What Is A Home Inspection?
inspection is a visual examination of the structure and systems of a home. If
you are thinking of buying or selling a mobile home you may wish to have it
inspected by an experienced and impartial professional mobile home inspector.
What Does A Home Inspection Include?
inspection includes a visual examination of the home from top to bottom. The
inspector evaluates and reports their unbiased opinion on the condition of the
structure, roof, foundation, drainage, plumbing, heating system, central
air-conditioning system, visible insulation, walls, windows, and doors. Only
those items that are visible and accessible by normal means are included in the
Why Do I Need An Inspection?
purchase of a manufactured/mobile home is one of the largest single investments
you will ever make. You should know exactly what to expect --- both indoors and
out -- in terms of needed and future repairs and maintenance. A fresh coat of
paint could be hiding serious structural problems. Stains on the ceiling may
indicate a chronic roof leakage problem or may be simply the result of a single
incident repaired in the past. The inspector interprets these and other clues,
and then presents a professional unbiased opinion as to the condition of the
property so you can avoid unpleasant surprises afterward. Of course, an
inspection will also point out the positive aspects of a home, as well as the
type of maintenance needed to keep it in good shape. After the inspection, you
will have a much clearer understanding of the property you are about to
purchase, and be able to make your decision confidently. As a seller, if you
have owned your building for a period of time, an inspection can identify
potential problems in the sale of your home and can recommend preventive
measures, which might avoid future expensive repairs or delays in closing of the
.When Do I Request An Inspector?
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seller, this should be prior to placing the property on the market. As a buyer,
the best time to consult the inspector is right after you’ve made an offer on
your new home. The purchase contract may allow for a grace period to inspect the
How Do I Find A "Qualified" Mobile Home
Because manufactured/mobile homes are different than site built homes, it’s best
to use an inspector who specializes in manufactured/mobile homes. Ask your Gold
Coast agent for some Mobile Home Inspection companies that you can contact to
determine who you may want to employ as your inspector.
Can A Home "FAIL" The Inspection?
professional inspection is simply an examination into the current condition of
the Mobile Home. It is not an appraisal or a Municipal Code inspection. An
inspector, therefore, will not pass or fail a home, but will simply describe its
condition in an unbiased format and indicate which items will be in need of
upgrading, repairs or replacement.
What If The Report Reveals Problems?
inspector finds problems in the home, it does not necessarily mean as a buyer
you shouldn’t buy it, only that you will know in advance what type of repairs to
anticipate. The choice is always yours.
Can I Inspect the Mobile Home Myself?
Even the most experienced homeowner lacks the knowledge and expertise of a
professional inspector who has inspected hundreds, and perhaps thousands of
homes in their career. An inspector is equally familiar with the critical
elements of construction and with the proper installation, maintenance and
inter-relationships of these elements. Above all, most buyers and sellers find
it difficult to remain completely objective and unemotional about the home, and
this may lead to a poor assessment.
What Will The Mobile Home Inspection
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inspection fee for a typical mobile home varies geographically, as does the cost
of housing, similarly, within a geographic area the inspection fees charged by
different inspection services may vary depending upon the size of the home,
particular features of the home, age, etc. However, the cost should not be a
factor in the decision whether or not to have a physical inspection. You might
save many times the cost of the inspection because you now can make an educated
decision and if you’re the seller, the cost of repair can be factored into the
asking price based upon cost estimates you obtain. This also reduces the stress
involved in re-negotiating based upon problems revealed by the inspector during
a buyer’s inspection. Consult your Gold Coast agent for guidance.
Avoid Price Shopping.
Mobile Home inspection fees vary widely. A home is the most expensive commodity
you are likely to purchase and or sell in a lifetime. One defect missed by your
inspector could cost 100 times what you save with a bargain inspection. The best
method of price shopping is to shop for quality. Considering the high cost of
home ownership today, an inspection fee is a small price to pay. It can save
thousands of dollars and years of regret.
Should I Attend The Inspection?
It is not
required for you to be present for the inspection, but it is a good idea. By
following the inspector through the inspection, observing and asking questions,
you will learn about the home and get some tips on general maintenance
Do I Have to Repair Everything Wrong With
listing inspection report is not intended to be a "do" or repair list for the
home. Sellers are not obligated to repair conditions noted in the report, nor
are they required to produce a flawless house. With a prelisting home
inspection, potential repair items already known by both parties are subject to
any negotiations. A home seller can make repairs as a matter of choice, not
obligation; to foster good will or to facilitate the sale. Sellers maintain the
legal right to refuse repair demands, except where requirements are set forth by
state law, local ordinance, or the mobile home purchase contract.
What Is A Listing Inspection?
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inspection consists of a non-invasive physical examination of a home’s systems,
structures and components intended to identify material defects that exist at
the time of inspection. The heating and cooling equipment is activated along
with operating plumbing fixtures, testing accessible electrical outlets and
fixtures, and operating a representative sampling of doors and windows. Visual
inspection of the roof, walls and drainage adjacent to the home are included.
Because of the wide range of construction practices and the "normal" wear and
tear placed on the components of a home, a professional manufactured/mobile home
inspection can help provide a wealth of information to a home seller anxious to
convey the condition of their home to perspective buyers.
Is There Anything I Can Do Better To
Maintain My Home?
Inspection reports often identify the same neglected maintenance items.
Performing some basic maintenance can help keep your home in better condition,
thus reduce the chance of those conditions showing up on the inspection report.
Most of these items can be accomplished with little or no cost, while the
benefits of selling a well maintained home can be worth the effort and increase
your return on investment.
Clean both rain gutters and any roof debris and trim back excessive foliage
from the exterior siding.
Divert all water away from the house.
Clean or replace all furnace filters. Remove grade or mulch from contact
with siding (preferable 6-8 inches of clearance).
Paint all weathered exterior wood and caulk around trim, windows, doors, and
all exterior wall penetrations.
Make sure all windows and doors are in proper operating condition; replace
Replace burned out light bulbs.
Make sure all of the plumbing fixtures are in spotless condition (toilets,
tubs, showers, sinks) and in proper working order (repair leaks).
Provide clear access to crawl spaces, heating/cooling systems, water
heater/s, electrical main and distribution panels.
finally, if the house is vacant make sure that all utilities are turned on.
Should the water, gas or electric be off at the time of inspection the
inspector will not turn them on.
Therefore, the inspection process will be incomplete, which may possibly
affect the time frame in removing sales contract contingencies.