While prefab metal homes could be cheaper than the regular houses, many aspects can affect your spending. License, land development, foundation, tools, materials to finish your home are among the main things that you must pay. The numbers add up if you prefer bigger houses.
Here are some general calculations for metal homes, to roughly count how much you will spend:
Basic metal home style, complete with roof, frames, and siding are between USD15 and USD30 per square foot. However, style, size, and material grade may affect the price. Standard prices for 40 x 60 square ft. building can range between US$5,000 and US$30,000. Basic slab foundation for a metal home can cost between US$10,000 and US$25,000. Again, size and style can affect the numbers.
Basement and raised foundation mean another US$10,000-15,000. The larger the house, the higher the cost for additional features like these. Delivery cost for prefab metal home is usually around 8 percent of the total price of the house. For example, if your entire house costs around US$30,000 (excluding materials that you add on your own), expect to pay the delivery cost as much as US$2,400.
If you have no access to city sewer system, you may need to install your own sewer system. Depending on your need and general cost, you may have to spend between US$6,000 and US$12,000. You need to research price lists for materials such as electric and plumbing systems, paint, and cabinetry before calculating the entire amount.
There are stores that specialize in cheap building materials, but if you want to turn the metal home into investment, start with high-quality materials. Depending on where you live, you can also fund your home building with loans. There are various loan companies that offer service for owner-builder.