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Mobile v.s. Manufactured v.s. Modular Homes

When searching for a new home, there are a lot of terms for different home types. Most understand what a conventional, site built home is. When it comes to more affordable housing options, the terms mobile homes, manufactured homes, and modular homes are used, often interchangeably which can get confusing. 

Mobile, manufactured, and modular homes are technically all mobile or movable but each has different degrees of mobility. Visually manufactured and modular homes once placed, can be mistaken for site built homes. And modular homes are technically manufactured in a factory but not the same as a manufactured home. Below we’ve broken down the differences in mobile, manufactured, and modular homes because there are major differences between all 3 of those types of homes. Not just how they are built but what building codes they must meet and inspections needed.

Below is the summarized version of the differences. For an in depth explanation, click here for our full article. 

To summarize how mobile, manufactured, and modular homes are different, here is an easy chart.
Type of Home Where Built   Building Code Where Placed Affordability
Mobile Factory None No longer built Very Budget Friendly
Manufactured Factory Federal HUD Code Where zoned for living  Budget Friendly
Modular Factory Local Building Code Where zoned for living Cheaper Than Site Built Homes