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Mobile Homes vs. Manufactured Homes
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Mobile Homes vs. Manufactured Homes

Homebuyers often ask us about the types of homes we sell at HomeQuest, and while the public hears a lot about manufactured homes and ADUs (Accessory Dwelling Units), many don’t understand the difference between mobile homes and a manufactured homes.

According to HomeQuest General Manager and Partner Shane Joffe, while the terms are still used interchangeably, ‘mobile homes’ haven’t been built in California since 1976. At that time, the state and HUD changed the laws regulating how RV-style homes were manufactured and gave these factory-built homes a more standard building code.

This change resulted in higher quality construction with manufactured homes now built with drywall, better insulation, dual-paned windows, energy-efficient sidewall options, and better electrical and plumbing. Today’s manufactured homes are even built in a more environmentally friendly way than site-built homes.

“The codes established over 45 years ago created federal standards for the design and construction of manufactured homes to assure quality, durability, safety, and affordability,” said Joffe. “All HUD homes come with a certification label and give both homebuyers and community owners the peace of mind that they are getting a high-quality home.”

In addition to improved construction, today’s manufactured homes can also have beautiful and modern features such as porches, granite or quartz kitchen countertops, farmhouse sinks, upgraded appliances, various cabinetry, and flooring options, fireplaces, elegant lighting fixtures, and even stand-alone bathtubs. Some plans even come with an enclosed garage, making them look the same as site-built homes.

“Walking into a new manufactured home or even virtually touring one online can be eye-opening for a home buyer as they review the light and bright interiors and interior design options,” shared Joffe. “As the traditional housing market continues to be out of reach for many, manufactured homes continue to gain popularity.”

HomeQuest offers the largest platform in the country to assist home buyers in custom building their manufactured homes. The easy-to-navigate website allows home buyers to explore the largest database of floorplans available and filter their search by price range, size, and other specs. The array of images and select state-of-the-art virtual tours allow home buyers to conceptualize what their dream home could look like.