Debunking Common Manufactured Housing Myths

There are many myths that go around when it comes to manufactured housing. As a result, many people wrongly assume that manufactured housing isn’t the right fit for them.

In this article, we’ll debunk some of the most common manufactured housing myths. And, we’ll also discuss some of the benefits of manufactured homes that prove those myths wrong.

Myth #1: Manufactured Homes Aren’t As High-Quality As Site-Built Homes

This is one of the biggest myths surrounding manufactured housing. Many people assume that manufactured homes are low quality or in poor shape.

The truth is that manufactured homes today are built with high quality and care in mind. In fact, it’s not hard to find a manufactured home with luxury features. These can include open-concept floor plans or high-end appliances.

Modern-day manufactured homes can even be built with customizable features. For example, if you want countertops made of a certain material, customized manufactured homes have you covered.  

Myth #2: Manufactured Homes Aren’t Safe

Since 1976, manufactured homes have been built to the “HUD Code.” This is a set of guidelines from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The HUD code outlines how a manufactured home must be built. These guidelines are especially important for the safety of the manufactured home.

For example, all manufactured homes must take strict measures to be wind-resistant. This is vital in the event of tornadoes and hurricanes.

All manufactured homes built after June 15, 1976 must abide by this HUD code. With these safety standards in mind, manufactured housing has become safer than ever.

Myth #3: Manufactured Home Communities Aren’t Safe or Desirable

Many people think that communities or mobile home parks are unsafe or run down. This is similar to the notion we discussed earlier about mobile homes not being high-quality.

The truth is that many communities are top of the line and offer security and peace of mind for their residents. Some even have gated entrances and enforced quiet hours.

Not only that, but many communities offer amenities as well. These amenities, which range from athletic courts to pools and spas, offer an increased sense of luxury for community residents. 

In a community, you’ll also be able to take advantage of having neighbors nearby with whom you can share those amenities.

You can read more in the MHVillager about what makes communities desirable places to live.

Myth #4: Manufactured Homes Are Too Expensive

Manufactured homes are one of the most affordable sources of housing out there.

In fact, the average manufactured home costs far less than a site-built home. Manufactured homes cost around $92,911 for a new manufactured home and $60,733 for a pre-owned manufactured home, based on 2021 sales data from Datacomp. Site-built homes, meanwhile, are often much higher. In fact, the average is $408,000, according to 2021 Statista data. 

The cost of living for a manufactured home may vary if you live in a community. Communities usually charge “lot rent” when you lease the land your home sits on. Even then, you’ll find that manufactured homes are much cheaper than site-built homes in the long run.

Myth #5: It’s Too Hard to Find Manufactured Homes Near Me

This might be the most “untrue” manufactured housing myth of all.

In 2022, it has never been easier to find a manufactured home for sale or rent. In fact, MHVillage makes it simple to look for them in your area.

Simply head over to MHVillage to search for manufactured homes near you. You can even filter your search based on 55+ or all-ages communities, whether they’re on private land, and many other categories.

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