Buying or Selling a Manufactured Home? Foundation Certifications

Home Inspector with NCW Home Inspections, LLC


Buying or Selling a Manufactured Home?


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In many cases the lending institution will require an HUD engineer's foundation certification for the Manufactured home. I am getting request for an engineers report on even new installations/sets. So if you are in the Chelan, Douglas, Grant county areas of Washington State you should be asking if you need one when buying and selling a manufactured home.


For New homes per Washington State's department of Labor and Industires (L&I)

Manufactured homes in Washington must be installed by an L&I certified installer

New manufactured homes must be installed according to the manufacturer's instructions or the specific instructions of an engineer or architect licensed in Washington. These specific instructions do not need to address the entire installation - the manufacturer's installation instructions can be used for other installation aspects. If neither the manufacturer's installation instructions nor the specific instructions cover all aspects of installation, it must comply with the requirements of WAC 296-150I-0310.

Tie Downs

If you are a Realtor, Lender, Buyer or Seller in need of a HUD Engineers Foundation Certification you now can directly contact Don Hester- NCW Home Inspections to order your Certification.

As the field inspector I will handle all scheduling, payments, ordering and delivery of the Foundation Certificate.

Phone: 509-670-9572

Online Ordering:

Services Provided:
Permanent Foundation Certifications of Manufactured Homes.
Certifications of additions to Manufactured)Homes.
First permanent location verification.
Expedient Service with Professional Reports.

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Discounts for the Foundation Certification if ordered with a Home Inspection from NCW Home Inspections.



If you find any errors or have additional information that would expand on any code, building standards or manufacturer requirements please let me know.




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Comments (33)

John Pusa
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest - Glendale, CA
Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service

Donald Hester very good post for buying or selling a manufactured home, and foundation certifications.

Feb 18, 2020 02:58 PM
Donald Hester

John, Thank you. Yeah I am doing more and more of these. I have done two brand new sets in the last month.

Feb 19, 2020 06:53 AM
Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

I've only done a couple of these and have never seen the straps that anchor the structure to the ground.  Since I have not seen them I would not know to look for them and would have no idea, arriving at a house, who the manufacturer was and their construction rules. 

I have never seen water heater straps either, but know they are required in some areas.

Feb 19, 2020 02:12 AM
Donald Hester

It is required here due to potential earthquake. You area may have different requirements. Almost All have requirements for wind so most likely you would have that requirement.

Typically though if it is installed to HUD requirements it would require a tie down system. 

There are several ways to do this but the most common is straps anchored into the earth or concrete.

Feb 19, 2020 06:56 AM
Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

Duct tape or drywall screws wouldn't work?  I see that stuff used everywhere!  And just the other day I saw duct tape used on a "modified" P trap!  Great work, I have to say.

Feb 19, 2020 10:53 AM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

Manufacturered home buyers and sellers are certain to find this information valuable, Donald.

Feb 20, 2020 05:16 AM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

It’s important to know the deal about how to recognize the real deal. Thanks for posting this. :)

Feb 22, 2020 07:08 AM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Myrl Jeffcoat this is probably THE most relevant information to them actually. Really good stuff!

Feb 22, 2020 07:10 AM
Raymond Denton
Homesmart / Evergreen Realty - Irvine, CA
Irvine Realtor®

Do you have a peer down here in Southern California, Donald?  I need somebody like you.

Feb 22, 2020 10:28 AM
John DL Arendsen

You have only to contcact my darling wife Raymond Denton We've been doing engineered certifications, foundation retrofits and 433a's for 30 years. We're the largest and oldest company that provides these services in SoCal. Contact Janis at 760 415-1982. And thanks for the plug Thomas J. Nelson, Realtor e-Pro, CRS, RCS-D, Vets . 

Feb 22, 2020 09:04 PM
Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES
Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch! - Spring Hill, FL
Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living

Good information. Buyers and sellers need to know this especially when dealing with an older manufactured home because a buyer's lender may require an upgrade to acceptable standards. 

Feb 22, 2020 11:16 AM
Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
CEO of Vision Drive Realty - Coastal San Diego

Great info! I got started selling manufactured homes when I moved to San Diego, CA as there are many parks here for them. John DL Arendsen was instrumental in mentoring me on them too. The Rain giveth!

Feb 22, 2020 01:08 PM
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

If there's anyone in the entire state of Washington that I would entrust this task with it would be Donald Hester I've been following him for years and he's one of the best in the entire biz.

Feb 22, 2020 09:05 PM
Donald Hester

Also, Do you all do the repairs if needed? Or do you have someone you refer to?

Feb 23, 2020 07:44 AM
Donald Hester

Thank You John. Also good to know that your wife does them down there.  I get people asking me for different areas.

Feb 23, 2020 07:42 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

I have known on seller of these homes in our area.  It requires speciality training.

Feb 23, 2020 06:14 AM
Laura Filip
Laura Filip Broker , Opening doors for All Seasons of Life - Whitesboro, TX
What can we do for you today?

Thank you for sharing this very useful information. One needs to know the community you work in and the guidelines that a mobile home needs. 

As well as working with a lender that will give the information needed to obtain financing options for this type of home. 

Feb 23, 2020 12:38 PM
Pam Rumley Gallatin TN Realtor
Accent Properties 615-428-8500 - Bethpage, TN
Broker for entire Middle TN area

Great information.  Thanks!

Feb 24, 2020 06:17 PM
Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
Your real estate writer

Back when I was an agent we had SO many of these homes - many were older and still had wheels under them. That was especially true of the single-wide models. Lots of red tape before they could be financed - and I imagine it's ten times for difficult now.

Feb 25, 2020 10:52 AM
Donald Hester

Marte, I know is can be difficult to get financing on single wides, at least in this area. I know of one company that does loan on them. 

As for wheels and sets some of the older ones can be quite  the adventure.

Feb 26, 2020 06:36 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

This is important information for buyers, sellers, and agents. I have only sodl a few manufactured homes but inspections are a key part of the process, even without a lender. And when a lender IS involved the issues become even more complex.

Feb 25, 2020 08:22 PM
Erik Hiss
Keller Williams Capital Partners Realty - Worthington, OH
You can trust me for all your real estate needs!

Don't sell too many manufactured homes, but good advice when I do, thanks!

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