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Why Build a Factory-Built Home?

The factory system combines engineering know-how and factory production methods to design and build efficiently and with greater quality control. When done properly, the efficiency results in lower costs and the quality control results in a better product.

Building a factory-built home will normally save you time compared with building a conventional site-built house. Saving time on construction not only saves money, it also reduces the stress involved in home building. The faster you build your home, the sooner you will be able to enjoy it and dispense with the worries and preoccupations of construction.

Manufacturers of prefab homes are usually able to build new house plans more affordably than custom stick builders, for the same kinds of reasons that automobile manufacturers are able to build a new car for far less than a mechanic could build the same car in his garage. They include:

*Volume purchases of materials, which allows modular manufacturers to secure significant discounts.

*Lower labor costs: Experienced factory workers are well paid, with good benefits, but they do not command the wages paid to professional carpenters, plumbers, electricians, and painters.

*Assembly-line efficiencies: Organizing the construction process with inventory controls, power tools and equipment, and quality-control systems enables the factory crews to produce a home with greater efficiency than a handful of construction workers building in the field.

*Less material loss: Inclement weather does not damage the materials.

*Less pilferage and vandalism: Factories are easier to secure than building sites.

*Less waste: By working with standardized dimensions, modular manufacturers are better able to make optimal use of materials and avoid waste.

When a manufacturer is building without a backlog, it can deliver a house five weeks after the customer has finalized the plans and obtained a building permit and financing. The general contractor begins the site work and completes the foundation while the manufacturer is building the house. If the house is small, uncomplicated, requires little on-site construction, and the GC is not too busy, it will be completed in about three weeks. Adding these two time frames together, a prospective homeowner can plan to move into the house eight weeks after finalizing the preliminary steps.

These are just some of the advantages enjoyed by factory-built home owners. Check back with us, as we will blog about other advantages in the future.


In the face of today’s challenging economy, the need for quality, affordable housing has never been greater. Today’s manufactured homes can deliver outstanding quality and performance at prices ranging from 10 to 35 percent less per square foot than conventional site-built homes. These savings allow more and more americans to own their own home, even in the face of an ever-widening housing affordability gap.

The affordability of manufactured housing can be attributed directly to the efficiencies emanating from the factory-building process. The controlled construction environment and assembly-line techniques remove many of the problems encountered during traditional home construction, such as poor weather, theft, vandalism, damage to building products and materials, and unskilled labor. factory employees are trained and managed more effectively and efficiently than the system of contracted labor employed by the site-built home construction industry.

Much like other assembly-line operations, manufactured homes benefit from the economies of scale resulting from purchasing large quantities of materials, products and appliances. manufactured home builders are able to negotiate substantial savings on many components used in building a home, with these savings passed on directly to the homebuyer.

Today’s manufactured homes have experienced a major evolution in the types and quality of homes being offered to buyers. Technological advances are allowing manufactured home builders to offer a much wider variety of architectural styles and exterior finishes that will suit most any buyer’s dreams, all the while allowing the home to blend in seamlessly into most any neighborhood. Two-story and single-family attached homes are but two of the new styles being generated by factory-built innovation. as a result, today’s manufactured homes are offering real housing options for the neglected suburban and urban buyers.

At the same time, greater flexibility in the construction process allows for each home to be customized to meet a buyer’s lifestyle and needs. Interior features now include such features as vaulted ceilings and working fireplaces to state-of-the-art kitchens and baths, giving the homebuyer all the features found in traditional, site-built homes. enhanced energy efficiency in manufactured homes, achieved with upgraded levels of insulation and more efficient heating and cooling systems, provide another source of savings for homeowners, especially in this era of rising energy costs. smart buyers are turning to EnergyStar-labeled manufactured homes for substantial savings in many aspects of owning and operating home.

Technological advances, evolutionary designs, and a focus on delivering quality homes that families can afford are the driving forces within the manufactured housing industry. That’s why more people are turning to manufactured housing to deliver homes that fit their needs and wants, at prices they can afford!

Depending on the region of the country, construction cost per square foot for a new manufactured home averages 10 to 35 percent less than costs for a comparable site-built home.

Independent appraisal studies confirm that manufactured homes can appreciate in value just like other forms of housing.

Built for Quality:

All aspects of the construction process are controlled.

The weather does not interfere with construction and cause delays.

All technicians, craftsmen and assemblers work as a team and are professionally supervised.

Inventory is better controlled and materials are protected from theft and weather-related damage.

All construction materials, as well as interior finishes and appliances, are purchased in volume for additional savings.

Cost of interim construction financing is significantly reduced or eliminated.

All aspects of construction are continually inspected by aprofessionally trained third-party inspector.


Floor plans are available that range from basic to elaborate. These include vaulted or tray ceilings, fully-equipped kitchens, walk-in closets, and bathrooms with recessed tubs and whirlpools.

A variety of exterior siding is available, including metallic, vinyl, wood, or hardboard. In some cases, homebuyers can also opt for stucco exteriors.

Homes have pitched roofs with shingles and gabled ends.

Design features such as bay windows are available.

Awnings, patio covers, decks, site-built garages and permanent foundations often are available as upgrades.

The home can be customized to meet the needs of the consumer.


The building materials in today’s manufactured home are the same as those used in site-built homes.

The homes are engineered for wind safety and energy efficiency based on the geographic region in which they are sold.

Manufactured homes are among the safest housing choices available today due to federal laws requiring smoke detectors, escape windows, and limited combustible materials around furnaces, water heaters and kitchen ranges.

Properly installed homes can withstand 120-130 mph 3-second gust winds in areas prone to hurricanes.

This information is courtesy of the Manufactured Housing Institute Quick Facts 2011

What is a manufactured home?

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by derrick @ 11:38 am on March 12, 2012

Manufactured Homes are built entirely in a factory under the federal building code administered by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). These homes are constructed to meet the Federal Manufactured Home Construction and Safety Standard Act of June 15, 1976. The federal standards regulate manufactured housing design and construction, strength and durability, transportability, fire resistance, energy efficiency and quality. The HUD Code also sets performance standards for the heating, plumbing, air conditioning, thermal and electrical systems. HUD is the only federally-regulated national building code. Each home or segment of a home is labeled with a red tag that is the manufacturer’s guarantee the home was built to conform to the HUD code. On-site additions, such as garages, decks and porches, often add to the attractiveness of manufactured homes and must be built to local, state or regional building codes.

Manufactured homes generally come in single or two-section units and their dimensions range from 8 feet or more wide and 40 feet or more long. Manufactured homes can be placed on a basement and include multiwides and expandable manufactured homes. Excluded are travel trailers, motor homes, and modular housing.

What are the top Manufactured and Mobile Home Manufacturers?

Manufactured Homes are built by a variety of manufacturers ranging from small, independent producers of highly customized modular homes to large publicly-traded manufactured home manufacturers.

Some of the largest manufactured home builders include:

•Champion Homes
•Fleetwood Manufactured Homes
•Clayton Homes
•Cavalier Homes
•Skyline Homes
•Palm Harbor Homes
•American Homestar
•Fairmont Homes
•Patriot Homes
•Horton Homes
•Southern Energy Homes
•Liberty Homes
•Cavco Homes
•Jacobsen Homes
•Manufactured Housing Enterprises

In addition there are many smaller manufacturers of homes ranging from compact park model homes to multi-story modular homes that would be at home in any neighborhood in the country. The list of manufactured home manufacturers is in flux as the industry goes through a period of consolidation; to find the home manufacturer that is right for you, take your time and research the wide variety of options available. Start by searching on Google and Yahoo! but also plan on visiting manufactured home retailers and factories and walking through a number of different models to find the factory-built home that is perfect for you!

What are the benefits of living in a manufactured home community?

There are many benefits to living in a modern manufactured home community ranging from lifestyle and social benefits to financial and tax benefits.

A major benefit of living in a modern manufactured home community comes from living in a modern manufactured home. Today’s manufactured homes offer the best value for the highest quality home on the market. Manufactured homes are durable, state-of-the art housing with custom features and options at prices you can afford. Modern manufactured homes are constructed from the same materials as most site-built homes but they are built in a quality-controlled, factory environment where the materials are never exposed to the elements. Sizes of homes can range from about 1000 square feet up to 3000 or more square feet. Today’s manufactured homes offer features once only available in more expensive homes such as stainless steel kitchens, woodburning fireplaces, spacious family rooms and studies, whirlpool baths, energystar-certification and universal design features for aging in place. Manufactured homes can offer all of the amenities and comforts found in a site-built home but often cost 20 to 35% less per square foot.

Additionally, manufactured home communities are well-planned, attractive and secure communities that are managed by professional community managers who keep them well-maintained, attractive and secure. Manufactured home communities provide a secure living situation; many have their own security services and neighborhood watch programs. There are a wide array of services and amenities available in manufactured home communities ranging from lawn maintenance, trash and snow removal to amenities like pools, clubhouses and playgrounds! There is a wide range of communities to choose from across the country. They can be found near shopping, schools and employment centers or near beach, lake and mountain resorts. Also active adult communities offer organized social activities, walking trails, fitness centers and even golf courses.

There are many financial and tax benefits to living in a land-lease manufactured home community. The homebuyer purchases the home only which makes initial out of pocket investment much lower. Lower monthly payments leave more money in your budget for other things. And, just like with site-built homes, the interest on a manufactured home loan is tax deductible in most cases.

With all of these benefits and more, manufactured home communities offer greater value for your dollar than you can find elsewhere.

10 Easy Tips to Help you Purchase a Manufactured Home

So, you’ve decided you’d like to buy a manufactured or modular home, or perhaps you are considering retiring to a manufactured home community in warmer climates. This list of 10 easy steps should serve as an outline for this process and guide you through your journey.
1. Amenities. Whether you are looking at homes in mobile home parks or at manufactured and modular home dealers, make a list of ‘must haves’, ‘would like to haves’, and ‘can live with outs’. This will help prioritize what is important and either rule in or out a home model or a manufactured home community. This list may include things like a porch, mud room, or pitched roof for homes; or age restricted, family oriented, or proximity to work, school, the beach, etc. for communities as well as community amenities like playgrounds, swimming pool, etc.
2. Research the product. You are looking for a home that you will be living in for years to come, be sure you are happy with it. Using your list of amenities, research the manufacturers and models available, or manufactured home communities that are out there. Be sure to read reviews and evaluations from current and past owners, check the Better Business Bureau and other online resources to see if there have been any complaints filed against the manufacturer or community owner. Also, a good manufactured home dealer or community should have a website that gives you in-depth information about their organization.
3. Location. After you research the manufactured homes and modular homes that are out there, move on to the next phase of finding out where that home or community is available. Make a list of the availability, starting with the closest, it will help in the next phase of research.
4. Get your credit score. At this point you need to get your finances in order, and see what you will need in the way of loans. Manufactured home dealers and communities typically have resources for getting the pre-approval process started.  It is a great courtesy to the sales person to know what your price range is before you shop through homes.
5. Zoning/CCR issues. For example, if you intend to add a garage or a storage shed, will this be allowed? Many manufactured home dealers are also builders or can work with builders to add amenities to your home.
6. Research the dealers or communities. Look for customer testimonials, check their website, and again check the Better Business Bureau and other online resources to see if there have been any complaints filed and remember a good manufactured home dealer or community should have a website that gives you in-depth information about their organization. Also, meet a manager.  Sales persons will not be your contact after the purchase.  Management provides services beyond the home sale.  They are your best resource to learn about a manufactured home community because they work with the residents on a daily basis.
7. Visit the location. After youve done the initial research and made the list of potential dealers or communities, get out and take a drive. Visit the locations anonymously. Get a feel for the business, see how helpful the staff is, what the community looks like, etc. Take notes. At this point, tell them you are just browsing and avoid the hard-sell. Do this for all of the potential business that can cater to your business and compile your notes.
8. Lot Rent / HOA or other dues/fees. If you are purchasing a home in a land-lease community, be sure you are aware of what the lot rent fee is, as well as any Home Owner’s Association fees and what is included in them, for example, water, garbage, pet fees, etc.
9. Find a financial institution. Once you’ve decided what you need for financing, make a list of institutions that can help, and be sure that the dealers or communities on your short list are able to work with that institution. If it is difficult to get this done, don’t fear! Many manufactured and modular home dealers and communities have in-house financing or relationships established with other financing sources. You need to be honest with yourself, and find the best solution for you.
10. Insurance rates/availability. Be sure to have your insurance in place before the home is delivered, or you take ownership.
With a background in print advertising and marketing, Derrick Hachey now has over 10 years experience assisting clients in increasing brand and product awareness. He is currently a member of the team which was formed in 2003 by experts in Internet Marketing who share the common goal of harnessing the power of the Internet to more efficiently connect potential home-buyers with dealers and communities in the factor-built housing industry across the country. Focused solely on Internet Marketing and how it can benefit the Manufactured Housing Industry for the past 3 years, Derrick has a keen insight into the strategic importance of the Internet as an essential sales and marketing tool.

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