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Evelyn S P, Other/Just Looking in 95134

How to find a qualified mobile modular home contractor for rotten foundation problem? My second question is how do we know if it is still a good buy?

Asked by Evelyn S P, 95134 Thu Sep 23, 2010

We are looking at a mobile home to purchase. However from the pest control structural inspection, it is advised that the home's wood skirting foundation is all rotten. Therefore, it is beyond the scope of the termite inspection. We need to find a specialist in building modular home to assess the damage.

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Hello Evelyn,
Here is what you can do:
1) Your park office may know some qualified contractors who might have done work for other owners in the park.
2) Work with an agent to look for another mobile home in the park or somewhere else

Sometimes it is better if you buy another unit. It is up to you and your agent (if you have one)


Kevin Vo
San Jose Realtor
1 vote Thank Flag Link Sat Dec 11, 2010
If you are looking at homes in a mobile home park, each park resident gets a monthly magazine about mobile homes that has tons of ads in it covering all sorts of repairs from roofs to handymen, to contractors. Ask the park manager for a copy of the magazine, (they usually have a pile of old ones in the clubhouse) and check out the ads. Remember that contractors should have their license number in their ad and there is a website in California to check the status of these contractor's licenses. You might also ask some of the neighbors for a referral as most people have had repairs done, and problems in parks particularly about foundations, are usually equally problems for other residents. Contractors for mobile homes are used to the unique problems of manufactured homes, as there construction is different than traditional Single Family Homes. Most Pest Inspectors don't do work themselves, but very often can refer you to several contractors as well. Best, Terry Bell, CPS RE, Santa Rosa, CA
1 vote Thank Flag Link Thu Sep 23, 2010
Hello Evelyn and thanks for your email.

One of the most difficult tasks faced by most manufactured home and mobile home owners is how to obtain good quality repair services. Not all contractors are licensed to work on mobile homes, so even a simple roof repair can be difficult. It is one of the things to keep in mind when buying a mobile home, modular home or premanufactured unit.

Here is a list of the qualified mobile home contractors in the area. You might try contacting these service providers for estimates on repairs. If these provides cannot assist you, they may know someone who can.
The list can be found at http://www.sellerzone.com/local2/c/CA/San%20Jose/Mobile-Home…

Good luck!!

Grace Morioka, SRES
Area Pro Realty
1 vote Thank Flag Link Thu Sep 23, 2010
The home is too rotten.
Thank you! We are doing exactly what your advice is.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Dec 11, 2010
Evelyn, In addition to my brokers license I am a licensed manufactured home dealer. Please email or call and I will give you a good licensed manufactured installers contact info.


Glen Mitchell
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Sep 23, 2010
Hello Evelyn,

These people can be hard to find, especially since one can cover multiple states. I find it best to go to a local modular home seller and ask them what or who they recommend. Be aware that these people aren't cheap, and I've seen the situation where the cost of their services was more than enough to make people just walk away from the situation. They are mostly about selling new and not fixing. The specialists you are looking for mostly do warranty work, and that's why they are harder to find.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Sep 23, 2010
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