Do mobile homes last?
Wednesday, January 2, 2019
Mobile homes are built in a factory, with climate control and a slow-motion assembly line system. This enables a manufacturer to maintain more consistent quality than most site-built homes, that are subject to the inclement weather and can’t take advantage of computerized industrial equipment for assembly.
But a HUD mobile home is intended to be a low-cost option for homebuyers. They are priced on average less than half as much per square foot as a regular single-family home. Manufacturers try to keep the sale price low while maintaining quality as high as possible within the price range. All major manufacturers have price tiers with corresponding levels of quality of the siding, doors, windows, roof, appliances, and interior detailing. Higher priced homes are going to last longer. See our blog post How can I tell if a mobile home is well constructed? for tips on how to determine the quality level of a particular mobile home.
HUD estimates that a mobile should last 30 to 55 years, depending on maintenance, and the Manufactured Housing Institute, an industry organization, pegs it more optimistically at 55.8 years. Visit out blog post What is the life expectancy of a mobile home? for more on this.
We suggest going on a factory tour to get a better idea of what’s behind the walls and under the floor of a mobile home. One manufacturer in Central Florida offers free factory tours twice-a-day, three days a week. To learn more, see our blog post Are mobile homes well built?
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Here’s links to a collection of our blog posts about MOBILE/MANUFACTURED HOMES:
How To Look At A House
McGarry and Madsen's home inspection blog for buyers of
site-built, mobile/manfuactured and modular homes
for Links to Collections
of Blog Posts