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Anyone in the Manufactured Home tie-down business?

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OSU Beavers

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A lot of the manufactured homes I appraise for FHA loans do not have the HUD required tie-downs so I thought today “What a great secondary business to get in to”.

Sink the J bolts in concrete at the time of the inspection then come back the next day to strap them down. Charge more than the appraisal for them.
 

Blueprint

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Sounds like a reasonable option as a secondary source of income for a seasoned guy like you. If there is a need in your area, go for it. It sounds like some easy extra cash. Do not get "tied down" by other peeps negative perceptions.
 

Tom Foster

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Do ya gotta crawl up under that thing ??

If so... to scarry 4 me !!! ( dats where the monsters hide )
 

Tom Woolford

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Not to mention a whole bunch of parasites, particularly from cat feces. Then there is the spiders, snakes, raccoons, PO'd mamma cats........

Talk to a termite technician about all the pleasant stuff under mobile homes.
 

OSU Beavers

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Not to mention a whole bunch of parasites, there is the spiders, snakes, raccoons........

I thought you were talking about the mortgage brokers.

Well I would not have to take every job. If during my appraisal inspection things looked bad I could just have the competition do it. I don't know for sure, but I think these guys get $400 to $600 per job.

The big hurdle here in Oregon would be getting a contractors license.
 

Restrain

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It's amazing that FHA required MH tiedowns, but accept frame box homes on brick piers, no attachment to the ground except for water and sewer lines.
 

Mountain Man

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It's amazing that FHA required MH tiedowns, but accept frame box homes on brick piers, no attachment to the ground except for water and sewer lines.

While it's not FHA rules, the counties here make you bolt it or use hurricane straps to attach a house to it's piers or foundation.
 

Jerry Still

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Folks,

Around these parts (Ft Myers FL), they get about $50 per strap to repair/replace old rusted tie downs. Pert near 12 to 14 straps on the average Trouse. Its mostly low height sand crawl space here, where I stays at. Lots of snakes and creepy crawlers.

I rather cut bait & fish in the Gulf,

JS
 
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