Clayton Wins Bob Vila’s Choice for Best Manufactured Home

When Bob Vila chooses your brand as the best of anything, it’s an honor. When he chooses your company as the best manufactured home factory in the US, it’s quite an honor.

The unique layout of the single section CrossMod also makes it the ideal size and shape for neighborhoods and urban lots, helping to create more zoning and infill opportunities.

Between fast start-to-finish times, flexible warranties, and tools to navigate the home buying and ownership process, Clayton Homes is a top manufactured home builder.

Home buyers looking to balance options, price, and speed might consider going with Clayton Homes. This manufactured home builder offers a wide range of homes, including the new Cross Mod home, some of which start at around $60 per square foot before customizations. Clayton services the entire nation and is the recipient of multiple 2022 Manufactured Home Institute Excellence in Manufactured Housing Awards.

One of the biggest benefits of going with a Clayton home is the time to completion. In most cases, Clayton Homes can be ready for moving in within 8 weeks, including installation. For folks who don’t own land already, Clayton’s online search tool will help them locate land in their desired area.

Each home from Clayton Homes comes with a basic warranty, and homeowners can upgrade their coverage to a 5- or 10-year plan if desired. Homeowners will notice that the online home search filter functions are limited. However, the resources and tools that Clayton provides during the home buying and ownership process can prove invaluable, including blog posts and articles through the company’s “Studio” portion of the website.


  • Service area: Nationwide
  • Price per square foot: About $66 to $115 before customizations
  • Construction and installation time: 4 to 6 weeks from ordering until delivery, 2 weeks for installation
  • Warranties: 1-year limited warranty; 5-year and 10-year warranties available for purchase



  • Somewhat limited online home search filter functions

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Gary Fleisher

Gary Fleisher, “The Mod Coach”, has been entrenched in the offsite construction industry for most of his life. Having started his career in the lumber industry, Gary spent decades working with manufactured and modular home producers and homebuilders. For the past 15 years his blog and LinkedIn postings have introduced thousands to the benefits of factory-built construction and have served as a forum for industry professionals to share insights and perspectives. Gary lives in Hagerstown, MD with his wife, Peg.

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