Prefab homes have had a longstanding reputation as run-down trailers. But theyÃƒÂ¢Ã‚â‚¬Ã‚â„¢re making a comeback with a brand new image. They're inexpensive, sustainable and trendy. Let's see what you know about today's prefab homes.
Calling the homes "kit homes," Sears & Roebuck started selling prefab homes in 1908.
Michigan automotive workers helped prefab homes catch on. Many employees wanted an inexpensive way to move out of the city with their families.
With a price tag of about $2,500, the first prefab homes came with detailed instructions and tons of pieces -- not unlike a piece from IKEA.
Because their pieces are built in one factory, prefab homes mean less construction vehicle pollution. They also tend to have more modern, energy-saving features.
Prefab homes are built from the inside out. It takes several days to assemble a prefab house. Builders start with the wall panels, then move to the electrical and wiring, and then to the exterior.
After the 1929 stock market crash, most people no longer had enough money to purchase new homes -- even inexpensive prefab homes.
After thousands of people lost their homes in Hurricane Katrina, prefab homes have become a welcome and more comfortable alternative to government-provided trailers.
Even though prefab homes can be 10 to 25 percent less expensive than a traditional new construction home, you will probably pay more upfront. Prefab builders usually require payment in full before beginning the project.