They are not energy efficient, and trying to finance or resell them is difficult. In this, one will see what type of financial burdens one can come across when being a consumer of manufactured homes, why manufactured homes are not energy efficient, why It Is hard to acquire a mortgage loan for them, and one will see why It Is so hard to resell them. According to an Interview Walt K. Married (personal communication, May 1, 2010) a manufactured home owner, she has found the manufacturers have made the tubs, showers, and sinks smaller; they are also made of plastic.
This costs her more money because to fix any problems, she had to either order materials from a manufactured home provider, or she had to go to a do-it oneself store Like Loses. She chose to purchase from the Loses and because these stores do not carry this size of sinks she had to make the holes In the counter tops bigger to accommodate the new sink size. She has also found the doors and windows are odd size; this made it difficult and costly to replace them; finding someone to make custom size windows and doors is a large expense.
Another problem found was the manufacturer used popcorn ceiling texture. After a major roof leak she found herself removing the entire ceiling texture from the entire house cause It was the popcorn texture and painting this is Impossible. These are financial burdens and hard labor that could have been prevented If one did not purchase a manufactured home in the first place. Many people buy manufactured home because they are cheaper, but by looking at the cost comparison of replacements with materials that K.
Married (personal communication, May 1, 2010) bought at Loses (table 1), one can see that over time it is not cheaper; this proves that it is better to keep from purchasing a home that needs such a big financial commitment. [Pl] Another reason someone should not become a consumer for a manufactured mom is the manufacturers use cheaper materials to build this type of homes versus a standard stick built home. The chart below shows the standard amenities used in Oakwood Homes (2000) versus. Rockwell (2010) stick-built basic homes (table 2). As one can see there are several disadvantages in purchasing manufactured homes.
This is a disadvantage because if something happens and one needs to replace a sheet, one is finding themselves replacing the whole entire house. This is a large financial burden that one could avoid if he or she had not purchased a manufactured home. The manufacturers have no pride in their work. When putting the houses together the manufacturers took shortcuts. One shortcut K. Married (personal communication May 1, 2010) mentioned was the manufacturers used staples to put drawers together instead of nails; this makes the drawers less durable. She has problems with the drawers falling apart. Other shortcuts she noticed were the manufacturers glued shoetrees to the studs and outlets in their places. She is not the only one who is experiencing these types of problems.
In the website Rip-off Report. Com (2010) there are many similar families in the same situations, and some have found themselves in a more difficult situation than K. Married (personal communication May 1, 2010). Some families have found particle board used as the floor and no floor Joists were found to hold up walls; this has cost the family extreme amounts of money because they had to replace not only the floor, they also had to add floor Joist. They have recommended everyone to consider all options Trot renting to sacramental square Dotage Detour purchasing nutcracker homes. Others have said to let the option of purchasing manufactured homes to be their last resort.
In a manufactured home one will find the houses are not square. The windows and door frames are not square because of this one will find replacing Hess extremely difficult and costly. The walls are not square; because of this replacing flooring is more difficult. K. Married has found this out also. She has replaced these and found them extremely difficult and costly. The more she told me about all of the problems one after another, it has been proven that people should not buy manufactured homes. One may also find he or she needs the square footage and believes that the only way to have this is to purchase a manufactured home; this is not true.
If one finds a manufactured home floor plan that he or she undoubtedly loves, he or she may take the floor plan to a builder or contractor and eave the same exact thing built. This will cost more than a manufactured home, but because better materials are used, the home will not require upgrades or replacements. Over time the home will appreciate in value and pay for itself. Another reason one should not purchase manufactured homes is these homes are not built to be energy efficient. According to Home Energy Online (1998) manufactured homes have not kept up with the advancements of energy efficiency as site-built homes have. One reason they are not energy efficient is they are built with thinner shoetrees and four-inch walls. Because thinner walls are used the manufacturer had to use thinner insulation.