5 of the Most Common Manufactured Housing Myths

What do you think about when someone mentions manufactured home communities? Perhaps you have never even heard of the term? We can almost guarantee that you have heard about them, though it was probably brought to you as the phrase “trailer park”. While that term is now considered a derogatory label, the stigma behind manufactured home communities still lingers.

Over the many years, popular media has portrayed MHCs as places where the criminal and lazy people live, who have 28 kids and live off welfare. But that stereotype couldn’t be farther from the truth!

Here are five of the most common manufactured housing myths, and the truth behind the most unknown form of affordable housing in the US.

Myth: Manufactured homes are the same as trailers and mobile homes.

Fact: The term “mobile homes” only applies to the homes that are built before 1976 when safety standards were not introduced or regulated. Manufactured homes are what we call homes built after 1976 and meet or exceed HUD’s housing guidelines. In fact, modern manufactured homes are practically indistinguishable from traditional stick-built homes.

Myth: Manufactured homes are cheaply built with inexpensive materials that will require repairs after only a few years.

Fact: Manufactured homes are built at factories where materials can be bulk ordered and used for multiple houses. This is what makes building these homes relatively inexpensive compared to a traditional stick built home, while still maintaining quality construction. The same materials that are used in traditional site-built homes are also used in manufactured homes. As far as repair frequency, they will only need repairs as often as your standard house.

Myth: You can only own a manufactured home in a trailer park.

Fact: Manufactured homes can be placed on any land that has accessible connections to utilities. However, here at Horizon, we know that owning your own land can be SUPER expensive. That is why we feel it is best that you place your home in one of our communities. You will have far less hassle trying to upkeep your property with no property tax on your lot. It really is a great system for homeowners who want to own their home, but don’t want the costs associated with owning the land!

Myth: Criminals live in manufactured home communities.

Fact: This is perhaps one of the most prevalent and untrue statements about MHCs. The overwhelming majority of people who live in one of our communities are law-abiding citizens just trying to live their best life.

Myth: Manufactured homes are easily blown over during intense storms.

Fact: Due to HUD’s standards for construction, strength, and wind resistance, they are built to withstand hurricane winds up to 110 mph, which is more than the standards that stick built homes are required to meet. This means that it is in some cases safer to be in a manufactured home during a storm than a typical home. So don’t let this little myth prevent you from achieving a part of your American dream!

5 of the Most Common Manufactured Housing Myths

How Long Will My Manufactured Home Last?

In today’s world, there are a lot of choices when it comes to your housing options. You may be considering purchasing a manufactured home. However, when looking for your new home, it’s possible to wonder how long will my manufactured home last?           

Manufactured homes are built in an indoor facility, where changes in the weather does not affect build time or materials. Homes built in a controlled setting means uniformity in the building process, standard quality control and are HUD Certified before they leave the production line.

Unlike site-built homes, the wood, metal and piping used to produce Manufactured Homes are stored inside and not exposed to the elements. Not to mention, this method wastes less building materials and provides stability for workers in factories.

The Federal Housing Finance Agency released a report showing that manufactured homes retain value similar to site-built homes according to the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA). A report done by the Manufactured Housing Institute placed the average life expectancy of a manufactured home at 55.8 years (mhvillage.com). With the proper upkeep and maintenance, manufactured homes have a long-life expectancy, with the potential to last forever.

“Since 1976, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has upheld a high level of quality inspection on all manufactured homes” says mhvillage.com, a leading manufactured housing website. “In fact, it’s not a manufactured home until HUD has attached its metal verification plate. With inspectors in a home-building facility several times per month, manufactured homes rank as the most heavily inspected form of housing.” Mhvillage.com says.



How Long Will My Manufactured Home Last?

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Hello Everyone!

Welcome to the new Horizon Land Management Blog!

Since our inception, we have always looked for ways to better communicate with our residents. We knew that we needed a better, more robust website that served the needs of our residents and communities. And now that we feel we have that, it is time for us to become a place where you not only pay your rent, but where you can get valuable information about your community, learn exciting tips and tricks for your home, or simply read up on the latest housing news!

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