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Prefabricated home analysis: the pros and cons of low-cost housing

Kayla Gulec Kayla Gulec
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We've introduced many popular prefabricated houses here on homify. Many readers are curious about the advantages and disadvantages of this new form of housing. And although they are cheap, built quickly, and make easy conversions, nothing in this world is perfect and everything has its shortcomings. 

Today, we'll be going over the pros and cons of prefab homes so you can have a more in-depth understanding of the structure. It might even be the deciding factor on whether or not you get one yourself.

What is a prefabricated house?

A prefab home is a pre-assembled housing structure made from factory components. The components are made to fit like building blocks with each other to ensure speedy construction and low cost.

Pro 1: energy-saving

Since the prefab's components are pre-assembled in the factory, there is less waste produced than with the traditional way of building a house. And because prefab house joints are closer together, the home is more insulated. Pair that with energy-saving windows and you have the beginning of your very own eco-home.

Pro 2: time-saving

Total building time is reduced to just a few months with a prefab home due to in-factory assembly, whereas traditional home building takes about a year.

Pro 3: affordable

Costs are kept low with prefab homes since there is so much labor spared. The estimated cost for a prefab home is half the cost of building the traditional way.

Con 1: the land

The headache that comes with prefab homes is the planning and process time. You need to be optimistic about finding the ideal plot to set up shop, and this is the part of the process that tends to take the most time.

Con 2: installation difficulties

Prefab homes require you to install your hydropower, and if your site is not flat, you need someone to help you flatten the ground. Then there's setting the foundation and setting the plumbing, electricity, and water. Although this may sound like a hiccup, you may want to find a prefabricated house where you can handle your water and electricity.

Con 3: problems customising

The current prefabricated houses can not normally be built more than two stories high, and because of road restrictions, the delivery of the components cannot be too large. And if you choose a prefab house that has only a few different styles of components, you may not be able to build a home that fits your blueprint.

While many readers are often skeptical about the life of prefabricated houses, there are now eco-friendly prefabricated permanent options on the market. Prefabricated housing is not the perfect type of housing, there are many disadvantages to be overcome, but with advances in science and technology, who knows where prefab homes will be 10 years from now?

If you liked this piece, you might also like to read these tips before buying a prefab home.

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