Noel_S…ah the never-ending search for good Manufactured Home Contractors.
Now that’s the million dollar question .
Trent, we love your post. We can so relate to your experiences.
For our first MHP we paid for an Angie’s List account (not much money…we thought that we could get some good peeps) and hired at least one Contractor off Angie’s List. Even though this Contractor had ‘good’ reviews he was NOT good. We tried to hire other Angie’s List peeps and they all seemed to be ‘too busy’ to even schedule an appointment. Needless to say we now skip Angie’s List.
Another source is our MHP Tenants. We have used and still use some of our MHP Tenants. We have had bad and good experiences with this.
The bad experience first. One of our MHP Tenants did some lawn work for us (cutting grass). Cutting grass might seem like a simple task…tall grass becomes short grass. However, for this Tenant he mowed in the dark, drank alcohol while he mowed and then strong armed Tenants to have him mow their yards. Drama…Drama…& More Drama. Needless to say, he was quickly NOT used again.
The good experience. One of our MHP Tenants works for a Landscape and Land Clearing Company. He now mows our grass. The grass goes from tall to short with NO Drama. NO Drama is such a nice feeling .
Another source is to go to Mobile Home Supply Stores and ask for referrals. Again, we have gotten very bad referrals and very good referrals.
Another avenue is other MHP Owners in your area. If they are friendly, they ‘might’ share some of their peeps. One of our neighboring MHP Owners gave us the name of our best (most wonderful) Contractor we have ever had. This Contractor works specifically on Mobile Homes. Thus, he is very knowledgeable, quick and reasonably priced.
Lastly, our specific State has a LLR (Labor, Licensing and Regulation Department). This State Agency provides licenses for different professions. One of those professions is a ‘Manufactured Housing Repairer’. Our best (most wonderful) Contractor we have ever had (listed above) is a Licensed ‘Manufactured Housing Repairer’. We love our ‘Manufactured Housing Repairer’.
We wish you the very best!