Permanent Foundation Certification Inspection

By: Mike Leggett | Published On: January 21, 2020 | Categories: Certifications, Foundation

What is inspected during a Permanent Foundation Certification Inspection?

The BrickKicker will be looking for 3 things during the Permanent Foundation Certification Inspection.

First, The BrickKicker 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, The BrickKicker 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, The BrickKicker 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?

The BrickKicker 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 is in compliance with 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 Permanent Foundation Certification Cost?

The BrickKicker offers a stand-alone Permanent Foundation Certification or it can be ordered with a standard Home Inspection. If ordered with a Home Inspection, we offer a discount on the certification. 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.

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