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Question DetailsAsked on 2/3/2017

Need the underbelly of our manufactured home inspected and possibly reinsulated, where could i find a contractor

need a quote to also take old skirting off check underbelly and insulation. frame with insulated skirting after old is removed.

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Insulation would certainly be one category in Search the List - though the best would probably be a specialty mobile/manufactered home moving and setup company - there is not an Angies List category for that, though, so you would have to google or yellow pages for ones in your area, then cross-check on Angies List to see if maybe they are listed under some other category to check their ratings/reviews.

Consider at that same time, albeit at increase in cost, either for safety of for possible resale purposes (assuming this might be sold in the future in-place) having the support and tie-down systems checked and, if needed, upgraded (or installed from scratch if none now) to the unified federal/state lending/mortgage guarantee agency (USDA, GNMA, VA, HUD, etc) wind/seismic tiedown standards so come sale time you are not hit with something that could scotch the sale, because a great many lending institutions now require compliance with that standard before they will gie ANY kind of loan, not just federal or state guaranteed ones.

If your unit is not tied down now, having it properly founded and tied down per the unified standards might save you some on your insurance too.

Be sure also that there is the minimum necessary ventilation provided underneath - a tight-fitting skirt makes a mobile/manufactured home warmer in the winter, but also promotes infestation, mold, and rot issues that should be avoided. Of course, as you say, that means good belly insulation and proper pip[ing insulation and/or heat taping as applicable. Also be sure that the organic part of the skirting does not bear directly on the ground or within about 4 inches of it for same reason - should be inorganic materials for that distance (more if susceptible to localized flooding) or resting on concrete.

Also, drainage management is a good thing to do at the same time - ditching, berming, etc as applicable to prevent water accumulation under the trailer or submerging the skirting.

One other suggestion - ask them to mark the location of utilities which will be hidden by the insulation with the appropriate color coding of spray paint - so if you have need for repairs in the future the electrician or plumber can readily find the piping without tearing out a whole lot of insulation unnecessarily. There are also colored tags at utility supply houses and amazon and such that can be used for this.

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