Re-Level a Mobile Home in a Day

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  1. hi there,
    we have a manufactured home Sacramento county, the house is too close to road. I have very hard trying to find someone to locate the house back in the property . any help will be grateful

    1. You would need to contact a mobile home transport company. If you can’t find one, contact a dealer where you live and see if they have any listings for movers. Good luck!

  2. Hello, I was bought a 2004 new mobile home. Few years later then feel start vibrant like midearthquaker repeat daily day. Strange. The train was far away make connected vibrant on my mobile home just bother me so tired. I think just need releveling and floor have hump and carpet under bot I can feel it. I was pay bill insurance home stop. I just should keep pay bill insurance. Well. Do u think should get called to construction for relevel or beam little hump from compress on a deck stairs? I need have a professional person. I don t want get wrong person like give me cheap fix relevel or beam support. Cuz of I am a hearing impaired, don t want wrong communication. Any construction sharp get pay attention careful. Pls let me know. I lived in chesapeake va (south norfolk). If u want email as into touch with me. So welcome. Ok thkful u. Smile.

  3. One contractor wants to install 3 marriage locks when he is re-leveling our home. He says the home will settle more evenly. The other contractor says 10 of the piers need to be replaced as well as poly-vulc pads. Both estimates are about the same but two very different resolutions to our leveling dilemma. What do you think?

  4. I know my mobile home needs to be leveled, I had plywood put in my kitchen in March of 2020, now the nails are coming up after I hammered them down. I think the trailer is 27years old. a lot of the wood around the windows is dry rotten. so we are trying to do what we can to repair our home, little steps at a time. not to mention we have an electrical problem. if you can lead me in the right direction I would be thankful.

  5. What do you do when you have a permanent foundation with stucco outside, I had a very hard time finding someone to do it at all. And I hope they did it right. It cost me $1700. I used the same person for their repairs and soon learned I got screwed those times as well, one even before Christmas last year and still did not fix the problem. He would not return text nor accept calls. I do not know where he lives. HMMMM but he does work for a mobile home set up place. I will have to find that number to be able to hold him responsible if it turns out he did not do it right. I have some many repairs I need to have done and I can not trust whom I hire anymore. This young man made me feel he cared about how he performed his job, he took pride in his work, he fooled me. I am having a hard time finding anyone to help, besides nobody wants to help a disabled Veteran anymore.

  6. Hello you seem very knowledgeable and i enjoyed your article.
    However i have a question
    What do i do about a doublewide with sloppy cinderblocks for piers sitting on damp soil. I own it. Is it possible to levels and pour or build a foundation

    1. Hi John,

      You may be able to get by with just installing new pads and having each pier redone. It would be a pain to do but you may be able to find a company that’s willing to take on the job. Best of luck!

  7. My friends are replacing walls with sturdy wood ____before____ they relevel doublewide. Is this smart? They are claying the ground underneath. Is this a good idea for a better foundation?

    Thank you

    1. Hi Lilly,

      The home should be releveled before any kind of repairs or modifications is made. Try to stop them before they sink too much time or money into it. They can easily relevel the home in a single morning.

  8. I posted a previous comment about awnings, and realized this particular page on the web was dealing with re-leveling the home. I found a contractor by using the local free newspaper dedicated to RV News here in town. The company came out, took photos of underneath to show where the belly had come loose, and checked for leveling. The home is a 1983 Kaufman Broadmoor. It wasn’t too far off level, but there was belly damage from when another contractor had cut the plastic to work on the front bathroom plumbing. It made me very mad (at the plumber who did the previous work) but the leveling company also resealed the belly while they were down there. I also want to say that in Arizona, many of the older homes are ground set, as is mine, which makes it pretty awkward for (a senior citizen as myself) to get underneath, which is why I appreciated that they took photos to show me the before and the after. For all that, the charge was about $1200.

    1. Hi Arlene,

      Thank you for sharing! Unfortunately, a lot of plumbers or homeowners don’t understand the importance of the belly wrap. They simply don’t know that an opening can create havoc. This is a good time to point out for others that any time a plumber or HVAC or anyone works under the home make sure that part of their estimate includes patching the belly wrap after they are finished with the job.

      Thanks again! We learn from other homeowners experiences. I appreciate you sharing your experience!

  9. We have lived in our manufactured home for 3 years now. It’s an older home, 1992. We have noticed several squeaky floors and a “hump” down the middle most likely where the 2 halves are put together (we have a double wide).
    Trying to find information on who to call. We are in North Plains, Oregon and since the home is older, I don’t know where the home was bought originally. Just not sure where to start our search. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

    1. Hi Cindy,
      Sounds like your home needs to be releveled as the outer perimeter piers have sunk. You’ll need to find a licensed installer with extensive experience in re-leveling. They will use a water level, jacks, and concrete blocks to jack the home up. Brand won’t matter.
      Best of luck!

      1. Crystal, I normally agree wholeheartedly with the advice you give, but in this one instance I cannot. You cite cinder blocks as being appropriate for leveling a home. Cinder blocks may be fine for low, decorative walls, but should never be used to support a mobile home. They simply do not have the strength to support a structure. Concrete blocks are used to build foundations for homes and have been accepted in building commercial buildings for decades. They are much stronger than the light weight cinder blocks and are the only blocks that should be used in mobile home blocking. Over the years I have seen many split and crumbling cinder blocks under homes I have inspected and appraised.

      2. Hi Ramon, C-90 and C-145 are industry standard but I know where the issue lies – we call them cinderblocks where I’m from but the right word is concrete. I will get that changed. Thanks for pointing it out!

    2. Cindy,
      Have you had any luck finding a contractor? I live in Vancouver, WA and haven’t found anyone qualified to do it.

      1. I totally forgot that I placed this message on here. I finally went on HomeAdvisor and there is a company that they say does this type of work. They are in Forest Grove which is not too far from me. My appt is this coming Monday. I will also contact them first and make sure this is something they do. HomeAdvisor doesn’t specifically show my type of project in their listing – it comes up with the category “Major Home Repair”. I hope this company can do it. Their website says they transport and install manuf homes. If it pans out, I will try and remember to let you know, Vicki.

    3. We live in Tucson, AZ and locally there is a newspaper for RV News and Mobile Home Parks which is delivered to all mobile home parks free. There are ads and usually a company that offers services for mobile homes may be found in one of these publications. Another good source is to look up on the Yellow Pages for mobile home supplies and home improvement places; a good bet there will be someone they may recommend to install their products. We had an awning replaced and updated buy purchasing the product at one of our local suppliers, who recommended a guy to us who does installs. The guy was a retired guy from another mobile senior park. The cost for the double awning that is about 40′ long was $6300.

  10. Any tips on how often this needs to be done? If a packed dirt pad vs. concrete pad has any effect on how often? I’m at 8.6 years right now and wondering if I should start saving up to do it in the next 18 months.

    1. There are two schools of thought from 2 different resources so bare with me on this one. A manufacturer’s manual I’ve read stated that newly installed homes should be checked for level after 18-24 months and then every 24-36 months from there if the installation wasn’t ideal and if there are signs that the home is unlevel. The ‘Your Mobile Home Guide’ by John Krigger only has a 3 paragraph section on leveling and states, “Mobile homes are leveled during installation and should need no further leveling unless their footings move.”
      He further goes on to state a ‘savvy homeowner can tackle minor leveling’ and then describes how to raise the home’s low piers.’

      If your home is on a pad and there are no signs you may be fine. I would buy a water line or have an installer come out for a free estimate and see what his water line shows.

    1. Hi William,

      Fort Meyers is a gorgeous area and has a ton of mobile homes so you should be able to find a reputable leveler. I would call your local manufactured home dealers or mobile home supply companies and ask for recommendations.

      Best of luck!

  11. I have an issue with the level of my single wide .After hurricane Irma we noticed that the house it off level at top .it seems the top portion of the house is about 2 inches off leaning eastward but floor comes in level.Can this been repaired it is almost as if it twisted.

    1. Hi Pattie,

      Most home leveling issues can be repaired but please do it as soon as possible. The longer stress remains on the structure the bigger the chances of permanent damage.

    1. That would really depend on whether they know what they’re doing and have the proper tools (water levels, jacks, blocks).I’d set aside a day for a single wide (though I haven’t been around many re-levels by themselves). It seemed to me that communication and teamwork were the most important aspects of installations and re-levels. If the two work well together it will go a lot smoother.