If you are buying a new manufactured home, you will need to decide which company will be building your new home. You want a home that is within your budget and built with solid construction and quality workmanship. Being an informed consumer and researching the homes, builders, and dealerships can help you make the best choices.
Quality and Varieties
Construction quality varies by model and region. Manufactured home builders offer models that range drastically in price, size, and construction quality. Lower-priced homes will not have the same building composition that a site-built home offers. Builders would never make a profit if they offered those options at the lowest price.
The numerous models and options available in manufactured housing is both an advantage and a disadvantage. The biggest advantage is obvious: the endless options give you, the homebuyer, ultimate control over every aspect of the home. A home can be built to whatever specifications you may have and at a price site-built homes simply cannot match.
A disadvantage of offering so many different home models is the fact that these options are disregarded when it comes to the overall opinion of manufactured homes. The poor reputation that manufactured homes have is undoubtedly based on the lowest-priced models, which happens to be the most common. The fact is that builders offer many home models, from low cost to luxury, and many of them meet or exceed site-built homes in every way. It would be similar to thinking that every car is exactly like a 1971 Pinto, named one of the worst cars in history. You simply can’t judge all of them based on only a few.
Another disadvantage of offering so many different options and upgrades is the homebuyer can become overwhelmed during the buying process. We’re here to help, though! The following information will help you figure out the best options and upgrades to consider for your new manufactured home.
Models and Price Ranges
From low cost to luxury, manufacturers built homes are available in every price range. The price range will determine the overall quality of the model.
Lower-priced homes will have basic grade materials and HUD-acceptable construction. Thin interior walls and lower ceiling height are standard in these homes, as is the lower grade carpeting and wall panels.
Mid-to-high priced homes will offer better material quality and higher construction composition. Upgrades like double pane windows, shingle roof, larger studs, and higher ceiling heights are used in higher-priced homes.
Options and Features
Aesthetic options include carpeting, vinyl, wall panels, countertops, cabinets, faucets, siding and the like. There’s a style for everyone! However, a homebuyer should not put much emphasis on the aesthetics of a new home because styles change every few years.
Non-aesthetic options are the most important. Options such as roof pitch, insulation, exterior sheathing, wall studs, floor decking, doors and windows, and other aspects that make up the home construction. Here’s what you will need to consider:
Source: The Spruce