Are you considering a manufactured home for you or your family? Perhaps you are looking into a manufactured home as an investment opportunity? Through your research you probably have come across several manufactured home myths. Some of these common myths include: “They are less expensive because they use cheaper materials”, “Manufactured homes are poorly constructed and unsafe”, “ They are the same as a trailer or tiny home”.
Why is there a stigma against manufactured homes?
Whether you saw them on a T.V. show or heard from someone who “used to live” in a mobile home, you may already have some preconceived ideas about mobile homes. Manufactured home myths typically revolve around the themes of: Size and living space, highlighting the quality of materials, and talking about the durability and uniqueness of manufactured homes. But modern manufactured homes and the communities they’re in have come a long way.
Myth 1: Manufactured Homes Use Cheaper Unreliable Materials
Manufactured homes are made with the same standard building materials as site-built homes. The key factor that keeps these homes at a lower cost is its more efficient production, not inferior materials. Manufactured homes are built in a factory that streamlines the processes, reducing wasted materials and wasted time. Buying in bulk also saves the builder a substantial amount of money, these savings are reflected in the prices of the home.
Myth 2: Manufactured Homes are Poorly Constructed & Unsafe
Manufactured homes are actually built with 20 to 30 percent more materials to make them sturdier to withstand transportation from factory to home site. They are strong and resilient structures. These homes are built with state-of-the-art assembly line techniques and all building trades represented in a controlled factory setting. Quality control and inspections are carried out per HUD’s standards for design and construction, strength and durability, transportability, fire resistance, heating, plumbing, air-conditioning, thermal and electrical systems and overall home quality.
Myth 3: Manufactured Homes are the Same as Trailers or Tiny Homes
Trailer homes are homes built on wheels that allow the owner to move and change locations as desired. This type of living space provides unique mobility and can be beneficial to families or individuals that tend to move frequently. Trailer homes can be placed on vacant purchased land or in a trailer park.
Tiny homes have a different purpose all together and can be built either with or without wheels. A tiny home’s primary appeal is the reduction of “material things” and “lowering bills”. These types of efficiency focused homes can vary in sizes and styles depending on the needs of the individuals or families purchasing them. In general, tiny home owners try to go for as little square footage as possible. Tiny homes can be placed on vacant purchased land or tiny home communities.
Manufactured homes are homes built entirely in the factory under a federal building code administered by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The Federal Manufactured Home Construction and Safety Standards (commonly known as the HUD Code) went into effect July 15, 1976. A manufactured home can be placed on vacant purchased land or in a manufactured home park.