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Master of Science (MS)


Family, Consumer, and Human Development


LaRae B. Chatelain


This study investigated reasons buyers invest in prebuilt houses, and if the reasons prompting that selection are being satisfied. The study was taken in Box Elder County, Utah, and measured wife and husband satisfaction with their prebuilt home independently.

Objective No. 1 was to determine the reasons why these consumers purchased prebuilt homes. The most frequent reason was price. There was no significant difference between the husbands' and the wives' responses to the reasons for purchasing the houses.

Objective No. 2 was to determine the satisfaction of the owners of prebuilt homes with those homes. In general, the wives were more satisfied in every category than the husbands. Overall satisfaction was higher with both husbands and wives than their satisfaction with any one specific element of the overall project.