Manufactured Home Myths
MANUFACTURING PRACTICES AND CONSTRUCTION STANDARDS HAVE CHANGED A LOT IN THE LAST 50 YEARS. TODAY’S MANUFACTURED HOME HAS EVOLVED FROM THE 1950S TRAILER INTO A MODERN, SPACIOUS, COMFORTABLE, DURABLE, YEAR-ROUND DWELLING FOR OVER 18 MILLION AMERICANS.
The facts cannot be ignored. More and more South Dakotans are turning to manufactured homes to meet their housing needs. No longer considered a stepping stone, today’s manufactured homes are occupied by the people who enjoy high-quality, long-term housing.
WHERE CAN I PUT MY MANUFACTURED HOME?
There are many site location possibilities for a manufactured homeowner in South Dakota. Most homes are placed in a subdivision or manufactured housing park, while rural residents enjoy the freedom of placing their manufactured home on private land. Each choice has its advantages.
MOBILE HOME COST PER SQUARE FOOT
The average cost per square foot for a manufactured home is about $28.00 — almost one-third the cost of a site-built home. The average cost of a manufactured home in South Dakota is $34,600 constructed at an average square footage cost of $28. On the other hand, the average square footage cost for a site-built home is $68.
Based on square footage cost, manufactured homes are less than half the cost of site-built homes. Utilizing the latest construction techniques, manufactured homes are energy efficient and provide lower utility costs. Most manufactured homes are delivered complete with all fixtures, major appliances, carpets, and drapes.
MANUFACTURED HOME VALUE
According to recent state studies, manufactured homes do not depreciate in value. Nor do manufactured homes depreciate the value of neighboring site-built homes.
MANUFACTURED HOMES VS. SITE-BUILT HOMES
Manufactured homes are the fastest growing segment of the U.S. home market. Recent statistics show that over 45% of the single family homes sold in South Dakota are manufactured homes.
ARE MANUFACTURED HOMES DURABLE?
Just as site-built homes are constructed according to a specific building code to ensure proper design and safety, manufactured homes are constructed in accordance with the Federal Manufactured Home Construction and Safety Standards, in effect since 1976. This building code is administered by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). HUD regulates manufactured home design and construction, strength and durability, fire resistance and energy efficiency. No manufactured home may be shipped from the factory unless it complies with the HUD Code and received the certification from an independent, third-party inspection agency. This is your assurance of a safe, quality constructed home.
MANUFACTURED HOMES MATERIALS USED IN CONSTRUCTION
Manufactured homes use materials that are identical to the materials used in site-built homes. Did you know that today’s manufactured homes can be decorated to suit your tastes, lifestyle and your budget? From gourmet kitchens to vaulted ceilings, fireplaces, and bathrooms with recessed tubs and whirlpools, the choices are endless. You can even select the carpeting, cabinets and bathroom fixtures that you’ve always dreamed of. In many cases, these comforts, including furniture and appliances, come complete with your new manufactured home. Just step in and start living in style!
MANUFACTURED HOME FIRES PER CAPITA
According to recent insurance research, there are fewer than 30% fewer fires per capita than in site-built homes.