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Terms & Definitions

There are basic types of foundation systems and the term is often misunderstood and confused when referring to real property requirements for a manufactured home.

Foundation types

Engineered Pier Systems

-Tie Down System (Common use for park installations on leased land) ++Commonly Installed Above Grade (See Install Styles For Definition)++

-Foundation System (Common For permanent 433A qualification for land owned private property installations)++Optionally Installed below Grade( See Install Styles For Definition)++

Manufacturer (CMU) Foundations

-CMU (Concrete masonry units) Cement Block Foundation installation specs are provided with installation manual per manufacturer. Common for permenant foundation installations with block perimeter wall.

There are 2 styles that are offered when you are referring to a home installation type.

Above grade installation is common for parks this is where the foundation of your home sits at the grade level this will leave you with a standard height of roughly 36″-42″ to your entry and generally takes about 5 steps to get into your home.

This is generally combined with the (Tie Down)engineered pier system.

Finish : Above grade is commonly finished with matching skirting as well as decorative stone in some cases.

Below Grade Installation Also Refereed to as (Pit Set Home).

This is where the foundation system sits 18-20″ below grade leaving the entrance into your home 12″ above grade allowing you to have 2 cement steps into your home.

This style of installation is commonly combined with the foundation pier system or CMU Manufacturer block foundation.

Finish: 12′-8″ of exposed block and venting.


Manufactured Home is a home built after 1976 and built to HUD Federal Building Codes & Requirements in a federally licensed factory.

Mobile Home is a home built before 1976 and was built to a Recreational Vehicle requirements , what we consider a true mobile home today is a Park Model or home that is built under 400 Square feet.

Mobile Home is a home built before 1976 and was built to a Recreational Vehicle requirements , what we consider a true mobile home today is a Park Model or home that is built under 400 Square feet.

Modular Homes are built to local county building codes often is IRC (International Building Code) Unlike a Manufactured Home that is built to federal hud standards.

Modular homes are often built in the same factories as a HUD Manufactured Home & generally cosmetically identical but they are not interchangeable.

Modular homes are set on Slab 0r cinder block foundation systems that is set at 12″ above grade finished side walks requiring 1 or steps into home ( manufactured homes can be set very similar except not available on direct slab foundations)

Modular homes will be more expensive & Manufactured homes will more cost efficient from home cost to permitting cost manufactured homes are the way to go.

Accessory Dwelling Units (ADU) Or Granny Flats

Yes,  you can install a manufactured home as your ADU or granny flat.

General Home QUestions

The standard for a lead time for home production 3-4 months and a 2 week window for transport delivery.

*Lead times are giving on  final design approval by client and once client funds have cleared escrow home order is then  submitted as an order to the factory.

* Homes may take up to 8 months depending on what factory you order from and when.

*Once order is submitted to the factory and the factory will provide  a lead time. Actual lead times are estimates 

This varies depending on scope of work once home arrives.

Parks: General installation in park with cement, carports and custom stairs is generally 3- weeks

Private Property or Vacant Land Projects generally will  take 1- year with permits from your local agency.


National Manufactured Homes Offers free ready to buy budget tool to determine what the cost of your new manufactured home project. Whether you are looking to install your home in a park or on private property, use the link below and get started. BUDGET TOOL

Cost & Financing


are developed so there is no need for additional site improvements (Grading, Engineering) or soft cost (Engineering, Permit fees) are extremely low such as permit fees.

(Long term liability parks must maintain their utilities,  parks require HOA’s / rental / lease cost associated)

This allows a much faster project timeline.

Private Property

Most cases non developed will require site improvements  & higher soft cost. such as utilities, water meters, overhead electrical, septic and sewer & engineering in most cases all requiring their own permit depending on your local.

(Long term liability for all maintenance and cost)

will require much longer project timeline.

National does not provided direct financing but will refer you to a qualified lender that specializes in manufactured home financing and will determine if you qualify for your new home project.

National Offers these easy to use tools to get you started on your project.

(Use this to get a fast idea of budget see if your project is feasIble)

( Use this to find your exact floor plan and get up to date base floorplan pricing)

Where you see the savings compared to a Stick Built Home/Site Built Home is in the vertical build cost it is generally 1/3rd the cost of a site built home.
Private property you have site improvement/development cost , these cost are the same as a site built home. 

Financing timelines can vary depending on how prepared you are and who your  lender is.

The average time can range from 45 Days from the day an application is filed to 75 days.

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