When buying or selling a mobile home in California, you will want to get a title 25 , health and safety inspection first! Upon getting your inspection report, there will most likely be a few small mobile home repairs that need to be completed before you move in.
As a Title 25, health and safety inspector, I have seen small mobile home repairs that are common on almost all mobile home, new or old. One of the most common mobile home repairs costs about $250 to fix, its a Trap leak under the mobile home or water supply line leak. Most homeowners dont even know they have a leak, because they rarely, if ever, crawl under their home. See a few pics below of common trap leaks.
Another common, small repair I see on mobile homes is water heater needs earthquake strapping. This is required in Title 25 of the California code of regulations and generally costs around $90 with labor and materials. I would say 90% of homes that I see dont have the water strapped properly or strapped at all for that matter. This is a preventative repair that will protect your home in case of an earthquake. See photos of mobile home water heater strapping below.
The third most common small repair that I see on mobile homes is roof vents that are rusted and need to be painted. Also see alot of missing shingles on the roof. These repairs are generally easy fixes and can cost between $100 and $250 to fix. See a few photos below of small roofing repairs on mobile homes that are required to fix as part of health and safety repairs.
We need to have some work done to our mobile home. Need some steps to be re- built, estimate for a awning over the steps and deck possibly re-built and carpeted. We would also like to have the roof inspected. Please contact me at you earliest convenience so we can set up a time for someone to come out and take a look.
Living in a mobile home, I, like you said, rarely go underneath it. Now I’m going to start doing it more often so I can see if there are leaks or repairs that are needed. A mobile home is still like a house, you need to take good care of it and can’t just assume everything is fine. Good luck with the inspections and thanks for the information!