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Manufactured Homes Vs. Tiny Houses

In recent years, it seems like the public has become fascinated by the idea of living in tiny houses. There are TV shows about building and living in them, they’ve been parodied on the show Portlandia, there are pictures of them all over Pinterest and several bogs. Many people see these ultra small dwellings and wonder what on Earth would possess someone to willingly live in such a small, cramped home. The biggest reasons people decide to live in tiny houses is that they’re looking for a way to downsize and live economically. Interestingly, these are the same reasons many people decide to live in manufactured housing. But manufactured housing can offer a lot of things that tiny homes can’t!

The simple fact of the matter is that tiny house living isn’t a practical solution for everybody. If you have children or other relatives living with you, living in a tiny home is going to be more trouble than it’s worth. Depending on how many people live in your home, living in a 3 or 4 bedroom home might not necessarily be a luxury, it could simply be practical. In a tiny house, kids won’t have as much room to play inside on rainy days, storage space is going to be extremely limited, and nobody would have any privacy. It would be a chore for everybody to get ready in the mornings because of the amount of coordination that would be required to stay out of each other’s way. This is why many people look into using tiny houses as a guest house for an existing site-built home or for a place where they can use as a vacation home, not as a primary residence.

Tiny homes can be affordable, but there’s a catch and it’s a big one: if you truly want to keep costs to a minimum, you have to buy all the materials and build it yourself. The average cost to build a tiny house yourself is about $23,000, so if you don’t have the skills or knowledge needed to build a small home, you’re going to have to find someone to build it for you, which is going to drive up the price. Even if you build it yourself, you could easily find a very nice manufactured home for about the same price, only you wouldn’t have to build it yourself and you’d have so much more space to work with. And if you do have someone build it for you, you still very easily find a manufactured home for a comparable price, or maybe even less, and you’d have plenty or room to be able to live so much more comfortably!

Many people also look into tiny houses as a way to reduce their carbon footprint, but manufactured homes are also a very green housing choice. In fact, manufactured homes that have been Energy Star certified are actually more energy efficient than many ordinary site-built homes! Manufactured homes are built using an extremely efficient process that produces 35-40% less waste than building a comparable site-built home. The way manufactured homes are built also creates fewer gaps for cold air to escape through, so you won’t have to worry about wasting money on trying to heat a drafty home. For even greater energy efficiency, many manufactured homes also come outfitted with Energy Star appliances. So not only are manufactured homes extremely affordable, they can help you save even more money by keeping energy costs down.

If you want to enjoy some of the same benefits of living in a tiny house but without the headaches, why not consider a manufactured home instead? The great thing about manufactured homes is that they’re an excellent way to downsize but still live very comfortably. HomeFirst™ has homes available to rent or own in manufactured housing communities located in some of Michigan’s best locations. Not only are the homes affordable, our residents are also able to take advantage of exciting amenities like swimming pools, fitness centers, playgrounds, and more! If you’re interested in a home in one of our communities, contact us! We’d love to help welcome you to the community!

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