Although some people view mobile home living as a starter or temporary idea, many of us find it to be the perfect dwelling and remain in our home for many years. There are many reasons for choosing a mobile home, and many reasons for staying in one. As we age, the single floor layout of a mobile home is beneficial as there are no stairs to climb. In fact, older people are choosing mobile home living for their retirement years. As time marches on and the home becomes older, it is essential to keep up with maintenance, including re-leveling your home.

Mobile Home Leveling Issues

Over the years, all homes begin to settle. Creaks and moans may be heard, cabinet doors, closet doors, and outside doors may not shut properly and you may feel a slight lean in the floor. This does not mean your house is sinking or danger ahead, it means it’s time to have your home adjusted.

Without adjustments to the level of your home, the piers underneath the home that may be constructed of non-treated wood may show wear, tear, and erosion. Bolts could become stressed and less effective, and other deterioration underneath the home may have occurred. Re-leveling does exactly what it says, it re-levels the home so the weight is distributed evenly and properly.

Hiring a Contractor to Re-Level Your Mobile Home

Unless you have the experience and machinery necessary, this is not a do it yourself project. You will need to bring in a professional to assure that your home is properly leveled and you can continue your mobile home living lifestyle.

To find a qualified company, begin your search with the company you bought the home from. Many mobile home dealers will know who is the best person to in your town call. Next, research on the web. Check their verification, recommendations, and reviews. The best step, however, is often to speak with others who have had their homes re-leveled and get their recommendation. This is not the time to go with the one who does the work the cheapest. Hopefully the best company will also be the least expensive, and that is the case many times, however, if the company does not have good reviews, experience, or if you feel uncomfortable with the decision, do not do it.

Be sure and ask the prospective company questions. Find out who is actually doing the re-leveling, what their experience is, and what their qualifications are. Ask to see work of other homes they have re-leveled and ask for references. If these are an issue or if the company (or individual) seems hesitant, that’s a problem and you should begin looking elsewhere.

Related: 10 Foolproof Tips for Hiring Home Improvement Professionals.

Also, get a quote. You will want to have an idea of the amount of money you are going to be paying as well as a time frame of when the re-leveling will occur and how long it will actually take. Get it all in writing.

Re-leveling isn’t a difficult or scary thing to have done, but it is highly important to take care of. By doing research and planning ahead, mobile home living can remain a level, well adjusted, safe dwelling for you.

Helpful Resources for Mobile Home Leveling Issues

Links:

How to Level a Mobile Home 

 

Videos:

Buy a Water Level:

 

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10 thoughts on “Understanding Mobile Home Leveling Issues”

  1. 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 cinder blocks to jack the home up. Brand won’t matter.

      Best of luck!

  2. 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!

  3. 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. 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.

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