Doing a little digging, poking and research on the mobile home in advance is well worth it before you decide on what to offer on the property and start dishing money out for all inspections etc.
Exterior – Check the home’s exterior including slope of site around home, retaining walls, fences, testing gates, driveways and walkways, decks and patios, porches and porch structures (including foundations and mechanical connections), steps and stairs, walls, trim, fascia and soffit, doors, windows, and trim.
Crawl Space – In houses with a first-floor that is elevated above grade, look under the crawl space (where accessible) and examine foundation piers, evaluate the foundation tie-downs, structural connections, beams and floor joists, exposed utilities, insulation, ventilation, and check for signs of moisture or insect damage.
Structure – Do a complete visual inspection of the entire structure. Look for signs of moisture intrusion at walls, windows, and eaves, and evaluate cracks and other visible structural defects.
Interior Rooms – Walk through all interior rooms and check for signs of water damage or other problems. Also tests all windows and doors, and examines screens.
Roof – The condition of the roof is the #1 concern of most homebuyers. View the roof where possible, and the condition, estimated age, and any observable defects. Check for evidence of poor drainage, leakage, and debris in gutters and downspouts.
Electrical – Open the cover on the main electrical panel to check for signs of defective or amateur wiring. Also check fixtures and outlets, test ground-fault-circuit-interrupters, switches, smoke alarms and ceiling fans.
Plumbing – Check the water supply, waste, and vent pipes for signs of leaking or other defects. Check the water heater for safety issues and signs of trouble, and determine its age, capacity, and condition. Confirm that the water pressure is sufficient for normal use, and check kitchen and bath fixtures for proper operation or damage.
Air Conditioning and Heating – Operate the system, check filters, ducts and registers, test it for proper installation and operation, and determine age, capacity, and condition of system.
Appliances – Examine and test all major laundry and kitchen appliances that are installed and convey with the sale, running them through a short cycle and checking safety features.
Wells – Do a visual inspection of above-ground equipment.
Sprinkler Systems – Test the system in manual mode for function in each zone, looking for broken, damaged or leaking heads, and any areas of overspray onto house walls.