Mobile homes receive the same inspection as a standard home inspection. However, for an additional cost, we also examine the undercarriage, vapor barrier, and tie-downs. These items are very important to inspect because of the high level of moisture and threat of hurricanes here in Florida.
Vapor barriers help reduce the moisture that can seep up through the floor from the ground beneath. These often can become torn and/or detached.
Tie-downs are systems of heavy-duty straps and anchors designed to stabilize manufactured and mobile homes during high winds. Improperly installed or poorly maintained tie-downs could result in a reduced capacity to resist sliding and overturning. Manufactured homes are more easily flipped or damaged during windstorms than site-built homes which is why they require tie-downs to remain stable. Additionally, Manufactured homes are elevated and lightweight when compared to site-built homes which makes them vulnerable to wind uplift if they are not equipped with skirting. Wind passing over the top of such homes can exacerbate the effect.