It’s no secret manufactured homes are a fraction of the cost of site-built dwellings. As demand for affordable housing rapidly increases, people are turning to hand-built homes not only for their price, but also for their durability, energy efficiency, and high-quality construction. If you’re on a budget and searching for a new home, here are four reasons why manufactured housing is too good of an opportunity to pass up.
How much more affordable are hand-built homes than traditional ones? On average, a manufactured home costs $48 per square foot, while a new site-built home costs $101 per square foot. This low price isn’t because supplies are low-quality; on the contrary, the materials are the same as site-built homes. Materials are simply ordered in higher volumes resulting in lower material costs. Additionally, the factory construction process is more exact and efficient which results in substantial savings.
2. Energy Efficient
Whether you want to help the environment, lower your utility bills, or both, manufactured homes are built for energy efficiency. In 1976, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) created the HUD code which requires hand-built homes to follow a set of stringent standards and regulations for construction. The code was revised in the early 1990s to increase energy efficiency and ventilation standards. These changes included requirements for higher levels of insulation as well as increased caulking and insulation around ductwork, electrical outlets, lighting, and other openings in each unit.
3. Safety Assurance
In addition to requiring manufactured homes to be constructed and installed with the same materials and care, the HUD code also requires third-party inspectors to monitor all manufactured homes throughout the construction and installation process for quality assurance. Adhering to these strict standards, these homes can withstand wind speeds of up to 110 mph, and the chance of fire in today’s factory-built homes is half that of a site-built home. With the stringent building codes, safety inspections standards, and Florida’s comprehensive installation requirements, a Florida factory-built home may be the safest home you can buy.
Manufactured homes aren’t cloned in the factory with identical pieces and floor plans. With floor plans varying from less than 1000 square feet to more than 2,200 square feet, state of the art amenities, and beautiful exteriors, hand-built homes can accommodate any lifestyle and offer better curb appeal than many other homes on the block. Once you choose a plan and design that meets your needs, hardworking builders will use computer-aided design (CAD) software to ensure your dream home is engineered with the utmost precision.