Prefabricated homes are becoming increasingly popular because they're less expensive and can be moved into quickly, and also because they allow better control of costs. Here we let you know what you should know and what to watch out for when buying a prefab house.
by Gabi Hophan
One prefabricated house is never the same as another. In addition to satisfying your personal taste, there are a number of things to pay attention to when considering, purchasing or building one.
Turnkey or DIY?
Depending on the manufacturer, prefabricated homes come in a variety of stages of completion. Anything is possible, from a kit house where the manufacturer simply delivers components to the construction site all the way to turnkey properties. Depending on his skills as a craftsman, the owner can determine to a great extent how much personal involvement he wants to invest. But watch out - not only when you do part of the construction yourself but also when it comes to the term «turnkey», make sure you know exactly what the manufacturer promises to deliver.
Minergie, wood-frame or masonry construction for a prefab?
Increasing energy costs are compelling people to select homes with low energy consumption. Get information at www.minergie.ch about prefabricated homes which meet Minergie standards. Whether Minergie or not, with prefabricated houses you make the basic distinction between wood-frame and solid masonry construction. Each material has its pros and cons which you should know about.
A prefabricated house from Poland?
Prefabricated homes manufactured in Poland can certain be less expensive than those built in Switzerland, Austria or Germany. But poorer quality and reliability can be the result. In addition, delivery over large distances can drive up the costs. Things can likewise become problematic in the case of a legal dispute when you try to take a foreign company to court.
Thought of everything when financing?
For a bank, financing a prefabricated house is generally simpler because it receives precise dates and prices from the construction company. Prior to getting in touch with the bank, however, make certain that you've actually thought of all the construction costs and extra expenses.
Found the best partner for you?
Finding the best partner for a ready-built house is everything - you can't take reliable construction contracts, transparent descriptions of services and a fixed-price guarantee for granted. The best approach is to visit the Home Expo in Suhr, a collection of sample houses. Not only will you find 17 different wood-frame houses but also a studio featuring bathrooms and kitchens.