Manufactured Homes Vs. Mobile Homes: What Are the Differences?

Manufactured Homes Vs. Mobile Homes: What Are the Differences? Image
Although the terms “manufactured home” and “mobile home” are used interchangeably, they are completely different products. Mobile homes haven't been constructed since the mid-1970s, when the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) established stringent construction guidelines. In the place of mobile homes, the manufactured home industry took off and started to offer spacious homes with modern floorplans for today's families.
More Space, Varied Floorplans, Community Amenities 
There are many differences between these two types of homes, with the most popular listed here:
  • Space and Storage: Manufactured homes the space of a mobile home and many feature three bedrooms and two bathrooms. Highlights include large kitchens with abundant countertop and cabinet space, living rooms that comfortably seat everyone in the family, and master bedrooms with attached master baths. Outside, manufactured homes usually have storage sheds, decks, or patios. 
  • Amenities and Floorplans: Decades ago, mobile homes were designed with very few amenities and didn't have varied floorplans since they contained so little space. Manufactured homes, are now designed with the modern home owner in mind. The kitchens have space for an island or breakfast nook. Master bedrooms feature walk-in closets and master baths have room for a relaxing garden tub and shower, as well as plenty of counter and sink space. Also, wall-to-wall carpeting and/or laminate floors are the norm in manufactured homes. 
  • Community and Location: Many manufactured homes are located in beautifully landscaped communities and feature playgrounds, sport courts, clubhouses, and other amenities that cater to every age. The communities are often in suburban or rural areas, but are close to major cities and highways. Shopping, dining, entertainment, and activities are also nearby. 
Manufactured homes are built according to strict regional safety standards for durability, efficiency, and roof load requirements. These communities offer people the ability to own, rent, or lease a spacious home that is up to 60% less expensive than similar site-built homes located in the same area. 
The best way to see what a modern manufactured home looks like is to tour a model home at a community near you. UMH Properties owns 98 manufactured home communities throughout seven states in the United States. Call or contact us to learn more.