“Before you build your home, be sure to ask your contractor this important question: To what building code will my home be constructed?”
This quote was pulled from a discussion forum on ModularHousing.com. This discussion forum helps explain the many differences between modular homes and homes built according to the federal Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Code. Knowing these differences can save you from a whole lot of frustration when you get ready to build your next home!
Most do not know that the HUD building codes are vastly different from the building codes in place for traditional site built homes and modular homes. Site built and modular homes are held to the same standards when it comes to building codes. This is not true for HUD homes. These homes are built to HUD code standards, which are far less robust than the codes in effect for modular homes.
HUD homes are often mistaken for modular homes based on the fact that they were manufactured off-site and possess features such as pitched roofs, porches, and the use of drywall.
Be sure to know the differences between HUD and modular homes, you wouldn’t want any unexpected surprises. If your contractor is unable to answer this question, you may need to keep searching until you get the answer you are looking for.