Manufactured Home Foundation Certification

What is A HUD Permanent Foundation Inspection?

A HUD engineering foundation inspection is:

To conduct a structural inspection for determining:

  • To verify the home is permanently tied down.
  • That the home would not float off the piers or foundation.
  • That the drainage of the house will not flood the crawlspace or basement.

Why We’re Different

Manufactured Home Engineering Certification

Often the last service to be ordered for the sale of a manufactured home are the permanent foundation and/or addition certifications. To keep the overall cost down and provide a very timely service, we work very hard to make sure that the inspection and report is completed within 2 to 3 business days.

Modular Homes

A modular home is like a stick-built home but is done so in sections and in a factory setting (controlled environment). The sections are then transported and assembled on the building site. Modular homes cannot be moved once built and they are built on permanent foundation walls of either masonry block, poured concrete or wood. Modular homes are built in compliance with typical building codes just as a stick-built home would be.

Mobile Homes

Mobile homes are the predecessor of manufactured homes but built prior to 1976 prior to the HUD Standards being published. These were generally poorly built and not to either Federal or local standards/codes.

Manufactured Homes

Manufactured Homes were built from 1976 and on when the HUD standards became effective. The HUD standards improved the quality, safety, and energy efficiency of the homes. The most recent HUD standards are dated September 1996.

A manufactured home (formerly known as a mobile home) is built to the Manufactured Home Construction and Safety Standards (HUD Code) and displays a red certification label on the exterior of each transportable section. Manufactured homes are built in the controlled environment of a manufacturing plant and are transported in one or more sections on a permanent chassis.

Manufactured homes have exterior certification labels and an interior data plate where Mobile and Modular homes do not.

Pricing

There are two different inspections. The main one is the Permanent Foundation Inspection and the other is for additions, decks, porches, alterations. Your lender will know which of the inspections you will need done.

Permanent or Addition Inspections$425
Both (If ordered at the same time)$550
If 1st Permanent Location Needed+$35
Re-Inspection (If within 35 days of original inspection)$200

FAQs

Decks, porches and room additions are regulated by the construction codes for each state and/or local housing authority. If the property has an addition attached after the home was sited, the attachment is not regulated by HUD Standards or Regulations. If an addition has been added to a manufactured home, it may take the home out of conformance with the Standards if not properly installed.

This is an inspection to determine, if possible, whether the home has ever been moved or has only been in its current location.

Generally, inspections and reports are turned around in 2 to 3 days.

There are two different inspections. The main one is the Permanent Foundation Inspection and the other is for additions, decks, porches, alterations. Your lender will know which of the inspections you will need done.