What is a foundation certification inspection for a mobile/manufactured home?
Monday, March 1, 2021
If you need an FHA, VA, or conventional loan for a mobile/manufactured home, the foundation system must meet the standards published in the Permanent Foundations Guide for Manufactured Housing (HUD-4930.3G), dated September, 1996. And a "HUD Foundation Engineering Certification,” prepared by a licensed engineer or architect, is necessary to prove compliance with HUD installation standards.
Older homes installed before the 1996 guidelines are not likely to meet these standards. Deficiencies that make a home fail the foundation certification inspection are:
• Improper foundation piers, or inadequate spacing or installation of them.
• No frost protection for piers in cold climates.
• Incorrect tie-downs, or inadequate spacing or installation of them.
• Lack permanent and complete skirting that protects the crawl space from animals entering or water intrusion.
Here’s an example of one of our recent foundation certifications.
Also, see our blog posts How can I tell if a mobile/manufactured home will pass a foundation certification inspection? and What is the definition of a "permanent foundation" for a mobile/manufactured home? and What are the HUD minimum requirements for foundation footings and piers under a mobile/manufactured home? and What are the tie-down requirements for a mobile home? and What are the most common defects in mobile/manufactured home foundation piers? and Why does Florida have mobile/manufactured home installation standards that exceed HUD requirements?
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