What to Consider When Buying a Prefab Home

Experts believe that prefabrication is the ultimate solution to alleviate New Zealand’s housing crisis. With advanced methods to construct walls, floors, and roof panels offsite, international research has found them to reduce build time by 60% and cost by 15%, while increasing industry productivity by 10%. Although prefab homes shouldn’t have been more popular than they are right now, manufacturers are ready to play bigger roles when the government finally gives more support.

Then again, buying a prefabricated home kit isn’t for everyone. Prefabrication has a lot of upsides, but it doesn’t offer every benefit of traditionally built houses. To know if it makes sense for you, Durafab and other experts suggest considering these factors:


Most prefab homes still come in limited sizes, which may be too small for growing families. They usually make an ideal first home, second dwelling, or downsizing option. If you have a relatively big family, they may lack adequate storage and floor area.

But, design is everything. The right plan can meet your unique needs regardless of the lot size. If you make the necessary compromises and prioritise what truly matters for your home lifestyle, a prefab structure can provide ample space.


Prefab homes can resemble traditional residential properties. Unlike transportable homes, they don’t have to be rectangular to allow for relocation. Permanently fixed to the foundation and meant for long-term accommodation, they let you be as creative with the design as you can.

Consent Application

Considering the structure will be built in one place and installed in another, buying a prefab home may require you to pull two building consents. This will add more steps to the process, but experienced companies can usually offer guidance to navigate it.


Prefabrication reduces the cost of homeownership by hundreds of thousands of dollars. However, make sure you know the estimated final price to keep your budget from becoming a nightmare. Be aware of possible undisclosed costs and set aside 10% contingency for overrun to absorb additional but unexpected expenses.

Prefabrication makes it possible to have your own home in as fast as 18 weeks. It’s not without downsides, but it certainly makes home ownership more affordable than ever.