What’s the Difference Between a Manufactured Home and a Mobile Home?
If you spend any amount of time reading about manufactured housing, you’ll inevitably see the terms “manufactured home” and “mobile home” used interchangeably. However, they are not the same things and there are some distinctions between the two.
“Mobile home” is used to refer to homes built before June 15, 1976. “Manufactured home” is the proper term for factory-built homes made after June 15, 1976. This is when factory-built homes were required to start adhering to standards set forth by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Under these standards, manufactured homes saw vast improvements over their predecessors. They became better constructed, more durable, more energy efficient, and had new standards for fire resistance, plumbing, and electrical systems. Some people are under the impression that HUD standards are not very strict, but this simply isn’t true at all.
In the time since manufactured homes started following HUD codes, standards have been updated and improved to make manufactured homes even more secure and efficient. When you hear somebody saying things like, “Manufactured homes are not energy efficient,” or “Manufactured homes are not safe,” they’re likely thinking of homes that were built before June 15, 1976 and don’t meet HUD requirements, not modern manufactured homes. Modern manufactured homes and older mobile homes are worlds apart in terms of construction, efficiency, security, and overall quality.
The term “mobile home” is also rather misleading. It is possible for manufactured homes to be moved, but it’s a complicated process that is much easier said than done. Very few manufactured homes are moved once they are placed on their original site and the process of moving a manufactured home is much easier said than done.