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  1. #1
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    Default Relocating Houses

    Hi,

    Tried to find a previous thread or info on relocating houses but didn't find much. I am wanting to find out about the process and expected costs of the whole thing from A-Z. Can anyone point me in the right direction for a resource please? Also any tips and hints to make it as smooth as possible would be great. Does anyone here specialise in this type of investing?

    Cheers

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    I'm in the process of doing 2 relocatables now, moving them both onto a section that we're subdividing. While the paperwork is going through council we're doing the houses up (pre-move) - they are both still sitting on the house movers yards. Yes they will crack a bit, but we'd rather fix up a few cracks then drive 2 hours every weekend to start the project from scratch - and yes, I did check that the subdivision would get passed before purchasing the houses.

    You'll need to pay for a draftsman to draw up plans of the house if you don't have them to submit to council. He/she will help work out where stormwater and sewerage connections are if you don't already know, or where you'll need to put them if there are none.

    In terms of consents re. the relocatables in particular, we only needed a "relocatable" consent which is the same as applying for a building consent but only cheaper. This may or may not apply to your particular council - I don't know. You also need to get an inspection report done on the house when submitting to the council for building consent which includes photos and description of the house. The council will use this to impose conditions that you need to get the house up to scratch within 6 months or so after relocation if there are any existing issues (ring around as the prices for inspections varies "dramatically"). Check also if you "can" move a relocatable (used) house onto the land too as mentioned in some of those other threads.

    The cost of our houses included relocation and putting them down on piles - so any costs incurred as part of that move are already included. You'll then be up for some building expense to tidy the building up and finish it off... putting down a driveway or vehicle crossing etc if required. Then you'll also be up for utility costs - ie. connecting to power, water, telecoms, stormwater and sewerage.

    Good fun! Try doing 2 at once - at least you'll know what you're doing in the weekends! LOL!

    regan.

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    Hi Regan,

    Sounds like an interesting project. What council area is this in?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cliffy
    Hi Regan,

    Sounds like an interesting project. What council area is this in?

    Hi Cliffy - the Kaipara Council.

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    Whilst I personally have not done relocates my self I have seen many and known a number of people who have.
    From a numbers perspective I think it's to much like hard work.
    I am in the process of putting two prefab homes on two sections and the time/cost reward ratio just kicks relocates into orbit.
    All I have to do is get it stopped and painted, carpet etc and it's done - brand new home in Linea with Ali windows.
    I estimate my equity will be 30% and my time in the deal is nominal.
    I'd strongly suggest you make a numbers comparison to buying a prefab and doing a relocate - you may be very suprised.

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    Hi,

    We have only relocated one house, found the procedure to be very straight forward. We made a friend with the council inspector and he basically pointed us in the right direction.

    Once we had the information, we simply draw up the plan ourselves, no draughtsman expenses required, and had it approved, with storm water, sceptic tank marked on our plan.

    Great fun and very profitable.

    Cheers
    Robyn

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    Quote Originally Posted by toby
    I am in the process of putting two prefab homes on two sections and the time/cost reward ratio just kicks relocates into orbit.
    All I have to do is get it stopped and painted, carpet etc and it's done - brand new home in Linea with Ali windows.
    Thank you. What prefab company are you dealing with? What others have people dealt with that have been good?

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    I have ordered two homes from A1 homes.
    I did a fair amount of reasearch and found that most of the prefabs looked like what they were - boxes.
    A1 seem pretty flexiable and the exterior profile and roofing has tiny bit of character unlike a Keith Hay home.
    I haven't been through the whole process yet but I have seen one on the yard and I liked what I saw.
    One appeal for me is they created the illusion of a non prefab home at the right price.
    Some prefabs whilst cheap are unlikely to create the equity - percieved or otherwise. What I mean is a cheap box with a good paint job and deck is still a cheap box to Joe punter.


 

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