Just like the site-built homes, mobile homes also need routine inspections and maintenance to ensure that your home is in top shape. Mobile homes are structures built in a factory setting and are less expensive than on-site built homes. Yet these homes are equally attractive and comfortable as the site-built homes.
Mobile homes can have all the features that a site-built home can have. The maintenance tips shared below by top mobile home manufacturers will help you understand more on taking care of your mobile home.
Ensure that your Mobile Home is Leveled Properly
This is the most important tip that any maintenance professional will give a mobile home owner. It is crucial to check the level of the mobile home every year, as these homes can settle down over time. If a mobile home is not leveled, the windows and doors would not shut properly, and leaks can happen or cracks may appear on the walls.
If your mobile home is having a flat roof, you will have to recoat or reseal the roof regularly; some of the mobile home manuals say that the resealing should be done once in a year. Ensure that the flashing is in good condition and that there are no cracked caulkings or soft spots. You should also ensure that the right coating is used, as aluminum or asphalt coatings cannot be used on rubber (EPDM) or PVC roofs.
Gutters are also important. Inspect and clean out the drains to avoid water damage in winter and ensure that the sewers are slanted to offer free flow of rainwater.
The skirting or the perimeter enclosure of a mobile home is a much important part, as the skirting acts as an insulator for the house. It offers protection from pests and adds appeal to your home. Therefore, the skirting of the mobile home should be secure to keep away rodents, while offering necessary venting to prevent humidity and mold from damaging the home.
Know the Measurements
Mobile homes that were built before 1978 do not use the ‘big box construction store’ sizes. The tubs that are used in these homes will be smaller than those available at Home Depot or Lowe’s. Doors and windows will also differ in size from that of the modern mobile homes. Measure everything in your mobile home, as this will help you know if the home appliances that you found at the market will fit in your mobile home.