Those of you who have attended any of my training courses over the past several years, know that I am a big fan of using checklists to document the proper installation of manufactured homes.
The Manufactured Housing Improvement Act requires that installers of new manufactured homes maintain records for at least 3 years. However, they don’t tell you what these records should look like. At a minimum, I have suggested installers use the “Complete Installation Checklist” (found toward the back of every manufacturers installation manual) as the basis for their record keeping.
I contend the checklist should be the most important tool for installers to not only use as a defense in the event of a legal proceeding, but to also help reduce the chance of call backs due to some little problem that may have been overlooked. It is just good business
But to be honest, the checklists provided in the installation manuals are pretty weak (see the example on the left). So, I came up with a checklist that would hopefully function better for installers and become a more useful tool. It is attached to the bottom of this post for your use (both a word document and PDF). This checklist captures all of the items from the checklist provided in the manuals, and includes some important elements that are left out. But here is what I think is the best part, the attached checklist can be customized.
You can download this checklist and make your own edits that will specifically work for you. Maybe you want to split it up and assign specific responsibilities to certain people. Maybe you want a checklist limited to single section homes. Maybe you want to make it specific for a particular anchoring system. The choices are yours.
Keep in mind, no checklist (including this one) can every cover every aspect of the installation process. But, I do believe that this goes further than what is currently available. As always, make sure you refer to the home manufacturer installation instructions for proper installation methods
So, have at it! Share comments should you see anything you think is in error or missing! But most importantly, start keeping records and use some type of checklist!