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Are Manufactured Homes Cost Effective?

Are manufactured homes cost effective? Yes! Here are our top 3 reasons why:

  1. Streamlined Production
  2. Energy Efficiency
  3. No Land Costs

If you’ve done any research into manufactured homes, you already know that on the whole, they are a lot less costly than traditional stick-built homes. 

For some prospective buyers, this makes manufactured homes immediately more appealing, while others might be nervous about why the price is so much lower.

Are manufactured homes less expensive than stick-built homes because of a difference in quality? Nope! Manufactured homes are well-built, trustworthy houses that still have excellent quality, but are built more efficiently than stick-built homes.

There are a few things that make manufactured homes particularly cost effective. Here they are:

Top 3 things that make manufactured homes cost effective:

1. Streamlined Production

The number one reason why manufactured homes are so cost effective is their production process. 

Unlike stick-built homes, manufactured homes are produced in factories using an assembly line process. This allows for building materials to be purchased in bulk, which reduces the cost of supplies. It also means that the building process is streamlined, so labor costs are significantly reduced as well. 

Essentially, manufactured homes are built more quickly with supplies bought at a lower cost than stick-built homes!

2. Energy Efficiency

Manufactured homes maintain energy efficiency in a few key areas:

  • Insulation: Manufactured homes have higher insulation levels built into the walls, floors, and ceilings than the minimum code requirements for stick-built homes.
  • Tight construction: Factory production allows for tight construction and good sealing around windows and doors. Tight sealing means less heat loss in winter and less cold loss in summer!
  • HVAC efficiency: The HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning) system in a manufactured house is specifically designed for the home’s size and layout. This means the HVAC appliances are just the right size to maximize energy efficiency in the home. 

How does an energy-efficient home help you as the homeowner? One big way: lower utility bills. 

When your home has drafty windows, poor insulation, and inefficient HVAC appliances, it’s like money is leaking out through the cracks of your house. An energy-efficient home means long-term savings for you. 

As in nearly every field, energy efficiency has been a big push in the manufactured housing industry in recent years. If you like to get a little nerdy about this stuff (we do), check out this field evaluation of ​advances in energy efficiency practices for manufactured homes!

3. No Land Costs 

This might seem like an obvious one, but manufactured homes that are located in land lease communities like Aspire don’t include land. With a stick-built home, you’re paying for not only the house itself but also the land it’s sitting on. This can add tens of thousands of dollars to the total price of the home. 

When you buy a manufactured home, that’s exactly what you’re buying: just the home. If you already own land, you can put your manufactured house on it, but the most common thing to do is to rent a lot in a manufactured home community. 

The smaller upfront cost of manufactured homes makes them an affordable option for many buyers who need a lower price point, especially first-time home buyers. 

Aspire Communities Manufactured Homes

Do you dream of owning a home? For many people, home ownership feels like an impossibility due to the high cost of traditional homes and the limited houses available for sale.

For those who want an affordable, quality home, it can feel like there aren’t many options. If this sounds like your experience, you’re not alone!

Here at Aspire Communities, we’re working to provide a better option for you.

Our mission is to provide beautiful houses and communities that you and your family are proud to call home. 

We welcome you to join one of our communities — you’ll find a place that is mindful of your needs and eager to provide you with the high-quality service you expect and deserve. 

Contact us today to take the first step toward your dream home.