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Purchasing a new home is a huge step, both financially and emotionally. Your home will likely be the most expensive purchase in your entire life. But a home is so much more than a monetary investment. It is your refuge at the end of a long day. It might be where you spend the first years of your married life or where you watch your children take their first steps. And most importantly, it’s where you’ll create treasured memories with your family. With so much at stake, it is crucial to choose the right fit.

If you’re in the market for a brand-new home, today there are more cost-effective options than ever, such as manufactured and modular homes, both of which are built predominantly in factories rather than on-site like traditional homes. But how do you know which is right for you? Read on to understand the differences, advantages, and disadvantages of these types of homes!

What is a mobile or manufactured home?

While sometimes confused with RVs, trailers, or campers, mobile homes are completely different. A mobile or manufactured home is a structure of at least 320 square feet that is built in a factory and transported on a chassis as a complete unit to a mobile home park or leased or purchased land.

The only real difference between mobile and manufactured homes is the date that they were built.

Mobile homes were built in factories before June 15, 1976, while manufactured homes are built after that date.

Because they are quite literally “mobile,” these types of homes can be moved to other sites more easily than stick-built dwellings.

While location and the condition of the home do play a role, manufactured homes usually depreciate much more quickly than modular or traditionally built homes.

What is a modular home?

Like a manufactured home, a modular home is constructed in a factory and then moved to a home site. The main difference between manufactured and modular homes is that similar to traditional homes, modular homes are built according to state and local building codes rather than federal HUD codes.

In addition, modular homes are transported to home sites in sections and then put together on-site.

Unlike manufactured homes, modular homes are built on permanent foundations and are not designed to be moved.

Modular home advantages


Modular homes offer far more customization options than manufactured homes. They can be built in virtually any size and include a broad array of choices from floor plans to appliances, siding, entry styles, attics, and even roof pitch.

Modular homes are virtually indistinguishable from stick-built homes and are available in single or multi-story configurations. At Rochester homes, we can create a modular home that truly meets your family’s needs. 


Unlike manufactured homes, modular homes tend to follow local market trends. So if the homes in your local market are increasing in value, your modular home probably will, too!  


Because they are built on permanent foundations, modular homes are just as strong as traditionally built homes when it comes to weather and water resistance!

Rochester Homes – Affordable, custom modular homes

At Rochester homes, we have more than 50 years of experience building gorgeous, high-quality modular homes. Our team will work with you to solicit your precise input and design a dream home that suits your budget and your family’s lifestyle. Want to learn more? Schedule a tour of the Rochester Homes plant today!

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