Modular homes and manufactured homes are both prefabricated homes that are constructed in a factory, but there are some key differences between the two:
1. Building codes: Modular homes are built to the same building codes as traditional site-built homes, while manufactured homes are built to a separate federal code. This means that modular homes have to meet the same standards for electrical, plumbing, and other systems as traditional homes, while manufactured homes have their own set of standards.
2. Construction: Modular homes are built in sections, or modules, that are transported to the building site and assembled on a foundation. They are typically constructed with the same materials as site-built homes and can be customized to the owner’s preferences. Manufactured homes, on the other hand, are built on a steel frame with wheels and axles and are designed to be transported to the building site. They are built with lighter-weight materials and have a different construction process than modular homes.
3. Placement: Modular homes are typically placed on a permanent foundation and can be placed on any property that meets local zoning and building requirements. Manufactured homes are often placed in mobile home parks or on leased land, although they can also be placed on a permanent foundation on private property.
4. Resale value: Modular homes typically have a higher resale value than manufactured homes, as they are built to the same standards as site-built homes and can be more easily customized to the owner’s preferences. Manufactured homes, on the other hand, are often seen as more temporary housing and may not hold their value as well.