Nearly a quarter of new homes built in the U.S. today are manufactured homes. That may come as a surprise to those who still associate the term “manufactured home” with “trailer,” but the fact is that the benefits of manufactured homes makes them especially desirable to everyone from young families to empty-nesters. At half the cost to build per square foot compared to site-built homes, manufactured homes are becoming the most affordable way to turn the dream of home ownership into a reality.
As mentioned above, one of the major benefits of manufactured homes is lower costs. Manufactured home construction is less expensive than on-site construction, but that is not due to cheap material or low quality craftsmanship; it is thanks to efficiency. The process with which manufactured homes are built enable builders like Jacobsen Homes
to source construction materials in bulk, greatly lowering material cost which is typically the largest piece of any construction budget. And because these homes are built in secure, controlled environments, other situations that affect on-site construction budgets – like weather and theft – will not disrupt the build or budget of a manufactured home.
The manufactured home industry wouldn’t be booming if the homes were of low caliber. In fact, the construction of these homes has to be even sturdier than that of traditional homes because they must be able to withstand transportation from the production site to the build site. The tradesmen who build manufactured homes also have access to tools and jigs that increase durability and are not used in on-site construction.
When it comes to the interior space of manufactured homes, top-of-the-line options can be included in every aspect, from floor plans to finishes. Walk-in closets, double vanities, EnergyStar appliances and granite countertops make today’s manufactured homes anything but your stereotypical double wide. Another benefit of manufactured homes is that high-end options like these are more than just available, they are likely more affordable since the cost of construction is so much lower than on-site builds.
Things to Consider
If you choose to reap the benefits of manufactured homes when you decide to buy a house, there are a few other differences from on-site builds that you should keep in mind:
- Upfront Payment – some builders do require upfront payment for construction to protect against buyers abandoning the project. Ask your builder about loans and financing.
- Land Cost – whether you are leasing or own the land your manufactured home will be built on, the cost of it may not be included in the construction price.
For more information or to start construction on the manufactured home of your dreams, find a Jacobsen Homes model center