The Cost Of A New Manufactured Home

Cost To Downsize To A Mobile Home

Manufactured homes are less costly per square foot to build than traditional, on-site homes. While a traditional home costs an average of $70 per square foot, factory-built homes can be built more efficiently and generally cost between $35 and $40 per square foot. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, in August 2008, the average prices for new manufactured homes in the United States were $37,000 for a new single-wide home and $76,000 for a new double-wide home

Of course, these figures are only averages, and tell us nothing about the highest or lowest ends of the price spectrum. For instance, add granite countertops, ¾-inch hardwood flooring, stainless steel appliances, designer bathroom fixtures, and a waterfront location, and you have a $180,000 mobile home.

Single Wide vs. Double Wide Homes

A single-wide home can be no larger than 18 feet wide by 90 feet long, and can be transported to its site as a single unit. Whereas a double-wide is at least 20 feet wide but no more than 90 feet long, and must be transported to its site as two separate units. Once at the site, the units are joined. There are also triple wides and larger, but these are less common.

Regional Cost Differences

The U.S. Census Bureau reports that in August 2008, new manufactured homes were generally more expensive to purchase in the West and the Northeast, and were least expensive in the South. This is not a constant situation, though, since sales fluctuate with the seasons and the regional economies. Go to the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) website to get a good idea of accurate and fair market prices for a particular model and year of manufactured homes.

Northeast

  • $43,300 for a new single-wide home
  • $79,100 for a new double-wide home

Midwest

  • $40,400 for a new single-wide home
  • $76,900 for a new double-wide home

South

  • $34,900 for a new single-wide home
  • $73,400 for a new double-wide home

West

  • $41,300 for a new single-wide home
  • $81,000 for a new double-wide home
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