Purchasing a Prefab House?

I am thinking about purchasing a prefab house but I don't know much about them other than that they are less expensive than a traditional one. Any advice or comments would be appreciated.


Thank you,
Lisa from Thessaloniki, Greece

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By Paula Jo Carr Mebane, NC USA (Guest Post)
July 27, 20070 found this helpful

I am 53 and was raised in a 3 bedroom 1 bath prefab house that daddy had set atop a dug out basement (that he later finished off into a nice recreational room for his teenagers to hang out in - yet still be in the house).

The house is still standing & looks very good years later.

Lord only knows how may families have raised their children in it now...I would suspect at least three families have.

It was a very well built home and in the Iowa winters that is very important as it is below 0 degrees 4 to 6 weeks at a time each winter.

It was always very warm and economical for my folks (my mother has said).


Hope this helps -

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July 27, 20070 found this helpful

prefab house are built INSIDE and are supposed to
be actually better because of that.
Here in Missouri, USA I have seen houses being built
in winter and the temp is below freezing
and they still pour cement and put up houses
That cannot be good.

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By 1burrell (Guest Post)
July 27, 20070 found this helpful

These homes are actually better built then homes you or contractors do. The reason? They are ALL
built according to government specifications. They are extrememly well built and long lasting.


My son-in-law has purchased two (sold one when his family expanded) and purchased another that he and his children still live in. Very nice homes!!

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By Pattie (Guest Post)
July 28, 20070 found this helpful

Please remember, you get what you pay for. Nothing and I mean nothing is better than a home built by a contractor in terms of quality. These prefabs are manufactured inside! They are slapped together using the cheapest materials possible,with speed in mind using the least expensive fixtures. Save your money and buy a home or build what you can afford and expand later. Being married to a contractor I have learned what people say to my husband about the poor quality of the prefabs they regret blowing their money on. Sure they look good when you see the model homes but remember no one has lived in them so you don't see how quickly they wear and also how so much is glued and stapled.


It's not good. Take along a note pad and really look at the home, ask questions about insulation, how it was constructed and note the names of brands used for all fixtures. Don't forget the wiring, the plumbing, the heating system. Most of the windows are very low budget. All the faucets and even tubs and sinks are plastic, sure they look nice new, but they are plastic. With children in the home these things all get broken and chipped. Even the carpets are bottom of the line in quality. I would do a lot of research before I ever considered buying a pre-fab.

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By looklady looklady (Guest Post)
July 29, 20070 found this helpful

My husband built National and Best Homes which were pre-fab. Lumber had to go thru saws in factory so had to be good lumber. We built over 300 of these homes. They have all maintained good resale values and are not on the market for long when put up for sale.


You do need to check and make sure they have proper insulation. We installed this automatically but some builders don't. Ask questions about the materials used. There is usually a model home you can visit and see the quality of the products. Some people do not want to pay for quality in such things as light fixtures, floor coverings, vanities, etc.

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By Bronna (Guest Post)
August 23, 20070 found this helpful

We live in a prefab home and I love it. I agree, I think they are built just as well as stick built homes and in some ways maybe better. We looked at several before we bought. I suggest you do that, as just like anything, some are better quality than others. Even the new stick built homes go up so fast anymore and corners are cut so you need to be around and aware of what is actually going on.

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