A modular home is not a mobile home; it is simply a home that is built off-site, as opposed to on-site. These homes are often called factory-built, system-built or prefab (short for prefabricated) homes. Modular and manufactured homes are not the same. Manufactured homes are not placed on permanent foundations.Click to see full answer. Thereof, how can I tell the difference between a modular home and a manufactured home?The difference between modular and manufactured homes is often in the permanence. For instance modular homes are placed on a permanent foundation; whereas trailers, or manufactured homes are built on a steel chassis with wheels attached. This is so the trailer can be moved or towed.Additionally, is a modular home the same as a double wide? Modern manufactured homes are extremely different than the mobile homes built prior to 1976. Manufactured homes are generally built in three standard sizes—single wide, double wide and triple wide. Manufactured homes can also be placed on a permanent foundation or on a basement—just like a site-built home. Also to know, are modular homes as good as stick built? In most instances, the components of a modular home built by a manufacturer will be every bit as good as the components of a stick built home, but everyone may not be up to date on this fact. If you are looking to impress, a modular home may not deliver in the same way a stick built home can.Are modular homes more expensive than manufactured homes?The biggest advantage of manufactured homes is their lower cost. They are less expensive than site-built homes and even modular homes. Because of this (and other factors), modular homes are typically more expensive than manufactured homes.