More commonly known as mobile home parks, manufactured home communities have emerged across the country as a viable choice for affordable housing. Yet, what exactly makes mobile homes advantageous to live in?
Whether for families, single people, and even retirees, manufactured homes offer a variety of benefits to residents. Our mobile home buying guide names seven of them.
- Energy efficient and environmentally sound
- Safe and quality-controlled
- Error and delay-free construction
- It’s quick to build
- Flexible designs
- Live in a nice community
As previously mentioned, manufactured homes are a great choice when looking for affordable housing. How affordable? According to the U.S. Census Bureau, mobile or manufactured homes currently cost an average of $62,600. Compare this with single-family site-built homes that go for about $272,200.
The affordability extends to when you are already living in a manufactured home. A little less spacious than a traditional house and lot, your manufactured home will help you adopt a “less is more” lifestyle, where you are not filling out the place with unnecessary items and decor. In addition, a smaller place also means a lot less to repair and maintain.
Speaking of less expense, a manufactured home is also a smart investment thanks to the money you would save on utilities. As reported by the Housing Institute, manufactured homes are built to yield up to “90 percent less waste and environmental impact than site-built housing”, making them more eco-friendly than traditional homes.
In addition, as per the Manufactured Housing Institute, since manufactured homes are created in a factory and with only the assembly done on-site, their transport to their lot creates little environmental damage. This compared to the building of traditional homes, where raw materials are moved to and from the construction site almost daily.
A common misconception about manufactured homes is they’re vulnerable to weather. Since 1976, however, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has enforced high-quality standards and strict requirements for manufactured homes.
The HUD also ensures today’s mobile homes are “engineered for wind safety and energy efficiency based on the geographic region in which they are sold.” For example, if the mobile home is located in Kentucky, owners can feel secure knowing it has been built to withstand the winds of possible tornados. In general, mobile homes across the country are now secured to the ground by steel anchors.
Cost overruns, construction delays, and contractors that become difficult to deal with–these are but a few well-known problems that you can run into when you are having a home built on-site. With manufactured homes, however, there are a whole lot fewer of these types of issues.
For one thing, manufactured homes are built in factories that have to follow strict rules and tight regulations from the previously mentioned HUD, and since they are made on assembly lines, there is little room left for error. Additionally, the production of the home is under a controlled environment, which is exempt from issues like bad weather, possible vandalism, or the unreliability of some contractors.
As a homeowner, you are responsible for your home’s foundation and for establishing utilities like electricity and sewage before your manufactured home arrives onsite for final construction. Still, all that takes less time than putting up a site-built home.
According to ManufacturedHousing.org, it takes only about a third of the time a contractor constructs a site-built home for a factory to produce a standard double-wide or single-wide manufactured home. This means less time waiting, and more time to adjust and settle in.
With the manner and speed in which manufactured homes are built, it is understandable how some people assume that these are ‘cookie-cutter’ houses. However, they are anything but. From decks, garages, porches, and vaulted ceilings, manufactured homes can have all the features common to site-built homes.
You can even look to builders who specialize in upscale manufactured homes and go as far as adding wall-to-wall carpet, ceramic tile, Energy Star appliances, and other top-of-the-line features. The only difference is a lot of these will be put in place while being built in the factory, instead of when your home is on site.
Despite the ‘trailer park’ stereotype, manufactured home communities are nice places to live. A lot of the people who already live in these areas even own the land their homes are on. According to ManufacturedHousing.org, over 75-percent of existing manufactured homes are located on private property.
Like in more traditional site-built home communities, residents in manufactured home communities have their own spaces–from driveways, backyard, to detached walls–but are still near enough to neighbors to fuel plenty of social interactions. According to the Manufactured Housing Institute, many of these communities also offer social clubs, group activities, and fitness amenities, along with having caring neighbors.
Have more questions about moving into a manufactured or mobile home? Whether it’s renting a house for the first time or deciding which mobile home manufacturer to partner with, you can count on our team of professional property managers at Sundance Property Management to help you get all set up and answer any concerns you have along the way.
Our team is present in Southeast and Midwest states like Ohio, Kentucky, Georgia, and South Carolina, ready to provide first-time home renter tips and other real estate advice you may need. Reach out to us by calling 513.489.3363 or sending an email to info(at)sdpmi(dotted)com.