Over the past ten years or so, manufactured homes (still commonly called mobile homes) have come to be a great option for new homebuyers. Unlike the old shoddy mobile homes in trailer parks that people think of, manufactured homes now come as two-story homes as well as city houses and include features like cathedral ceilings and fireplaces.
The basic configuration for manufactured homes, however, remains single wide or double wide. Single broad or single-section mobile homes are made of one main unit. The average single side manufactured home usually has about 1,100 square feet of living space while double wides average about 1,700 square feet. Obviously, there are also larger manufactured houses, but single- and double-wides continue to be the most frequent sizes.
Manufactured homes do have their own problems. According to Consumer Reports, single-section homes have more problems with floors, roofs, windows, and doors while multi-section home problems are normally associated with the linking of the sections.
In part the issues relate to the fact that the home is built in a factory and then transported to another location via flatbed truck. The motion involved may have a negative impact on the joints and connectors. However, manufacturers of quality homes do their best to correct any problems which might occur during transport.
Nowadays it may even be impossible to tell the difference between a mobile home and an onsite home unless you have seen it being built. The most common difference is that manufactured homes generally have a lower roof slope because the home has to be transferred under highway bridges.
On the other hand, the materials now used are somewhat comparable to the quality of site-built homes and, other than roof slope, generally resemble”regular” houses. Really, if a manufactured home were not found in a”trailer park”, most people would be hard-pressed to tell the difference.
Nowadays more double-wides are sold than single-wides. In good part this is because the typical home buyer want more space, not less, and double-wides offer that at a price that is still far less expensive than a conventional home of the identical size. Not only that, but zoning in many areas actually suggests that double-wide manufactured homes are the smallest size allowed.
As a homeowner, you should also know the double-wide manufactured homes tend to hold. . . .their value in comparison with single-wide homes.