In today’s post, we will be reviewing a few common myths regarding manufactured homes and manufactured home living. By definition, a manufactured home is any home constructed after the year 1976.
MYTH #1: Manufactured home are unsafe and poorly constructed.
FALSE! : They are built under controlled conditions with state-of-the-art assembly lines. All steps of the construction process are inspected for strength, durability, fire-resistance, transportability, etc. (Something to keep in mind is that manufactured homes must be strong enough to travel!)
MYTH #2: Manufactured homes have limited design options and are unappealing to the eye.
FALSE! : There are more modern and energy-efficient building options than ever before for manufactured homes! Elaborate open concept kitchens with granite countertops, spacious living areas, walk-in closets, large bedrooms, bathrooms with claw tubs, lap siding, high-pitched roofs, step-living rooms and many more!
MYTH #3: Manufactured homes are extremely vulnerable to storm damage.
FALSE! : These homes have the HUD (U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development) seal of approval and meet all standards for safety and durability. Homes built after the year 1994 have this guarantee.
MYTH #4: A manufactured home is the same thing as a trailer/mobile home.
FALSE! : Manufactured homes are not trailers. This wording was originally popular in the late 1940’s-1950’s as another word for mobile home. Mobile homes and manufactured homes share some similarities but also differences. Most notably, the communities and its residents! Manufactured home are typically not “mobile” and are brought to their end location on a chassis and not typically moved around after the fact. Many operators create aesthetically pleasing affordable neighborhoods using manufactured homes. MH communities are run efficiently with guidelines to provide a safe and quiet atmosphere for all.