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Most buyers ordered from the closest supplier, as the buyer paid the freight charges.
Most purchasers were working class families, buying a single home for themselves.
In the days before home power tools, precut homes represented an enormous saving in labor and materials for the home-buyer.
Catalog prices typically included only the building materials; cost of the finished house, including the lot, the foundation, and construction labor was usually about double the catalog price.
The company provided building plans and materials to construct the home.
The materials were provided either as bulk lumber, or more commonly as precut framing boards. The buyer received all the materials from one source: lumber, roofing, doors and windows, flooring, trim boards, hardware, nails, and enough paint and varnish to put 2 coats on everything.