Manufactured Home Facts

What is a manufactured home?

Manufactured homes, formerly called mobile homes, are built in a factory. Each home conforms to the US government's Manufactured Home Construction and Safety Standards (HUD code), rather than to building codes enforced at the home’s destination. Each home or segment of a home is labeled with a red tag that is the manufacturer’s guarantee the home was built to conform to the HUD code.

Manufactured homes are built on a non-removable steel chassis and transported to the building site on their own wheels.


Top reasons to look at manufactured homes

  1. Depending on the region, construction costs for a new manufactured home average 10 to 35 percent less than a comparable site-built home.
  2. Appraisal studies show manufactured homes appreciate in value just like other forms of housing.
  3. All aspects of the construction process of a manufactured home are controlled and professionally supervised.
  4. The cost of construction materials are purchased in volume for extra savings.
  5. A wide variety of floor plans are available such as vaulted ceilings, fully-equipped kitchens, walk-in closets, among many other options.
  6. Features such as awnings, patio covers, decks, site-built garages and permanent foundations are often available as upgrades.
  7. A variety of exterior siding is available including vinyl, wood, or hardboard and in some cases stucco is an option, too.
  8. Manufactured homes can be customized to meet your needs.
  9. Today’s manufactured homes are built with the same building materials used in site-built homes.
  10. Manufactured homes take less time to build than site-built homes, which means you get to move into your new home sooner.
  11. Approximately 90 percent of today’s manufactured homes never move from their original site.
  12. All aspects of construction are continually inspected by not one, but several professionally trained inspectors.
  13. Manufactured homes are constructed entirely in a controlled factory environment.
  14. Today’s manufactured homes are virtually indistinguishable from site-built homes and are fully compatible with any neighborhood architectural style.


Manufactured Home Fact

In 2007, almost 97,000 homes were shipped to destinations across the United States. That state requesting the most shipments was Texas, weighing in at almost 11,000


Manufactured Home Building Standards

A manufactured home is one that is built in a factory setting and then transported to the intended building site. All manufactured housing must meet the strict HUD Code (National Mobile Home Construction and Safety Standards Act) before being put on the market.


Manufactured Home Habitability

Like some other myths about mobile homes, the belief that they have significantly shorter lifespan than site-built homes was true at one time. Homes built in 1945 were habitable for only 10.4 years, according to a study by the Manufactured Housing Institute. However, the study also showed that manufactured homes built from 1964 to 1994 had an average habitable use of 55.8 years. The study also expects that mobile homes made after 1994 will remain at the 55.8 year average.