What’s the Difference Between Manufactured and Modular Housing? | HomeFirst

What’s the Difference Between Manufactured and Modular Housing?

If you’re considering buying a manufactured home and have been doing research about the advantages that come with it, it’s very likely you’ll see the terms “manufactured housing” and “modular housing” used interchangeably. This is a very common misunderstanding.

Manufactured housing and modular housing do have several things in common, so it’s easy to understand why people might confuse the two. Both types of homes are built in factories, then transported to the desired site. Since both types of homes are built indoors, they have the advantage of their building elements being protected from weather-related damage. Both types of homes are also made with extra secure construction compared to site-built homes since they need to be able to withstand being transported to the site.

Modular homes are set on a permanent foundation and meet all of the same building codes and regulations a site-built home would. Our manufactured homes adhere to federal, state, and local building codes, including standards set by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). HUD codes require manufactured homes to be built on a permanent steel chassis.

This chassis is what commonly leads to manufactured homes being mislabeled as mobile homes. The chassis assists in transporting the home to its site, but once a manufactured home is brought to its site, they aren’t commonly moved again. Depending on the size and weight of the home and the distance of the move, moving a manufactured home can cost several thousand dollars and they aren’t as easy to move as the term “mobile home” suggests. You can’t simply move a manufactured home and set it down anywhere you want; there are zoning factors to consider and you need to find a moving company that carries adequate insurance and is knowledgeable about the laws regarding transporting a home. So once a manufactured home reaches its destination, it typically stays there.

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