Manufactured homes once referenced as single-wide and double-wide mobile homes and mobile homes are factory-built houses engineered and constructed to the precise specifications of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s federal building code.
Manufactured homes are completely built in a factory and then transported to the home site. Once they arrive at their destinations, they are barely indistinguishable from site-built homes. They are not typically moved again. This allows the entire process, start to finish, to be supervised with consistency and accuracy, which cuts down on many of the delays and disturbances in traditionally built homes. They are built according to federal construction codes from Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
Modern manufactured homes and modular homes (prefabricated building that consists of recurrent sections called modules) are commonly referred to as factory-built housing, but they are not the same. Modular homes are either built on a permanent chassis or on a temporary one
A Mobile Home (also known as a park home, trailer home, static caravan, RV, residential caravan, motorhome or simply caravan) is a prefabricated structure, constructed in a factory on a permanently attached chassis before being transported to site (either by being towed or on a trailer). Used as permanent homes, or temporary accommodation, they are left often permanently or semi-permanently in one place, but can be moved, and may be required to move from time to time for legal reasons.
Mobile homes share the same historic background as travel trailers (A caravan, travel trailer, or camper trailer towed behind a road vehicle to provide a place to sleep which is more comfortable and safe than a tent), but nowadays the two are very different particularly in furnishings.
Manufactured and modular homes are considerably more affordable than site-built homes. These homes are built in one place which allows for controlled production costs and since they are built in a factory, they are constructed in a fraction of the amount of time a site-built home is.
Manufactured, Mobile, or Modular: Choosing the best option for you
While the options for pre-built homes have come a long way in all types, manufactured homes as well as modular homes have several clear benefits.
Manufactured homes and Modular homes have:
- Design personalized options available for consumers
- The safety benefit of being inspected and built in one place, with consistency and efficiency
- Low cost associated with being built off-site