Whether you’ve just bought your first factory built home or you’ve been loving the manufactured home life for years, it’s important to perform the regular maintenance required to keep your home safe, as well as to help keep your repair and utility bills down.
There are many shapes and sizes of manufactured and mobile homes, and each comes with its own unique different maintenance routines compared to site-built homes. If you own or rent a manufactured home, there are 3 maintenance habits you should never overlook:
Roof care. Let’s start from the top. While there are many types of roofs for mobile homes, caring for them is different than roofs on site-built homes.
The most important thing is to keep it cleared and sealed. Remove any debris, branches, or snow quickly from your roof before they cause damage. Keep an eye on your seams and make sure they don’t start to come apart. If you have any leaks inside your home, this may indicate your roof needs some attention.
Since your roof takes the brunt of Mother Nature, it’s a good idea to check and perform maintenance on it 2 times a year. Spring will allow you to repair any damage incurred from the colder months. Checking it in the Fall will give you time to get it in tip-top shape for winter.
Make sure your home is level. This might seem like a no-brainer, but regularly checking your mobile home’s setting is crucial to maintaining its integrity. Make sure your home is level every 3 months after its installation. After that, as grounds may shift or move over the years, check its leveling once a year.
If you’re starting to hear creaking around the home or noticing doors and windows aren’t opening as easily, this could be an indication that your home is unleveled.
Performing this maintenance at the beginning of summer will make it easier to adjust, if needed.
Keep an eye on your skirting and ventilation. It’s crucial to have proper skirting and ventilation to protect the underside of your manufactured home and to ensure your home is temperate. When it comes to balancing skirting and ventilation, refer to your manufactured or mobile home manual, as each home is different. The general rule of thumb is that every 150 square foot of skirting should have 1 square foot of venting.
A rise in your utility bills could indicate a problem with your mobile home’s skirting or insulation, so make sure you’re keeping tabs.
The best time perform this maintenance is before winter, as most manufactured and mobile homes run plumbing underneath. Proper skirting can prevent pipes from freezing in colder temperatures.
And of course, make sure your home is properly insured! Severe weather and unexpected hazards can cause damage to even the best maintained homes. If you bought your mobile or manufactured home insurance from the dealer, or haven’t reviewed your policy in the last year, contact us to make sure you have the right coverage for your unique home.