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What Makes a Manufactured Home Different?

Ever since the traditional housing market began crumbling in 2008, Americans have been more receptive to affordable housing options such as manufactured and modular houses. But these buildings are not built like traditional properties. They have certain key maintenance and repair elements that differ significantly from traditional buildings. Here are some terms that prospective buyers should familiarize themselves with before making a new purchase or hiring a contractor to fix up an older unit.

  • Mobile Home - This term refers specifically to units made before July 1, 1976. Many of these units are still happily inhabited in their original locations. Though many people still refer to newer units as mobiles, it is an incorrect use of the term.
  • Manufactured Home - Are built after July 1, 1976 and conform to the Housing Construction and Safety Standards (HUD code) and are fixed to a permanent chassis, but can be moved to its location in pieces.
  • Belly - the area between the floor of a unit and the ground it is placed on. This space allows access to the bathroom pipes and other areas for maintenance and remodeling.
  • Skirting - the vinyl or metal covering around the belly of the unit. Almost any repair or new appliance installation will involve removing the skirt. The skirting helps the unit retain heat during the winter, so replacing it is a job that should be handled by a contractor.
  • Pier Footings - large masonry or steel beams upon which the unit rests. Proper footing placement is a critical component of the installation process. Pier footings that are not set deep enough can make the unit dangerously unstable. The depth of the footings is set by the HUD Code, but is generally around frost depth.
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    Tracy's Manf Home Services
    2117 3rd Avenue Ne, Austin, MN 55912
    Licensed Home Installer, Bonded & Insured - Free Estimates - Single & Doublewides - Tear Downs - Set Ups - Siding - Skirting - Relevels - Anchor Systems - Removal of Scrap Homes.
    (507) 434-9332
    Roy Mulske and Kathleen R
    50071 County Highway 67, New York Mills, MN 56567
    Providing excellent mobile home transport, set-up, and repair services. We will move your single wide, double wide or prefabricated house quickly and safely, and set it up properly so you can start making it a home!
    (218) 385-3143
    Town's Edge Homes Inc
    14509 Highway 23, Cold Spring, MN 56320
    We are a manufactured home dealer and offer service, repair and transporting of homes in the state. Get in touch today for the best new and used mobile homes in the local area.
    (320) 685-3589
    Leon's Mobile Home Service
    Red Wing, MN 55066
    (651) 388-7248
    Dy Service & Repair
    Ogilvie, MN 56358
    (612) 390-0581
    Arrow Electrical Contractors
    Minneapolis, MN 55416
    (763) 784-7600
    Schultz's Mobile Home Service
    24361 Seelye Brook Dr Nw, Saint Francis, MN 55070
    (763) 753-3143
    Aero Mobile Home Service
    South Saint Paul, MN 55076
    (651) 552-4988
    Manufactured Housing Parts & Services
    8465 Center Dr Ne, Minneapolis, MN 55432
    (763) 785-2055
    Arrow Electrical Contractors
    942 Gorman Ave, Saint Paul, MN 55118
    (651) 552-8767
    Mesabi Homes
    2444 E Highway 2, Grand Rapids, MN 55744
    (218) 326-0211
    Hustad Homes
    11633 State Highway 18, Brainerd, MN 56401
    (218) 829-3278
    Maintenance Dude Handyman Services
    220 Meadowlark Ave, Kasson, MN 55944
    (507) 634-7180
    John Wrubel Construction
    Rochester, MN 55901
    (507) 867-3060
    Master Mobile Home Service
    Minneapolis, MN 55416
    (763) 755-7555


    Mobile and manufactured homes don't always need the same types of repairs as brick-and-mortar buildings. Instead, they need contractors that understand how to fix and install equipment specifically made for mobile homes. Manufactured home maintenance contractors often offer a wide range of repair services. They might offer removal services for vinyl siding, windows, doors, and ceilings that have sustained damage over the years. Removing damaged areas of the floor and wall often prevents problems from spreading to other parts of the home. They might also provide bathroom remodeling services that include replacing old plumbing and electrical systems. Installation contractors might fix old equipment, but many of them also have experience with removing old pieces so that they can add-on replacements. They might, for instance, replace ceilings and roofs that have been damaged by heavy storms. They might also have experience installing new heaters and air conditioning systems. Some even have experience adding basements to manufactured homes. When it comes to adding, removing, or repairing a part of your mobile home, it pays to learn about the different contractors in your area. You can start by searching the internet for their websites. This will give you some information about the types of installation, repairing, and remodeling work that they have done before. Look for websites that include pictures of their work. You can also search the internet for consumer forums where people in your area have posted reviews of the contractors. This can help you learn about the companies from the prospect of the clients.
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