch lumber that will give the manufactured home the sturdiness it needs. For the height, you should look for walls that are at least 7 1/2 feet tall, that way you’ll be able to install doorways of standard dimensions.

You can sometimes find an additional layer of plywood between the siding and the studs of a manufactured home. This works as a sort of exterior sheath to improve the structural integrity of the home. You usually won’t find these in a home with metal siding. As you’re going through the walls of the manufactured home you’re interested in buying, it’s a good idea to check if it’s made with vinyl siding. Having this kind of siding is preferable to those with metal siding or one that has hardboard.

The walls with metal siding are usually built in a way that lets rainwater seep through, especially through the doors and windows. Walls with hardboard siding usually absorb water at the joints, which causes rotting. You can smack the walls above the windows to tell if they’ve rotted or not. Rotted walls will be spongy and soft, so you’ll be able to tell with ease. In comparison to these two walls, a vinyl siding wall won’t have any of these issues. This means you won’t be constantly worrying about maintenance. Just remember, it needs to have proper guttering installed so that it functions perfectly.


There are two kinds of roofs that you’ll find on most manufactured homes, a metal roof and a shingle roof. Even though the metal roof is somewhat cheaper, we definitely recommend picking a shingle roof as it’s going to make your life easier. No matter which one you might prefer, don’t forget to check out the gutter as well. A gutter will make sure rainwater doesn’t enter your home and rots out the windows.

Manufactured homes with shingled roofs have decking beneath that protects them against possible damages or leaks. Shingled roofs usually come with an overhang that helps protect the walls of the home. Metal roofs rarely have either of these. You’ll usually find that the manufactured homes that have metal roofs aren’t ventilated. These things make them extremely hot in the summer and make them damp during winter. All of this ends up affecting the temperature of the rest of the home. If you have a manufactured home with a shingle roof, you won’t have to worry about any of this.

Federal standards

These structural components are not the only thing you need to be wary of. There are additional federal building guidelines you need to take into account when buying a manufactured home. These are usually done to deal with the weather of the zone, for example, the extreme heat of Arizona.

Wrapping up

By checking the standards and the structure, you’ll end up saving hundreds in repair and maintenance. These small extra steps will save you money and time down the line when you decide to sell your home. When that time comes, remember that Land Home Buyer has your back. Contact us at 1-866-652-5263 or check out our website. We’ll pay you cash and close quickly, so it’s going to be a quick and easy process.

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