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    Default New Member/modular question

    Hi Everyone:

    I am joining because I ran a search for drywall cracking in modular home and some excellent discussion showed up on this site. I am a 57 year old personal trainer, once a realtor for 5 years, and a photographer for 20 before that. I've owned several homes but never a modular.

    I am asking for your advice/opinions on a 1996 modular home my sweetheart and I are considering buying in southern Colorado, 7,000 feet elevation. It is on a half daylight basement with other half a crawl space. Ranch style, 1800+ SF upstairs with a partially finished basement of 900+ SF. Metal roof. Woodstove and propane heat.

    There are something like 10 to 20 cracks in walls (minor cracks like drywall) above doors, next to windows, along ceilings. Many more than I am used to seeing in a stick built home, but of the same dimension (size, degree?). We found 2 small foundation cracks near a window etc... possibly 1 foot long and toothpick width, not even. 1/16 or 1/32 inch?. The roof has been repaired and had leaks. Poor workmanship on repairs (no collars around pipes/vents!?). Some mildew or possible mold on basement drywall (inspector recorded no current moisture reading) from a softball size area. Maybe a mold stained spot or two upstairs as well, no current moisture in any. Attic and basement vents have been blocked possibly for years. Quite a few popped drywall nails upstairs. A couple doors and most windows tight to close/open.

    I know this is a very broad question... but what are your opinions of purchasing such a property? Is a modular getting old at 18 years of age? This one seems to be aging poorly but maybe not? Can they last in rough climates at high elevation? Will we spend thousands in maintenance going forward?

    I appreciate your time and assistance.


    Certified Master Inspector CMI

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    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Capistrano Beach, CA


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  3. #3
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Spring Hill (Nashville), TN

    Default Re: New Member/modular question

    Patrick, you really need to invest in a home inspection. Hire a good home inspector and you will have more information on the property than you could ever hope of getting from any discussion board.

    Scott Patterson, ACI
    Spring Hill, TN

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Ormond Beach, Florida

    Default Re: New Member/modular question

    Modular or manufactured (manufactured is in a double wide)?

    Manufactured home are built to a HUD code.

    Modular homes are built to the building code.

    Jerry Peck, Construction / Litigation Consultant
    Construction Litigation Consultants, LLC ( )

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