What exactly is manufactured home and how does it vary from a modular home?
A manufactured home (also known as a mobile home) is a single or multi-sectional home constructed on a long-lasting frame, like a steel undercarriage/chassis, with a removable transportation system (hitch and wheels). The model is permanently mounted on a site-built support and is influenced by the 1976 federal standards established by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
A modular home is constructed in a factory using conventional home floor joists and delivered to a site on a trailer or flat bed truck. The delivered home might be in the form of panels which are put together at the site, can be pre-cut and assembled on site, or may be ready-to-go and shipped in one piece. The home, panels or pre-cut panels are upraised from the trailer and attached to a foundation. A modular home might be single or multi-storied. Modular homes are not susceptible to HUD standards, however, must be built to state and local Uniform Building Codes.