How Manufactured Homes Differ From Mobile and Modular Homes

Many cities in India have been facing a housing crisis for a long time. The two leading causes of the shortage of living spaces are the inadequate number of houses built and the massive influx of people from the countryside to the cities. To address this problem, the government of India has been supporting the construction of prefabricated homes like modular and manufactured homes.


Both modular and manufactured homes are prefabricated structures that are constructed in a factory. From the outside, you may think that both are the same. But they are not. Let us look at the difference.


Construction methods


Manufactured Homes

They are factory-built homes that give you a comfortable living space with basic amenities as you have in a typical house built using traditional methods. The pre-fabricators use cutting-edge construction technology to build the house. It is assembled in the factory itself before being transported to the actual site.


Modular Homes

Modular homes are also built in factories, but are governed by local state building codes (although sometimes states will adopt the federal code). Modular homes get built in home building facilities in multiple pieces, unlike manufactured homes that get built in one piece.


Mobile Homes

The definition of a mobile home has changed drastically since the late 1970s. Prior to the 1976 Mobile Home Construction and Safety Act, mobile homes were easily moved living spaces that were built off site, and there wasn’t much supervision to building standards. The ‘HUD Code’ formally regulated production safety and quality and stipulated that official documents should refer to these types of homes as manufactured homes from 1976 onward. So, mobile homes refers to homes built before 1976 and manufactured homes refers to those built after 1976 under a higher set of building standards.


The installation of the modular solution like MobiNest offered Nest-In from the house of Tata Steel can be done on the toughtest terrains where RCC is not possible. The experts specially prepare the ground with a solid foundation to hold the structure firmly.


Home Design and options


When looking at purchasing a manufactured home versus a modular home, most of the changes are structural. Both manufactured and modular homes have come a long way in recent years in regards to home design options. Since one factory is responsible for the construction from start to finish, consumers have more options to customize a manufactured or even modular home. Modern manufactured and modular homes are nearly indistinguishable to site built homes now.




Manufactured homes are produced according to the Federal Housing and Urban Development (HUD) safety standards. These unified national safety standards help make sure that manufactured homes are as safe as site-built homes.


Modular homes are constructed according to local and state safety regulations based on the destination site. Sometimes these are the same standards as the HUD standards, as some states adopt the federal code. Each state and governing authority has its own safety certification that is attached to modular homes.


Both modular and manufactured homes are further inspected upon installation at their sites to ensure complete safety for the home occupants.


While the options for pre-built homes have come a long way in all categories, manufactured homes as well as modular homes have several clear advantages.

Posted in MobiNest on Jun 29, 2022.

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