When it comes to manufactured homes, or mobile homes, there are a lot of misconceptions about their quality and value. If you’re considering an affordable housing option that beats renting or buying a site-built home, we’re here to bust some common myths about mobile homes. This way, you can make an informed decision.
Myth #1: They’re More Vulnerable to Harsh Weather
It’s a common misconception that mobile homes will easily blow over in a hurricane, fall apart in a tornado, or are more susceptible to fire. This myth may be due to the related misconception that mobile homes are made from cheap materials that can lead to costly damage or serious accidents. However, both are untrue.
Mobile homes are built with the same materials as site-built homes. Before a mobile home can be sold, it must pass several housing codes and standards from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). HUD enforces and monitors housing programs to keep mobile home residents safe. That means, like any other site-built home, a mobile home has fire-resistant characteristics and is built to withstand hurricane-force winds. During construction, mobile homes also have to pass rigorous third-party inspections. The rules for manufacturing and installing mobile homes can be pretty stringent. They’re designed to keep you safe.
And with Florida’s hurricane season, you might wonder how a manufactured home stands up. Depending on the builder, a manufactured home can stand up well to even the harshest weather.
Myth #2: There’s No Variety or Value in Mobile Homes
Not all mobile homes look the same! Though many resemble each other, they’re not all exactly the same in shape and size. Many site-built homes in a community have similar exteriors and floor plans. A fact that comes as a surprise to many, a mobile home can be custom made in many cases. Depending on your builder, you can choose to add walk-in closets, fireplaces, luxury baths, skylights, and so much more.
As far as value, estimating a home’s value can be tricky because there are so many factors involved. In general, though, a mobile home can certainly gain value depending on its location and upkeep. If you own the land where your mobile home is located, if it’s been maintained well, and if it’s attached to a foundation, there’s a good chance it will gain equity. Every mobile home is different, and supply and demand will vary, which can also affect the estimated value.
Myth #3: They’re Made for Low-Income Families
This myth likely stems from low quality manufactured homes that were present in the 1960s and 1970s. It may also stem from how mobile home residents are portrayed in the media, but this myth is completely untrue. Mobile homes can be just as beautiful, durable, and reliable as site-built homes. They’re great options for retirees looking for less expensive housing than a site-built home, apartment, or condo.
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