AN INDUSTRY OVERVIEW OF TODAY’S QUALITY AFFORDABLE MANUFACTURED HOUSING
The need for quality affordable housing has never been greater. Today’s manufactured homes can deliver outstanding quality and performance at prices that are up to 50 percent less per square foot than conventional site-built homes. These savings allow more and more Americans to own their own home, even in the face of an ever-widening housing affordability gap.
Technological advances, evolutionary designs, and a focus on delivering quality homes that families can afford are the driving forces within the manufactured housing industry. That’s why more people are turning to manufactured housing to deliver homes that fit their needs and wants at prices they can afford.
The following is an overview of the advantages of the manufactured home construction process that produces quality and affordability.
EFFICIENCIES OF THE FACTORY BUILDING PROCESS
The affordability of manufactured homes is due to the efficiencies of the factory-building process. Manufactured homes are constructed with standard building materials and are built almost entirely off-site in a factory. The controlled construction environment and assembly line techniques remove many of the problems encountered during traditional home construction, such as weather, theft, vandalism, damage to building products and materials, and unskilled labor. Factory employees are trained and managed more efficiently and effectively than the system of contracted labor employed by the site-built home construction industry.
BENEFITS FROM THE ECONOMIES OF SCALE
Much like other assembly line operations, manufactured homes benefit from the economies of scale resulting from purchasing large quantities of materials, products, and appliances. Manufactured home builders can negotiate substantial savings on many components used in building a home, with these savings passed on directly to the homebuyer.
EVOLUTION IN TYPES AND QUALITY OF HOMES
Today’s manufactured homes have experienced an evolution in the types and quality of homes available to buyers. Technological advances allow manufactured home builders to offer a variety of architectural styles and exterior finishes that will suit most any buyer’s dreams while allowing the home to blend seamlessly into most neighborhoods. Two-story and single-family attached homes are but two of the new styles generated by factory innovation.
FLEXIBILITY ALLOWS BUYER CUSTOMIZATION
Greater flexibility in the construction process allows for customization of each home to meet a buyer’s lifestyle and needs. Interior features include vaulted ceilings, working fireplaces, state-of-the-art kitchens and baths, and porches, giving the homebuyer all the features found in traditional, site-built homes. Enhanced energy efficiency in manufactured homes, achieved with upgrade levels of insulation and more efficient heating and cooling systems, provides another source of savings for homeowners, especially in this era of rising energy costs. Smart buyers also are turning to Energy Star-labeled manufactured homes for substantial savings in many aspects of owning and operating a home.
SOURCE: Manufactured Housing Institute
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