Why Manufactured Home Prices and Features Vary

Why Manufactured Home Prices and Features Vary

Want to know why manufactured homes have different prices and features? We’re looking at how factors like a home’s materials, any customization or upgrade options, the home’s location and its size can affect how much it costs.

Today’s manufactured homes have a wide range of styles and price points, with many different features, options and materials to pick from, just like you see with traditional site-built homes.

At Clayton, we’re here to help you find the home that’s right for your life and your needs, whether that means an open floor plan with a flex space, tons of built-in details, or specific kitchen and bathroom features. And no matter which model you choose, we build all of our beautiful, affordable homes with quality materials from many trusted brands.

Now let’s break down how much manufactured homes typically cost and why their features can vary across the country.

How Much Does a Manufactured Home Cost?

This is a definitely a commonly asked question from home buyers, especially when they’re comparing manufactured homes to site-built homes. According to the Census Bureau, the average sales price for a new manufactured home as of July 2023 was $118,000, not including the cost of land. And at Clayton, our homes can range in price from about $60,000 to more than $200,000, not including the cost of land or for the required delivery, installation and taxes.

So, what helps make manufactured homes a more affordable option than many site-built homes? Well, a lot of it has to do with the way they’re built. An efficient construction process inside a home building facility means there are fewer delays and less waste.

Plus, Clayton has its own internal supply chain, Clayton Supply, which means we can buy many of our building materials in bulk and make sure we have them when and where we need them. Manufactured homes also tend to have more streamlined designs than site-built homes, which makes them easier and more efficient to build.

Clayton manufactured home farmhouse style kitchen with white cabinets, wood counters, and island with seating, tray ceiling and tin backsplash behind the stainless steel range hood

Why do Manufactured Homes Have Different Features?

Another common question is why a certain home model from Clayton might be available in one part of the country, but not another. Well, in this case, manufactured homes are very similar to site-built homes. For example, homes in the Southeast usually look different from those out West. This has to do with popular regional styles that have developed over the years, along with the climate, overall housing trends and the kinds of building materials that are available in the area. Clayton currently has 40 home building facilities that are located throughout the country and build a variety of different style floor plans, from farmhouse to traditional to modern.

(And if there’s a home model you’ve fallen in love with that’s not available in your area, we recommend you talk to a home consultant at one of our home centers. They can help you find similar models with your must-have features.)

Clayton manufactured home kitchen with cream cabinets, dark countertops, stainless steel sink and a window behind it, with decor on the counters

What Features do Clayton Homes Have?

While their exact look and style may vary based on the design of the specific home model and your location, all of Clayton’s new manufactured homes include standard features like:

  • Flooring
  • Light fixtures
  • Plumbing fixtures
  • Cabinets and shelves
  • A washer and dryer hook-up
  • An ecobee smart thermostat®
  • A Frigidaire® stove and refrigerator
  • A Rheem® water heater

Manufactured homes can start in price at under $100,000, and the most affordable homes you’ll see available typically have fewer variations in the floor plan and the types of building materials that are used, like countertop or exterior siding options. These homes may also be smaller and have wallboards rather than drywall. However, they definitely aren’t lacking in popular features or style! You’ll find kitchen islands, flex spaces, split bedroom layouts, built-in storage options and more.

Homes in the middle price range tend to have more cabinet, flooring, siding or paint color options to choose from. You’ll also find larger floor plans with more varied layouts, along with features like fireplaces, walk-in closets, larger front porches, and separate bathtubs and showers.

And in the $200,000 and above price range is where you’ll usually find the most manufactured home customization and upgrade options. These options can include the kitchen backsplashes, bathroom features, cabinets, exterior details and even higher roof pitches. This is also where you’ll see many of Clayton’s larger home models, with 2,000 sq. ft. or more. They can have up to five bedrooms, primary suite retreats, second living rooms and even attached garages.

Bathroom of a Clayton manufactured home with a standalone bathtub in front of windows, with a half-glass wall shower next to it and weathered style flooring

Manufactured Home Customization and Upgrade Options

If there’s a specific home feature that’s at the top of your must-have list, like a kitchen island, standalone soaker tub, additional storage, or upgraded appliances and fixtures, the Clayton team is here to help. Many of our floor plans have different ways to personalize them, like choosing between several kitchen or bathroom layouts, or built-in feature options. Some upgrades and customizations can also include an additional cost, so make sure to speak to your local home consultant so they can help you find the options are right for you.

At Clayton, our mission is to make homeownership possible for more people by offering homes that fit a wide variety of budgets and styles. And if you’re ready to take that next step and learn more about what options are available in your area, you can get started today by contacting your local home center or by browsing manufactured and modular home models on our website.

Come see beautiful, affordable home models available near you.

Are you ready to find your dream home?
Start shopping now or find a home center in your area to learn more about Clayton Built® home options.

By entering your email address, you agree to receive marketing emails from Clayton. Unsubscribe anytime.

Discover Clayton homes in your area based on price range, bedrooms and features.