Manufactured homes (previously known as mobile homes) are built to stringent federal construction standards known as the Manufactured Home Construction and Safety Standards established by the US Housing & Urban Development (HUD).
HUD-code homes fall under the umbrella of prefab homes (aka factory-built homes). All prefab homes, including modular homes, are built in a factory setting.
One of the key differences between modular and manufactured homes is that modular homes are constructed according to local, municipal, or state building codes – same as site-built homes.
Another major difference between the two is that manufactured homes are built on a permanent chassis, as required by HUD-code. The chassis and wheels can be removed, but some states require homes in land-lease communities to keep them attached.
All HUD-code homes will display a red certification label on each section of the home.
We all know of the stigma associated with the old mobile homes (“trailers”). Before June 15, 1976, “trailers” were poorly built, unsafe, and unattractive. Think of tin roofs, poor insulation, and aluminum siding, not to mention fire-hazards such as little or no requirements for smoke alarms.
After the rigorous standards established in 1976, homes dramatically improved. Because manufactured homes are transported from factory to site, they are now built safer and stronger in structure than stick-built homes.
Today, you can find luxury multi-million dollar manufactured homes set in permanent foundations in places like Malibu and other Southern California areas.
Check out this multi-million dollar manufactured home built for Saw’s star Betsy Russell (photos courtesy of Redfin & MLS):
These are not your grandma’s trailer!