When you are looking at home construction methods, you may discover some confusion regarding the terms “modular,” “manufactured,” and “mobile home” and how they compare. While these terms all seem to be similar, there are some important differences on the inside and outside that set each apart. If you are looking to purchase a new home and are trying to decide which to choose, consider these differences to ensure you pick the right home for your family.
Most people think of a mobile home as a manufactured home that is not anchored to one location. The truth is, true mobile homes have not been built since the mid 1970’s. With new Federal safety and installation standards that have been put in place, the mobile home has truly become transformed. Mobile homes can be located inside a mobile home park, or on an owner’s land. Mobile homes have steel I-beams which may be fastened permanently or temporarily to a concrete foundation. This is a good option for temporary or semi-permanent residence.
Manufactured homes are similar to the older mobile homes, but Federal regulations now ensure that they are built to higher safety standards. Manufactured homes are constructed and transported in large sections and then professionally set at the site the owner gas chosen. Many people place their manufactured home on a piece of land purchased previously. Then the manufactured home is connected to local utilities and is ready to move in. Mortgages are often “home only” so your land is not tied within your mortgage payments. You also tend to get more value per square foot compared to modular homes. Also, if you choose to move locations, your manufactured home can also be relocated.
Modular homes are becoming one of the most popular choices for families looking for a high quality home at an affordable price. Modular homes are constructed to the same standards as an on-site home but are much more efficient in their building methods and materials. They also do not have to be built on a steel frame. Typically, construction costs are much lower than traditional on-site construction since they are built within a factory. This cuts down on delays due to bad weather or contractor scheduling delays. Modular home sections are transported to the site and professionally installed and inspected. These homes must meet local codes and pass building code inspections. Because they have more design flexibility, modular homes can look identical to traditional site-built homes. They rest on a solid foundation and must pass local construction codes and inspections.
There are many different reasons why someone would choose a manufactured or mobile home over a modular home. It depends on your particular home requirements. Whatever you choose, Palm Harbor Homes has a wide selection of high quality modular and manufactured homes ready to move in. If you can’t find something that you like, Palm Harbor Homes can assist you in custom building your dream home.
If you are looking for a manufactured or modular home, call Palm Harbor Homes today at 1-888-466-3718.