Why it's important to know the difference between a mobile home and a manufactured home.
June 15, 1976 is the day the term ‘manufactured home’ was born. This date plays a pivotal role in factory-built housing, in that the Federal Manufactured Homes Construction and Safety Standards (commonly known as the HUD code) went into effect. The HUD code established federal standards for the building of manufactured housing. These standards included:
- Construction and design
- Strength and durability
- Fire resistance
- Overall quality
- Performance standards, such as electrical, heating, plumbing, etc.
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While the phrases ‘manufactured homes’ and ‘mobile homes’ are often still used interchangeably, the term ‘mobile home’ is only appropriate if the dwelling was built before June 15, 1976. The HUD code was a huge step forward in ensuring quality manufactured housing. Today's manufactured homes are not like the trailers or mobile homes of the past. Most are no longer moveable, and now offer many floorplan and design option choices.
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