What is a Manufactured Home?


Ever see the Lucy & Desi movie “The Long Long Trailer”? A hilarious trip that the newly-weds take after purchasing a travel trailer to make the long mountainous journey to Desi’s new job.  Anyone who has pulled anything can relate to this adventure. In those years that type of trailer was considered a mobile home as it was moveable and completely livable.

Later on smaller trailers were designed and became travel or camping trailers for the vacationers and bigger trailers were put on acreage to live in. The problem was, these big trailers were not built to be permanent houses and decreased in value and deteriorated quickly. The demand was there, and the industry responded with a major change on July 15, 1976.

In 1976 HUD (Federal Government Housing and Urban Development) got together with the manufacturers and set new high standards for these homes to make them truly livable and long lasting permanent homes. They renamed these homes Manufactured Homes which is what they are called today. New guidelines and rules were set on design, construction, strength, durability, fire resistance, energy efficiency, and overall quality. Even performance standards for all home systems such as electrical, plumbing, heating, a/c were set. These homes required intense inspections at the factory and on site. They soon gained popularity with home buyers.

Today there are many floor plans available from basic models to more elaborate designs with vaulted ceilings, drywall, fully modern equipped kitchens, mud rooms, fireplaces, trendy bathrooms, comfortable bedrooms and walk-in closets, kitchen islands, skylights, mudrooms, fireplaces just to mention a few.

Today’s Manufactured Homes are well constructed and very desirable. You often see ads for country acreage with a manufactured home on it at great prices. Don’t be afraid to take a look, you will likely fall in love with the land and the

home! These aren’t the mobile home from the 50’s and 60’s! These homes can be financed just like any stick built home as they are guaranteed HUD compliant.

There is one thing you must look for before you buy. That is the HUD  plates that are on the home exterior somewhere, usually on the back and front corners of home and/or there is paperwork stating that the house is inspected and meets HUD requirements.  That paperwork is usually in a kitchen cabinet or utility room. Without these stickers and plates you cannot get the home financed. New stickers can be obtained but it is both costly and a lengthy in process.

It’s those stickers and plates that make your home a true Manufactured Home. Here are some examples:

We often have some country properties for sale and many have Manufactured Homes.  Generally, they are 3 bedroom ranches with a porch or deck and often have a garage or barn.  Check out our current listings on our website  and you might be surprised at how lovely these homes are.

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