Our love for brick homes and all stereotypes around built houses, most times prevents us from keeping up with the times, technology and all it can offer us. Our first step to knowledge is to "break" the myths about precast homes.
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For most of us, it's completely unknown that most hospitals and schools of this world are prefabricated, while more than half of US homes are also prefab.
Fear of the unknown, however, as well as lack of access to information until yesterday, perhaps even petty interests, helped created and maintained myths about precast homes that are clearly not true.
Take a look at the myths, you must have heard at least one of them.
By learning the data, you win twice: you know what is really going on and you are helping our society stop believing in myths about prefab homes.
Myth #1: Prefabricated houses are destroyed more easily
It is a widespread myth but the truth is that the safety standards and the quality of materials used for prefabricated houses are the same as those used for traditional build houses. It is the same law that applies to all housing buildings.
Also, having prefabs in the market for many years now, we very well know that their resistance to fire, earthquake or storm is not lower as initially thought but in certain cases it is higher than in traditional houses.
Myth #2: Prefabricated houses are of "second" quality
This is an old myth, although it contained elements of truth when the first prefab houses were emerging on the market. It applied to the first, very cheap but really ugly houses made of metal and cement sheeting. The truth now is that prefab houses are made of a wide variety of high quality materials while regarding aesthetics, you may even find the most gorgeous villas!
Myth # 3: Prefabricated houses are good for temporary or country houses, not for your main residence
This myth comes from the fact that due to the low cost, most consumers choose prefabricated homes for their country houses. However, nothing prevents precast homes from housing a family, since the life of a prefabricated house is as big as that of a traditional built home.
Moreover, in some cases it can even be longer because a prefab home can take many changes, even a move to another place or a full reform, something which in built houses can’t be done unless of course, they are demolished first.
Myth #4: Prefabricated houses come in prefabricated designs
Most fear that their house will look just like their neighbors and this myth was supported by all the old ads showing only 3 or 4 specific designs of precast homes.
What really happens though, is that you can literally get a piece of paper and a pencil, design your dream house just as you imagined it and then just order it. This is how flexible are nowadays the designs of prefabricated houses.
Myth #5: Prefabricated houses are for the poor
This myth is the extension of the popular saying "you get what you pay for”. It is easy to see why so many people have concluded that such cheap houses are apparently addressed to poor people who cannot buy a "normal" house.
This of course, is immediately debugged the minute you take a walk at the Hollywood mansions of the big stars or see how much a luxury prefab house really costs. Because as you already know, a gold knob for example, costs the same no matter what door you install it.
Myth #6: Prefabricated houses are not easily funded
This is not a fact but again a perception and a "logical" extension of those myths that do not take prefabs for "real" houses. On the contrary, however, a bank will choose whether to give you e.g. a home loan, depending on your credit score and not on the materials or style in which you choose to build your house.
Furthermore, due to lower costs, there are prefab houses companies that are fully undertaking your funding, without even having to visit the bank.
Myth #7: Prefabricated houses easily lose their value
Up until 20 years ago, precast homes were of no value and so whether you were selling just a plot or the plot with a prefab in it, there was no difference as to it's value.
Nowadays, this is almost funny because a finished prefabricated house can hardly be distinguished from a “normal” one, while its value remains the same as for a traditional built house.
What’s more, in some cases, the fact that the new owner can expand or change it as desired, further raises its value.
Myth # 8: Prefabricated houses consume more energy
Stereotypes about "fake" houses full of "holes" often give the impression to most that the house will cold during winter and extremely hot in summer. This may be the case with the first prefabricated houses made of cement sheeting many decades ago but nowadays, the energy saving offered by a prefabricated house is one of the major reasons to choose one.
Just think that a bioclimatic prefab house has a stable temperature of 17 degrees Celsius no matter what the weather.
Now that most the myths have been debugged, you may read our complete guide to prefabricated houses and the best companies operating in Cyprus.
But if you have already taken your decision and you just want to know costs and options for your own needs, then ask for offers for prefabricated houses in AtYourService!