Carolina Building Design – Mobile and Manufactured Homes
You've got to admit …
Mobile Homes and Manufactured Homes are married in history.
When a person says mobile home, typically negative connotations are thought of: hurricanes destroying large tracts of homes, value depreciation, and poorly built homes.
A tin box as some would say. I don't know about you but I think the mobile home and manufactured home industry has come a long way. Take a look at what a kitchen can look like in a manufactured home.
The term mobile home actually refers to homes, built on a chassis with wheels for transportation, prior to 1976, when US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) regulations were put in place.
After 1976, this type of home, one with a chassis, has been referred to as manufactured homes.
So, you wonder, even with the fancier name and regulations, will these homes still blow away in a heavy storm?
These days, with the regulations set upon them, manufactured homes are of much greater quality.
There are still concerns regarding stability under high wind, and value depreciation. But overall, manufactured homes are of better quality, safer, and more accepted than they used to be.
Nowadays there are double-wides and triple-wides, further enhancing the livability of manufactured housing.
In addition, as manufactured homes are subject to Federal regulations, they are exempt from local building regulations.
I'll definitely be the first one to admit that any time you are dealing with Local building regulations…well let's just say depending upon the city, town or county, it can bog down the process. It costs more money and they can be flat out difficult. Time and money and time and money!!!
However, Local building regulations when all is said and done are good because they make sure homes are built to withstand regional influences of weather and other variables.
The good news(?) is, Manufactured homes are subject to local zoning regulations.
Some properties are restricted from putting manufactured homes on them.
There are pros and cons to living in a manufactured home however, if you're looking for Your first home in North Carolina or South Carolina, buying a manufactured home can be a great way to get your foot in the door.
You can live in the area for a while, get to know it find your best place to live in the area, without the full investment a traditional home would entail.
And if you find you do want to move, if you have the money to spare and the inclination, you might consider renting the manufactured home to someone else looking to find their best place to live in the Carolinas.
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