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Terminology for MH Book Value

MANUFACTURE/TRADE NAME
For HUD code homes you will find this information on the HUD Date Plate/Compliance Certificate inside of home. Check inside closets and cabinets, sometimes found on the inside of the electrical panel box.

On older homes most builders installed a name plate the outside of the home often on the front door side of home.

The manufacturers name and model informaiton should appear on the homes title certificate or if all else fails look on your bill of sale

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USE THE YEAR OF MANUFACTURE (Not year model.)
For HUD code homes you will find the HUD Date Plate/Compliance Certificate inside of home.

On older homes Check inside closets and cabinets, sometimes found on the inside of the electrical panel box. You can sometimes fins a date stamp inside the water tank of a bath toilet for an estimate of the date built

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SIZE OF HOME
Size measurements should be made on the exterior and should NOT include the hitch Some widths are nominal. Example: you will find many 14 wides are thirteen feet eleven and a half inches from corner to corner

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SERIAL NUMBERS
The homes I.D. or serial numbers are stamped, inset, into the steel frame of the home You can usually find them on the front bumper area of the homes towing assembly (hitch area).

Look under the home on older homes you may find the numbers stamped into one of the main I-beams, most often towards the hitch end on the front door side

For HUD code homes you will find the I.D numbers on the HUD Date Plate/Compliance Certificate inside of home. Check inside closets and cabinets, sometimes found on the inside of the electrical panel box.

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HUD CONSTRUCTION LABEL.
Red metal plate fixed on the outside of the rear of the house. Each home built in compliance with the HUD Code has one of these plates each with a unique HUD LABEL NUMBER

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TAG ROOM
A one room section of a muti-section home. Most often the third and smallest section of a triple wide

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EXPANDO or TIP-OUT
A one room section that is built onto and shipped inside of another section of the home. Most times either slides or tips out to expand the interior space.

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CONDITION RATING TERMS

Good     Normal wear and tear visible, but home is well maintained, still attractive, desirable and useful.

Average     Without inspecting the home, assumed to be a marketable product, being of no specified condition. (Average retail book value.)

Fair     Minor deterioration apparent due to both the climate and the deferred maintenance, less attractive but obviously useful.

Poor     Signs of structural deterioration obvious, missing or broken component items, definitely undesirable and marginally useful.

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- Frequently Asked Questions -



Data Plate

Q: Where can I find the Data plate in my manufactured home?

A: The data plate is an 8 1/2 x 11 inch document mounted inside your home, with several maps of the United States on it. The Data Plate is affixed in a permanent manner near the main electrical panel or other readily accessible and visible location. Other common locations might be inside the master bedroom closet door, utility or laundry room door, inside a kitchen cabinet or on the backside of a cabinet door.

Data Plate Location

Q: What is the HUD Certification Label?

A: The HUD (United States Department of Housing and Urban Development) certification label is a red metal label affixed to a manufactured home by the home's original manufacturer. The HUD certification label, commonly referred to as the HUD label, exists as proof that your house was constructed under the Federal Manufactured Housing Program administered by HUD.

Certification Label

Q: Where do I Find the Label on my Home?

A: The HUD label is a red metal plate intended to be permanently attached on the exterior of a manufactured home, near the rear of each section. A two-section (double-wide) home will have two separate labels.

Label Location

Q: One Or More HUD Certification Labels Are Missing From My Home! What Can I Do?

A: A verification letter can be issued by the Institute for Building Technology and Safety when homeowners provide identifying information concerning their homes. To contact IBTS. Call 703-481-2010, or email their Labels Department, At a minimum, you must have available either the HUD certification label number or the manufacturer and age of your home with the complete serial number, as pictured below. (This number may be either vertical or horizontal.)

Label Numbers

Q: How Do I Locate the Serial Number?

A: This number is stamped into the front steel cross-member of the home chassis by the manufacturer, and is different from the HUD certification label. The home's skirting may need to be removed to allow access to this serial number. Include ALL the letters and numbers of the serial number in your request.

Serial Number Location

Q: Is this the only place the serial number can be located?

A: No. This information can also be found on the data plate if it is still with the home. The serial number may also be found on vehicle title or insurance document.

Q: If I have a HUD certification label, and I want to verify its accuracy or find out more about my home (such as the date of manufacture or the manufacturer's name) if the data plate is missing, what should I do?

A: Request a verification letter from the Institute for Building Technology and Safety Call 703-481-2010, or email their Labels Department,

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