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Manufactured Home Affordability

The affordability of manufactured housing can be attributed directly to the efficiencies emanating form the factory building process.  The controlled construction enviornment and assembly line techniques remove many of the problems encountered during traditional home construction, such as poor weather, theft, vandalism, damage to building materials and products, and unskilled labor.  Factory employees are trained and managed more effectively and efficiently than the system of contracted labor employed by the site built home  construction industry. 

Taken from  ~ Manufactured Housing Institute

Quick Facts about Manufactured Homes

In the face of the economic crisis, the need for quality, affordable housing has never been greater.  Today's manufactured homes can deliver outstanding qualtiy and performance at prices ranging from 10 to 35 percent less per square foot than conventional site - built homes.  These savings allow more and more Americans to own their own home, even in the face of an ever widening housing affordabiltiy gap. 

Manufactured Housing Benefits

Manufactured homes, both modular and mobile offer benefits to buyers.  Factory constuction speeds up production.  The assembly line generates less waste, keeping costs down. Manufacturing technolgy  has improved over  time, reducing  mistakes and boosting quality.  Spot inspections for quality control  at the factory also help contribute to smoother production.  The lower cost per square foot, wide variety  of floor plans and choices of exterior styling  and sidings offer special  appeal to budget-conscious buyers for manufactured homes. 

Taken from ~ Ehow Differences between Manufactured Homes and Modulars

Difference Between a Modular and a Double Wide Home

Double wide mobile homes are built in one story sections on steel chassis that have their own set of axles and wheels for mobility.  The chassis is a sufficient foundation for the home and does not need to be placed on a full foundation , although many double wides are.  Double wide mobile homes are built under the standards set by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, or HUD.  These homes are often set on concrete piers, and tie downs are used to anchor them securely to the ground. 

Modular homes are constructed, but not completed in a factory.  Then the pieces are hauled on flatbed trucks to the building site, where they are placed on a permanent foundation and completed on site by local builders.  Modular homes must meet local state building regulations. 

Taken from~ ehow differences between modular and double wides

Background of HUD's Installation Program

In 2005, HUD published the Model Manufactured Home Installation Sandards.  These standards serve as the basis for developing the manufacturers' installation instructions as required by 24 CFR Part 3285.  The Model Manufactured Home Installation Standards include methods for performing specific operations or assembly of a manufactured home that will not take the home out of compliance with the Manufactured Home Construction and Safety Standards.

States that choose to operate an installation program for manfactured homes in lieu of the federal program must implement installation  standards that provide protection to its residents that equals or exceeds the protection provided by these Model Installation Standards.

In states that do not choose to operate their own installtion program for manufactured homes, these Model Installation Standards serve as the minimum standards for manufactured home installations.  In 2008, HUD established regulations to ensure that states have in place minimum installation standards and an operating installation program.  For states where HUD will administer the manufactured Home Installtion Program, HUD will ensure that trainers of installers planning to work in HUD - administred states are registered with HUD, and that persons planning to install homes in HUD - administered states are licensed by HUD.  MHI's Educational Institute (MHEI) offers training to installers of manufactured homes. 

Taken From ~ Manufactured Housing Institute