Manufactured homes / Mobile homes ~~ Nothing like that if you are looking for a home in these recessionary times



A few weeks back one of our readers asked us if she should go for a 'building apartment' that was at some nth floor in one of the developer's upcoming colonies (the so-called concrete jungles) and away from her ancestral patch of land she was owning; or that she should go for a 'Mobile Home' which would be fixed right there in her property.

Upon exchange of a couple of mails, it became prudent that the lady- a resident of Michigan from the States- had her heart going for a mobile home as it would have meant her not leaving the comforts of her ancestral patch of land, but was unsure of the decision.

Today, she again wrote us a mail confirming that she has finally got a 'Mobile Home' done at her land which she had ordered upon one of the leading and reputed suppliers of 'Mobile homes' or 'Manufactured Homes' in the United States of America.  Not to mention, she sounded so very happy and contented today in her mail having her new abode delivered in the form of modules, erected, finished and made ready-to-move in front of her eyes.
And that's when we decided to share her experience and joy of having a manufactured home with all our Bricks-n-Mortar family and readers so that they can also take a cue from her story of having a similar manufactured home for them too.

SO, WHAT ARE THE 'MOBILE HOMES'?

'Mobile Homes', also called as 'Manufactured Homes' or 'Prefabricated Homes' or sometimes even as 'Modular Homes' are factory built units in entirety or strategically designed and constructed parts that are then transported to the place where they are desired to be put, and then erected into the desired shape and design of a house.

SO, WHAT MAKES THESE HOMES DIFFERENT THAN OTHER USUALLY BUILT HOMES?

Yupp, we know, this must be the next question in our readers' mind, isn't it?
The usual houses are made out of individual building items, like concrete, rebar, steel, blocks, bricks, mortar, plaster, interiors, etc. These homes take time to design and construct as they must conform to the strict housing bye laws, etc.

On the other hand, the 'manufactured or mobile homes' are already built in parts in factories under strict design and supervision practices if procured from suppliers of repute, and which are then transported to the desired location by suitable modes of transfer like trailers/ trucks/ etc. The base of such homes are usually made out of tubular steel, over which the rest of the structure (framework) is erected as per the pre-approved design chosen by the user in consultation with the supplier. While these houses are usually placed in one location and left there permanently, they do retain the ability to be moved if so designed/desired.


As Wikipedia states about mobile homes--
The original rationale for this type of housing was its mobility. Units were initially marketed primarily to people whose lifestyle required mobility. However, beginning in the 1950s, the homes began to be marketed primarily as an inexpensive form of housing designed to be set up and left in a location for long periods of time, or even permanently installed with a masonry foundation.
Many people who could not afford a traditional site-built home or did not desire to commit to spending a large sum of money on housing began to see factory-built homes as a viable alternative for long-term housing needs.

It can thus be inferred that the Manufactured homes or Mobile homes offer a person multitude of options with respect to design, size, shape, color, finishes, mobility, etc., which a usual traditional in-built house can't provide with that ease and reliability. Such 'mobile homes' are one of the best housing options in the present times when the world is arm-wrestling with the ghost of recession and meltdown.


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