Mobile Home Advantages

Mobile Home Advantages

Cost Effective

  • Depending on the region of the country, construction cost per square foot for a new manufactured home averages 10 to 35 percent less than a comparable site-built home. For more information, please see Value for Residents (Make Link)

Built for Quality

  • Because manufactured homes are built in an inclosed facility, all aspects of the construction process are controlled.
  • The weather doesn't interfere with construction and cause delays.
  • All technicians, craftsman 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.
  • All aspects of construction are continually inspected.
  • All homes meet stringent Federal HUD quality standards.


  • Floor plans are available that range from basic to elaborate, with vaulted or tray ceilings, fully-equipped kitchens - some even have 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, home buyers can also opt for stucco exteriors.
  • Most homes have pitched roofs with shingles and gabled ends. Design features such as bay windows are also available. Awning, skirting (enclosures around the crawl space), patio covers, decks, site-built garages and permanent foundations are available upgrades. In many cases, the home can be customized to meet the needs of the customer.


  • The building materials in today’s manufactured home are the same as those used in a site-built home.
  • The homes are engineered for wind safety and energy efficiency based on the geographic region where they are sold.
  • Manufactured homes may be one of the safest housing choices available today because of 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 wind gusts in areas prone to hurricanes.

Importance of Manufactured Housing

  • Manufactured housing plays a significant role in the U.S. housing market.
  • There are more than 22 million people living in approximately 10 million manufactured homes in the United States.

Home Quality/Comparability to Site-built Homes

  • The quality and amenities of modern manufactured homes has dramatically increased. Modern manufactured homes have many of the same features as site-built homes.
  • A manufactured home is a single-family house constructed entirely in a factory rather than at a homesite, with generally the same materials found in site-built homes.
  • Homes range from 500 square feet to 2,000 square feet or larger and can be both single-section or multi-section.
  • Manufactured homes are available in a variety of architectural styles and floor plans, offering a variety of amenities and custom options including:
  • Spacious floor plans
  • Vaulted ceilings
  • Drywall throughout
  • Walk-in closets
  • Fireplaces
  • Brand name appliances
  • Customization packages
  • Jacuzzi tubs
  • Shingled roof
  • Vinyl, hardboard, stucco or wood siding


  • Today’s manufactured homes offer quality similar to many site-built homes at a more affordable price. According to 2002 data reported by the MHI, manufactured housing represents a 10% to 35% savings for comparable entry-level site-built housing.
  • For more information see Value for Residents

Homeowner Satisfaction

  • Studies have shown that homeowners are happy with manufactured housing.
  • According to a 1999 study by Foremost Insurance Company, 88% of manufactured homeowners report satisfaction with their housing choice.
  • The 1999 Owens Corning study, conducted by National Family Opinion, found that 93% of manufactured homeowners are satisfied with their housing choice.