November 21, 2023

The Differences Between Modular and Manufactured Homes

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4 questions to consider before buying a home

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Simple steps to buy a home successfully

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Consider your finance options, and then choose the best one available

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Make an offer with some wiggle room for negotiation

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Which other tips do you recommend when buying a home?

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If you’ve been in the loop with real estate recently, it's clear that alternative housing is becoming increasingly important in the current market. For families wanting a detached home, modular and manufactured homes stand as two popular options — and for good reason. But what makes these housing styles unique? Today, we’ll delve into the differences between modular and manufactured homes to help you decide which might be best for your family. 

The Differences Between Modular and Manufactured Homes

LEGO might not be your first thought when you envision how a house is built, but for modular homes, this isn’t too far off the mark. Each module is crafted individually in a controlled environment before being transported to the site and pieced together to form a complete home.

Manufactured homes, on the other hand, are created more like detailed artworks on a steel canvas. Built entirely in one location, these homes are transported to their destination in one piece, ready to be connected and set up for their new owners. 

From Foundation to Destination: The Construction Journey

Constructing a modular home is an intricate process. The modules are built in a controlled, weather-tight facility, leading to faster completion without interruptions from the unpredictability of Mother Nature. Once all modules are prepped, they're pieced together on-site, creating a unified living space.

Now, for manufactured homes, the journey begins on a robust steel frame. This frame plays a vital role throughout the construction and during the home's transit. Once everything's set, these homes are road-ready. And while they often shed their wheels on arrival, some homeowners choose to retain them for later relocation, paying homage to the mobile essence of the home.

Navigating the Regulatory Landscape

Modular homes abide by local building codes, ensuring they either meet or surpass regional standards. These are the same guidelines that traditional brick-and-mortar homes follow.

Manufactured homes, especially those from MCM Communities, have a special relationship with the HUD code. This set of criteria guarantees every home achieves safety, quality, and efficiency benchmarks. If you're ever wondering if a structure meets HUD standards, just look for its certification. 

Cost Considerations

Another of the key differences between modular and manufactured homes is the price. Because of their highly customizable design and construction, pricing for modular homes can be highly variable. Size, materials, and optional extras all add to the final price, although they still often remain a more budget-friendly option than conventionally built houses. 

When it comes to manufactured homes, value takes center stage. Their distinctive, unified construction process translates into significant savings for homeowners, leading to a residence that's not only budget-friendly but also brimming with quality — whether you choose a single, double, or triple-wide. 

Standing the Test of Time: Durability and Longevity

With proper care, modular homes promise to be long-standing companions. Regular maintenance ensures longevity and comfort, with an expected lifespan of about 50 years.

On average, manufactured homes are expected to have a lifespan of 30 to 55 years, and with the right materials and diligent upkeep, these homes can stand for as long as 80 years. Just like any other type of home, routine care is key to prolonging the life and preserving the quality of these residences.

Personal Touches: Customization Options

Modular homes stand out as a platform for creativity. Offering a highly adaptable structure, they allow homeowners to define spaces according to their vision. A second floor, extra bedroom, or other add-ons are all on the table. With modular homes, you can personalize each section of your home.

While their structure is more set than modular homes, manufactured homes still offer a vast array of customization options that cater to the diverse tastes and needs of homeowners. From design themes that span from mid-century modern aesthetics to rustic farmhouse vibes, there's a preset theme for every preference, ensuring a welcoming and cohesive look throughout the residence. 

Beyond aesthetics, these homes offer functional floor plans tailored to accommodate various lifestyles. Whether one is drawn to the expansive aura of open floor plans or the intimate charm of segmented designs, the options are extensive, with some even blending the best of both worlds.

Marrying design with modern technological advancements, there are also options available for integrating smart home features. Imagine homes with voice-activated lighting, automated thermostats, and advanced security systems that can be operated from a smartphone. 

Sustainability is also a key focus in contemporary home designs, with a myriad of eco-friendly choices at hand. From energy-efficient appliances to innovative insulation materials, there's a conscious effort to reduce the environmental footprint. Additionally, if you envision specialized touches, from a comfortable front porch to awnings and patios, these can be effortlessly incorporated into the design, ensuring each home becomes a genuine reflection of its owner's aspirations.

Community Support

Manufactured home communities offer a unique blend of affordability, sustainability, and community cohesion. They often provide residents with the opportunity to live in well-designed, efficient spaces while promoting a close-knit neighborhood feel. Many of these communities are equipped with shared amenities such as community centers, playgrounds, and green spaces, fostering social interaction and shared experiences among residents. 

Additionally, with their compact design and efficient use of land, they contribute to a more sustainable urban planning model, reducing sprawl and promoting efficient land use. This means that manufactured home communities make a compelling choice for those seeking a balance of private living space and community connection. 

Find Your Perfect Home with MCM Communities

Ultimately, manufactured homes aren't just about housing. They're about reflecting individual personalities, catering to specific needs, and ensuring every homeowner truly feels at home. Whether you're leaning towards timeless designs or modern innovations, the customization possibilities are as broad as your imagination. 

If you're contemplating the next chapter of your housing story, MCM Communities has passion, expertise, and a wide range of housing options to guide you to your family’s next home.

Still have questions? We’d love to hear from you! Click here to speak to one of our team members today!