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What Is The Difference Between A Manufactured Home And A Modular Home?

Almost everyone has heard the term “mobile home”, but what about “manufactured home” and “modular home”? What are the similarities and differences between these terms and which one is the best option for you? Sometimes even salespeople get the terms confused, so read on to educate yourself and learn more.

Manufactured Homes

Older models of manufactured homes may be referred to as mobile homes or trailers. These homes are completely pre-constructed and built on a steel chassis with wheels attached to them which allow them to be moved or towed. The wheels are often removed and the exterior is finished to make it look more like a traditional home.

Manufactured homes often take up permanent residence in a trailer park or manufactured home community. These homes are generally less expensive than modular homes, and the wheels can be reattached in order to move the home.

Modular Homes

Modular homes have more of a sense of permanence than manufactured homes do. They can be placed on a plot of land in virtually any neighborhood so long as the home passes regional and state bylaws. Modular homes are pre-built in sections and finished on location. They are placed on a permanent foundation and sometimes referred to as “factory-built” or “pre-fabricated” homes.

Modular homes often have full basements and are usually larger than manufactured homes. They often include full kitchens, bathrooms, bedrooms, washer/dryer hookups, and even dishwashers and/or fireplaces. Modular homes are typically more expensive than manufactured homes per square foot, but they also have a higher resale value. They are sometimes used to expedite a planned community or residential project.

Mobile Homes in Texas

Now that you know the differences between manufactured and modular homes, Academy Homes of Tyler, TX has the perfect home for you. We are an independent dealer and also provide delivery and setup service. Give us a call today at 903-561-8485 for more information.

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What is Mobile Home Inspection and Why is it Important?

If you’re in the market for a mobile home, there are many factors to consider. One thing you won’t want to overlook is having a mobile home inspection performed. A mobile home inspection can protect you as well as your investment in buying the home.

Whether a manufactured or modular home, there are different structural issues that need to be inspected when compared to a traditional home. Mobile homes can face unique challenges that others home types don’t. One example of this is crowning, which can occur in manufactured homes when the floors hang out beyond the I-beams.

Home inspections can end up saving you hundreds, and possibly thousands of dollars. An inspector can check moisture levels and other things that you wouldn’t be able to detect on your own. Your mobile home inspection will include a complete inspection of the home which includes its:

  • Roof
  • Flooring
  • Electricity
  • Plumbing
  • Heating and Cooling System
  • Wiring
  • Insulation
  • And More

It’s always important to make sure the mobile home you are considering purchasing doesn’t have any hidden dangers or warning signs. Academy Homes is your local Tyler, Texas mobile home expert. Don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions you may have about mobile home inspections.