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KHB-Zine, Issue #016: Self-built vs Provider-built kit homes
May 03, 2018
Welcome to the May 2018 edition of KHB Ezine.
Early PS: if you are reading this on a phone, turn it sideways to enable landscape view, it's easier to read.
Feedback and discussion on the KHB site has got me concerned with the amount of kit home buyers who want the provider to build the kit too. This is the product of some kit home providers wrongly promoting kit homes as complete homes.
Indeed it is not too hard to mistake an offer of a kit home with full inclusions: frame, roofing system, cladding, internal wall linings, doors, windows, arches and skirts, as a complete home ready to erect quickly over the weekend. Especially when PC items (stoves, toilets, vanities etc) flat pack kitchens, floor systems and wardrobes are part of the purchase.
You would know by now that full kit home provision does not include the erection of it. And you would also know that it doesn't include land, and the establishment of a home.
Reality 1: Asking a provider to erect your kit home is exactly the same as asking a regular builder to build you a home. It will cost the same. Why? Because regular
builders use the same pre-built frames, roofing materials, floor kits, pre-cut cladding etc as kit homes do, and the provider builder will add the same margin as a regular builder.
Reality 2: A regular home builder normally advertises an 'all inclusive price' including land, DA, connection to utilities, construction, finishing and even landscaping. That is why the price seems high: almost 4 times the cost of a kit home, depending on where the land is located.
So what's Reality 3? How do you determine the quality and reliability of a provider contracted builder (and team)? Most regular home builders have a reputation, history, past clients you can research, and social pages you can peruse. Kit home providers can be researched in the same way, but not their builders. They are commissioned/sourced from the area where your land is located, so how can you judge their worth?
My personal opinion... If you want a builder to build your home, only build with a reputable building outfit. If you buy a kit home, owner build it. As the OB you can: -Save the builder cost margin -Select your own tradesmen -Work at your own pace -Build your own home
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