What Is Involved in the Installation
of a Manufactured Home?
Installation is one of the most important elements of purchasing a
new manufactured home. The following items must be considered: (1)
locality's requirements for zoning, septic, electrical and/or building
permits; (2) site preparation and access to the site; (3) stable soil
and proper foundation system, including the anchoring system, that
is approved/listed for use in the proper class of soil (this information
may be available in the manufacturer's written instructions or obtained
from State or local building officials); (4) a perimeter enclosure
may be either recommended or required; and (5) utility hook-ups and
dryer vent discharge, as addressed in the installation manual provided
with the home. You should always check with the retailer and State
or local building officials concerning the installation of a manufactured
How Should I Choose a Site for my New Home?
Site selection is critical to the performance of your home. Make certain
that your home site is properly prepared and that water drains away
from the foundation. Easy access to the site ensu res that the transporter
will not be impeded by trees.
Who Should Install/Set-up My Home?
Normally, an installer may be either the retailer, through the sales
agreement, or someone under contract with the retailer to perform
the installation. You should make sure the contractor hired to install
the home will do so in accordance with the manufacturer's instructions
and, if applicable, State installation regulations. Some States license
and/or certify manufactured home installers.
Who Do I Contact if My Home Was Damaged During
Retailers may contract with their
customers for the installation of their homes, in which case the retailer
is your first contact for installation-related problems. If the retailer
does not arrange for the installation and you choose the installation
contractor, you should contact the installer who performed the work.
If you are not satisfied with the repair, contact the local authority/SAA
having jurisdiction. It is important that all services related to
the installation be listed separately in the contract.
Doesn't HUD Regulate How Manufactured Homes
The Manufactured Housing Improvement Act of 2000 directs HUD to establish
a Model Installation Standard no later than December 27, 2005. For
more information on how this standard is being developed, review information
on the website for the Manufactured Housing Administering Organization
and the What's New section of the Homepage.