Today’s manufactured home communities are a far cry from the familiar stereotypical trailer parks. Newer manufactured homes are often indistinguishable from site-built homes, with lawns, garages, multi-story floor plans, and Energy Star appliances. In fact, more than 17 million Americans live in manufactured homes.1 If you or someone you know is considering a home purchase, there are several great reasons to choose a manufactured home. Here are our Top 3:
Best Reason No 1. Less Expensive
There are many variables involved in the price of manufactured homes including features, floor plans, and amenities. The sales price for a new manufactured home ranges from under $20,000 for a single-section home with basic features to prices in excess of $100,000 for a deluxe multi-section home. Depending on the region of the country, construction cost per square foot for a new manufactured home averages anywhere from 10 to 35 percent less than a comparable site-built home, excluding the cost of land.
Best Reason No 2. Quality Control
Building your home in a factory offers considerable advantages over traditional construction.
All aspects of the construction process are controlled.
The weather doesn’t interfere with construction and cause delays.
All technicians, craftsmen and assemblers are on the same team and professionally supervised.
Inventory is better controlled and materials are protected from theft and weather-related damage.
All construction materials, as well as interior features and appliances are purchased in volume for additional savings.
Cost of interim construction financing is significantly reduced or eliminated
All aspects of construction are continually inspected by not one, but several, inspectors.
Best Reason No 3. Amenities
Today’s manufactured homes come with many “standard” features that you would find in a site-built home. Many floor plans are available that range from basic models to more elaborate designs, such as living and dining rooms with vaulted ceilings, fully-equipped modern kitchens, comfortable bedrooms with walk-in closets, and bathrooms with recessed bathtubs and whirlpools.
You may also select from a variety of exterior designs, including metallic, vinyl, wood, or hardboard and features such as a bay window, a gable front, or a pitched roof with shingles. Awnings, enclosures around the crawl space, patio covers, decks, and steps are also available at additional cost.
With many manufacturers now using the latest in computer-assisted design, you have the flexibility of selecting variations to the floor plans and decors, including the color and thickness of the carpeting. These options can include everything from the type of exterior siding materials to energy-efficiency features to kitchen appliance upgrades.
Manufactured homes and communities have much to offer. So, set aside your preconceptions and take a look at the new world of manufactured home living.