Home Types: Modular VS Manufactured

There has been a lot of discussion lately on what the difference is between a modular home and a manufactured home. Since this has came up multiple times not only in my office but, even with my clients, I felt that it would be a good idea to talk about it.

Here are some of the main differences between modular and manufactured homes:

Manufactured:

Modular:
- Built in a factory- Built in sections at the factory
- Conform to federal building code (HUD)- Built to conform to all state, local or regional building codes at their destinations
- Built on a NON-REMOVABLE steel chassisSections are transported to the building site on truck beds, then joined together by local contractors
- Sections transported to the building site on their own wheels- Local building inspectors check to make sure a modular home meets requirements and that all finish work is done properly
- Multi-part units are joined at the destination- Sometime less expensive per square foot than site built homes
- Segments are not always placed on a permanent foundation making them more difficult to refinance- A well-built modular home should have the longevity as its site built counterpart, increasing in value over time.
- Building inspectors check the work done locally but not required to approve the structure
- Generally less expensive than site built & modular homes
- Sometimes decrease in value over time

I hope this bit of information can help everyone involved in the home buying or selling process. I also hope this will help a lot of people out there who are unsure of what they are looking at. I feel it is my duty to keep everyone educated and to make the home buying or selling process smooth and easy.

Craig Heinonen

Craig Heinonen

Your U.P. REALTOR
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