Today's Manufactured Housing is...
Safe. In North Carolina, manufactured housing codes meet or exceed the wind standards for sitebuilt housing.
Anchored. North Carolina law require all manufactured homes to be securely anchored to the ground. Most site-built homes in North Carolina are not anchored in any way.
Durable. A University of Georgia study concluded that the average life expectancy of a modern manufactured home is equivalent to the life expectancy of a site-built home.
Widely Accepted. Approximately 33% of all new single-family homes built in North Carolina are manufactured homes. Once city and county laws and ordinances prohibiting manufactured housing are abolished, more people will be able to own their own home.
Easy Financing. Almost all major financial institutions have manufactured home loan programs. Also, manufactured homes qualify for federal home loan programs. Manufactured homes can be financed for 15 to 30 years with the same rates as site-built homes.
Appreciates. A study conducted by East Carolina University concluded that manufactured homes can and do appreciate just like comparable site-built homes.
Attractive. Today's manufactured housing is completely different from the single-wide models of the past. Today, manufactured homes are architecturally designed to fit the community in which they will be placed. Steeper roof pitches, larger overhangs and covered porches all contribute to a home that is indistinguishable from its site-built neighbors.
Affordable. Manufactured homes sell, on average, for 25% less than a comparable site-built home. In some cases, that savings is greater than 25%.
An Alternative. A lack of affordable housing has created a crisis in some areas of North Carolina. Manufactured housing offers an alternative to paying rent, government subsidized housing and urban sprawl.
Quality Built Homes
How does the manufactured housing industry maintain high standards for quality and keep costs down?
Manufactured homes are built inside a factory. The weather does not cause delays or damage. The methods used to build the homes and the people who do the work are consistently monitored and controlled.
These homes must comply with a tough federal building code. These standards, developed by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), cover structural design, construction, fire safety, energy efficiency and performance of heating, plumbing, air conditioning, thermal and electrical systems.
A well-trained group of workers use sophisticated cutting and fastening tools to build manufactured homes. All parts of the home are built in the factory.
Inspection is performed throughout the construction process to assure consistency and quality.
There are major benefits to having your home built in a factory:
- All aspects of the construction process are quality controlled.
- The weather doesn't interfere with construction, cause costly delays, or warp or damage building materials.
- All technicians, craftsmen and assemblers are on the same team and professionally supervised.
- Inventory is better controlled and materials are protected from theft and weather-related damage.
- All construction materials, as well as interior features and appliances, are purchased in volume for additional savings.
- All aspects of construction are continually inspected by not one, but several, inspectors.