Manufactured Homes vs. Mobile Homes

Manufactured Homes vs. Mobile Homes

Manufactured Homes

A manufactured home is built to the Manufactured Home Construction and Safety Standards (HUD Code) and displays a red certification label on the exterior of each transportable section. Manufactured homes are built in the controlled environment of a manufacturing plant and are transported in one or more sections on a permanent chassis.

Manufactured homes are constructed according to a code administered by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD Code). The HUD Code, unlike conventional building codes, requires manufactured homes to be constructed on a permanent chassis. Modular homes are constructed to the same state, local or regional building codes as site-built homes. Other types of systems-built homes include panelized wall systems, log homes, structural insulated panels, and insulating concrete forms.

Mobile Homes

Mobile homes pre-date manufactured homes but the terminology remains.  While the systems-built home market has evolved and grown into an industry that can fill any housing need, the term mobile home continues to identify systems-built homes. Manufactured homes in NJ imply that the home purchase will not include the land.  This very important element validates the long-term financial benefits of buying a manufactured home in a land lease community.

Homes built prior to June 15, 1976,  do not meet the HUD standards and cannot be accepted as compliant with the HUD Code. There are no homes at Fountainhead quite this old. However, they may be sold elsewhere and continue to be considered good, sturdy housing.  A licensed engineer can inspect such a home for compliance with the state’s housing code.

There is no HUD certification label for homes built before 1976

Whether you call it a systems-built home, a modular home, a manufactured home, or one of the old out-of-date terms, today’s manufactured homes are so much more than you might think. Come over and see for yourself! You’ll agree that this is the way to retire in style and comfort with money leftover at the end of the month.