Why Manufactured Homes Are Less Expensive Than Site-Built Homes

Posted: December 15, 2021 by Jacobsen Homes

Manufactured homes are a versatile, high-quality, and cost-effective housing option, making them a great choice for people at any stage of life. Manufactured homes are known for their affordable price compared to most traditional, site-built homes. Not only are manufactured homes less expensive upfront, but their appreciation in value is similar to that of site-built homes – although outside factors such as location, age and condition of the home, the state of the housing market, and more may influence value (as they also would with a site-built home). 

Manufactured homes are a jack of all trades – a cost-effective housing option that provides the safety, durability, and versatility that new and existing homeowners are looking for. 

The Quality of Manufactured Homes Versus Site-Built Homes

When looking into housing options, your main concern may be ensuring it’s safe and structurally sound. While many assume their lower price is because they are poorly made, quite the opposite is true.

The manufactured housing industry is heavily regulated by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The HUD has set strict rules and regulations that all manufactured home builders must adhere to. These standards ensure each manufactured home is built according to code regarding:

  • Construction, design, and installation tactics and execution

  • Energy efficiency 

  • Thermal protection

  • Fire safety standards

  • Electrical protocols

  • Plumbing needs

  • Wind zone requirements

Because of these strict regulations, manufactured homes last just as long and are just as safe as a traditional, site-built home. 

Highly Efficient Construction Processes 

Following an assembly line building process, manufacturers are able to construct their homes efficiently and effectively. In addition, it’s required by the HUD that manufactured homes be constructed in a climate-controlled factory. Not only does this keep building materials safe from the elements during construction, but it also doesn’t let bad weather, vandalism, or theft get in the way of project timelines. These efficiencies help you cut labor costs, enabling you to save time and money all around. In addition, manufacturers are often able to buy great quality building materials and appliances at a lower cost since they typically purchase them in bulk.

Because of manufactured home’s planning, drafting, and construction process they’re also able to be customized and constructed according to your unique wants and needs. From the number of bedrooms and bathrooms in your home to its actual layout to your home’s features and finishes, you can choose it all. 

In addition, lower building costs may even give you the ability to get a larger, double- or triple-wide manufactured home. Or, you can upgrade to high-end, luxury features and finishes which may have been out of budget if you chose a traditional site-built home

Green Building Practices 

Manufactured homes are designed and built according to specific models using highly precise, innovative technology. This guarantees proper dimensions are laid out before the building process even begins, which helps lower waste, and in turn, your home’s impact on the environment. 

Building materials are also stored and assembled in a climate-controlled factory, keeping them safe from damage that would cause them to be thrown away. Any scraps that are leftover can be reused or repurposed, and some manufacturers take the extra step to recycle what they can’t repurpose to lower their environmental impact. 

In addition to energy-efficient building practices, you can also choose eco-friendly features and materials to reap the cost-saving benefits of energy efficiency long term. For example, you can choose LED or fluorescent light bulbs to ensure your home is using electricity efficiently. Or, you can opt for light exterior home colors to help your home regulate its temperature more effectively. Selecting a housing option with a lower environmental impact is a win, in and of itself, however, the considerable upfront and long-term cost-savings shouldn’t be ignored. 

A High-Quality Manufactured Home Builder Makes All the Difference

One of (if not the) most important things to note about manufactured homes, is that while they cost less, they offer great value, which is why more and more people are choosing to go the route of a manufactured home. One critical part of the manufactured home-buying process is finding a reliable, reputable manufacturer. Planning and designing your new home is an exciting process but can be stressful at times, and the right manufacturer can make your experience much more enjoyable and help things run smoothly.

As a HUD-certified, green manufactured home builder, Jacobsen Homes is proud to help families all over Florida build the home of their dreams – at a price they can afford! Our team of designers will work with you through the entire process to ensure your home provides the best functionality and design for your lifestyle. Our team of in-house engineers makes sure each and every one of our homes not only meets but exceeds HUD standards.

Contact us today to start building your dream home. If you’re not ready to buy, you can also browse our constructions in person at any of our model centers in Florida.