Mobile Home Surveys
Since 2011, Alistair Hanman has researched and become proficient in surveying mobile homes of all types having obtained information and schematics from various mobile home manufacturers and implemented this to a range of mobile home surveys. Alistair has surveyed a large range of mobile homes in the Essex area, for both purchase, sale and lease requirements.
Maintenance Tips for Mobile Home Owners or Potential Buyers:
Your home needs maintaining in the normal way, and this general advice may be useful when read together with your Building Survey. It is not specific to a particular property, and does not include comprehensive details. Problems in construction may develop slowly over time.
Outside of your property
You should check the condition of your property at least once a year, and also after unusual storms. Your routine re-decoration of the outside of the property will also give you an opportunity to closely examine the building.
- Roof coverings: Check these occasionally for slipped, broken and missing tiles or slates, particularly after storms. Storms may loosen aerials or other fixings, including the materials used to form the joints with the roof coverings. Flat roofing has a limited life, and is at risk of cracking and blistering. You should not walk on a flat roof. Where possible keep it free from debris. If it is covered with spar chippings make sure the coverage is even, and replace chippings where necessary.
- Rainwater pipes and gutters: Clear any debris at least once a year, and check for leaks when it is raining. You should also check for any loose down pipe connecters and broken fixings.
- Main walls: Check main walls for cracks and any uneven bulging.
- Re-paint decorated walls regularly. Cut back or remove any plants that are clinging to the walls or to outside services boxes.
- Keep the soil level well below the level of any damp proof course (150mm minimum recommended) apart from the concrete slab base, and make sure any ventilation grilles are kept clear.
- Check over cladding for broken, rotted or damaged areas that need repairing.
- Windows and doors: Once a year, check all frames. Check for signs of rot in wood frames, for any splits in plastic or metal frames, and for rusting to latches and hinges and metal frames. Maintain all decorated frames by repairing or re-decorating at the first sign of any deterioration. In autumn check double glazing for condensation between the glazing, as this is a sign of a faulty unit. Have broken or cracked glass replaced by a qualified tradesman.
- Conservatories and porches: Keep all glass surfaces clean, and clear all rainwater gutters and down-pipes. Look for broken glazing and for any leaks when it’s raining. Arrange for repairs by a qualified tradesman.
- Other joinery and finishes: Regularly re-decorate all joinery and check for rot and decay which you should repair at the same time.
Inside of your property
You can check the inside of your property regularly when cleaning, decorating, and replacing carpets or floor coverings.
- Roof structure: When you access the roof area, check for signs of any leaks, the presence of vermin, rot or decay to timbers. Also look for tears to the under-felting of the roof, and check pipes, lagging and insulated areas.
- Ceilings: If you have a leak in the roof the first sign is often damp on the ceiling beneath the roof. Be aware if your ceiling begins to look uneven as this may indicate a serious problem, particularly for older ceilings.
- Walls and partitions: Check these when you are cleaning or redecorating. Look for cracking and impact damage, or damp areas which may be caused by plumbing faults or defects on the outside of the property.
- Floors: Be alert for signs of unevenness when you are cleaning or moving furniture, particularly with timber floors.
- Ensure all meters and control valves are easy to access and not hidden or covered over.
- Arrange for an appropriately qualified technician to check and test all gas and oil services, boilers, heating systems and connected devices, once a year.
- Electrical installations should only be replaced or modified by a suitably qualified electrician and tested as specified by the Institute of Electrical Engineers (recommended minimum of a ten year period if no alterations or additions are made).
- You can monitor plumbing regularly during use and when you are cleaning. Look out for leakage and breakages, and check insulation is adequate particularly as winter approaches.
- Check any private drainage systems annually and ensure that water butts are not overflowing.
- Keep gullys free from debris.
- Outbuildings: Follow the maintenance advice given above for the main building.
- Regularly prune trees, shrubs and hedges as necessary. Look out for any overhanging and unsafe branches, loose walls, fences, ornaments, particularly after storms. Clear leaves and other debris, moss and algae growth. Make sure all hard surfaces are stable and level, and not slippery or a trip hazard.