Should You Get An Inspection On Your Sarasota Mobile Home?

Should You Get An Inspection On Your Mobile Home?
Mark Kaiser:
Do mobile home inspections exist for mobile homes located on leased land?

I have been asked several times already this year if a Buyer is able to get an inspection on a mobile home prior to purchasing the property.

This is a great question and I feel it would be a good idea to go over some of the most common issues I have seen on mobile home inspection reports so far this year.

Before we go any further, I would inform you that, yes, there are companies throughout the Sarasota area that do mobile home inspections for mobile homes on leased land. Most home inspection companies do have a group of inspectors on staff who will be able to help you with your mobile home inspection. These inspectors are usually booked out two to three business days in advance and can offer both a basic mobile home inspection and for around $300-$400. These inspections will usually take 2-3 hours to complete pending in large part on the size of the home that is being inspected. Inspectors also include what is called as a “four points inspection” that is usually required for insurance companies to determine if they will insure the home or not.

In my experience, I have only had Buyers obtain the traditional home inspection as this was enough for the Buyer to have the information handy to see what issues there are with the mobile home they are looking to purchase, if any, at all.

When hiring a mobile home inspector to take a look at the mobile home you are looking at purchasing, make sure you hire a team that specifically has inspectors who have inspected and are familiar with mobile homes and not just your traditional stick and brick family homes.

The reason for this is that much of the construction of the mobile home is different than that of a stick and brick property, and if an inspector only inspects traditional single-family homes, they may not be well versed enough in the mobile home space to really help you.

The vast majority of mobile homes in and around Sarasota County are from the early 1970s to the mid to late 1980’s.

One of the reasons for this is because most of the parks in the area are long-time, well-established mobile home parks, and the homeowners prefer to update the home inside and out as opposed to demolishing the property and bringing in a new home.

Some of the most common issues I have seen on inspection reports this year are mobile homes having some soft floor spots, non-operational electrical outlets, and every so often, you will have leaks in the roof.

Some of these items are bigger issues than others.

The main concern we always want to pay attention to is anytime the home has any water damage to it.

The reason for this is that when the mobile home gets water damage, it can be very difficult and very expensive to rid the entire home of what could possibly be mold in that property.

Nearly all mobile homes that are sold are sold in “as-is” condition, which means that the Seller is not making any representations or warranties on the home, the homes condition, or what will be found with the inspection report.

Although you may want to get an inspection on the mobile home you are looking to buy, know that the home is usually being sold exactly the way you see it without the Seller looking to make any improvements to the property.

Most Buyers will look for price discounts for the items that have been found on the property inspection and not for the Seller to fix any of those issues because they know they are buying the home in as-is condition.

So, the last question is; is an inspection report worth the price it costs to have it done?

I would say yes, if you are just looking to see what the property has behind the walls but do not expect to have a Seller fix the items that the inspector may find in the report.

This is Mark Kaiser with The Mobile Home Dealer, and we help mobile home buyers and sellers get to a better place in life!
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