CHEAPER THAN HOUSES
You can buy a permanent, two-bedroom MAC container home for under £35,000. But how much will it cost to live there? It certainly won't be any more expensive – and could cost a lot less.
The table below provides a rough comparison between buying a new-build, single storey, traditional or container home with 2 bedrooms, one bathroom and sufficient living space for two people.
|Based on a 2 bedroom single storey dwelling, with one bathroom and two occupants||Traditional home||Container home|
|Asking price||Over £150,000||Under £40,000. Includes delivery costs, site preparation and landscaping|
|Land with PP||Included||From £10,000 - £75,000 (nothing if you're building on your own plot).|
|Buildings and contents insurance||Standard home insurance||Standard home insurance|
|Council tax band||A-G||Usually A-C|
|Dual fuel electricity/gas||£1,300||£795|
|Water and waste water||£300||£300|
Please note these are our best estimates based on a number of variable factors. Land and house prices vary widely across the country and energy consumption depends on how well the occupants follow energy-saving advice and guidance.
When doing your own comparison, remember that container homes
- Cost less per square metre than other base structures
- Are eco-friendly: made of 85% recycled, non-corrosive steel, and fully recyclable if demolished
- Are top-rated in energy efficiency, thanks to bonded ceramic coatings and closed cell spray insulation
- Easily accommodate energy-efficient underfloor heating via air or ground source heat pumps, solar powered roof panels and rainwater recycling systems
- Can be installed almost anywhere close to mains utilities
- Require no planning permission if you already own the land
- Are very acceptable to insurers due to their structural integrity, security systems and anti-leak roof structure