With the variety of quality custom options to order, manufactured homes are an excellent housing option. Built in a factory setting, there is a greater sense of oversight and control over a manufactured home’s construction process. Bad weather to halt your home’s construction and shady contractors have no place in the mobile home factory.
For those alarmed by the negative connotation of manufactured homes, we understand this stigma arose due to poor quality homes. These mobile homes that fit the dilapidated stereotype were manufactured prior the U.S. Department of Housing Development’s HUD code.
Effective since 1976, the HUD code requires all mobile home manufacturers to meet certain construction standards for quality and energy efficiency. This code changed the future of the manufactured home. These homes now provide countless families with a safe, beautiful, and comfortable haven.
Average cost to build a manufactured home
There are three types of mobile homes: single wide, double wide, and triple wide. Below, we’ve highlighted the average cost to build a manufactured home of each type. These averages are taken from CostEvaluation.com
Single wide mobile homes average around $35,000 in cost.
The most prevalent manufactured home on the market, single wides range in size from 600 square feet to around 1,200 square feet. The single wide floor plan is the least complex. Since designers have less space to work with, they merely lineup rooms, one after the other. Additionally, single wides are the most affordable, built and moved in one single unit.
The second most common manufactured home, double wides range from 1300 to 1800 square feet. They are constructed in two separate units that are merged together on site. The possibilities for unique floor plans are endless at this size.
Ranging from approximately 1900 to 2500 square feet, the triple wide home is constructed in three or more separate units. Each unit is brought to your property or lot and carefully connected to one another by professionals. These are the most “house-like” of the three mobile home types.
Options to consider in your mobile home build
As stated above, a wide variety of custom options await your mobile home.
Energy efficient customizations
Clayton Homes, for example, offers The Energy Smart Home package. By upgrading your home’s features with this package, you can save money on your utility bills. Features such as a programmable thermostat to cater to your lifestyle, and airtight construction gives your home that extra boost of energy efficiency. Also, this package comes with an upgrade in quality insulation and low-emissive double pane windows.
According to Factory Built Homes Direct, Champion Homes provides many interior upgrade options. From arch entryways to fireplaces, and built-in computer desks, there’s a wide variety to fit your style and needs. And let’s not forget, you can upgrade your appliances too!
For exterior customizations, manufacturers may offer sliding glass doors and siding of different colors or materials. Roof pitch may also be customized. In these cases, customizations serve a dual purpose for both aesthetics and extra sturdiness in your area’s weather patterns.
What to know before you buy
A home for your home
Unlike stick-built homes, mobile homes are made in a factory and built to be moved to a lot or property. You need a place to put your new home. Whether you rent a lot or buy your own land, that’s up to you. But before you make arrangements to buy land, check if there are any local regulations to be met or permits needed pertinent to your setup.
Talk to the mobile home dealer about financing options. Although traditional loans are difficult to come by for mobile homes, alternatives do exist. Take extra care to compare interest rates and find out the cost involved in closing. As a result, you should be able to avoid surprise or unnecessary expenses.
Keep in mind, it’s not just the manufactured home you have to budget for. Other costs are involved in this decision to order a mobile home. For example, you may have to consider the cost of laying out a foundation should you wish to go for a permanent installation. Furthermore, leveling is a cost you’ll want to deal with as your house settles. And if you’re choosing to rent a lot, talk to the park manager and ask him or her to lay out all the fees involved.
Enjoy affordable housing customized for your needs!
Mobile homes are truly a great option for both your wallet and your preferences. Even when you factor in specific customizations, the cost to build a manufactured home is still cheaper than most other forms of housing. Of course, to really enjoy your home, it’s important to find the right community to live with. Here’s what to look for in a family mobile home park.