Mobile & Manufactured Homes

Classifying a home as a mobile home or manufactured home is often confusing. Visually mobile homes and manufactured homes don’t appear that different. They are usually mistaken and classified as site built homes.

A mobile home is described a pre-assembled structure, constructed in a factory on a permanent chassis before being transported to the site either by being towed or on a trailer. It can be used as permanent homes, or for holidays and vacations. They are often left permanently in one place but can be moved from time to time in need be.

A manufactured home is defined as a prefabricated home constructed off-site mostly in a production plant and later transported to the site. They can be built in two or more sections in the factory and later transported on a flatbed truck to site. They can further be fabricated as separate wall sections before being transported to the location where the parts are assembled. Most individuals are considering acquiring mobile and manufactured homes because they are less expensive and present viable alternatives to the typical site built homes.

Important Considerations

1. Consider the safety of the home.

Ensure the home is constructed with strong steel materials that strengthen the home in case of a disaster such as an earthquake or tornadoes. Damages to mobile and manufactured homes frequently result from failure of fasteners. Fasteners are steel devices that hold the main roof of the house to the main structure. Always ensure the home is sufficiently anchored. You should prefer purchasing a home built to withstand high-speed winds.

2. Consider the cost of the home.

Always prefer a home with a simple design because they are less expensive. Contact your manufacturer and negotiate on the cost of the home you intend to buy home. You can organize the preparation of the home basement and foundation to minimize the total cost.

3. Consider the home style.

You can seek the help of professional architect for your preferred design. Once you have the design, present it to the manufacturer for customization. You may consider settling on a style with multiple levels if your location is on an irregular lot. You can also seek the help of interior design professionals for the interior finishes.

4. Consider the location of the home.

The final location of your home matters a lot when it comes to Mobile and manufactured homes. Most mobile home constructors prefer a flat terrain for assembling the final structure as it involves the use of heavy machinery and equipment.

Pros

  • Affordable - Mobile and manufactured homes are less expensive when compared to site built homes. The materials utilized may be wood, steel poles and iron sheet that can be cheaply acquired making the overall costs less.
  • Flexibility - Most of the mobile homes are constructed on a mobile chassis that can be easily moved by towing. In case of a disaster such as tornadoes or earthquakes, the house can easily be towed and transferred to a safer place.
  • Easy Customization - Manufactured homes are very easy to design. You can set-up and customize depending on your ground layout.

Cons

  • Structurally Weaker - Since these homes are constructed on a retractable foundation, they could easily be blown away in times of disasters such as tornadoes or earthquakes. They can be dangerous when blown out since they are made of metal rods.
  • Depreciation - Mobile and manufactured homes depreciate faster hence you will never sell it for more than what you bought it for.
  • Hidden costs - Such homes are accompanied with hidden costs such as numerous reinforcements, constant repairs, and house taxes.

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