What you need to know before buying a prefab house in Spain

by Lorraine Williamson
A prefab home is more affordable

MADRID – A turnkey or prefab house is not necessarily cheaper than a traditionally built house. However, in most cases, the mobile version of the prefab homes are. 

During the pandemic, interest in prefabricated houses has increased in Spain. A growing number of Spaniards want a quiet place to live while avoiding the hustle and bustle of overcrowded cities. And the fastest and cheapest way to afford this is to buy a mobile prefab home.  

This concept makes the dream house in the countryside suddenly seem within reach. The houses are completely prefabricated and are therefore immediately ready for use. The smaller models of approximately 34 m2, the so-called tiny houses, are already offered from €28,000. Furthermore, the space can be expanded by adding two or three units. 

Mobile or not mobile 

Two types of prefab houses can be distinguished: movable and non-movable houses. Because the mobile prefab house is considered movable, it has many advantages over the non-movable, according to Housage.com, an expert in the national and international real estate market. 

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No foundation 

Because a foundation is not necessary, prefabricated houses can be built in different locations. For example, the mobile prefab is an excellent option for relaxing in a quiet rural environment at weekends. However, the condition is that the surface is flat and stable in order to guarantee maximum comfort and durability. Furthermore, the house must be transported by special transport. 

Less hassle with a mobile prefab house

If you opt for a mobile prefab, it will save you a lot of hassle. You generally do not need to apply for a permit from the municipality. And registration in the land registry is not necessary either. Nevertheless, according to Housage.com, it is wise to inquire with the relevant municipality whether a house can be placed without question. There are municipalities that do require a permit for a mobile home. 

Still negatives 

But there are also drawbacks. Precisely because mobile prefab homes are classified as movable property, banks do not provide a mortgage for the purchase of the home. This means that a personal loan must be taken out or savings must be drawn on. And if your mobile home is not self-sufficient, you can still face a lot of administrative hassle. 


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