We’ve fixed and flipped a lot of mobile homes and to be honest the most common repair item that we faced is flooring repair. Mobile home flooring is one of our big 5 repair items.
So, in this blog we’re going to go over 4 items you do not want to skip over when you’re doing your initial floor inspection. Especially when you’re doing a fix and flip and keeping that mobile home in place.
Inspection Item #1 Soft spots
If you don’t know what soft spots are, they are any section of the floor that becomes weakened over time. This could be due to the wear and tear of water damage, or even like the puncturing of some sort of heavy item on the floor. It’ll make that section of the floor kind of soft when you walk over it. Then overtime that can become a hole in the floor and you don’t want to fall through that.
So, what we do is what we call a ‘soft spot shuffle’. We walk all of the entire floor back and forth, just feeling to see if there’s any sections of the flooring that are soft. Even under vinyl tile you’ll be able to feel a little sinking in the floor if there’s a soft spot there.
If that soft spot is under vinyl tile that’s dated, meaning that you can’t find it at your local Home Depot or Lowe’s, you might think about either taking all the tile off in that area, or trying to see if you can match it with a piece that’s not dated. Just go to Home Depot or Lowe’s and try to match it as much as possible.
If you’re leaving the home in place this is something that buyers are going to check first. You have to fix these soft spots.
Inspection Item #2 Subflooring
If any of you guys don’t know what subflooring is, subflooring is pretty much the layer underneath the carpet or tile that makes the home safe to walk on. You’re not just walking from tile or carpet to ground.
With older homes built before 1976 a lot of them were actually made with particle board. So that particle board is not that sturdy and it can easily get damaged from water, termites, even mold can get underneath the subfloor and rot it away.
Your handyman can fix this, and you don’t have to fix the entire subfloor of the entire house just because one section is damaged. They can actually cut that section out and replace it with wood or some sort of hardy material. You can only fix the section of the sub floor that is needed and it will save you a lot of money.
Inspection Item #3 Smelly and worn carpet
In a lot of the homes that you’re going to buy the sellers actually owned pets. With dogs and cats over time you know pets like to pee in the house. And so what happens over time is those odors get trapped in the carpet and underneath.
They’re absolutely terrible, they fill up the entire house. Especially when people move their furniture out, those smells just seem to increase. You also get bad smells if someone smokes or if they’re just dirty.
The carpet will smell so what you want to do is definitely pull that carpet out of the house. Get it out of there because you will not be able to get that smell out of the house. And sometimes it even goes all the way to the subfloor. So, you have to treat the subfloor before you replace the flooring.
Don’t be afraid to try to clean the carpet. If it can be salvaged you can save that time and hassle. Sometimes cheap carpet cleaners can do the trick.
Inspection Item #4 Mold and mildew
This is something we definitely don’t want to cover up or ignore because mold is a health hazard. You want to make sure the home that you’re going to be selling is safe for your new family. And so, you always want to take care of the mold.
The most common places you’ll find mold is in the kitchen area and bathroom areas, wherever you see leaky pipes or water damage. These are the areas we find mold the most. If you do find these health hazards, any type of mold whatsoever, be alarmed and replace that mold. You want to cut out that entire area and replace it with safe materials.
We’re selling homes, we’re being ethical and we’re not trying to sell health hazards.
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