How Much Does a Prefab Garage Cost?
$2,000 - $150,000
$2,000 - $150,000
Cost data is based on research by HomeAdvisor.
Updated November 20, 2020Written by HomeAdvisor.
A prefabricated garage costs $2,000 to $150,000 but most fall in the $5,000 to $30,000 range, or $15,000 on average. That doesn’t include the foundation, delivery or assembly. Completely pre-built garages cost anywhere from $2,000 to $20,000. For pre-built, you’ll need to pay $4 to $10 per mile for delivery. Modular setup and installation costs $2,000 to $30,000.
This guide covers most prefabricated types. The terms “pre-built”, “modular” and “prefabricated often get used interchangeably, but you’ll find some slight differences and similarities between the terms.
Pre-built: Usually means a finished structure and refers to most anything that can fit on the back of a trailer for transport. It might also mean pre-built modules. Think of a complete shed delivered on a trailer and slid right in place on a concrete slab.
Modular: Refers to the garage coming in two or more pieces. That can mean anything from two halves of a building to individual walls already assembled. The modules get assembled on-site.
Kits: Oten have the plans, pieces and parts, but might also have some modules. You’ll find this most often with steel structures, but you can also purchase kits for stick-built frames.
|Steel||$2,000 - $50,000|
|Vinyl||$4,500 - $95,000|
|Wood||$15,000 - $150,000|
Steel prefabricated garages cost $2,000 to $50,000. They’re the most DIY friendly and cost-effective variety. They’re often pre-made in modules or kits, making setup and installation easy. Always check on warranties for rust and damage.
Vinyl prefabricated modular garages cost $4,500 to $95,000. You’ll find these both as wood and steel framed garages with wood paneling covered with vinyl siding and trim. They often have metal or traditionally shingled roofs.
Wood garages cost $15,000 to $150,000. Although vinyl-sided garages often have wood frames, this price range only reflects timber finished garages.
|Single Car||$2,000 - $30,000|
|Double Wide||$4,000 - $50,000|
|Triple Wide||$10,000 - $70,000|
|4 Car Garage||$20,000 - $95,000|
|Carport||$2,000 - $20,000|
|2-Story||$20,000 - $130,000+|
Single car garages cost about 25% to 50% less than a double-wide when comparing similar styles and materials. A two-story clapboard modular might cost three times as much as a metal double wide.
A two-story garage costs $20,000 to $150,000, not including delivery or installation. Finishing the second story into an apartment costs another $30,000 to $150,000.
Portable and pop up garages cost $130 to $5,000. They’re generally PVC or metal framed with a soft cover, such as vinyl. They come in sizes ranging from a single-car to double-wide or deep. They have limited weight-bearing capacity and don’t always hold up well to strong winds.
Garage kits cost anywhere from $2,000 to $30,000. They include all the pieces required to build the unit with no waste. They sometimes have portions of the building already built, like roof trusses, but that’s not always true. They include the roof, framing, hardware, panels and siding. They don’t include the labor, foundation or utilities.
|VersaTube||$2,000 - $28,000|
|84 Lumber||$3,500 - $8,500|
|Tuff Shed||$7,000 - $32,000|
|Carolina Carports||$1,000 - $9,700|
|Glick Woodworks||$4,000 - $43,000|
|Barn Pros||$30,000 - $130,000|
|Sheds Unlimited||$4,000 - $100,000|
|Viking Steel Structures||$6,000 - $40,000|
VersaTube garage prices range from $2,000 to $28,000. They offer steel building kits for garages, carports, barns & loafing sheds.
Garages: $3,700-$20,200 (1,2,3 stall with varying heights)
Barns: $14,000-$28,000 (can use these as a garage)
84 Lumber offers kits with plans, not modular or fully pre-built. It’s essentially a custom garage with all the components pre-made into one complete kit.
Tuff Shed offers garages pre-built or modular in design for $7,000 to $32,000. These wood garages have a 10-year warranty and come with metal or shingled roofs.
Carolina Carports offers steel carports and garage kits for $1,000 to $9,700. An excellent DIY option, they come with a rust through warranty of 10 years.
Glick Woodworks sells pre-built single and modular garages for $4,000 to $43,000. They deliver the sheds themselves and only charge for delivery after the first 20 miles.
Single-car, two story: $7,000-$23,000
Two-car, two story: $14,000-$43,000
Barn pros make large, luxurious garages that cost $30,000 to $150,000. They offer modular and kit-based garages and workshops from single-car, one-story to four-car, two-story units.
Sheds Unlimited garages cost $4,000 to $100,000. They sell a wide variety of garages, from basic kits to large, luxurious two-story barn styles.
Single car: $4,000-$20,000
Four-car: $21,000 -$100,000
Viking steel garage kits range from $6,000 to $40,000.
Besides the kit, you’ll need to have it delivered and placed or built on a foundation. The entire process requires a foundation pad, delivery and sometimes utilities installed and hooked up.
|Foundation||$600 - $5,000 total|
|Delivery||$4 - $10 per mile|
|Pilot Car*||$1.50 - $2 per mile|
|Permits||$50 - $150 total|
|Electrical||$1,000 - $2,500|
|Plumbing||$600 - $1,600 per fixture|
*Often included in delivery fees.
Most companies charge per mile $4 to $6 per mile. For oversized units, you may pay up to $10 per mile. The first few miles are often free – usually no more than 20 to 50. Most often, it’s more economical to find a prefabricated garage source close to home. Some companies deliver their products while kits often use third party freight services.
Permits for oversized loads cost anywhere from $50 to $150, depending on your state. However, oversized vehicles often need to hire a highway escort service, cars that lead and follow large loads. Pilot car service rates range from $1.50 to $2 per mile.
To turn your prefab into a living space, you’ll need to install utilities for bathrooms, kitchens and heating.
Plumbing installation costs $600 to $1,600 per fixture.
Electrical installation costs for a detached garage run $1,200 to $2,500.
HVAC costs vary depending on what you want to install.
Building a custom garage costs $27,000 on average but can hit $100,000 or more. The average pre-built garage of the same size and type costs about 25% less. However, kits and prefabricated parts for a semi-custom garage can run up to $150,000.
Some garage kits are made for the DIYer. They come complete with all the parts and instructions needed to assemble at home on your land. On the other hand, pre-built garages can’t be DIYed since they’re already complete before they even reach you. Modular builds and kits strike a middle ground. They’re mostly complete but require some assembly on site.
A concrete sectional garage is a custom-built garage. It’ll cost as much, if not more, than a traditionally built garage, or at least $20,000.
It takes 1 to 3 days to put a garage together at your home. Pre-built garages just need delivery, which gets done in one day. Garage kits may take up to a week or double that for a DIY installation.
Steel garage kits range from $2,000 to $40,000 or more.
The cheapest garage to build is a single stall steel kit for $3,000 to $5,000.
A two-car garage kit costs $4,000 to $50,000.
You’ll find metal garages usually make for a cheaper project.
A metal garage can add some value to the home if the designs are similar and correctly placed. Always try to match the value and design of your new addition to what you already have. Also, make sure it matches your area and neighborhood.