In the beginning, mobile homes were thought of as nothing more than glorified travel trailers. Now days, due to the expense of moving them, they aren’t even really portable any more and 85 to 90% of them are never moved.
Buyers are being attracted to these new custom-built homes at bargain prices. Manufactured homes today bare little resemblance to mobile homes of the past.
The differences between stick-built houses and new custom built manufactured homes are shrinking. Dealers have a variety of floor plans to show customers. Design flexibility makes it easy for owners to incorporate changes such as flooring, appliances, windows, special features such as gas fireplaces, and they can even change walls around. Seniors can opt for universal design features such as widening doors, creating larger rooms, bigger showers and other easy access features.
Don’t they all look alike? Manufactured homes can be built with skylights, basements and most any amenity that you might find in a stick-built home. The industry gives a lot of choices for a good value. The average size ranges from 1,300 to 2,600 square feet. Most homes range from $42,000 to $48,000, but larger two-story models can typically run more than $100,000 (including land).
Manufacture homes are built to HUD standards and can easily be upgraded if more stringent standards are required in some locals.
Source: Less Than Mobile More Like Home: Differences With Stick-Built Houses Are Shrinking, and Buyers Are Lured To A New Custom-built Manufactured Home At A Bargain Price by Margaret Ellis, Columbian staff writer for Columbian. Vancouver, Wash. May 5, 2002 page F1