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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Below are some answers to frequently asked questions for our FHA, HUD, and VA manufactured home foundation engineering certifications and inspections. If you can not find you answer here, please also go to our Glossary of Terms and Definitions page.

How can I gain compliance with the HUD/FHA requirements for my manufactured home permanent foundation?

According to federal regulations, in order to meet the requirements for a manufactured home permanent foundation you must comply with the Permanent Foundations Guide for Manufactured Housing, (HUD-7584), dated September 1996. Generally speaking, this means we must inspect your foundation to see if it complies with this code. If it does comply, then we will issue an engineer certification. If it does not comply, then we will recommend a retrofit and/or upgrade to bring it into compliance.

All certifications require an inspection to determine compliance. Many times, an initial inspection may be required to determine if the foundation is HUD compliant, or if retrofits need to be done. Each foundation is unique due to geography, and local codes.

At a minimum, there are several compliance issues that must be met; these are:

  1. A permanent skirting around the perimeter to protect the foundation from vermin and weather.
  2. Proper piers to support the structure, including frost protection of those piers.
  3. Anchorage to aid in resisting lateral loads caused by wind and earthquake forces.
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