Kit Homes – Just What is a Kit Home and Will it Work For You?

Kit Homes have been around for decades. You’ve likely heard of them. You’ve likely even seen some without even realizing it. But, what exactly are they, how do they work, and will they do the job for you?As human beings in a busy, complicated world, we yearn for simplicity. Those “Easy Button” television ads appeal to this basic need. And for a home building project, we instinctively want the home building kit to be just that kind of answer. A way to get a nice home at a good price … without so much hassle.Home Building Package in a KitI wish there was just one quick explanation that would cover the gamut of what a kit home is exactly. I can, however, give you a broad description that will serve you.First of all, a kit home is basically a package of home building components that is delivered to your building site. It needs to be erected on your site. These packages generally consist of the following:
House plans, blueprints, schematics (sometimes your plans can be used.)
90 to 99% of the lumber need for the home’s construction
Lumber is pre-measured, pre-cut and pre-assembled into framing sections
Major building material items are typically included like; roofing, siding, windows, doors, cabinets, finishing trim. Even drywall in some cases
Sometimes financing or access to financing is included
Most KitHome Packages Require Additional MaterialsThere are definitely omissions in every kit home package. Not every package is the same so you need to research carefully to determine what needs to be purchased in addition to what you’re getting. Here’s what the average package often excludes:
The building site (goes without saying perhaps but I note it anyway!)
The foundation for the home. (Rarely are the materials provided for this.)
The mechanicals (like plumbing, electrical, heating & air, fixtures, etc.)
Finishing items (like floor coverings, paint, light fixtures, counter tops.)
On site labor to construct the home (up to you and the professionals you hire.)
In almost all cases, no onsite labor is included. Yet, in almost all cases, there is a significant amount of labor required. In most cases, skilled professionals are required to complete construction. It’s not a do-it-yourself project for the novice.Is it For You?My recommendations center around personal research on your part. Nope, no “Easy” button, unfortunately. But, on the positive side, it’s easier than ever before to research these companies online from the comfort of your own home. Try Googling “kit homes”, packaged homes, prefab homes, and panelized homes for starters.Once you do enough research and you’ve developed some good questions, it’s time to start calling these companies and comparing service, pricing, and what’s included in their packages.As always, I recommend using a personal home building coach, but that’s a story for another article.