What Is An Engineer's Certification For A Manufactured Home?

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with CREST "BACKYARD' HOMES, ON THE LEVEL General & Manufactured Home Contractor, TAG Real Estate Sales & Investments 521400, 1501015, 01795582

What Is An Engineer's Certification For A

Manufactured Home?

 

One of the requirements of all FHA-insured loans and some VA loans is that an engineer certify that the manufactured home's foundation comply with THE PERMANENT FOUNDATION GUIDE FOR MANUFACTURED HOMES (PFGMH), dated September 1996 with a written site-specific letter, stamped with his/her Seal.

 

The Engineer's Certification generally identifies the home by its address, HUD Label numbers and states the type of foundation system that is supporting the home as well as addresses ventilation, dead loads, snow loads, wind loads, seismic loads and the impact of any modifications, alterations and additions to the home such as attached porches, decks, garages, new roof or other additions.

 

In California we work with a State wide network of engineers to provide the HUD compliant certification!
 
 

PLEASE NOTE: If the foundation does not meet the HUD guidelines specified in the PERMANENT FOUNDATION GUIDE FOR MANUFACTURED HOMES (PFGMG), dated September 1996, the engineer can recommend repairs.

 

Fortunately, there are a variety of proprietary or approved engineered foundation systems that can be retrofitted or added to the existing structural components instead of reworking the entire foundation.

 

Generally these can be paid for through closing the loan, though the work must be completed prior to funding. 

 

In California we have a State wide network of retrofitters and installers that can repair or retrofit a manufactured homes' foundation to meet the HUD guidelines in order to get certification by a professional engineer.
 
 
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Comments (8)

Bill Roberts
Brooks and Dunphy Real Estate - Oceanside, CA
"Baby Boomer" Retirement Planner

John, What does an engineer charge for the cert?

Bill Roberts

Jul 20, 2015 01:39 AM
David Shamansky
US Mortgages - David Shamansky - Highlands Ranch, CO
Creative, Aggressive & 560 FICO - OK, Colorado Mtg

We run into this fairly often out here as we do a good number of MANU homes in Colorado

Jul 20, 2015 04:17 AM
John DL Arendsen
CREST "BACKYARD' HOMES, ON THE LEVEL General & Manufactured Home Contractor, TAG Real Estate Sales & Investments - Leucadia, CA
Crest Backyard Homes "ADU" dealer & RE Developer

Bill Roberts We have our own engineer and we charge a fee of between $450-550 However, we never produce a negative cert.

David Shamansky We used to offer our services in Colorado and the rest of the Nation but it started getting a little complicated working out of state for a variety of reasons and we just got too busy in Cali. 

However, if you ever need a referral for a well expderiencd engineer and/or qualified contractor I'd be happy to give you some contacts.

Jul 20, 2015 04:50 AM
Richard Juneau, PE
ASAP Inspection Service, LLC - Tacoma, WA
Civil Engineer and Home Inspector in Washington

Good notice, John.  I am a licensed Civil Engineer who provides foundation certifications for manufactured homes in Washington state.  It can be a tricky requirement for VA, FHA, and USDA mortgages, and I'm happy to answer questions to help buyers, sellers, and agents understand the key steps of the process.

Mar 25, 2019 09:07 AM
John DL Arendsen
CREST "BACKYARD' HOMES, ON THE LEVEL General & Manufactured Home Contractor, TAG Real Estate Sales & Investments - Leucadia, CA
Crest Backyard Homes "ADU" dealer & RE Developer

Thanks Richard, Good to know. I was actually licensed in Washington years ago as a MH contractor. But I never renewed my license because navigating out of state just became too risky for us. We've been using Dave Dahman for almost 25 years here in Cali albeit he is licensed in several States, He's one of the icon's of the MH foundation industry. I'm sure you've heard of him. Thanks for the heads up. I'll keep your contact info as we still get calls from WA.

Mar 25, 2019 12:58 PM
Anonymous
Adam Staab

What is the average fee for the manufactured home inspection for the certification?

May 14, 2019 06:06 PM
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John DL Arendsen
CREST "BACKYARD' HOMES, ON THE LEVEL General & Manufactured Home Contractor, TAG Real Estate Sales & Investments - Leucadia, CA
Crest Backyard Homes "ADU" dealer & RE Developer

Depends on where the manufactured home is.

May 14, 2019 10:19 PM