Modular, Prefabricated, Mobile and Manufactured Homes: What’s the difference!?

Modular, Prefabricated, Mobile and Manufactured Homes: What’s the difference?

There’s a lot of terminology used in describing the types of homes we work with at South Texas Mobile Homes and it can get confusing. A modular or prefabricated home is not the same as a mobile or manufactured home. We offer transport services for modular, prefab, mobile, and manufactured homes. South Texas Mobile Homes also offers new and used inventory of mobile homes and we’re here for you if you decide a modular home is the right decision.

Modular Homes & Prefabricated Homes
A modular home and a prefabricated home refers to the process of designing your home, sending the plans to the factory, factory production, shipment, and build. The advantage to this process is that you have control over the design of the home and it can be as custom as you’d like it to be. Of course, more customization means a higher cost. However, that’s another advantage to a prefab home, it cuts out a lot of building costs! Because each large piece of your home’s design is built in a factory, there is no need for delays due to bad weather, inspections, or extra subcontractors. The pieces are just shipped from the factory to your land, and put together like a puzzle.

Some modular home builders have a variety of plans to choose from. The closer you stay to these plans, the more cost effective it can be. The pieces that are built will also adhere to the codes and regulations of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) of the homes final resting place.

Mobile Homes & Manufactured Homes
A mobile home or manufactured homes are also constructed in a factory but their foundation includes steel chassis that include wheels to aid in transport. Once the manufactured home reaches the home site, it can be pieced together and an inspector can approve all hook ups such as electricity, water, etc. This home process is generally the least expensive type of housing you can build. The value of a mobile home can decrease with time so therefore buying a used mobile home can be another cost effective solution.

Mobile homes typically come in two different sizes: single-wide and double-wide. A single-wide is 18 feet by 90 feet and the double-wide is two single-wides joined together, 36 feet by 90 feet. A mobile home can be any number of single-wides joined together to create a large home. To see the official definitions of a manufactured home and a mobile home according to the Manufactured Housing Standards Act click here.

We hope this helps you in your search for your next home.

Please contact us if we can be of any assistance. Call (210) 887-2760 modular, Prefabricated, Mobile and Manufactured Homes: What’s the difference!