What is a Manufactured Home?
First of all, a manufactured home is not a mobile home. In fact, there have been no mobile homes built in 40 years. Say what? That’s right. On July 15, 1976 a law passed by the U.S Congress titled The Federal Construction and Safety Standard Act, administered by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), was implemented. According to Manufactured Homes industry website The HUD Code regulates manufactured home design and construction, strength and durability, fire resistance, wind safety, energy efficiency, and overall quality. The HUD Code also sets performance standards for heating, plumbing, air conditioning, and thermal and electrical systems. That means manufactured homes are the only form of housing subject to a federally mandated national building code!
Finding quality affordable housing is becoming more and more difficult. Today’s modern manufactured home is a viable solution to the uniquely American dream of quality homeownership. Manufactured home producers offer a wide selection of floor plans, models, sizes, and customizing options to fit a homebuyer’s budget, taste, and lifestyle. A new manufactured home will be built with quality, features, and amenities equal and often superior to a comparable site-built home with a price typically between 25% to 50% less. Modular home shoppers may not be aware that HUD Code manufactured home producers are also the largest builders and sellers of IRC modular homes in North America, by a huge margin.