Understanding Manufactured Houses

Manufactured houses, often called mobile homes, are not built like regular stick-built on-site houses.

In this podcast, we talk with Don Hester of North Central Washington Home Inspection. Don is a Washington State licensed home inspector #647 and a structural pest inspector #80050 and he is an instructor at the Bellingham Technical College home inspection program.

Since I met Don, he has been my go-to resource when I have questions on manufactured homes. I still remember inspecting a brand new manufactured home in 2017 and the main electric panel had no AFCI breakers! I was shocked. When I reached out to Don he explained how manufactured homes are slow to adopt the National Electric Code and are still running on the 2005 code.

Don is currently working on a continuing education class for home inspectors about the nuances of inspecting manufactured homes. We reached out to Don to ask him to go over just a piece of that class. Today’s discussion covers a basic understanding of manufactured homes and how they are different from regular homes as well as a look at one system: electrical.

There is some important information regarding how codes work for manufactured homes. Please have a listen and subscribe to this podcast to keep the information coming.

Dylan Chalk

Author: Dylan Chalk

Dylan Chalk is the author of The Confident House Hunter – a book to teach home buyers how to look at and understand houses: Cedar Fort Press www.dylanchalk.com. In June of 2017, Dylan's book The Confident House Hunter won the Silver Award from the National Association of Real Estate Editors. He is also the founder of ScribeWare inspection report software offering innovative and simple report-writing solutions - www.getscribeware.com and he is the owner of Seattle-based Orca Inspection Services LLC. In early 2017 Dylan became the Vice-President of Western Washington chapter of (ASHI) American Society of Home Inspectors. www.orcainspect.com.