Single wide: (n.) A manufactured home made in only a single section. These homes are typically 14-18 feet in width and 50-80 feet in length.
Today we are talking price on single wide mobile homes! Single wides have come a long way in the last decade in terms of flow and design, making them more than just an alternative to a double wide, but actually desirable in and of themselves.
Aside from their efficient design, there is a lot to be said for the affordability of a single wide mobile home versus a double wide and certainly a site-built home. In this blog, we’ll look at some of the reasons for single wide affordability while also going through the costs of a few popular upgrade options.
Delivery & Installation
When it comes down to it, it may seem like the determining factor in single wide price has to do with size. But, I would say, it really has to do with shape.
Single wides are homes built to contain all the necessary living spaces in the single width of 14-18 feet, meaning they can be transported using less resources—one truck and one driver.
What this also means is the set-up (process of leveling and blocking the home on a base pad or foundation) of a single wide mobile home requires less materials and man hours than that of a double wide. And lastly, single wide homes do not require trim-outs—the process of seaming the two sections of a double wide together into a solid unit.
To give you an idea of what delivery costs can range, we have a delivery estimates on pages about our homes based on the home, home options, and the distance of your home site from that factory. As you’ll notice, the savings of delivering a single wide home isn’t a mere few hundred dollars, but a few thousand dollars, which, when combined with the lower cost of a single wide home, makes for huge savings in overall home price.
In addition, buying your home and having it built and delivered directly from the factory to your home site means we don’t have to charge for the additional cost of the transport and set-up on an abundance of stock models.
Choosing Your Factory
And now, you might be thinking, all of these savings must translate into a smaller home.
Yes and no. While double wide homes on the larger end of the spectrum will offer more square footage, the small to mid-size double wides are very comparable. It’s only a matter of wider rather than longer.
The single wide mobile homes we have for sale range in size from the smallest and least expensive unit—The Tru Bliss with a total of 736 square feet, to the largest and most expensive unit—The Clayton Annie with a total of 1,140 square feet.
There’s a pretty big price gap between those homes, so let’s talk about the Tru and Fleetwood factories.
Tru Homes was the very first home manufacturer we chose when we launched Braustin. Their homes offer the most home for the least money. All Tru Homes are built the same federal HUD code as other mobile homes, but they’ve done a few things to lower overhead and building time in order to offer the most affordable prices in the industry.
Each Tru mobile home is built using “factory select” options. While they do offer certain upgrades (which we’ll discuss below) these homes are not meant for individual customization.
Limiting the number of options available means this factory can buy in extremely large quantities of wholesale materials as well as build homes quickly without a long and modified spec sheet. A speedy factory line means a lot of savings in any manufacturing industry, and Tru understands this.
On the flipside, at the start of 2018 we began offering the Fleetwood Homes line, which still has a ton of value for their price, but also offers more options for buyers to customize—cabinet colors, tile, countertops,and more. Like Tru, Fleetwood is able to buy in large quantities of wholesale materials, but their manufacturing lines take more time as each home is different.
In making a decision between a factory and then between a single wide or double wide home, the first factor will usually be price. And then, with a budget in place, you and your sales representative can begin examining the home that will be best for your family’s current and future needs for bedrooms, bathrooms, and living space.
Single Wide Upgrade Options
Each single wide mobile home listed for sale on our website includes only the base price of the model, which means it does not account for optional upgrades or delivery and installation costs. Each home does have options we often recommend for maximum comfort and enjoyment of your family in their new space.
Energy Efficient Upgrades
Both the Tru and Fleetwood homes have what is called “thermal zone” upgrades ranging from Zone I to Zone III, with I being the least. With Tru, upgrading your thermal zone means an increase in insulation as well as upgraded windows. Fleetwood offers an increase in insulation.
The price will vary depending on the size of your single wide, but often it is inexpensive enough that you will save on utility bills the cost of the upgrade within a few short years. Not bad considering the savings in energy bills and increased comfort during extreme weather months.
Another pretty big step up in energy efficiency is what is called the ENERGY STAR package. Fleetwood does not offer this upgrade but it is available on every Tru home.
Choosing ENERGY STAR offers the most energy efficient windows and insulation available as well as a digital programmable thermostat and LED lights installed throughout the home.
Exterior Siding Upgrade
The standard siding on a single wide mobile home is vinyl. On a Tru single wide, there is the option of upgrading to a Smart Panel siding, an OSB wood-look composite. This is a highly durable rot and pest resistant material.
Wind Zone Upgrades
For customers living in hurricane and high-wind prone areas, your home will require an upgrade to Wind Zone II. This will provide additional support and stability to your home in the event of high winds, protecting the roof and siding from damage.
To build your home according to Wind Zone II specifications, the cost based on length as well as an additional charge for home set-up, which requires more steps than a typical home set.
Other Optional Upgrades
The last two options I wanted to mention have to do with the front door and dishwasher.
On a Tru home, the standard front door opens outward. There is optional (recommended) upgrade to what is called a “house-type” front door. This changes the exterior framing a bit and allows for the door to open inward, like a traditional home does.
And lastly, Tru homes do not come standard with a dishwasher. There is an optional upgrade, though, which includes the dishwasher, plumbing and supply lines.
Another helpful thing to keep in mind is mobile homes do not have sales tax calculated on their total price, however, the upgrades are taxed and the price should be clearly reflected on your purchase agreement.
Hopefully now you feel a little more acquainted with single wide mobile homes and how they can be a benefit to your family and your wallet. We’ll see you next week!