Trends and Innovations in Mobile Homes

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News: Trends and Innovations in Mobile Homes

If you haven’t explored the options available in mobile homes in recent years, you may not be aware of the many innovations now offered. Manufactured housing has come a long way over the years. With the advent of modular homes, there can be confusion about the differences between mobile or manufactured homes and modular homes.

Although both types of homes can offer certain advantages, there is a huge difference between manufactured homes and modular homes. Modular homes are built in a factory according to a local or state code. These homes can be built either ‘on-frame’ or ‘off-frame’. Modular homes are transported to the designated site, and placed upon a permanent foundation. Manufactured homes are also built in a factory, according to Federal HUD Code. They are built on a non-removable steel chassis or frame. Manufactured homes, as well as Modular homes, can be built in single or multi-sections. Although commonly referred to as “mobile homes,” there is an increasing trend toward the use of the term “manufactured homes” to describe the non-modular variety.

The construction of manufactured homes has greatly improved over the years. Today’s mobile homes use high quality materials and offer all the bells and whistles of traditional homes. The homes come in a wide range of floor plans, and upgraded elements such as top of the line cabinetry, doors and windows, flooring, and even appliances are available.

What kind of people choose manufactured homes? It seems that these homes appeal to various age groups, including singles, couples and families. About 30% of the owners are retired. The average household size is 2.3 people. This information alone shows that these homes attract a very diverse group of individuals.

According to a 2002 study conducted by Foremost Insurance Group, an overwhelming percentage of manufactured homeowners are happy with their mobile homes. The study also revealed that most new mobile home purchases are from a dealer. However, factory direct homes can offer great savings and other benefits. Thus, this buying trend is becoming increasingly popular.

One of the advantages of living in a mobile home is that you do not have to own and maintain the land surrounding your home. Instead, you can place your home in a mobile home park. There you will rent the space your home and yard occupies. This can provide savings and other advantages. For example, in California, the Office of the Mobile Home Ombudsman receives and processes complaints related to mobile homes. When it comes to mobile homes California residents can rest assured that the Ombudsman will address health and safety issues. This includes matters concerning unsafe electrical or gas systems, as well as issues concerning water or sewerage systems in mobile home parks.

With so many advantages, it is easy to see why more and more people are choosing manufactured homes. This is an ideal way to own a great home without spending a huge amount of money.
About The Author:
Timothy Hale is a new father and a new homeowner. Hale recently purchased a new mobile home from the factory. According to him, manufactured homes in California offer inexpensive luxury. He contends that the homes exemplify sound construction with quality materials.