Frequently asked questions
What's the difference between a Manufactured and Modular Home?
Both manufactured and modular homes look like any other conventionally built home in appearance and both are built to codes that ensure a safe and sound investment.
Here are the key differences:
MANUFACTURED HOMES are built as either a single section home or a multi-section home, depending on the floor plan. They are constructed and delivered on a permanent chassis, so a permanent foundation is not necessary. Because of their efficient, high-quality construction, these homes provide the best value in home buying.
Manufactured homes conform to Housing and Urban Development (HUD) codes. During your search, you’ll often find them referred to as "HUDs." Prior to the Federal Manufactured Home Construction Safety Standards, manufactured homes were sometimes called "mobile homes" or "trailer homes." The HUD code regulates the design, construction, structural durability, transportability, fire resistance and energy efficiency of a home. It also prescribes performance standards for the mechanical, plumbing and electrical standards.
MODULAR HOMES, while built in the factory and transported in sections, are virtually indistinguishable from a site-built home, though they tend to be better constructed, take less time to build and are more energy-efficient. They are placed on a foundation and are subject to the same codes as any other site-built home, including all local, state and regional building regulations.
While Manufactured homes are one-story designs, a Modular home can be of any size.
After your home is built, it will be delivered to it's location, complete with appliances and all other components that make a home ready for you to occupy. Because of the efficiencies gained by simultaneous site work and construction and because they are built under ideal, controlled conditions, the time between purchase and closing is dramatically reduced. Your home will be completed sooner and built better.
Both Manufactured and Modular homes are inspected frequently at the assembly plant during each phase of construction. In-plant inspectors as well as independent agencies inspect your home on behalf of federal, state and local governments for code compliance. Evidence of this inspection is normally the application of a federal, state or inspection agency label of approval for each home.