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KHB-Zine, Issue #21: Kit home pricing
October 01, 2018
Welcome to the October 2018 edition of KHBZine.
Early PS: if you are reading this on a phone, turn it sideways to enable landscape view, it's easier to read.
In previous newsletters I have covered budgeting, real costs, and what you get for your money, so let's look specifically at kit home pricing for the owner builder. As I have said previously, don't be fooled by builders who brag about using kits to save money or time, they all use them now. I am relating price options from an owner builder's perspective. In the last issue I described modular or pre-fab homes. This issue is about kit homes, ready to build/assemble on your foundations.
I have done some research for you and gathered some web pages which give specific designs and pricing of kit homes ready for delivery. I will firstly spell out 4 parameters so your comparisons will be apples vs apples.
2. Compare the quality level of standard components in the inclusion lists. Most standard kits come with steel roofing, fibro external cladding: blueboard or siding, gyprock linings and aluminium windows. If you want better, add money.
3 Settle on a specific size and shape: for this exercise, 150 sqm, single story, 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom, no internal garage, for a slab.
If you want 5 or more bedrooms, an under roof garage and a veranda, you are looking at another $50-80,000. Remember your budgeting. This price does not include flooring, paint, bathroom and laundry setup, kitchen, slab or raised floor and house construction. Nor does it include the DA, clearing, site cut, and utility services. That may be another $200,000 more, and then you can add your land costs. But you knew that.
How do I start looking for a kit home in my price range?
Most kit home providers have a very good website with specific design
and price pages. If they don't have prices they will have a downloadable brochure, which will be their most recent pricing. Don't be shy, give them your email address and download it.
Let's look at some pages for you to peruse: I've only listed pages that have prices on their pages.
Paal kit homes
Remember, apples with apples, and stick to your price-point.
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