Frequently Asked Questions About Manufactured Homes

Manufactured homes are, in many ways, just like regular site-built homes. They’re both high quality structures that will provide you and your family with a wonderful home for years to come. But, on the other hand, they also offer a lot of unique benefits and features that site-built homes or apartments just don’t offer. Here are answers to a few questions people commonly have about manufactured homes.

What Makes Manufactured Homes Different From Site-Built Homes?

Manufactured homes and site-built homes are built in very different ways. As the name suggests, site-built homes are built completely on the site where the home will be located. Manufactured homes, on the other hand, are built completely indoors in a factory.

The process of building a manufactured home in a factory is far more efficient, faster, and less expensive than the process of building a site-built home. Manufactured homes aren’t subject to the weather-related delays that site-built homes are prone to. Since your home’s building materials are kept out of the elements, you won’t have to worry about them being damaged unnecessarily or stolen during the building process. Unlike traditional home builders, factories have the ability to buy building materials in bulk, which is a key reason why manufactured homes are so much more affordable than site-built ones.  

Since 1976, all manufactured homes in the United States have been built according to national standards set by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), whereas site-built homes have to follow state and local building codes. HUD codes require all manufactured homes to have a permanent steel chassis attached, which helps with transporting the home to its site.

Do All Manufactured Homes Look the Same?

You might be surprised how different manufactured homes can be from each other. They’re anything but “cookie cutter”! Manufactured homes come in a very wide variety of floorplans and styles and can be customized to meet your personal style preferences and lifestyle needs. Whether you’ve always dreamed of having a fireplace in your living room, need an open floorplan to accommodate a wheelchair, or simply like the look of vaulted ceilings, there’s a manufactured home out there that can give you what you want. If you can’t find the home that you want, you can always have a manufactured home built for you and have it customized for you.

I Don’t Have Very Good Credit. Can I Still Get a Manufactured Home?

Absolutely! In fact, owning a manufactured home is a great way to help improve your credit. At HomeFirst™, we work with people with all types of credit scores and incomes, including people who have bad credit and modest incomes. A member of our team will work with you one-on-one to help you finance a manufactured home. We also have many different special offers to make living in one of our communities even more affordable, such as our down payment assistance program, which can provide you with up to an extra $5,000 to use toward the purchase of a new home.

What Makes Living in a Manufactured Housing Community Special?

When you own a manufactured home, there are two main places you can have it placed: in a community, such as one of our HomeFirst™ communities, or on a lot of privately-owned land.

Living in a manufactured housing community has a lot of benefits over living in a home on your own land. First of all, you won’t have to worry about paying property taxes or having to maintain the land your home sits on. Many people start looking into manufactured homes because they’re looking to downsize and when you live in a community, you’ll only have to worry about maintaining the lawn around your house.
Manufactured housing communities also typically have lots of amenities to offer their residents. In our HomeFirst™ communities, our residents are able to enjoy things like swimming pools, fitness centers, recreation areas, playgrounds, and more. We also have a community clubhouse where we regularly hold community events, so you’ll have plenty of opportunities to make friends within the community. You can even use the clubhouse to host things like birthday parties or family dinners if you don’t have enough room in your home.

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