Manufactured Home Certificate

FHA, VA, And USDA mortgages require an engineer’s certificate for the foundation.

Congress passed the National Manufactured Housing Improvement Act of 2000 which requires each state to develop a manufactured housing installation program which accounts for the type of foundation needed.

We have partnered with MFD Housing Certifications US LLC to be able to provide these engineer certifications.

What is inspected during a Foundation Certification Inspection?

Apex South Inspections will be looking for 3 things during the Permanent Foundation Certification Inspection.
First, Apex South Inspections will be confirming that the installation meets HUD requirements. Specifically, we will be checking that the permanent foundation has a load path so the building will not fall off or float off, the foundation.
Second, Apex South Inspections will check additions to the manufactured home. Additions can be mechanically attached but the structure of the manufactured home cannot be used to support an addition.
Third, Apex South Inspections will attempt to confirm that the manufactured home is in its first permanent location. “1st Permanent Location” is often difficult or impossible to completely verify. However, HUD/FHA does not want to see these Manufactured Homes moved from one location to another. Moving a home built like this can damage its structural integrity.

What is the process and time frame for receiving our Permanent Foundation Certification?

Apex South Inspections is aware of the time constraints surrounding real estate transactions. We make sure the inspections are completed within 2 days of the order being placed and submit all necessary data to a licensed engineer that we work closely with. The engineer reviews the photos and, depending on the findings, will state that the manufactured home has been constructed in accordance with HUD/FHA Guidelines or will recommend corrections to the home so that it follows HUD/FHA Guidelines. From start to finish this process takes 3-4 business days.

What does the report look like?

The report will include a cover page, table of content, general and structural information about the inspection (with photos) and will conclude with a HUD Engineering Certification Report Summary page. The average report is 8 pages long and will have 20 – 25 photos.

How much does the Foundation Certification Cost?

Apex South Inspections offers a stand-alone Foundation Certification, or it can be ordered with a standard Home Inspection. To keep the overall cost down and provide very timely service, we work very hard to make sure that the inspection is completed within 2 to 3 business days. A Foundation Certification is $350.00 (stand-alone). We offer a 30% discount if it is ordered with a Home Inspection.

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