Manufactured Homes What is the
difference between Mobile Homes and Manufactured Homes?
First off, only industry professionals care if you
call them Mobile or Manufactured, so don't
worry about what you call them. 99% of the time it is fine to
call a Manufactured Home "mobile", and vice vesa.
A Mobile Home is a single or multi section housing
structure placed temporarily or permanently and is built before 1983.
The Department of Housing and Urban Development, or
established strict building codes for Mobile Homes that went into
effect June 1976. Mobile Homes that were built before this
date are known as Pre-HUD. Some lenders do not make loans on
these older Mobile Homes, and some lenders might make the loan but at a
higher rate and fees.
The differences between a Pre-HUD Mobile Home and
one built after June of 1976 is minor and in terms of living in one,
there is effectively no difference.
In 1983, HUD tightened their building standards even further. The homes
under these new standards were officially called "Manufactured" from
that point on.
The homes being built today look nothing like the traditional Mobile
Homes of the 60's, 70's, and even most of the 80's. New Manufactured
Homes are completely drywalled inside and are designed to look like a
home that was built on-site.
The den of a new Manufactured
Notice the drywall and
Both Mobile and Manufactured Homes are built on a
substructure for transportation - including across interstate lines.
Both are safe, affordable, and easily upgraded and remodeled.
By Will Cunningham.
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