Over the past ten years or so, manufactured homes (still commonly referred to as mobile homes) have become 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 or even town homes and include features like cathedral ceilings and fireplaces.
The basic configuration for manufactured homes, however, is still single wide or double wide. Single wide or single-section mobile homes are made of a single major unit. The average single side manufactured home typically has about 1,100 square feet of living space while double wides typical about 1,700 square feet. Needless to say, there are also larger manufactured homes, but single- and double-wides continue to be the most common sizes.
Manufactured homes do have their problems. According to Consumer Reports, single-section homes have more problems with roofs, floors, windows, and doors while multi-section home problems tend to be associated with the linking of the sections.
In part the problems relate to how the home is built in a factory and then transported to a different location via flatbed truck. The motion involved may have a negative effect on the joints and connectors. However, manufacturers of quality houses do their best to fix any issues which might occur during transport.
Nowadays it might even be impossible to tell the difference between a mobile home and an onsite home unless you’ve seen it being built. The most common distinction is that manufactured homes generally have a lower roof slope since 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 houses and, other than roof slope, generally resemble”regular” houses. Really, if a manufactured home were not located in a”trailer park”, most people would be hard-pressed to tell the difference.
Nowadays more double-wides are sold than single-wides. In great part this is because the typical home buyer want more space, not less, and double-wides provide that at a cost that is still far less expensive than a traditional home of the same size. Not only that, but zoning in many areas actually means 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 as compared to single-wide homes.