Why Manufactured Home Prices and Features Vary

Why Manufactured Home Prices and Features Vary

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

Just like with traditional site-built homes, today’s manufactured homes come in a broad range of styles and price points, with many different features, options and materials to pick from.

At Clayton, we’re here to help you find the home that best fits 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 home model you choose, we build our homes to national codes, using quality materials to ensure their strength and durability.

Let’s dig a little more into how much manufactured homes typically cost and how different features can vary across the country.

How Much do Manufactured Homes Cost?

This is a commonly asked question, especially when compared to the cost of a site-built home. According to the Census Bureau, the average sales price for a new manufactured home as of May 2022 was $124,900. 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 required installation and delivery charges.

So, what helps make manufactured homes a more affordable option? Well, a lot of it has to do with the way they’re built indoors. An efficient construction process means there are fewer construction delays. Plus, Clayton has its own internal supply chain, Clayton Supply, which means we can buy certain 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.

Living room of a Clayton manufactured home with neutral decor, shiplap walls and wooden ceiling beams

Why do Clayton Home Features Vary?

Another question we often see is why a certain home model from Clayton might be available in one part of the country, but not another. In this case, manufactured homes are very similar to site-built homes. For example, homes you see in neighborhoods 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 climate, overall housing trends and available building materials in the area. Clayton currently has 40 home building facilities across the country that construct a variety of floor plans with different styles, 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 your local home consultant at one of our home centers. They can help you find similar models with all your must-have features.)

Kitchen of a Clayton manufactured home with light wood cabinets, white island and stainless steel appliances

What Features do Clayton Homes Have?

All of Clayton’s new manufactured homes come with standard features that include:

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

So, while the exact look and style of these features may vary based on the design of the specific home model and your location, you can trust your home has quality products from top home building brands, no matter your budget.

Living room of a Clayton manufactured home with cream walls and carpet, cream and teal decor and a view of the kitchen in the background

Many of our most affordable manufactured homes have fewer variations in the layout of the floor plan and the types of materials used, such as countertop or exterior siding options. Homes in this price range may also be smaller in square footage and number of bedrooms and have wallboards rather than drywall. However, these homes aren’t lacking in popular features or style in any way! You’ll find kitchen islands, flex spaces, split bedroom layouts, built-in storage and more.

Mid-range priced homes tend to have more available cabinetry, flooring, siding or paint color options. You’ll also find larger floor plans with more layout choices, such as three or four bedrooms, along with features like fireplaces, walk-in closets, larger front porches and separate bathtubs and showers.

In our $200,000 and above price range is where you’ll find the most customization and upgrade options available. This can include subway tile backsplashes in the kitchen, upgraded bathroom features, higher pitched roofs, custom cabinets and exterior details. These also are our larger home models, in the 2,000 sq. ft. range. They can have up to five bedrooms, primary retreats, second living rooms and even attached garage options.

Closeup of a white, square standalone bathtub in a manufactured home

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, we’ve got you covered. Many of our floor plans have different ways to personalize them, like choosing between different kitchen or bathroom layouts or built-in feature options. You’ll also want to consider that certain upgrades and customizations will affect the final cost of your home, so your local home consultant can help you find out what options are available.

At Clayton, we’re always working to make homeownership possible for more people by offering homes that fit a wide variety of budgets and design preferences. 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 either contacting your local home center or viewing home models on our website. We’re here to help!

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