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Manufactured Home Myths

Roberts Communities creates communities of manufactured homes in hopes to help people establish a home sweet home. Manufactured homes often receive bad reviews, because people tend to believe the construction process is not as durable as site-built homes. Although manufactured homes are built faster, each home is built with the same quality of materials as site-built homes. Manufactured homes have come a long way from the original mobile home parks of the 60’s and 70’s. New design and quality building materials allow families to purchase manufactured homes that are no different than site-built homes at a more affordable price.

Roberts Communities would like to offer a few myths we found about the quality of manufactured homes. Many people worry about the safety, efficiency and value of manufactured homes exist. Myths exist that manufactured homes are more prone to suffer from natural disasters and people even believe manufactured homes lack the ability to appreciate in value. The truth is manufactured homes offer people the same safety and value as site-built homes. Here are a few myths about manufactured homes that deserve to be busted.

Manufactured Home Myths

Myth: There is a traditional perception that manufactured housing is more vulnerable to fire than other forms of single-family housing.

Reality: The fact is that manufactured homes are no more prone to fire than homes built on site, according to an annual report released by the Oklahoma State Fire Marshall’s office.

Myth: Manufactured homes are particularly vulnerable to the destructive force of strong winds and tornadoes. Manufactured homes seem to attract tornadoes.

Reality: Hurricane Andrew struck the southern tip of Florida and the Gulf Coast regions of Louisiana in late August 1992 with devastating winds in excess of 150 miles-per-hour. The third strongest hurricane ever to strike the United States, Andrew was designated a Category 4. Thousands of homes, both site-built and manufactured, suffered extensive damage and destruction from the force of the storm.

Myth: Manufactured homes are less energy efficient than site-built homes.

Reality: On October 24,1994 a new minimum energy conversation standard became effective. The new energy standards are resulting in lower monthly energy bills; a factor industry officials say will enhance the affordability of manufactured housing and, perhaps, improve mortgage-underwriting terms. Improved home ventilation standards have also been adopted in conjunction with the energy standards, a step that will improve indoors air quality and condensation control in manufactured homes.

Myth: Manufactured homes do not appreciate in value like other forms of housing. Instead, manufactured homes depreciate in market value, similar to the way automobiles lose value each day.

Reality: While there is no one easy answer, recent data seems to suggest that manufactured homes can appreciate just like other forms of housing.

Myth: Manufactured homes are not built as well as other forms of housing. Manufactured homes do not last as long as site-built homes.

Reality: Manufactured homes are built with virtually the same construction materials and techniques as site-built homes. The only difference is that manufactured homes are built in a factory environment, where building materials are protected from weather damage and vandalism. Manufactured homes are built to the federal Manufactured Home Construction and Safety Standards; better know as the HUD Code, which is administered by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).


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