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In towns across the country, workers are struggling to make ends meet – and the high cost of housing is a big part of the problem.

Manufactured housing is already a major part of the solution. More than 22 million people in the U.S. live in manufactured housing — homes that are built to a federal standard in factories and typically placed on land that the homeowner owns or on rented lots in communities of manufactured homes. In many parts of the U.S., homes like these are the least expensive kind of housing available without a government subsidy.

Manufactured housing could do more to solve the housing shortage, but many communities have created restrictions that make building and maintaining manufactured housing more difficult. However, the quality of manufactured housing has increased a lot in the last three decades, and the latest generation of homes can look like homes in most neighborhoods. And new manufactured housing communities now often look like subdivisions of conventionally-built single-family homes.

Taken from~ Manufactured Housing Institute

Energy efficient Manufactured homes are continuing their rise in popularity in the housing market of today, and for good reason. The technology and special features that are more readily available in these homes are attracting more and more of the market. Particularly in the first time buyer sphere, people are realizing that more value for the cost is the right way to go. And that’s something that manufactured housing is more than willing to provide. Energy efficient manufactured homes save money monthly on your bills and make your home more sustainable for the future, thereby extending the life of the house to last you as long as you need it to.

Taken from~ Manufactured Home News

The construction of a manufactured home, from factory to finish can actually yield up to 90% less waste and environmental impact than site-built housing, owing to the efficiency of factory construction and the high standards of the HUD code. Manufactured homes and manufactured housing communities are far more green and eco friendly than site-built communities. Manufactured home construction uses fewer materials without compromising the home’s safety or structure. Key heating, cooling and utility components of manufactured homes are energy-efficient. Further, because manufactured homes are built in a factory and assembled on site, the environmental impact of transportation of the home is magnitudes less than the impact of the moving raw materials to the site to construct a home.

Taken from~ Manufactured Housing Institute

Anyone who has ever built a home can tell horror stories of cost overruns and delayed construction. Such problems are foreign to the manufactured home industry because the homes are built in factories under strict rules and tight federal regulations. The factories build the homes on assembly lines, which leaves little room for error. Additionally, the manufacturing process maximizes the efficiency of workers. Moreover, manufactured homes are built in a controlled environment that is not impacted by bad weather.

Such control over the building process allows homeowners to reap the benefits of money saved during construction. In addition, factories can purchase massive amounts of materials, products and appliances at a cheaper rate than a typical on-site home builder, and pass the cost savings on to the homeowner.

Taken from~ Advantages of Manufactured Homes

Yes, manufactured homes are moveable but it will take specialized trucks and equipment so it isn’t easy (or cheap).

Only Manufactured homes can either be placed on a lot with a permanent foundation and on leased or owned land.

You can move a stick-built home, too, so the mobility of a home has little bearing on the quality of construction. Putting a manufactured home on a chassis is simply a more convenient way to build a home in a factory.

Taken from~ Mobile Home Living