The terms mobile home and manufactured home are used interchangeably, but the difference between the two is when they were built. Both structures have a chassis, are constructed off-site in a factory, and are moved to a living location with a prepared foundation.
If the home was built before 1976 it is more accurately called a "mobile home" but if it was built after 1976, it is more correctly called a manufactured home.
Manufactured homes are not the same as a modular home, though the terms are often confused. A manufactured home costs $120,000 to $160,000 for a double-wide unit that is built in a factory, shipped on two trucks, and assembled on the poured foundation. The manufactured home is built on a chassis, enabling it to be moved or relocated in the future.
A modular home costs $120,000 to $270,000 to build, with a far more complex set up process. The modular home has multiple sections that arrive and are pieced together on-site. Once the modules are in place, they are rarely moved.
The cost to move a manufactured home depends on the home size and type. Transporting-only of a manufactured home costs $1,000 to $5,000. A full-service move that includes securing the home and connecting the utilities costs $2,000 to $14,000.
The larger the home, the more it costs to transport. A single-wide trailer is moved on a single truck, while a double-wide trailer requires 2 trucks, and a triple-wide trailer requires 3 trucks. Some builders include the transport costs in their total home package, while others charge a per-mile fee to locate the home to the property. Extra fees usually apply for moving a home more than 100 miles from the factory.
Releveling a manufactured home costs from $500 to $1,000, depending on the size of the home, the location, and the severity of the unevenness. Oftentimes, a manufactured home must be releveled due to settling, ground movement, improper installation, or foundation damage from a storm or flooding event.
An unlevel home can cause a number of problems, including:
Skirting a manufactured home costs $900 to $3,000 to cover the space from the bottom of the trailer to the ground. The skirting protects the home from pets and moisture and creates a space to store outdoor tools, sporting equipment, and furniture.
A manufactured home is only considered real estate when installed on a permanent foundation. Otherwise, it is considered personal property and actually depreciates in value over time. However, the real value in real estate is in the land itself, so if you own the land for your home to sit on, your property is likely to increase in value.
Yes, you can remodel a manufactured home to keep it maintained and updated. The average lifespan of a newer manufactured home is between 30 and 55 years, during which time many people will remodel. Some of the more common upgrades include upgraded flooring, countertops, cabinets, and appliances.
Some home owners also enhance the property by adding a garage, deck, or sunroom to add square footage and storage space to the smaller home.
Here are some important questions to ask a manufactured home contractor and installer:
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