Frequently Asked Questions
What exactly is a Manufactured Home?
A home built in a controlled, factory environment on a permanent chassis designed to be used with or without a permanent foundation when connected to the required utilities. Manufactured homes are built to the Federal Manufactured Home Construction Safety Standards enforced by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in Washington, D.C. Manufactured homes are single story and are delivered to the home site in one, two, or occasionally, three sections; they may be placed on private property or in a manufactured home community.
What is a Manufactured Home Community?
Private land developed as home sites for manufactured homes. In Michigan, most sites are leased to the homeowner for a monthly fee. This is sometimes referred to as a land-lease community.
Is a manufactured home a good investment?
Generally, a home is a great investment. The value of both manufactured housing and site-built housing is affected by the same factors: the stability of the community (subdivision, neighborhood), supply and demand in the local market, type of home and location.
Are manufactured homes safe?
Yes! Since June 15, 1976, all Manufactured Homes have been built to the National Manufactured Housing Construction and Safety Standards Code. This is a national code established and administered by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
What are the differences between a manufactured home, a modular home and a mobile home?
A manufactured home is a house constructed in a factory according to strict code that must be adhered to, the National Manufactured Housing Construction and Safety Standards (HUD code) of July 1, 1976. A manufactured home is transportable in one or more sections, built on a permanent chassis, and is a home with or with out a permanent foundation. A manufactured home title must always be transferred to the new owner as part of the transaction. A modular home is a factory built home constructed in a factory and brought to the site in one or more sections. Unlike a manufactured home, which must adhere to the national HUD code, the modular home is regulated by the BOCA code, which is the same code site-built homes must adhere to. A modular home must be placed on a permanent foundation that meets the local requirements for going below frost depth. A mobile home is a factory built home that was built before the July 1, 1976 HUD code came into effect. “Mobile home” is an obsolete term and does not accurately refer to today’s manufactured homes.
What is Site-Built Housing?
Housing constructed at the home site rather than in a factory with a controlled environment. These may consist of modules or pre-assembled parts, but home construction is accomplished solely on site.
What is HUD Code?
The Department of Housing and Urban Development's code that regulates the home's design and construction, strength and durability, transportability, fire resistance, energy efficiency and quality control. It also sets stringent performance standards for the heating, plumbing, air-conditioning, thermal and electrical systems. The HUD Code specifically pre-empts local building codes as they relate to construction codes for manufactured homes. These homes usually have a steel frame to support the weight of the floor system and walls. The steel frame also acts as the chassis to which axles, wheels and brakes are attached for transit to the home site of choice. It should be noted for most of the 1990's, the energy efficiency of HUD-code homes exceeded the efficiency standards of State of Michigan pre-manufactured, or state coded modular homes, and conventional site-built homes. The state upgraded its efficiency standards to meet or exceed HUD, but that changed once the Manufactured Housing Improvement Act of 2002 was implemented in 2005.
Do manufactured homes present a higher fire hazard than other forms of housing?
Simply put, NO. Many people incorrectly assume that manufactured homes are more susceptible to fire than other types of housing. The fact is that manufactured homes are significantly less likely to be involved in home fires than any other single family housing. According to a report by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), in which fires from 1980-1994 were studied, fires in manufactured homes dropped 35 % during that period. When compared to other forms of single and double family dwellings during the same period, manufactured housing did very well again. There were 3.5 fires per thousand units for manufactured homes, as compared between 4.5 and 5.1 per thousand for other types of one and two family homes.
How do manufactured homes stand up to strong winds, earthquakes and other natural disasters?
Today's Manufactured Home will withstand the same storms and natural disasters as its site-built cousins. In fact, they are built stronger, inspected more thoroughly and use better grade materials than some homes built on-site.
Do manufactured homes appreciate?
As in any home maybe yes, maybe no. Appreciation rate depends on where the home is located, the age of the home and how well the home is maintained. The first thing to consider is the neighborhood where your home is located. According to research conducted by the Manufactured Housing Institute or MHI, a manufactured home will appreciate in value at the same market rate as other homes in the same neighborhood. Location is always key to appreciation.
Can we purchase a home from you and move it to our own land?
No. Our homes are set up and ready for occupancy within the community. We do not sell homes for private property placement.
Can we rent the home and the land?
In our communities, we lease the site to you and you own the home.
How much is site rent?
Site rent varies per community. Please contact the community you are interested in to obtain the current rates. Our communities also frequently offer reduced site rent on select homes.
What is a Retailer?
Licensed, professional seller of manufactured homes. Assists in arrangement for financing, and has home installed on home site and prepared for move-in.
Do I have to finance my home through a retailer?
Your retailer can arrange financing. However, if you prefer, you may choose to finance your home through an outside lender such as a bank, credit union or mortgage company.
What are the different sizes of manufactured homes?
There are 2 terms used in the manufactured housing industry. The term 'single-section' is used on a home that is 12-16 feet wide and from 30 to 80 ft. long. These homes run in size from 360 sq. ft. to 1,200 sq. ft. The term 'multi-section' is used on a home that is 24-32 feet wide and from 40 to 80 ft. long. These homes run from 960 sq. ft. to over 2,300 sq. ft.
Are pets allowed?
Most of our communities allow 1 pet. Please contact the community of interest for rules and regulations regarding pets.
Can I get finished drywall interior walls in my manufactured home?
Yes. Our manufacturers offer either pre-finished wall boards (wall paper already applied) or prime painted finished drywall.
Are Thermopane windows available?
What other features are available?
The many quality features available are listed on the “Why Quality Homes” page.
What should I bring to purchase a home?
A credit application which the Quality Homes community representative will provide for you to fill out, a valid driver’s license or photo ID, proof of income (i.e. current pay stub, social security, pension, etc.), employment letters, and tax returns.
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