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Special Series: Retailers and Residents React To New Mobile Home Inspections

By Jeffrey Hess | Published 27 Dec 2010 02:43pm | comments
A home is prepared for a move.

Brand new laws in Mississippi put tighter regulations on the mobile home industry. State inspectors are now checking every newly installed mobile home in the state. In part two of his report, MPB's Jeffrey Hess finds out how the new rules are impacting the industry and people who call mobile homes 'home'.

Officials from the State Fire Marshall's Office say the inspections will prevent installation problems that can cause severe structural damage and quickly ruin even a brand new home.

Dustin Cliburn sells homes at Woods Home Center in Pearl. To him, the inspections make sense but he is occasionally frustrated by delays in the inspection process.

"The new system they have come up with is a workable system. I just think it is going to take time to get everybody on board," Cliburn said.

Some mobile home retailers move and install their own homes, but on this day Cliburn contracted with Bobby Brailey.

Brailey thinks the inspections should have started long ago, and says homes are still being illegally installed.

"It’s definitely aggravating like that. Sooner or later, once they get everybody on board and get power companies to not turn the power on without have the sticker on their from the fire marshal, than we won't have any more problems like that," Brailey said.

Reactions among people who live in these homes are mixed. 19-year old Tonya Vargas lives in a mobile home with her husband and two year old daughter. She doesn't like the inspections.

"I think it is kind of an invasion of property really. Because if we wanted something done we would say something about it," Vargas said.

But for 29-year old Pam Cooper, who is moving into a mobile home with her husband and 9-year old son, the inspection is reassuring.

"Just what we have to do. We bought it from a friend of ours, so we know it is a good home. That is just what the good lord led us to do," Cooper said.

A recent inspection on her home took less than twenty minutes. Officials with the Fire Marshall's office feel confident that they will be able to inspect the thousands of homes installed every year without major inconveniences to retailers and consumers.

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