Studies regularly show that buying a home is one of life's most stressful events, right up there with the death of a loved one, getting a divorce and starting a new job.
That's a sobering fact. The kind that makes you want to get not-sober as you continue renting.
But maybe people are just buying the wrong home—one that doesn't show up where you want it and get assembled in five days.
Holiday Domo comes from Stella Domo, the Austin-based company that's making pre-fab homes unlike the usual pre-fab homes, in that you'll actually want to live in these. You can contact the company to secure one for yourself.
The move-in ready house is 720 square feet with an additional 355 square feet of deck space. There's a full kitchen and full-size bathroom, and the floor plan is flexible, so it can be configured to your needs. High-end appliances, hardware and lighting are included, plus a tankless water heater, an HVAC system, built-in storage and the option to add a washer and dryer. Ten-foot tall windows and a sliding glass door keep things bright and airy.
Here's how it works.
1. Everything is pre-built in Stella Domo's factory, which means less waste and a significantly lower carbon footprint compared to traditional building methods. It also means homes are ready to go when you say the magic words.
2. You say the magic words. Probably something to the effect of, "This is interesting. And it seems a lot easier than competing in the cutthroat home market right now. You know what, let's do it. I'll take one home, please."
3. The company reviews your site of choice (empty lot in your neighborhood, remote beach, wherever) to ensure it can properly accommodate a home. Once the site is approved, you make the $375K purchase. That price includes delivery, installation, inspections, utility connections and construction-related permits, so you're free to handle the big stuff, like where to stage your home bar and hang your TV.
4. Once all materials are on-site, their team can assemble your new house in as little as five days, or about 360 days fewer than the typical house build.
5. You move in and probably throw some kind of house-warming party, where you'll field all kinds of questions from curious friends and family about your new home and how the hell you got in there so fast.
On second thought, maybe take a few nights to yourself.