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Today’s manufactured homes are built with the same building materials as site-built homes, but in a controlled factory environment where the quality of construction is superior to what can be done outdoors. HUD’s building code for manufactured housing regulates the design and construction, strength and durability, transportability, fire resistance, energy efficiency and overall quality of a home. It also sets standards for the heating, plumbing, air-conditioning, thermal and electrical systems. The HUD Code homes also adhere to a thorough inspection system that takes place at each step during the home construction process in the factory. There are major benefits to having your home built in a factory: Consumers benefit from to the technological advancements and cost savings associated with the factory-built process.

  • There is less waste in the factory process than with site-built homes.
  • All aspects of the construction process are quality controlled and inspected per HUD’s rigorous standards
  • The weather doesn’t interfere with construction, cause costly delays and warp or damage building materials.
  • Technicians, craftsmen and assemblers are on the same team and professionally supervised. Inventory is better controlled and materials are protected from theft and weather-related damage.
  • Construction materials, as well as interior features and appliances, are purchased in volume for additional savings

Taken From~ Manufactured Housing Institute

So you’ve decided to build a new home. You’ve done some research into the difference between custom and production builders and you’ve started daydreaming about open floor plans. The world is your oyster. You think you’ve carefully weighed all your options — but have you considered manufactured homes?

Here’s a trivia fact for you: the term “mobile home” technically refers to manufactured homes built before the HUD code governing standards for factory-built homes was instituted in 1976. Along with modular homes, manufactured homes fall into the category of prefabricated homes. Those terms are often used interchangeably, but manufactured homes are pre-constructed completely in the factory on a permanent, fixed steel chassis, while modular homes come pre-built in sections at the factory and are finished on location.

Taken from~ New Home Source

The design of manufactured and modular homes has come a long way from the long, dark trailers of yesteryear. Manufactured home exteriors can match any style, from traditional ranch homes to cozy log cabins to chalets to cool coastal retreats.

Taken From~ Guide to Manufactured Homes

Financing a manufactured home differs from buying a single-family home or townhome. Lenders tend to consider manufactured homes personal property, not real estate. Historically, loans for manufactured and modular homes worked more like a car loan than a mortgage and required higher credit scores, higher down payments and higher interest rates.

Taken from~ The Guide to Buying a Manufactured Home