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A lot of people have previous ideas and perceptions about what owning and living in a manufactured home is all about, but manufactured homes have proven themselves to be one of the best alternative housing options for home buyers in today’s society. There are many benefits to purchasing a manufactured home that most people who have never experienced living in one are unaware of, and that might dispel them from deciding to live in one. Here are some of the most common misconceptions about manufactured homes.
Misconception #1: All Manufactured Homes Look Exactly the Same
One of the most common misconceptions about manufactured homes is that they are built to look pretty much identical. The reality that most people are unaware of is that many features of manufactured homes can be customized to the individual dweller’s liking in terms of both the aesthetics and the functionality. Companies in the business of building manufactured homes are able to make a wide variety of floor plans and other customizable options available to homeowners that can give them features they desire such as updated kitchens, bathrooms with Jacuzzi tubs, skylights throughout the manufactured home to bring in more natural light, living rooms that can be utilized as home theaters, site-built garages, and more. Manufactured home builders have the tools and resources to walk homebuyers through the process of picking the correct floor plan, special features, and location to make their manufactured home not only stand out, but also provide them with all of the details to fit their individual lifestyles, needs, and desires.
Misconception #2: Manufactured Homes are Poor Quality and Unsafe
One of the most widespread incorrect theories about manufactured homes is that they are of lesser quality and more unsafe than more traditional site-built home homes, but quite the contrary is true. Manufactured homes are actually built with many of the same materials as traditional site-built homes which puts them on the same level of quality as conventional homes, sometimes even higher. Then some people may ask why manufactured homes tend to be less expensive than traditional site-built homes. The answer to that question is that manufactured homes are built in a more efficient way due to the factory-building process, and that is what leads to greater savings in the end, not because they are being built with lower quality materials. One of the reasons that some people believe that manufactured homes are of poor quality and unsafe is because many people are unaware of or overlook that the construction of manufactured homes is regulated by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, otherwise known as HUD. Under these strict Manufactured Home Construction and Safety Standards all manufactured homes are required to abide by a set of guidelines and measures in the areas of design, construction, quality, durability, energy efficiency, fire resistance, heating, air conditioning, plumbing, electrical systems, and transportability, ensuring that all of the manufactured homes that they create are of the highest level of quality and safety across the United States. Some people might even argue that manufactured homes undergo more rigorous and thorough inspections than other custom-built homes.
Misconception #3: Manufactured Homes Are Not Energy-Efficient
Another common misconception about manufactured homes is that they are much less energy-efficient than traditional bricks-and-mortar site-built homes. However, much like conventional homes, manufactured homes are able to be designed and modeled to become more energy-efficient places to live. In addition, under HUD standards were put in place to “minimize the sum of construction and operation costs” over the entire duration that these homes are standing. To add on even further, it is becoming more and more common for many manufactured home builders, installers, and retailers to partner up with ENERGY STAR to provide more energy-efficient homes for manufactured homeowners.
Misconception #4: Manufactured Homes are Expensive
Because manufactured homes are able to be customized and personalized according to what the individual homeowner wants and needs, manufactured homes can vary in price. That being said, manufactured homes still typically cost about 10-35% less than traditional site-built homes. Factoring in that manufactured homes are much quicker to build and produce than the effort it takes for on-site construction, overall constructions costs are also reduced when you choose to buy a manufactured home.
Misconception #5: Manufactured Homes Always Depreciate in Value Over Time
It is a common misconception that manufactured homes depreciate in value at a much quicker rate than traditional site-built homes. In reality, the appreciation or depreciation of a manufactured home is dependent on the very same factors that conventional homes are dependent on such as the location the house is built on, the economy at the time of owning the home, the status of the local housing market, and the level of maintenance that goes into taking care of the home. Many manufactured homes built in quality neighborhoods with building sites on permanent foundations and that are kept in great condition appreciate at the same level as traditional site-built homes located in the same area. Manufactured home appreciation is even more likely if you own the land, if the home is attached to the foundation, if you keep up with the maintenance, or if you have an attached garage or another addition to the home.
Manufactured homes are increasing in popularity as a viable housing option for a variety of reasons including their affordability, their flexibility in design and customization, their energy-efficiency, and the quality construction and thorough inspections that occur during the manufacturing process. There are a variety of common misconceptions about manufactured homes out there in the world that might have a negative effect on a person’s decision to purchase a manufactured home. Don’t rule out this alternative housing just because of something somebody says or a comment made by an uninformed person online. If you are considering investing in a manufactured home, take the steps to get in touch with reliable and knowledgeable industry professionals who can walk you through everything that you need to know in order to make the best housing decision for you and your family.