Myth vs fact: Manufactured homes


Here are five prevalent manufactured housing myths and the facts that debunk them.

Myth:  They're less expensive because they're made with cheap materials.

Fact:  Manufactured homes are made with the same standard building materials as site-built homes.  These homes are more affordable because of efficiencies in the factory-building process and not because of inferior materials.

Myth:  They're trailers.

Fact:  Manufactured homes are not trailers.  They're built in a factory and must meet or exceed the Manufactured Home Construction and Safety Standards Act of 1874 (HUD Code.)  They're secured on a permanent, non-removable steel frame (chassis) and can be titled as real or personal property, whereas "trailers" or "mobile homes" are built on wheels that can be pulled by a vehicle.

Myth:  They're unsafe.

Fact:  Manufactured homes are built entirely in a factory under controlled conditions and are inspected per HUD's safety standards for design and construction, strength and durability, transportability, fire resistance, heating, plumbing, air-conditioning, thermal and electrical systems and overall home quality.

Myth:  They're more vulnerable to storm, hurricane and tornado damage.

Fact:  Having the HUD code seal of approval ensures that a manufactured home meets regional standards for roof load, wind resistance, thermal efficiency, safety, and durability.

Myth:  You are confined to living in a trailer park.

Fact:  Actually, you can install your manufactured home on vacant land that you own, or lease land in a manufactured housing community (MHC).  Many MHCs offer security, amenities, neighbors and a sense of community.