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Modular homes vs. Manufactured home – Explaining the difference

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While the terms “modular home” and “manufactured home” refer to two very  different things, they are sometimes used interchangeably. Perhaps some of this  confusion stems from the fact that modular homes are, in fact, manufactured  (“manufactured” might be an unfortunate label.) Also, traditional “site-built” homes are not necessarily better than modular homes, despite the stigma  associated with their assembly-line origin. There have been cases where Realtors  and builders of manufactured homes have misrepresented manufactured homes as  modular homes, and buyers were not informed enough to know the difference.  Everyone (especially inspectors, who make their living examining residences)  should understand the distinguishing features of these two types of  houses.

Modular Homes
Modular homes are residences constructed entirely in factories and  transported to their sites on flatbed trucks. They are built under controlled  conditions, and must meet strict quality-control requirements before they are  delivered. They arrive as block segments and are neatly assembled, using cranes,  into homes that are almost indistinguishable from comparable ones built on-site.  Wind and rain do not cause construction delays or warp building materials. In  addition, modular homes:
  • must conform to the same local, state and regional building codes as homes  built on-site;
  • are treated the same by banks as homes built on-site. They are easily  refinanced, for example;
  • follow the same market trends as site-built houses;
  • must be structurally approved by inspectors;
  • can be of any size, although the block sections from which they are  assembled are uniformly sized;
  • are often more basic than homes built on-site, but they tend to be sturdier;
  • are highly customizable. Design is usually decided by the buyer before  construction has begun; and
  • generally take eight to 14 weeks to construct. Differing from a  site-built home, the foundation can be dug at the same time that the house  is being constructed.

Proponents of modular homes claim that their  indoor, environmentally controlled construction affords them greater strength  and resilience than homes built on-site. They also tend to be constructed using  more precise building techniques and with more building material than comparable  site-built residences. One reason for this is that they must be able to  withstand the stress of highway transport. A study by FEMA found that modular  homes withstood the wind and water from Hurricane Andrew better than most other  homes in the area. They take less time to construct than site-built homes, are  more energy-efficient, and generally cost less.

Manufactured Homes
The term “manufactured home” is the most recent label for what were once  called “mobile homes” or “trailers.” They are relatively inexpensive, small, and  are held to less stringent standards than modular and site-built homes. Their  obvious advantages are their mobility and affordability, factors that allow  buyers to make home purchases without a serious monetary or geographical  commitment. They are available in three sizes that escalate as follows: “single-wide,” “double-wide” and “triple-wide.” In addition, manufactured  homes:
  • conform only to Housing and Urban Development (HUD) code. Some homes  contain a red tag that confirms that the unit was manufactured in compliance  with this code;
  • are inspected, but do not have to be structurally approved by an inspector;
  • are manufactured in sections at factories;
  • are never more than one story;
  • do not have a permanent or conventional foundation;
  • tend to lose value over time because they are difficult to expand or  improve;
  • are transported to the site on their own wheels;
  • are transported on steel chassis that are never  removed;
  • are often placed on property owned by others, such as public land that is  leased by the homeowner;
  • are treated as a separate lending category from modular and  on-site built homes; and
  • are rarely custom-designed. The buyer can choose from homes that have  already been built and receive it within days.
Despite their manufacturing process, modular homes are essentially the same  as homes that are built on-site. They are treated the same under the law, and  their basic structural features are almost indistinguishable from site-built  homes, once assembled. Manufactured homes are relatively small, inexpensive,  mobile residences that require a smaller commitment than is required by modular  and site-built homes. It is important to understand the differences between  these home types in order to reduce the influence of stigmas, misrepresentation  and ignorance.

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Spring has sprung!

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Spring has sprung which means out with the old, in with the new! But living in a dorm or apartment sometimes makes it hard to find room for the new. Solution to this problem: storage! Whether it’s under-your-bed storage or a self storage unit, the more room the merrier.

More Room, More Clothes

Are you running out of room to hang up those new, cute summer dresses? Then it is time to put those winter faux fur and pleather jackets away in storage. After each season, you can pack the clothes you no longer need in space bags and place them underneath your bed to make more room in your closet. All you have to do is fold them nicely, place them in a the space bags and suck all the air out with a vacuum. Taking the air out of the bags creates more room for storage.

Seasonal Clutter

Seasonal gear can add a lot of clutter to your garage and house. The best way to store those snowboarding boots, skis and snow jackets is to put them in a self-storage unit. It is a common misconception that storage units are only needed if you need to store 2 beds, a couch and all of your grandmother’s heirlooms. Self-storage units come in all shapes and sizes, some as small as lockers!

Deep Cleaning Your Home

Now that you have stored away your seasonal clutter it is time to do the cleaning part of spring cleaning! This is not the time to just vacuum and dust; you must deep clean every corner of your home. Don’t be overwhelmed by all the tasks you have to do around the whole house; deep clean room by room and check off tasks on the list below once you have completed them:

  • vacuum couches
  • wash baseboards
  • dust off light fixtures
  • clean vent and fans
  • deep clean refrigerator
  • clean gutters
  • shampoo carpet

Don’t forget to properly store your cleaning chemicals away from children and pets after using them. Also, be prepared for allergies after dusting everything off and remember to give yourself a few breaks to eat a healthy snack or quick trip to get fast food. Once you are done, step back and give yourself a pat. Spring is here!

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New homes coming this May!

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Trend Homes is dedicated to delivering a home built to high standards and in turn, ensuring our customers are delighted with their new home. We believe that our best spokesperson is our past customer and are dedicated to ensuring you receive the home that was promised so that you can unequivocally recommend us to your friends and family. For a closer look, visit our show home at 3307 Weidle way.

Come find out why we have been sold out for months, our designs are spectacular! New homes are coming this May be sure to contact Joanne today at 780-604-4311

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