Chattooga Assessors Website
Mobile Home -- Defined
excerpts from "Valuation of Manufactured Housing" DOR 9-98 pages 3-2 & 3-3
(all photos are of
Chattooga County homes)
(italics and other marks for emphasis have been added)
Factory-produced housing are residential structures transported to the building sites. There are three generally accepted categories of factory-produced housing, each of which has distinguishable characteristics and meet a unique set of criteria. The three categories are manufactured, modular, and panelized. Because all three types of factory-produced housing can resemble site-built housing, the following guidelines should be considered when estimating replacement cost.
homes are residential structures built
steel undercarriage with necessary wheel
to be transported to a permanent or
The wheel assembly can be
removed when placed on
a permanent foundation,
and the steel undercarriage may remain intact if it
a necessary structural component.
In some instances, the presence of a steel undercarriage as a necessary structural component is the primary distinguishing factor between a higher-quality manufactured home and a modular home.
Manufactured homes, built in the U.S. after June 15, 1976, must meet the Federal Manufactured Home Construction and Safety Standards as outlined in Title VI, Housing and Community Development Act of 1974.
A HUD seal certifying compliance with these standards must be displayed on each unit.
Modular housing will meet most local building codes and is subject to standard regional or state building codes for modular construction. Although a modular house can be transported on a steel undercarriage, the undercarriage is generally not a permanent and necessary structural component, and can be removed when placed on a foundation.
Panelized or prefabricated houses consist of packaged, factory-built components are site-assembled. All must conform with local and state or regional building codes for site-built construction. Generally, these type homes should be valued using site-built housing costs.