Everything You Need to Know About Prefab Homes

If you’re looking for an affordable, flexible, and comfortable new home, a prefab home is an excellent choice. Given the unexpected parts of today’s economy, a prefabricated home is a great way to know what you’re getting up front, with no surprises.

After you’ve learned more about prefab homes, be sure to reach out to our expert team to see how you can become a new homeowner with Preferred.

What Are Prefab Homes?

A prefabricated home is a residence that is manufactured at a construction facility and then transported to the property where it is then installed. This process allows prefab homes to be constructed more efficiently and cost-effectively than a traditionally-built home, and the manufacturer can pass those savings along to the new homeowner.

Prefab homes are the same as manufactured homes, and you will see the terms used interchangeably. Modular homes, however, are a specific type of prefabricated home. Manufactured homes are built to a national code set by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), while modular homes are built to state codes. 

How Are They Built?

Prefab homes are assembled in large manufacturing facilities built to house the entirety of the build process before it is moved to the final site. These facilities are climate controlled and keep the partially assembled homes out of the elements. Construction workers also have access to all of the tools and equipment they need to expertly assemble a high-quality home.

Manufactured homes are built with high-end materials from trusted suppliers. The components that are used to build prefab homes can often be stronger and more durable than those used in a traditionally built home. A site-built home, for example, typically uses 2×4 boards in its walls, while manufactured homes offered through Preferred Homes use 2×6 boards.

Once the build process is finished at the facility, the prefabricated homes are transported to the final site by semi-trucks. There the homes are placed on foundations, typically with a crane, and a team finishes the remaining 25% of the construction process. The utilities are hooked up, the interior is finished, the home is cleaned, and the new owners are ready to move in.

Why Choose a Prefab Home?

Prefabricated homes are a great choice for a new home, especially for new families. They are durable, comfortable, and affordable. They can also be built, delivered, and ready for their new owners faster than a site-built home.

The prefab homes that are available through Preferred are made of top-quality materials and can be selected and customized to fit each customer’s preferences and budgets. Our homes can have granite countertops, fireplaces, open-concept floor plans, energy-efficient appliances, and other luxury aspects.

What Is the Price of a Prefab Home?

The cost of a prefabricated home will vary depending on the size, make, model, design, and materials. Preferred has a wide variety of homes available from several different manufacturers, giving our customers options to choose from. 

We also offer great financing options for our customers. Some of the lenders our clients work with will accept credit scores as low as 580, though applicants with a higher credit score will have a lower down payment. We are happy to refer our customers to a lender that can work with them to arrange for financing options.

Modern Prefab Homes Under 100K

We have several small prefab homes, and single wide homes in particular, available for less than $100,000. Our prices are listed for every floor plan, and homes can be sorted by size. For some floor plans, we also have display models available for a discounted price.

What Sizes Are Available?

Single Wide

The single wide floor plan is the smallest and most affordable option we have available. However, many of our customers find them quite spacious. We have single wide, prefab homes that have three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and more than 1,100 square feet.

Double Wide

Our double wide homes are typically 27–30 feet wide, and up to 76 feet long. They have up to four bedrooms and two bathrooms, and some offer more than 2,000 square feet. A few of our available models even have options available for a front porch. 

Prefab Modular Homes

We offer prefab modular homes with up to four bedrooms and two bathrooms, and up to 2,000 square feet of floor space. Some of our modular home options include garages, front porches, vaulted ceilings, sliding glass doors, and other amenities.

How to Find the Best Prefab Homes

The easiest way to find a great prefab home is to work with the expert and friendly staff at Preferred Homes. It’s our passion to find our customers their dream homes, and we work hard to make that happen. A great way to check out our homes for yourself is to schedule a tour or view a full breakdown of each of our available homes, including floor plans, photographs, and upgrade options.


We only work with the best manufacturers to ensure our clients both quality and affordability. Every manufacturer that we work with has met our rigorous standards and builds the kinds of manufactured homes where you would want to live and raise a family.

Buying Affordable Prefab Homes in Michigan

Preferred Homes delivers and installs prefab homes in 29 counties across western, southern, and central Michigan. From Branch County to Manistee, and from Oceana to Clinton, we’ve got you covered. We also place modular homes in community parks in 11 counties, including Kent and Ottawa Counties.

Prefab Homes for Sale from Preferred

Reach out to our staff today to learn more about how Preferred can help you find the right prefab home for the right price.

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